Clearing 2021
Study Abroad

Funding opportunities

Funding your summer abroad

Don't let the costs of going abroad stop you. There are a variety of funding opportunities available, aimed to support you while you're taking part in internships, work placements and short term studies, as well as volunteering projects abroad. 

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COVID-19 Update

For students undertaking an international experience during 2020-21 the available funding is CLICK crowdfunding or bursaries offered directly by our Partner Universities or Partner Providers

We are pleased to confirm that the International Experience Bursary and the Travel Grants will be available for in person international programmes for summer 2022.


Summer Travel Bursaries

Whilst the current UK and University travel ban is in place, these travel bursaries are not available for summer 2021 .  However we are sharing details of funding for summer 2022 in the hope that travel will be possible at this time.

We offer a range of travel grants designed to help if you're planning to travel to support your research or studies over the summer. Your travel must usually take place between 1 May and 30 September and you must be a registered student on the date of travel to be eligible. One of each grant is available.

  • Bloomfield Memorial travel grant - £1,000. Open to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students continuing their studies abroad via a short term international experience. Awarded by the University Senate.
  • Sir Eric Berthoud travel grant - £175. Open to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students completing a short term international experience. Awarded by the University Senate.
  • Essex Rotary University travel grant - £300. Open to full-time undergraduate students completing a short term international experience. You'll need to present the most interesting proposal for spending time abroad.
  • National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs travel grant - approximately £75. Open to female, full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students who are completing a short term international experience.

Applications are currently closed.

International Experience Bursary

Cost can be a significant barrier for students looking to access international internships, placements, volunteering or other educational experiences, e.g. conferences or summer schools. Through the International Experience Bursary, we support students from low income households to access these experiences by providing a bursary of up to £1,000 to fund their summer activity abroad. 

The activity must be of 4-12 week duration over the summer vacation (28-84 Days). Your activity must commence and end in the summer term at Essex.  

We can confirm that the International Experience Bursary will be available for summer 2022.


  • Be ordinarily resident in the UK and assessed as “Home Fee Status”. Overseas and EU students are not eligible.
  • Be participating in an overseas experience for a minimum of four weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks (28-84 days).
  • Registered on a full-time undergraduate degree at our University (students completing their final year of their undergraduate degree will not be eligible).
  • Passed all of your 1st year modules.
  • Have an annual household income of less than £42,611 (as assessed and verified by Student Finance England or other UK student funding provider).
  • Completed and submitted the application form by the deadline.
  • Given consent to the sharing of financial details supplied by Student Finance England or other UK funding provider.
  • Provide a letter of acceptance confirming your international activity.
  • The destination country does not have an FCO travel warning in place.
  • Applicants have completed the risk assessment for the placement (this document is part of the application process and will be supplied to you).
  • Submit a certificate of attendance, signed and stamped by the host institution/organisation after you've completed your time away.

How to apply

Applications are currently closed. For any questions email us.

Usually, priority will be given to students who:

  • have not participated in a programme abroad during their degree (i.e students currently not on a year abroad degree)
  • are not recipients of a scholarship, bursary or grant from the programme provider or from a University Department to support the activity
  • are not expected to be fundraising in order to participate in an activity

Essex Crowdfunding 

Crowdfunding is funding a project by raising lots of small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the internet. Donors pledge a donation to your project and in exchange they receive tangible, non-monetary 'rewards' such as an e-card, t-shirt, tickets to your show or a DVD.


Why Click is great

Click is the leading crowdfunding platform in UK Higher Education with 97% success rate (compared to Kickstarter 40% and Indiegogo 43%.)

  • It's free! We cover all fees and costs for you so that you can get 100% of your pledges.
  • We give matchfunding - for every £1 raised we give you £1 (up to a maximum of £250).
  • You get all the support from us - from designing your page to creating your pitch video and making your marketing plan, we are here for you.
  • Crowdfunding is a module for the Big Essex Award

Visit Click to create an account and get started. There's a range of support you can access at each stage of the process to help you develop your project, craft your campaign, build your crowd and turn your idea into a reality.

How to get crowdfunding with Click

How to use Click

For more information please see Click Guidelines (.pdf) and the Crowdfunding Handbook (.pdf). For students going on Umphafa, Wildlife Sense or SLV Global please see the special guidelines in the click agreement.

Contact Click

Email: for any questions or to book your individual consultation.

Twitter: @Uni_EssexClick
The Big Essex Award

We're offering an employability award based on extra curricular activities here at Essex. And you can get up to 50 Units for your international experience abroad. The award recognises all your extra curricular activities on on your Higher Education Achievement Report!

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