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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For summer 2024 applications for Turing Scheme, Summer Travel Grants and the International Experience Bursary are not yet open. Information is on the page below for reference, and you can also find out more about Travel Insurance and Crowdfunding opportunities via CLICK.
Funding available for summer 2024
For 2023-24, the University of Essex are offering Essex Abroad students on a study abroad exchange or short-term international experience a Green Travel Grant. The Green Travel Grant has a value of up to £100 each for students who choose to take the train, bus or ferry to their European destination. For those outside of Europe the Green Travel Grant can support alternative travel within country (e.g. an alternative to domestic flights).
All students undertaking an international experience (term abroad, year abroad and short term programmes) can apply for this funding.
We are delighted that we've been award Turing Scheme funding for the third year running and will be able to support more students to gain an international experience during 2023-2024.
Turing Scheme funding can be accessed by students who are taking part in shorter term (minimum 28 days) activities including summer schools, international internships and volunteering abroad. These programmes can take place anywhere in the world.
Please note, we have limited funding and students will need to apply for the funding and are advised to read the eligibility criteria below before submitting their application. Applications will open towards the end of the Autumn 2023 term, and you can read more about how to apply below.
Turing Scheme funding is considered a general contribution to cost of living and travel costs, therefore students should budget accordingly based on their destination and duration of their programme. We hope that this funding can help to provide life changing opportunities to students and additional support is available for students from a widening participation background.
There are no maximum number of placements a single student can undertake. Therefore you can apply for funding for a summer abroad programme as well as being eligible for study abroad year funding or future summer programme funding. In this case, the durations of the placements must not overlap (as this would result in dual funding). If you have any queries on this please contact us.
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. Each summer, one of each grant is available.
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 lower 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 are waiting for confirmation of this bursary for summer 2024. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact us via email@example.com
University of Essex Travel insurance and medical insurance is compulsory to take part in any of our Essex Abroad programmes that you have received funding for and must be in place prior to travel. We recommend that you apply for travel insurance as soon as you know you are going abroad. Hospital and medical bills can be a significant cost, even for minor problems, so it is essential that you have adequate and appropriate cover.
The University of Essex provides comprehensive travel and medical insurance cover for your time abroad. Please note there is no cost for University of Essex travel insurance, it is free of charge for all students who are studying, volunteering or interning abroad as part of their University of Essex programme. The insurance is a comprehensive travel cover which includes cover for most medical emergencies. It does not cover personal possessions, personal holidays or routine healthcare. You will need to purchase your own insurance for this.
The travel insurance won’t cover medical expenses whilst in the home nation as other arrangements should be in place. E.g. NHS in the UK.
The travel insurance also excludes hazardous activities which are not part of your studies.
Please visit our preparing to go abroad webpages to get advice around accessing healthcare in the European Union via an EHIC or GHIC card.
Click is the University of Essex crowdfunding platform. Crowdfunding is funding a project or venture by raising lots of small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the internet.
Donation-based crowdfunding is asking a group to donate to your project in exchange for tangible, non-monetary ‘rewards’ such as an e-card, postcard or social media shout outs.
The University of Essex will match your funds – for every £1 raised, we will give you £1 (up to a maximum £250).
Visit the dedicated CLICK webpages to find out more and get started.