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Keeping yourself afloat overseas

Unfortunately studying, working or creating abroad doesn't come for free. 

Even though access to scholarships, bursaries and reduced tuition fees can mean that studying abroad is cheaper than in the UK, you'll still have your living and accommodation costs to consider.

If you’re volunteering your accommodation and meals will often be provided but you are going to need some extra cash for socialising, trips, treats and other essentials.

Likewise even if you plan to be working and earning, you're going to need to have some cash to cover your living costs before you get your first paycheck.

See below to access a range financial support to help you study, work and create abroad.

The UK Government

The UK Government may provide some additional funding via loans and travel grants based on your programme and need. The process can differ based on region, so make sure to research the funding available to you.

University Funding

Many universities have funding to help their students fund educational international opportunities. After being accepted onto a programme, contact your university’s international office and inquire if any university funding is offered.

Santander Bank has partnered with over 70 UK higher education intuitions to provide Mobility Grants to students going to specific host countries. Check the list to see if your university is included, and if you are eligible for a scholarship. 

Erasmus +

Find out what funding can be accessed through the Erasmus programme. 

UNESCO Fellowship Bank scheme 

A global scholarship scheme that is designed to offer financial support for people who want to further their education abroad.

Commonwealth Scholarships

Funding for postgraduate study in a range of Commonwealth countries

Fulbright Awards 

For postgraduates wishing to study in the United States of America.  

And remember, if you are studying abroad on a short course or year placement while completing your undergraduate degree, you can continue to receive your UK student loan and any bursaries or grants you have been awarded.

BUTEX Scholarships

BUTEX is an organisation that brings together universities, colleges and other higher education institutions across the UK that have a shared interest in learning abroad. Each year BUTEX awards a number of £500 scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year at a BUTEX affiliated institution

Generation UK China Scholarships

Learn Mandarin and get a deeper understanding of China by studying at a Chinese university with a Generation UK – China scholarship. Scholarships are for between five to 12 months of study, in various locations across China, and in a combination of different subjects.

Japanese MEXT Scholarship Programme

The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is offering scholarships to outstanding British graduates who wish to study at Japanese universities.

The MEXT scholarship programme is for a period of 18 months to two years and is awarded to UK graduates who wish to pursue independent research or enrol on a postgraduate course at a Japanese university.

BAFTA Scholarship programme in China 

British citizens can apply for up to £10,000 to study film, games or television in China.  

Schwarzman Scholarships for China

A fully-funded 11-month professional Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Beijing’s Tsinghua University.

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