Going abroad for part of your degree course doesn't have to be expensive.

By taking part in ARU Global exchange programmes, you will continue to pay your tuition fees to ARU and will not be liable for fees at the host institution.

For living and other expenses, a variety of funding sources and options are available to students depending on study abroad destination and personal circumstances.

For students pursuing study abroad in Europe through Erasmus+, funding is available (until the end of May 2023) in the form of a monthly grant with an additional supplement to assist students from lower income households or those with disabilities and special needs. See the section below, Erasmus+ funding, for more details.

For students heading to North America, you may apply for a £500 grant through BUTEX.

Currently, students from England and Wales can also continue to access their student loan funding for tuition fees and maintenance through Student Finance England (see the section Student Finance England below for details) and the Student Loans Company (SLC). You may also be eligible for a travel grant through Student Finance England, to assist with travel and other incidental costs such as visas, vaccinations and medical insurance.

Erasmus+ funding

Available to students studying abroad at an Erasmus+ partner university until the end of May 2023.

Students participating in the Erasmus+ programme may be eligible for a grant (not means tested), which is designed to assist in covering some of the costs of living overseas. 

Please note that for those students studying abroad in trimester 2, 2023, you will only be able to receive Erasmus grant money until the final date of 31st May 2023, when the current Erasmus+ programme will end.

The Erasmus+ grant is only intended to help you with additional costs incurred through living abroad. It is not enough to cover all your expenses.

Students can only apply for Erasmus funding for a cumulative total of 12 months per study cycle (study level). This equates to 12 months at the undergraduate level, 12 months at Masters level, and an additional 12 months at the PhD level.

Part-time students can only apply for Erasmus funding as long as they study or work full-time while abroad. Students are not eligible for Erasmus+ funding if they are a national of the host country that they will be studying in.

Anyone on a study placement for three to 12 months, or a work placement (traineeship) for two to 12 months, is eligible. One month is considered 30 days. The current financial support available for Erasmus+ participants going overseas in 2022-23 is as follows:

Erasmus+ exchange (study)

  • up to €420 per month for higher cost of living countries OR
  • up to €370 per month for lower/medium cost of living countries.

Traineeship (work placement)

  • up to €520 per month for higher cost of living countries OR
  • up to €470 per month for lower/medium cost of living countries.

Please note: All Erasmus+ grant money is only available until the end of the current programme: 31st May 2023.

For more information on Erasmus+ grant amounts and cost-of-living bands by country, visit

Although the ERASMUS+ grant is quoted as a monthly amount, the payment is made in two instalments:

  • 70% will be paid at the beginning of the mobility upon completion of all the required documentation
  • 30% will be processed at the end of the mobility upon completion of all the required documentation.

Supplementary funding for low-income students

On top of the main Erasmus+ grant, students with a household income of less than or equal to £25,000 can claim an additional monthly supplement of €120 for study mobility and €20 for traineeships.

Supplementary funding for students with disabilities and learning difficulties

Additional Erasmus+ funding is available for students with disabilities and learning difficulties.

Please email if you have any questions or require further information about Erasmus+ grants and funding options.

Student Finance England*

If you normally apply for a UK student loan, we strongly advise you to apply for one for your period abroad. 

Being an Erasmus+ or international exchange student does not affect your eligibility to apply for a student loan, and in fact you may also be eligible for a travel grant. You should only apply for the tuition fee loan amount that you have been requested to pay by ARU, as you will not be paying tuition to your overseas host institution.

Once your study abroad plans are confirmed, ARU Global will share your information with Student Finance England electronically. Please note, though, that you're responsible for confirming that Student Finance England has received your study abroad details.

As an Erasmus+ or international exchange student (or trainee), you're still entitled to the maintenance part of your Student Loan.

Students who have not been eligible for a Maintenance Loan or Grant in the past, may still be eligible for it for their trimester abroad. Please check with Student Finance.

You may be able to claim a travel grant from Student Finance for eligible expenses related to your study abroad trimester. These expenses include: travel and other incidental costs such as visas, vaccinations and medical insurance. The travel grant is income-assessed and can cover reasonable costs as decided by Student Finance England. Check the Travel Grants web page for more information.

If you indicate on your SFE application that you intend to apply for the travel grant, Student Finance may ask you to complete their ‘Course Abroad Form’ and obtain a signature from ARU.

  1. Apply for student finance for your study abroad using your student finance account. You can register and set up an account if you do not already have one.
  2. You will then receive a ‘Course Abroad Form’.
  3. Once you have completed and submitted the form, you will automatically receive a travel grant form if you are eligible.

Keep all receipts for any expenses you want to apply for; you will need to send copies when you apply. Subsequently, the money will be paid direct into your bank account.

For further information on the travel grant, please contact Student Finance directly.

* The above information is current to the time of updating this website. Please do check the Student Finance England website above for any updates to this.