What funding is available?

Funding your period of Study Abroad is important to all students and requires some careful planning. Luckily, there are lots of funding opportunities available to students, both from the University of Liverpool and from other organisations.

Use our Study Abroad Budget Calculator to help you organise your finances and choose the best option Study Abroad for you and your budget.

The information provided on this page is accurate for funding to be provided to students going on study abroad in 2020/21.   

 

  • Tuition fees, Student Finance funding & travel insurance

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    Travel Insurance 

    The University of Liverpool provides all students with free travel insurance that covers you in your host country. It will cover you for:

    • Two weeks before your study abroad
    • The duration of your study abroad
    • Two weeks after your study abroad

    This is the same policy that is used to cover University staff when they travel for business purposes, and thus is a very comprehensive policy.


    Tuition fees

    • For students undertaking one semester abroad, your tuition fee remains the same
    • Home/EU student students undertaking a year abroad will pay a tuition fee of £1,385 (you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan as normal to cover this)
    • International students undertaking a year abroad will pay 50% of your normal tuition fee
    • You do not pay tuition fees to the Host University with the exception of some summer programmes

    Student Finance Maintenance Loan

    • You will still be eligible to apply for a maintenance loan and should, as minimum, receive the same amount you are currently receiving
    • For students studying abroad, the amount of loan available may be slightly higher, see the Student Finance pages for the latest amounts
    • You'll still be eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan

    Medicine students, Veterinary Medicine students and any students have already received 4 years of Student Finance funding (e.g. due to suspending studies) and who are intending to take the Year in China (whether as a the 2nd year or Final year option) should check directly with Student Finance that they will be eligible to receive an additional year's funding for their time in China.


    Student Finance Travel Grant

    Student Finance England offers means tested travel grants for students studying abroad as part of their course. For full details see the Travel Grants page but in summary, you can apply for funding towards:

    • Up to 3 return flights from the UK to your Host Country
    • Visas, medical insurance and essential expenditure
    • You would need to pay the first £303 towards the above costs

    Students not funded by Student Finance England should visit the page for their relevant funding body:

  • Liverpool Go Abroad Grant

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    Thanks to the generosity of alumni and donors to the University, we're able to provide funding to all students participating in a mobility which is not (or would not be) eligible for the Erasmus+ grant.

    Our awards are means-tested and awarded as follows:

    Semester Abroad, Year in China or Year Abroad

    • Students with a household income of £25,000 and under who also meet the University's WP Flag criteria: £1,000
    • Students with a household income of £25,000 and under who don't meet the University's WP Flag criteria: £750
    • Students with a household income of between £25,001 and £35,000: £500
    • All other students: £250

    Summer Abroad

    • Liverpool Go Abroad Grants are paid to all students and are one-off payments. All students receive £250.

      An additional top up grant of £250 is paid to students in receipt of the following bursaries and scholarships, regardless of the study destination:

      • Liverpool Bursary
      • Care Leavers’ Opportunity Bursary 
      • Liverpool Scholars’ Award
      • Realising Opportunities Award
      • North Liverpool Academy Scholarship 
      • Liverpool Life Sciences University Technical College Scholarship 
      • City of Liverpool College Scholarship 
      • Mature Students’ Bursary 
      • Estranged Students’ Bursary 
      • Young Adult Carers’ Bursary 

    It's important to note that you can only receive the Liverpool Go Abroad Grant once, regardless of how many types of programme you participate in.

  • Semester Abroad

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    In addition to the Liverpool Go Abroad Grant, students participating in a Semester Abroad to a destination that is not eligible (or would not be eligible) for Erasmus+ funding can apply for one of the following competitive scholarships:

    Ede & Ravenscroft Scholarships 

    We have 20 Ede & Ravenscroft scholarships, worth £500 each, available each year. These are open to applications from all students and are not country specific.  


    Santander Scholarships 

    We have 40 Santander scholarships, worth £500 each, available each year. These are open to applications from all students, although students with a household income of £35,000 and under will be priortised in the awarding process. They are not country specific.


    University of Liverpool in Singapore 

    Students from the School of Law and Social Justice who are allocated a semester abroad place at Singapore Institute of Technology are awarded a £1000 scholarship to help towards flights, accommodation and living costs. There are three scholarships available. For more information contact slsjabroad@liverpool.ac.uk.


    BUTEX Scholarships 

    The University of Liverpool is a member of BUTEX, which aims to promote study abroad between the UK and non-EU universities. Any student going on an exchange outside of the Erasmus+ scheme can apply for one of the £500 scholarships that BUTEX make available. To find out how to apply, visit the BUTEX website.


    Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence 

    The British Council makes available around 10 scholarships of up to £4000. These are open to any UK passport holder participating in an official university exchange to Hong Kong. For more information visit the British Council Hong Kong website.


    Education New Zealand - "Dream New" Scholarship

    Education New Zealand offers a scholarship of around £6000. Liverpool students can apply for the scholarship to attend Victoria University of Wellington, one of our partner institutions. Entrants must submit an essay or a video clip expressing their motivation for choosing to study in New Zealand. For more information visit the European Funding Guide

  • Summer Abroad

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    Liverpool Go Abroad Grants

    Liverpool Go Abroad Grants are paid to all students and are one-off payments. All students receive £250.

    An additional top up grant of £250 is paid to students in receipt of the following bursaries and scholarships, regardless of the study destination:

    • Liverpool Bursary
    • Care Leavers’ Opportunity Bursary 
    • Liverpool Scholars’ Award
    • Realising Opportunities Award
    • North Liverpool Academy Scholarship 
    • Liverpool Life Sciences University Technical College Scholarship 
    • City of Liverpool College Scholarship 
    • Mature Students’ Bursary 
    • Estranged Students’ Bursary 
    • Young Adult Carers’ Bursary 
  • Year in China

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    In addition to the Liverpool Go Abroad Grant, students participating in Year in China can apply for one of the following competitive scholarships:


    Ede & Ravenscroft Scholarships 

    We have 20 Ede & Ravenscroft scholarships, worth £500 each, available each year. These are open to applications from all students and are not country specific.  

    You can apply for this scholarship as part of your general study abroad application.


    Santander Scholarships 

    We have 40 Santander scholarships, worth £500 each, available each year. These are open to applications from all students, although students with a household income of £35,000 and under will be priortised in the awarding process. They are not country specific.

    You can apply for this scholarship as part of your general study abroad application.


    BUTEX Scholarships 

    The University of Liverpool is a member of BUTEX, which aims to promote study abroad between the UK and non-EU universities. Any student going on an exchange outside of the Erasmus scheme can apply for one of the ten £500 scholarships that BUTEX make available. To find out how to apply, visit the BUTEX website.

  • Erasmus+ funding

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    Students studying or working (where the work placement is an integral part of their degree programme) in Europe will receive the monthly Erasmus+ Grant, which  is funded by the European Commission.

    • The grant is not means tested and is available to all students (Home/EU/International)
    • The amount varies year on year but is usually between €250 to €350
    • Students on a study placement with a household income of under £25,000 will be eligible for an additional €100 per month
    • Study placements must last for a minimum of 3 months
    • Work placements must last for a minimum of 2 months

    Additional Support (Disability and Special Needs)

    Erasmus+ offers additional funding for students with disabilities and/or special needs. We cannot guarantee that students will be awarded additional funding as applications are made to the UK National Agency (British Council) on a case-by-case basis. Areas that could be eligible for Erasmus+ funding according individual needs, include, but are not limited to:

    • Mental health mentoring via Skype
    • Additional costs for adapted rooms
    • Note takers
    • Flights for treatment that cannot be taken overseas
    • Adapted accommodation
    • Travel assistance
    • Medical attendance
    • Supportive equipment
    • Adaption of learning materials
    • An accompanying person

    All applications must be submitted well before the start of an Erasmus+ mobility in order for it to be considered. For more information about additional Erasmus+ funding and details on how to apply, please contact the Study Abroad Team: goabroad@liverpool.ac.uk.