Fees, funding and budgeting
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While you are studying abroad you continue to be a registered as a University of Bristol student and continue to pay your tuition fees to the University of Bristol, not your host university abroad. You can continue to receive any student loans, grants or bursaries that you are eligible for in Bristol while studying abroad.
Funding for placements
Within the EU
Home / EU and international students are eligible to participate in the Erasmus+ programme and receive the Erasmus+ grant.
The Erasmus+ grant is a financial contribution for students to the costs of studying and living abroad within the European Union (EU) or other Erasmus+ programme country. It is not a full maintenance grant but is highly valued by students while abroad.
The value of the grant varies from year to year and by country. Depending on the location and length of your placement you could receive between £700 and £1400 for each semester you are studying abroad. If your annual household income is below £25,000 you may also be eligible to additional Erasmus+ funds.
To be eligible you must:
- Study abroad within the EU or other non-EU Erasmus+ programme country.
- Study abroad for a minimum of 3 months (90 days).
- Study abroad as part of your University of Bristol degree.
- Complete the relevant Erasmus+ documents as advised by the Global Opportunities team.
The Global Opportunities team will contact all students in Teaching Block 2 to advise on the steps for Erasmus+ funding.
Outside the EU
Funding for study abroad placements outside of the EU is limited. However, students are encouraged to look at the following opportunities:
Student loan and/or maintenance grant
If you are a Home student, and are abroad for either a semester or a full academic year as part of your degree, you can apply for your full student loan and/or maintenance grant.
Local Education Authority (LEA) funding
Some LEAs offer additional funding for spending time abroad. Contact your LEA to find out more.
University of Bristol
Get in touch with the University of Bristol student funding team or search for other funding opportunities you may be eligible for.
Your host university
Your host university might have scholarships available for exchange students. R
Some professional societies, like the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) or the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), offer travel awards to members. Check their websites and talk to your Study Abroad Academic Director for information.
When considering study abroad destination, take the time to research and add up the costs of studying abroad. Start planning and budgeting on how you will pay for it. You will need to consider:
- Accommodation - costs vary depending on where you study e.g. LA and Paris are more expensive than Wisconsin or Montpellier. Some exchange universities provide accommodation, others will provide guidance on finding private accommodation. Check their website for details.
- Travel - you will need to cover the cost of your own travel, but may be able to reclaim some study abroad travel related costs from Student Finance England. Some Local Education Authority’s (LEA) offer financial support to cover travel costs.
- Visas - find out if you require a visa to study abroad in a country. UK citizens can refer to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for information. If you do require a visa, you must budget for it in advance.
- Vaccinations – some study abroad destinations may require pre-medical screenings and/or vaccinations as part of their entry requirements. UK citizens can refer to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for information and you can check the host universities exchange website.
All University of Bristol students studying or working abroad must take out adequate travel and health insurance.
- Outside of the EU (Australia, Canada and the US in particular), you will need your own health insurance as there is no state health insurance. Your host university will often require you to purchase a specific policy. Costs vary considerably but can be as high as $1500 per semester for some US institutions.
- The University of Bristol has an optional Travel Insurance Policy for year abroad students.
- Students can purchase an insurance policy from a third-party provider. Information on what to consider when choosing an insurance policy is provided by the Global Opportunities team.