Study Abroad

Funding and finance

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Funding your time abroad 

There are a range of scholarships and funding opportunities available to give you a helping hand in your studies abroad. Find out what's available to you.

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How much does studying abroad cost?

Studying abroad can be cheaper than at Essex, but it can also be more expensive – it really depends on the cost of living in the country you choose to go to. 

The tuition fees you'll pay to Essex whilst you're away are listed below, but it's also really important to consider all the other costs you’re likely to bear before and during your time abroad. These can vary between countries so thorough research should be done into each country and institution you're interested in to make sure your a suitable destination for you.

Study abroad tuition fees

2021 - 2022 entry

If you started your undergraduate degree in 2021-2022,  the following fees will apply when you go abroad:

If you spend a full year abroad:
  • you'll only pay 15% of your tuition fee to Essex for that year

  • you won't pay any tuition fees to your host university

If you spend a term abroad:
  • you will pay tuition fees to Essex

  • you won't pay tuition fees to your host university

2020 - 2021 entry

If you started your undergraduate degree in 2020-21, the following fees will apply when you go abroad.

If you spend a full year abroad:
  • you won't pay tuition fees to Essex for that year
  • you won't pay any tuition fees to your host university
If you spend a term abroad:
  • you will pay tuition fees to Essex
  • you won't pay tuition fees to your host university

2019 - 2020 entry

If you started your undergraduate degree in  2019-20,  the following fees will apply when you go abroad:

If you spend a full year abroad:
  • you'll only pay 15% of your tuition fee to Essex for that year
  • you won't pay any tuition fees to your host university
If you spend a term abroad:
  • you will pay tuition fees to Essex
  • you won't pay tuition fees to your host university

2018 - 2019 entry

If you started your undergraduate degree in 2018-19,  the following fees will apply when you go abroad.

If you spend a full year abroad:
  • you'll only pay 15% of your tuition fee to Essex for that year
  • you won't pay any tuition fees to your host university
If you spend a term abroad:
  • you will pay tuition fees to Essex
  • you won't pay tuition fees to your host university
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Funding managed by Essex Abroad

Erasmus+ grant

View our Erasmus Policy Statement and Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-20. 

The European Commission’s flagship programme, ERASMUS+, generously provides funding for students of any nationality, who are studying (3-12 months in duration) or undertaking a traineeship (2-12 months in duration) at Erasmus+ partner institutions within Europe. Students do not need to apply and Essex Abroad will contact you if you are eligible.

Erasmus+ is a European programme managed by the British Council, which provides funding opportunities for:

  • study abroad for students

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Erasmus+ may provide you with a financial grant if you study abroad at an eligible partner institution in the EU or a partner outside of the EU within the Erasmus+ outside of Europe programme.

The grant is a contribution towards the costs of living abroad, and is not intended to cover all costs whilst abroad. In 2020-2021 the grant rates range from €370-420 per month depending on the country you choose. The total is calculated based on the number of months you're going abroad for, the grant rate set by the UK National Agency, and will be paid in two instalments.  The grant rates for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 will remain the same.

An additional grant of €120 per month may apply for disadvantaged students including students with a disability and/or students from households with an annual income of £25,000 or less (as assessed by the SFE).

The European Commission have clarified that from 2020 any mobility undertaken in the participants’ home country (country of origin) will not be eligible for Erasmus+ funding.  Students must also be in the host country to access funding.

How to apply

You don’t have to apply for the Erasmus + grant, Essex Abroad will contact you directly with all the necessary information if you are eligible. We'll provide detailed information about when you will be receiving your grant and what documents you will have to provide and when during the pre-departure conference.

Receiving your grant

If you're studying abroad for a full year, you'll receive your grant in two instalments. For 2021-2022 the installments were as follows:

  • 80% will be paid at the start of your time abroad once you have signed your grant agreement.
  • 20%* will be paid when we receive your certificate of departure.

*The Erasmus+ grant is calculated according to your specific dates of study. If these differ to the originally intended start and end date detailed in your grant agreement, your final installment may no longer represent an equal 80-20 split.

The grant will be paid to your nominated UK bank account. When planning your budget, remember that the Erasmus+ grant is a contribution to the costs you’ll incur abroad and is not intended to cover your whole period of studying abroad.

Terms and conditions

If you do not complete your year abroad, or withdraw from your year abroad, you will be asked to repay your grant in full.

Please note that students in receipt of an Erasmus+ grant will not be eligible to receive other funding such as Banco Santander, the Essex Abroad Bursary, or Turing Scheme funding.

Erasmus+ Update

University of Essex remains an international community where you find the world in one place. When the UK leaves Europe on the 31st December 2020, Erasmus+ funding will continue for all eligible students commencing a period of mobility during 2020-2023.


Erasmus+ funding is not guaranteed and is subject to the completion of these documents between all parties as above.

Essex Abroad Bursary

The Essex Abroad Bursary, of up to £1,000, is awarded to students going away for a full academic year, based on Year 1 mark average. No application is required, students will be notified if they qualify. 

We are pleased to confirm that this funding is available for students undertaking a year abroad in 2021-2022.

We will update this for students studying abroad in 2022-2023 during summer 2022.

Please note that students in receipt of an Erasmus+ grant or Turing Scheme funding will not be eligible for the Essex Abroad Bursary.

Turing Scheme funding

We are delighted that we've been award Turing Scheme funding for the second year running and will be able to support more students to gain an international experience during 2022-2023.  You can read more about this announcement in our recent blog post, as well as hearing how it supported students on their year abroad in 2021-2022.

Essex Abroad will be in touch with eligible students closer to the start of the Autumn term. 

Please note if you’ve already been notified that you’ve been awarded Erasmus funding, then you will not be eligible for Turing funding.  You may only access this funding if you are in the host country (not studying remotely) and you are not a national of the country that you are studying in.

NEW for 2021-2022 - Green Travel Grant

The University of Essex has declared a Climate Emergency

As a University we have committed to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2035. Sustainability is a fundamental part of our future planning and is directly referenced as an objective in the University’s strategy for 2019-2025. We consider finding solutions for environmental issues to be a key factor in the educational experience of each student.

It is vital that the University plays a leading role in delivering net zero emissions. This is not a threat, but an opportunity to deliver excellence in education and research in novel and effective ways. The Climate and Ecological Emergency Advisory Group has lead the work of creating our new Sustainability Sub-Strategy and Climate Action Plan 2021-26, the University’s most ambitious Sustainability Sub-Strategy (SSS) to date, that will set us on our journey to significantly reducing our impacts and enhancing our community’s knowledge and input.

What is the Green Travel Grant?

For 2021-2022, the University of Essex are offering Essex Abroad students on a study abroad exchange the chance to apply for a Green Travel Grants to the value of up to £200 for students who choose to take the train or bus to their European study destination.

Students who have already been selected to study at a European partner university in 2021-2022 are eligible to apply for the Green Travel Grant.

If you’re studying outside of Europe and plan to travel by train, bus or ferry then we applaud your determination and also welcome your application to the Green Travel Grant fund!


In order to qualify for the Travel Green Grant, you must:

  • have already been selected to study at a European partner university in 2021-2022.
  • travel by bus, ferry or train to your European exchange destination
  • you will need to pay for your travel beforehand. Any travel grants are to be considered as a reimbursement and are not guaranteed.
  • submit all evidence within the deadline below. Late submissions will not be considered.

If there are more applicants than available grants, randomised selection will be used to choose successful candidates.

How to apply

Applications for the first round of grants have now closed.  However if you meet the criteria above and are choosing a sustainable form of transport for a journey home or return journey to your study abroad location during winter break you can apply for the second round of grants by following the instructions below.

  • Submit your evidence and receipts for travel to
  • Deadline for submission is 31 January 2022
  • All applicants will be informed on their result by e-mail during the first two weeks of February 
  • Previous applicants can apply but a total grant of £200 can be awarded per student per academic year

Find out more about sustainable travel information from the University of Essex, 

Funding for beyond 2021-2022

The Green Travel Grant is unfortunately not available for 2022-2023.  Essex Abroad will however continue to bid for funding to support students to travel sustainably and encourage students travelling abroad to choose a sustainable travel option where possible.

Funding for 2022-2023 

Funding for 2022-2023 will be confirmed and updated during summer 2022.

Funding from other organisations and country specific funding

Student Finance England

It's important to apply for Student Finance as early as possible if you're planning on studying abroad.

Tuition Fee Loan

You're entitled to receive your Tuition Fee Loan during the year or term you study abroad.

Maintenance Loan

You're entitled to receive your Maintenance Loan during the year or term you study abroad.

Travel Grant

You may get a grant to cover some of your travel expenses if you normally live in England and you're:

  • Studying abroad
  • Studying abroad or attending a placement as part of ERASMUS scheme
  • Attending an unpaid placement at an overseas institution and undertaking research

You don’t have to pay back a travel grant. There are rules on eligibility and how much you’ll get. You must pay the first £303 of your travel costs - and your travel grant will be reduced by £1 for each £8.73 of household income over £39,796.

You can apply for:

  • up to 3 return journeys between your home and the overseas institution during a full academic year abroad
  • help with essential expenses, medical insurance and travel visas

You may be able to apply for your children’s travel costs if you’re a single parent.  You can find out more about the travel grant in this handy FAQ guide provided by Student Finance England.

Various - not country specific


BUTEX awards a number of scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year at any location. Check the BUTEX website for more details - you can also read more about previous winners to help you to prepare to apply for the scholarship.

ISEP Scholarships

ISEP have a number of scholarships that you can apply for directly.  To find out more and apply visit the ISEP scholarships webpage.

Jack's Flight Club Study Abroad Grant

The Jack’s Flight Club study abroad grant is open to any citizen and/or resident of the UK & Ireland, who is enrolled full time in an accredited University and will be studying abroad. Grants of over £500 are awarded to two successful applicants. We're not sure if this will be offered in the future, so do check the website for more details.

John Speak Language Trust

Awards of up to £1870 are open to natural born British citizens over the age of 18 who have a basic knowledge of a foreign language (GCSE minimum) and would like to study or work abroad to gain deeper understanding and knowledge of that language and culture to enhance their career prospects.  Visit the John Speak Language Trust website to find out more and apply 

Sir Philip Reckitt Educational Grant

The Sir Philip Reckitt Educational Trust (SPRET) aims to help people in the East Riding of Yorkshire and Norfolk expand their educational horizons. The Trust pays grants towards travel & subsistence and helps to fund projects abroad & in the UK. The amount awarded varies.

The Anglo-Tefl Scholarship

Get 120 hours of accredited TEFL English language teacher training and then spend 3 weeks abroad gaining practical experience. Not only is this paid for but it then qualifies you to go and work abroad anywhere in the world. Find out more and apply now.

The Global Study Awards

The Global Study Awards are supported by the International Student Identity Card Association (ISIC), British Council IELTS and StudyPortals – and aim to encourage more students to study overseas in order to further intercultural understanding and exchange. There is a £10,000 award.



Gerald Frank Brown Scholarship

The Gerald Frank Brown Scholarship aims to financially support students from a qualifying university in the European Union to study on exchange at the University of Western Australia.


University of Nottingham Ningbo China – exchange scholarships

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China offer several scholarships for exchange students:

  • (UNNC) Mobility Scholarships - 6,000 RMB, approximately £712
  • Ningbo International Student Government Scholarships for Exchange Students - 3,000 RMB per semester,  approximately £356
  • The Global Ambassador Scholarship for incoming exchange students - 5000 RMB, approximately £550


Entente Cordiale Scholarship

The Entente Cordiale Scholarship Scheme is a prestigious bi-lateral award scheme that funds British postgraduate students who want to study in France and French students who want to study in the UK for a period of one year, or between three to six months.

Applications usually close in Mid April.


DAAD  - German Academic Exchange Service

DAAD offer various scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate students.



JASSO offers scholarships for international students who are accepted by a Japanese university under a student exchange agreement. Successful students can receive a monthly scholarship of 80,000 JPY, approximately £617. Your host university in Japan will contact you if you are eligible to receive the scholarship and provide details on how to apply.

Daiwa Foundation

The Daiwa Scholarship is a unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement and homestay in Japan, following a month of Japanese language tuition in the UK. No experience of Japanese is required.  The application usually closes in December.

Japanese Government MEXT Scholarships

Applicants must by UK citizens and be under the age of 21 in April of the year they wish to depart. You must have completed 12 years of education. Find out more and apply.


Merit Award for International Students

On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) invites foreign citizens who are interested in studying for a specialization, master’s degree or doctorate, conducting graduate or postdoctoral research, or taking part in an undergraduate or graduate-level academic mobility program, to participate in the Mexican Government Scholarship Program for International Students.



The DUO-Singapore Fellowship Programme is awarded by the Singapore government to promote academic exchanges between full-time undergraduate students who are Singapore(or ASEAN citizens) and students from universities in European ASEM member countries. Students spending a year at Nanyang Technological University may be eligible.

South Korea


DUO-Korea Fellowship Programme aims to promote exchanges of people between Korea and European countries. The host university in South Korea will contact you if you are eligible to apply.



SEMP is the Swiss Programme for Erasmus+ for higher education. As a SEMP incoming student, you will receive a mobility grant from the Swiss government. This ranges from CHF 380 - 440 a month (approximately £318-368) depending on your country of origin.



DUO-Thailand Fellowship Programme aims to enhance a balanced mobility of students between Thailand and 30 ASEM member states in Europe by supporting paired-based and two-way study abroad exchanges. A scholarship of up to €800 per month, for four months. Your host university in Thailand will be in touch if you're eligible to apply.


BEST (BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust) Scholarships

The BEST (BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust) scholarships offer financial assistance to eligible applicants who are looking to undertake postgraduate study in the USA or Canada. They are funded by the BEST Scholarship Trust which is an independent trust administered by BUNAC on behalf of the BEST trustees.


As part of the Fulbright Foreign Student programme, our Postgraduate Awards provide the only scholarships available for academic work in any graduate programme at any accredited US university.

Thouron Award

Applications now open for fully-funded postgraduate scholarship programme in the US 

UUKi are delighted to be working with the Thouron Award for a fourth year to promote the generous scholarship opportunity it provides in the US for British graduates. Full funding is available for up to 10 British graduates of UK universities to study at one of the 12 graduate schools at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania.

The Thouron Award pays full tuition fees and health insurance for up to two years of postgraduate study as well as an annual stipend to cover living costs, entertainment and travel. For 2022-23, the stipend will be $44,520. Graduates join an active alumni network of over 700 around the world.

How students can apply

The deadline for applications is 1 November 2022, for study starting in the autumn of 2023. It is recommended that students look into the application process early, to ensure time to research the programme they wish to study at the University of Pennsylvania and prepare the relevant materials. You can contact the Thouron team at if you have any questions about the Award or application process. Find out more about the award and the application process. 



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