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 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.
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. The student loan/travel grant for study abroad students could be subject to changes in 2021-22 due to the withdrawal from the EU.
Available to students studying abroad in 2021-22.
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.
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 the 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.
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 2020-21 is as follows:
Erasmus+ exchange (study)
Traineeship (work placement)
For more information on Erasmus+ grant amounts and cost-of-living bands by country, visit https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/higher-education-student-and-staff-grant-rates.
Although the ERASMUS+ grant is quoted as a monthly amount, the payment is made in two instalments:
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 contact us if you have any questions or require further information about Erasmus+ grants and funding options.
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.
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 in regards to the student loan and study abroad could be subject to change for 2021-22 due to the withdrawal from the EU.