The cost of studying abroad really depends on your destination. It’s all down to you to include this in your research when you’re deciding which institutions to apply to.
Costs to consider
If you’re studying for the full year you’ll pay 15% of your regular tuition fee to Essex. If you’re going abroad just for the term, you’ll be paying your regular tuition for that year. As an exchange student, you won’t be liable to pay any tuition fees to your university abroad.
There’s more comprehensive information on Insurance further down the page.
Do the Universities you’re interested in applying to have campus accommodation? If so, what are the costs? Are their compulsory meal plans included? Is it guaranteed? If it isn’t guaranteed or isn’t available, what private accommodation is available? What is the average cost for renting a room? Factor in paying any deposits too.
We don’t recommend booking any flights until you have official confirmation of your place abroad. Sometimes this means that you can’t book your flights far in advance, meaning that the cheapest deals are often gone. Depending on the time of year, and the destination, flight prices can vary. If you’re travelling further afield, particularly outside Europe this is something to consider.
Depending on your nationality and your study abroad destination, you may need a visa to study abroad. Visa application costs can vary between countries and many often require the submission of financial evidence to prove you can afford to live and support yourself for the duration of your time in the country.
This is one of the most important things to consider when applying to study abroad. Institutions where you would need to have a visa to study abroad, often require you to prove financial means of supporting yourself whilst abroad. If you’re unable to prove financial evidence to the amount they request, the embassy won’t issue your visa and you won’t be able to study abroad.
Do not get caught out. Do thorough research beforehand. Check the institutions guidelines so you are aware of the amount of funds you would need to prove you have available to you at the point of applying for your visa. If you don’t think you can reach this amount, do not apply for that university. There is more information on Financial Evidence in our Moodle course AC_EA201 – Preparing to Study Abroad.
Most institutions/embassies would accept confirmation of student finance loans and financial support from parents/friends/relatives, but it is important to make sure you definitely have this support available to you.
Campus accommodation offered at some institutions abroad sometimes has compulsory meal plans as part of the package. This is an important additional cost to be aware of. Factor this into your research and see if this applies to the universities you’re interested in.
How to fund your studies abroad
- Student Finance
- Scholarships and bursaries
- Contribution from friends
- Working Abroad (depending on the country you're living in, you may be able to work. You'll need to research visa restrictions and the documents you'll need to have with you in order to get a job.)
After reading the information above, use our blank budget template to work out how much you can spend. Complete one for each institution not necessarily each country (if you apply to universities in different countries) as costs can vary from city to city, institution to institution (particularly when insurance cost and accommodation is involved).
All the documents you’re required to complete for your time abroad will be sent to your Essex email so make sure you’re checking this regularly. We will be setting deadlines for the submission of documents, so make sure you keep on top of your emails and requests for information/paperwork.