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 2018/19 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 2019/20.




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 2019/20 will each receive an automatic bursary of £750 paid to them by bank transfer prior to the start of their studies overseas.

Please note students in receipt of the International Engineering Study Scholarship will not be eligible for this award. If you are unsure of your status for this bursary please contact the Office of Global Engagement.

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 2018/19 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 2019/20 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. 




Academic merit scholarships

International Engineering Study Scholarships*

To support students in the Faculty of Engineering, The University of Nottingham is offering ten scholarships of £1,000 each to students spending a full year or semester at either the China or Malaysia campuses in 2019/20. Scholarships will be awarded on academic merit, with students requiring an average mark of 60% or higher.

Scholarship recipients will be selected in July 2019 and will be expected to provide reports at the end of their study abroad year in China or Malaysia.

Please note students in receipt of this award will not be eligible for the Vice Chancellor's award.
*Sponsored by a generous donation from Nottingham alumnus, Clive Chaplin (Law 1974), chairman Bathroom Brands plc




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 Latin America exchanges

As part of a collaboration with Santander Universities UK, The University of Nottingham in partnership with the Santander Universities UK is offering five scholarships worth £1000 each to students who will be studying for 3-12 months during 2019/20 at any institution within the Santander Universidades scheme, which includes institutions in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela. Eligible students selected for exchange in Latin America will be sent further details of the Santander scheme and application details in the spring term 2019. 

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.

For 2019/20, the UK government has stated that it will underwrite grant agreements for Erasmus+ signed while the UK is still a Member State, even if payments continue beyond the point of the UK’s exit date. Students studying at an Erasmus+ partner destination for 2019/20 will be able to apply for Erasmus+ funding or a UK government equivalant.

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 2019 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.

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.

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

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


Office of Global Engagement

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