Semester abroad funding
Financial support available from Student Finance England for students studying abroad for one semester as part of their course in 2022/23.
This guidance is for students who are eligible for support from Student Finance England (SFE).
If you are from Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland and have financial questions about a semester abroad, email the Money Advice and Funding team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Types of funding
Tuition fee and maintenance loans
You can receive your tuition fee and maintenance loan from Student Finance while you are abroad. The amount you will receive depends on whether you study abroad or undertake a work placement abroad.
The University is awaiting guidance from the Student Loan Company Policy Team with regards to how student finance will be assessed under the Turing Scheme.
For more information or to discuss funding, contact the Money Advice and Funding team: email@example.com.
You may be eligible for a means-tested travel grant from Student Finance England if:
- you receive Student Finance England funding, and
- you are studying at an overseas institution for at least 50% of any term in the academic year, and
- your household income is below £39,796
Students on work placements are not eligible for the travel grant.
If eligible, you can apply to claim back study abroad related costs such as:
- health insurance
More details on eligibility and what you'll get:
If you are from Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland and have financial questions about a year abroad, email the Money Advice and Funding team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Bristol funding
You may be able to continue to receive any Bristol bursaries that you are eligible for in Bristol while abroad.
Find out about the or email the Money Advice and Funding team: email@example.com.
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The Turing Scheme is a UK government funding programme that supports students undertaking a placement abroad. The Turing Scheme prioritises funding for students from under-represented and SEND backgrounds and allocates funding to universities on an annual basis. As the University of Bristol’s Turing funding allocation for 2022 – 2023 is limited, we are prioritising funding for students who meet under-represented criteria. Unfortunately, the University was only granted half of the amount of funding we applied for, so we do not have sufficient funds to provide Turing funding to all students going abroad.
Turing Eligibility Criteria for 2022-23:
Students’ placement must meet ALL the following criteria to be eligible for Turing funding:
1. Your placement must be undertaken outside the UK;
2. Your placement must be a minimum of one month (28 days) in country;
3. Your placement must be in-person.
4. Your placement must NOT be funded by another source of funding e.g. Erasmus+ funding. This does not include Student Finance maintenance loans or grants.
5. Your placement is only eligible for funding for the days spent on placement between 1 September 2022 and 31 August 2023 (Turing programme dates) – i.e., Any time spent on placement before 1 September is not eligible for Turing funding
Your placement must also meet one of the following placement types:
School of Modern Languages (SML) students ONLY:
- Full year study or work placements
- TB1 work and study placements which were NOT offered Erasmus+ funding.
- All TB2 works placements
- All TB2 study placements (including language courses) undertaken by students who meet Turing under-represented criteria*.
Non-School of Modern Languages study abroad students:
- TB1 only study placements
- TB1 / TB2 or full year placements undertaken by students who meet Turing under-represented criteria*.
Faculty of Engineering Year in Industry ONLY:
- Year in Industry placements for students who meet Turing under-represented criteria*.
Bristol Medical School ONLY:
- Medical electives for year 5 students who meet Turing under-represented criteria*.
*Turing under-represented criteria:
Home undergraduate students who meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Students with an annual household income of £42,875 or less;
- Students who are care-experienced;
- Students receiving Universal Credit or income-related benefits because they are financially supporting themselves or a dependent
- Students who have caring responsibilities;
- Estranged students;
- Refugees and asylum seekers.
Other external funding
Scholarships and grants for studying abroad
- BUTEX Study Abroad scholarship.
- JASSO Scholarship for students studying abroad in Japan.
- DUO-Singapore Fellowship Scholarship for students studying abroad in Singapore.
- DUO-Korea Fellowship Scholarship for students studying abroad in South Korea.
Other external organisations
Depending on your personal situation, you may be able to bid or apply for funds through organisations listed on Turn2Us.
Studying in the UK for 10 weeks or more - 2022/23 academic year
If you will be studying in the UK for 10 weeks or more, you are eligible for the same funding package as previous academic years, including the same support towards tuition fees.
If you are studying overseas for more than 50% of a term, you will get the overseas rate of loan in that term’s instalment. You may also be eligible for the travel grant, depending on your household income.
Study abroad for one semester and study at Bristol for one semester
If you are studying abroad for one semester and studying at Bristol for one semester as part of a three-year degree, you can apply for:
- Tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fee (£9,250)
- Maintenance loan:
- For Study Abroad: Means-tested loan at overseas rate (minimum: £5,374 maximum: £11,116)
- For Bristol semester: Standard means-tested loan at Elsewhere rate, pro-rated (minimum: £4,524 maximum £9,706)
Term 2 loan rate will be paid at the rate you are doing more of.
Your Student Finance England application
Tips on completing your application:
- Keep the institution as University of Bristol
- Enter Study Abroad or Elsewhere (for study in Bristol) under each term. In Term 2, enter which you are doing the most of in that term.
- If you have any problems, email the Money Advice and Funding team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course Abroad form
You do not need to complete a Course Abroad form, even if Student Finance England (SFE)/Student Finance Wales (SFW) ask you or the Univeristy to do so. The Global Opportunities team will directly inform SFE and SFW that you are on your semester abroad.
SFE/SFW will not be able to give you an accurate funding assessment until your study details are accurate.
Get in touch
If you have any questions, email: email@example.com