Study abroad finance

This information refers to undergraduate courses only.  However some postgraduate taught courses may be eligible for the Vice-Chancellor’s Award. Please contact the Office of Global Engagement for details.

Studying abroad does not have to be any more expensive than studying in Nottingham if you budget well and take advantage of any funding for which you may be eligible. All exchange students are responsible for paying for their own accommodation, travel, insurance, visa costs (if applicable) and all other living expenses whilst studying or working abroad and so budgeting in advance is crucial.

The University offers a range of funding opportunities for students studying or working overseas, including automatic and means tested bursaries, merit based scholarships, destination based scholarships and Erasmus+ funding (subject to availability). Depending on where you study or work you may also find there is external funding available through organisations like the British Council and the cost of living may be significantly lower than the UK, so having an international study or work experience can still be possible whatever your financial background.





Tuition fees and student loans

All University of Nottingham students who participate in one of the University’s exchange programmes pay their tuition fees to the University of Nottingham UK in the usual way although the amount will be lower. No tuition fees are paid to the host university/campus.

Details of the tuition fees payable can be found on the tuition fees exceptional fees webpage.

If you study abroad, for a period of at least eight weeks, as part of your degree programme, you may be eligible for an overseas rate of loan from Student Finance England.

For further information on student loans whilst studying abroad, please refer to the relevant factsheet under Study abroad funding - factsheets from Student Finance England.

Student Finance (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) Travel Grant

A Travel Grant is available to eligible full time students, who have had a means-tested assessment carried out by Student Finance, and who are attending a clinical placement in the UK or studying abroad as part of their course. For further information please refer to the Travel Grant factsheet under Study abroad funding.

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University Core Bursary

If you are receiving a Core Bursary in 2019/20 or have received a Core Bursary in previous years, and your financial circumstances haven’t changed, you will be entitled to the same level of bursary you received in previous years during 2020/21.




Automatic and means tested bursaries

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for International Travel

In recognition of the ongoing support for study abroad from the Vice-Chancellor, all students accepted to study abroad through the Inter-campus exchange programme to the China or Malaysia campuses during 2020/21 will each receive an automatic bursary of £750 paid to them by bank transfer prior to the start of their studies overseas.

Global Travel Bursary

The Global Travel Bursary is a means tested bursary available to students classed as home students for fees purposes and accepted to study abroad as part of either the University-wide exchange programme or the Inter-campus exchange programme.

The bursary is based on a student's residual household income as calculated by Student Finance for the assessment of funding for the 2019/20 academic year. Students, who receive funding from Student Finance, are means-tested for support and those who are accepted to study abroad through the University-wide programme or inter-campus exchange during 2020/21 are automatically assessed for this bursary.

Students who started their course in 2016 or afterwards will receive £750 if their household income is £35,000 or below.

Students who started their course before 2016 will receive the relevant amount dependent on their household income as specified below:

• Household income of £25,000 and below = £750

• Household income of £25,001 ~ £42, 600 = £500

Please also note students undertaking an exchange to a university-wide partner outside of the University-wide exchange programme will not be eligible for this bursary. 





Destination specific scholarships and bursaries

A number of scholarships are offered by certain countries or universities to exchange students. Depending on where you are studying abroad, you may be eligible to apply for these. More information on scholarships and bursaries by partner university/host country/host city, can also be found on our partner information webpage.

Santander Scholarships for North America and Latin America exchanges

As part of a collaboration with Santander Universities UK, The University of Nottingham will have competitive scholarships available for application by students going on exchange to a partner university in North or Latin America. Exact details will be confirmed later in the year.

Erasmus+ grants

The Erasmus+ programme is the largest of its kind in the world and supports over 400 students from the University of Nottingham each year to undertake a study and/or work placement in Europe.

The University has made a commitment to continue providing outgoing student mobility and exchange programmes through the Erasmus+ scheme (or an alternative to the Erasmus+ scheme) until the 2021/22 academic year, regardless of whether Erasmus+ funding from the UK government continues beyond Brexit. The UK government has not confirmed whether the UK will remain a part of the Erasmus+ program after 2019 but an update on this is expected later this year.

University of Nottingham students studying or working abroad in Europe in the 2020-2021 academic year will therefore continue to be funded for their mobility period and can find more information on grants and residing in a European country through the university’s Moodle pages. Currently the grant is available for all students, including international students, provided that documentary requirements are met. Further information, including how much funding is available, will be provided at the Erasmus+ grant presentations in April 2020 once this has been confirmed on a national basis. 

External funding

BUTEX scholarships

The Scholarship is open to all undergraduate students who are affiliated to a BUTEX Full Member institution, of which The University of Nottingham is one. The awards are worth up to £500.

DUO Scholarship Singapore

The Award, based on merit, is for pairs of exchanges between a university in Singapore and its respective partner university in Europe in any academic field. Each selected student will be awarded €4,000 (approx £3,500) for one semester or one year of exchange.

DUO Scholarship Korea

The Award, based on merit, is for pairs of exchanges between a university in Korea and its respective partner university in Europe in any academic field. Each selected student will be awarded €4,000 (approx £3,500) for one semester or one year of exchange.

Global KU Scholarship

Korea University have a range of awards under this scholarship: admission, travel and academic merit. Awards range from KRW 100,000 to KRW 1,200,000.

Korea University U21 Scholarship

The U21 scholarship is given to exchange students from Universitas 21 universities, including the University of Nottingham, studying at Korea University. Students don’t need to apply for the scholarship since it’s automatically provided. For students studying at U21 member universities outside Asia, including Nottingham, the amount of scholarship available is 500,000 Won (approx £300).

University of Western Australia Gerald Brown Scholarship

Exchange students from the University of Nottingham  studying at the University of Western Australia are eligible to apply for a Gerald Frank Brown Scholarship.

The scholarships will be offered for each semester of the academic year and are valued at AUD$2000 (approx $1,150) each.

Trinity Residential College Bursary

Students accepted into Trinity Residential College are eligible for a bursary of AUD$1, 250 per semester towards accommodation costs. Students must be recommended for this bursary by the University of Nottingham and admittance to the College and award of the bursary is solely at TRC's discretion.

Jasso Scholarship

One undergraduate student from the University of Nottingham accepted to study at Waseda University is nominated for consideration for this competitive scholarship depending on academic performance. For the
2018/19 academic year the award was a monthly stipend of JPY 80,000 (approx £560).





Aspire 2018 scholarships

Funded by generous donations, the Aspire scholarships are competitive awards related to travel. 

Please follow the link below to find out more about eligibility criteria for each award and a link to the online and paper application forms: 

Aspire 2018 scholarships

Selections for the Aspire 2018 scholarships are made by the Funding and Financial Support team.




Summer school bursaries

2020 Summer school bursaries to be confirmed.

Previous years allocations were:

Competitive scholarships of £500 are available for the China and Malaysia Campus Summer Schools. 

The following bursaries available for overseas summer schools, not including the China and Malaysia Campuses. These bursaries are available to students who are classed as Home students for fees purposes.

  • Up to 7 awards of £500 available for students in any academic year dependent on household income.
  • Up to 25 awards of £500 available for students who not in their final year, dependent on household income.


Further information

If you have any questions about tuition fees and loans relating to study abroad, please contact the following departments:

Student Service Centres
t:+44(0) 115 74 86500

Financial Support Team 
t: 0115 82 32071

If you have any questions about Office of Global Engagement bursaries or external scholarships and grants, please contact:

Office of Global Engagement,
Yang Fujia Building, Jubilee Campus
t: 0115 95 15247


Study Abroad

C Floor, YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

t: +44 (0) 115 951 5247
e: Email the Study Abroad team