UWE Bristol students going abroad through an exchange programme are eligible for a range of grants and fee discounts as well as support from Student Finance bodies.

Erasmus+ Grant

The Erasmus+ Grant may be available to UWE Bristol students who work or study in Europe. Additional funding may be available through Erasmus+ for students who receive a UWE Bristol bursary.

UWE Bristol Employability Bursary

If you are not receiving Erasmus+ funding, and if you are in receipt of a UWE Bursary, or if your household income falls below £25,000 (or equivalent), you may be eligible to receive funding to help with costs associated with studying abroad. Find out more about the Employability Bursary.

Student Finance package

If you receive maintenance support from Student Finance England (or equivalent bodies), this will continue whilst you’re abroad. In some cases, a higher maximum maintenance loan rate will be available because you are studying abroad. You’ll still be eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan for any fees due to be paid to UWE Bristol during your studies abroad.

Tuition fees

No tuition fee at the host institution – you will not be charged for tuition at the overseas university where you study.

Reduced tuition fee at UWE Bristol (sandwich year) – if you are a Home/EU students studying for a full year abroad on your sandwich year, you only need to pay the placement year tuition fee to UWE (£1,125). When you come back for your final year, you will then be eligible for lower tuition fees.

Reduced tuition fee at UWE Bristol (replacement year) – if you are a Home/EU student studying for a full year abroad as a replacement year, you only need to pay the year abroad tuition fee (£1,350) to UWE Bristol. You then pay normal fees for the final year.

If you study abroad for less than a full academic year, standard UWE Bristol tuition fees are payable.

Student Finance England travel grant

You may be eligible to apply for a Student Finance Travel Grant. This can help towards the cost of flights, vaccinations, visas and daily travel to and from your accommodation to your place of study. Please visit Studying abroad: travel grants for students (England) for further information specific to Student Finance England, and also for links to Student Finance Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

External funding sources

Additional funding may be available from external organisations. These include: 

Jack's Flight Club study abroad grant – two £500 grants for UK citizens or residents who will be studying abroad on exchange at a partner institution in 2019/20.

BUTEX scholarships – £500 scholarships for students who will be studying outside of Europe on exchange at a partner institution in 2019-20.

Managing your money

When considering study abroad, you should research the full costs likely to be involved, and how these compare with what you would expect to spend if you remained in Bristol. These might include:

  • accommodation
  • travel costs
  • insurance (if required)
  • visa (if required)
  • living expenses, e.g. food
  • other costs, eg study books.