Study abroad finance

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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 Study Abroad team for details.

Studying abroad requires students to budget for a range of costs including flights, visa and insurance. The cost of living also differs from country to country and so the University offers a range of funding opportunities for students studying or working overseas, including automatic and means tested bursaries, merit based scholarships and destination based scholarships.

Depending on where you study or work you may also find there is external funding available through organisations like the British Council so having an international study or work experience can still be possible whatever your financial background

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.  Please be aware that due to the worldwide covid pandemic travel costs may increase and other costs may be incurred such as PCR tests or quarantine accommodation.


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 Government Travel Grant webpage.

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University Core Bursary

If you are receiving a Core Bursary in 2021/22 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 2022/23.


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 2022/2023 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 2021/2022 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 2022/23 are automatically assessed for this bursary.

Students who started their course in 2016 or afterward:

  • Household income of £35,000 or below = £750
  • Household income of £35, 001 to £42, 875 = £500

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.  Students going on undergraduate exchange for a semester or year to a partner university in North or Latin America, through the University-wide programme, the Business School, the Law School or Culture Languages and Area Studies are eligible.

Once students have been allocated to an eligible partner university they will be contacted and invited to apply. The Selection Committee will select students based on their academic achievement to date, their interest in studying in North or Latin America and an academic reference. Priority will be given to students from a low income household and/or classed as widening participation. 

25 awards of £1,000

Turing Mobility grants

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 2022/23 academic year. University of Nottingham students studying or working abroad in Europe in the 2022/23 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 is provided on the Turing Mobility funding moodle page which your school will direct you to.

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 1,600,000.

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
2019/2020 academic year the award was a monthly stipend of JPY 80,000 (approx £526). 


Aspire 2020 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 2021 scholarships

Selections for the Aspire 2021 scholarships are made by the Funding and Financial Support team.


Further information

Contact Student Services or Financial support for information about tuition fees and Student Finance loans.

Contact the Study Abroad team for information about study abroad bursaries or external bursaries.

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