Funding and Support
Funding and Support for Outbound Students
There are many different types of funding available for study abroad such living cost grants and travel grants.
Living cost grants depend on where you are planning to study abroad, you may be able to apply for either a Turing Grant or an Erasmus Grant. These grants are not means tested and depend on the type of contract we have with the exchange partner, typically the Erasmus grant is available for partners in the EU and the Turing Grant for all other partners. These grants are available to both home and international student as long as you are studying a full-time degree in the UK.
The grants depend on when you start and finish your study abroad and the country you go to. If you are a disadvantaged you can receive additional financial support and as a SEND support you can receive additional support such as pre-visits by staff to carry out risk assessments or additional reading and writing support.
Here are a couple of examples of the grants you could receive:
Turing Scheme grant (worldwide)
Example for one semester, 120 days in American:
Turing Grant (living cost grant) £1,945
For disadvantaged students this increases to £3,157.50 (which includes a £745 travel grant)
Erasmus programme (EU only countries)
Funds are still available until end of May 2023, after this date you will be able to receive a Turing Scheme Grant
Example of one semester in Sweden
Erasmus Grant (living cost grant) 1,680.00 euros, approx. £1,424.36
For disadvantaged students this increases to 2,160.00 euros, approx. £1831.33
In addition to these living costs grants, students who normally live in the UK may apply for a travel grant to help cover the costs such as flights, travel insurance, travel while abroad and visas. Travel grants are awarded depending on the country you normally live and each country has different eligibility criteria, more information is available at the following:
- England: https://www.gov.uk/travel-grantsstudents-england. Means tested grants for students on a work or study placement
- Scotland: https://www.saas.gov.uk/ and search for study abroad. Not means tested but the placement must be a compulsory part of your course and not a paid work placement.
- Wales: https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/practitioners/ and search for study abroad. Means tested grants for students
- Northern Ireland: https://www.studentfinanceni.co.uk/ and search study abroad travel grant. Means tested grants for students on a work or study placement
SEND (Special educational needs and disabilities) students can receive additional support that is funded by the Erasmus+ programme or Turing Scheme.
The amount of support is tailored to your specific needs from pre-visits with staff to carry out risk assessments to additional support to assist with your reading and writing. The SEND student criteria covers a broad spectrum of educational needs and disabilities including:
- social/communication impairment such as Asperger's syndrome/other autistic spectrumdisorder
- blind or have a serious visual impairment uncorrected by glasses
- deaf or have a serious hearing impairment
- a long-standing illness or health condition such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, chronic heart disease, or epilepsy
- mental health condition, such as depression, schizophrenia or anxiety disorder • specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D
- physical impairment or mobility issues, such as difficulty using your arms or using a wheelchair or crutches
- disability, impairment or medical condition that is not listed above
Disadvantaged student additional support
To help students from a disadvantaged background the Erasmus+ Programme and the Turing Scheme can provide additional financial support while students are on their placement.
This additional support can include additional travel grants and living cost grants, the disadvantaged student support criteria cover a range of circumstances such as:
- Students with low household income or low socio-economic status (including those with an annual household income of £25,000 or less)
- Students receiving Universal Credit or income-related benefits because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them, such as a child or partner
- Students who are care-experienced
- Students who have caring responsibilities
- Neither of the students’ parents can be found or it is not reasonably practicable to get in touch with either of them (estranged students)
- Refugees and asylum seekers