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Study Abroad

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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

2020-21 entry

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

Year 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

Term abroad

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

2017-18 entry

If you started your undergraduate degree in 2017-18 the following fees will apply when you go abroad.

Year 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

Term abroad

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

2018-19 entry

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

Year 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

Term abroad

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 from 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 2019-20 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.

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).

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 2018-19 the instalments 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 instalment 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 the Banco Santander or Essex Abroad Bursary.

Erasmus+ Update

University of Essex remains an international community where you find the world in one place. Irrespective of whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal, students currently receiving funding under Erasmus+ in 2018-19 will continue to receive the remainder of their grant.  

If the UK leaves Europe with a deal it is anticipated that Erasmus+ funding will continue for all students commencing a period of mobility during 2019-20.

Should the UK leave the EU without a deal, students who are eligible to receive Erasmus+ funding in 2019-20 and commence their activity prior to the date that the UK leaves EU, will be guaranteed to receive Erasmus+ funding.  However, any activity commencing after the date of the UK’s exit from the EU will not be eligible for Erasmus+ funding.  

For 2019-20, after receiving an institutional grant contract from the UK National Agency, delegated by the European Commission to deliver the Erasmus+ programme in the UK, Essex Abroad will contact all eligible students to provide the details of their grant and the supporting Erasmus+ documents which will be required in order to release funding. Following the completion and return of the required documents from students, grant payments will be made in accordance with the 80/20 payment rule (see ‘receiving your grant’ above for further information).

We will continue to update our website with further details as they become available. Further advice and support for our students about Brexit is available.

Banco Santander scholarships

This scholarship of up to £1,000 is awarded to students studying abroad in the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Germany
  • South Korea
  • Mexico
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Uruguay
  • USA

Scholarships are competitive and are awarded on the basis of academic merit, with priority given to students from a low-household income. l be made on the basis of academic merit.

Students who are studying abroad in one of the above countries will be notified if they are eligible and do not need to apply. Terms and conditions apply.

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.

Please note that students in receipt of an Erasmus+ grant or Banco Santander scholarship will not be eligible for the Essex Abroad Bursary.


Funding from other organisations


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 two 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


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.


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.


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 2019 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.

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 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.




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 statesin 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.




BUTEX awards a number of scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year at any location! Note that if you receive Erasmus+ funding, you won't be eligible to apply for a BUTEX scholarship.

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.

QS moveON Stand Out Scholarship

In partnership with Universities UK International (UUKi), QS MoveON is proud to announce the Stand Out scholarship. This is a new scholarship exclusively for student exchange between UK and EU universities during the calendar year 2019 and 2020. With the uncertainty created by Brexit, this scholarship is our first step towards ensuring that UK and EU students continue to enjoy the life-changing opportunities offered by Erasmus and other exchange programs. Five recipients will receive a scholarship of up to €4,500.

Trainline Student Travel Fund

If you’re planning on studying abroad in a European country during spring/summer 2020, Trainline want to help you make the most of your time there – so they've teamed up with Eurail to give you the chance to win free train travel around Europe!

Whether you want to explore more of the country you’ll be studying in, or head further afield to the many must-visit destinations on the continent, enter their competition to be in with a chance of winning a free rail pass and €1,500 spending money.

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