Finances and funding



You’ll need to do some research about your financial position and the cost of your destination of choice to work out if you can afford to do the programme you’re interested in. As a budget starting point, you should factor in the cost of tuition fees, insurance, visa, flights, accommodation, as well as food, local transport and social events. You may be required to pay initial deposits and costs before receiving your grants, so you must ensure that you have sufficient funds in your bank account to cover these.

Tuition Fees - Worldwide Exchange and European Exchange

Students participating in Worldwide Exchange or European Exchange will continue to pay their tuition fees to the University of York and not to the host university.  

Students studying or working abroad for a full academic year pay a reduced tuition fee to the University of York. Students who do not spend a full year abroad will continue to pay their usual tuition fee amount to the University of York. For the latest information on tuition fees, please visit the central fees and funding webpage.

If you continue to pay full tuition fees to the University of York and receive a York Bursary, you will continue to be eligible for this whilst you're abroad. If you pay a reduced tuition fee to the University of York and normally receive the York Bursary, you will no longer be eligible for this whilst you're abroad.

Student Finance - Worldwide Exchange and European Exchange

You can continue to apply for any Student Finance loan or maintenance grant that you normally receive and must tell your student finance provider that you’ll be studying or working abroad.

For students entitled to a tuition fee waiver you will find that the tuition fee element of your loan is reduced accordingly. 

Student Finance England have created a video that gives information on what you can receive.

NEW FOR 2019/20 York Futures Scholarship 

Due to the generous donations of York Alumni, the York Futures Scholarship programme is able to offer funding of up to £6000 for students studying abroad in 2020/21. For further information on application deadlines and criteria please see the York Futures web pages

Travel Grant

You may be eligible to receive funding from your student finance provider towards expenses including travel to your overseas institution, visas and insurance.  Please check your student finance provider's web pages for full information.  

Student Finance England 

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance Scotland

Student Finance Northern Ireland 

You can also contact Student Advisers in the Student Hub for more information about student finance.

European Exchange

European exchange / European work placements

Erasmus+ Grant 2018/19

If you're abroad in 2018/19 and have any questions about your Erasmus+ grant, please email us at 

Erasmus+ Grant from 2019/20 

In the lead up to the UK's exit from the European Union, the University has been planning for some of the potential consequences of leaving, especially for a no-deal scenario.

In the event the UK loses access to Erasmus+ funding, the University of York will provide the same level of grant funding and discounted fees to you for eligible European study/work placements planned for 2019/20 or 2020/21.

We will continue to lobby the UK Government independently, and in partnership with mission group bodies such as Universities UK and the Russell Group, to challenge decisions that we believe will impact negatively on our students. In particular we have been active supporters of the Universities UK #SupportStudyAbroad campaign which calls for the UK Government to commit to continue funding study abroad opportunities for UK students, even if the UK cannot negotiate continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme.

Going on a European study or work placement in 2019/20?

Please attend the scheduled pre-departure meetings run by the Centre for Global Programmes to find out more about the funding application as well as other essential information for your time abroad. You'll be emailed with updates on funding when more information becomes available. 

Going on a European study or work placement in 2020/21?

Apply for your European study or work placement through your Department. If your application is successful, your Department will nominate you to the Centre for Global Programmes. CGP will then send you further information including details on how to apply for funding for 2020/21.

Going on a European study or work placement from 2021/22?

The current Erasmus+ programme will finish at the end of 2021 and we do not currently know what, if anything, will replace the Erasmus+ scheme. However, the University of York will remain committed to providing global work and study opportunities, including European destinations, for our students.

Any questions about Erasmus+ funding? Contact

For the latest Brexit updates and support visit

Swiss European Mobility Programme (SEMP)

Erasmus+ Grants are not available for placements in Switzerland.  Students on study placements at partner universities in Switzerland in 2019/20 may be able to apply for funding through the Swiss European Mobility Programme (SEMP).  Please be aware that funding can vary from year to year.  The SEMP funding is administered by the partner universities, and they will provide details to nominated students during the application process. 

Erasmus+ Graduate Traineeships

We do not fund Erasmus+ graduate trainees as the University currently has no mechanism for supporting this activity.  However, we are monitoring the placement year and its developments with Careers as a means to potentially supporting graduate trainees in the future.

Erasmus+ grant eligibility

To apply for Erasmus+ funding, you must be a registered University of York student during your European study/work placement (placements for graduates are not eligible). If you're combining placements then a maximum of 12 months of funding can be applied for.

European exchanges:

1. You must receive academic recognition from your department at York for the European exchange (e.g. as an additional year abroad, year in Europe or year in industry degree programme or on credit-replacing exchange ).

2. There must be a valid exchange agreement with the host university. Visit global opportunities by subject to check who your Department has exchange agreements with. Please note that exchange partners in Switzerland are not eligible (see SEMP information above).

3. You must be studying at the European exchange partner for at least 3 months. A maximum of 12 months of funding can be awarded.

European work placements:

1. You must receive academic recognition from your department at York for the European work placement (e.g. as part of a year in industry, year in Europe, year abroad or placement year degree programme). 

2. The work placement must be approved by the relevant department within their specified deadline. Please note that work placements in Switzerland are not eligible.

3. You must be working in Europe for at least 2 months. A maximum of 12 months of funding can be awarded.

Worldwide Exchange


There are a number of scholarships available to students on Worldwide Exchange.  Before applying, please check you meet the eligibility criteria.

BUTEX UK Scholarships 

To be eligible to apply you must have been offered a study abroad or exchange place which is not eligible for an ERASMUS grant.

The 2019/20 awards are for students who have a study abroad placement between July 2019 and August 2020.  Your place must be for a minimum of one semester.

The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university.

For further details of how to apply for this scholarship please go to the BUTEX web page


Asian Exchanges

Chinese University of Hong Kong, Morningside College exchange students of Derwent College can apply for funding up to £250 from the Derwent Development Award, towards the cost of this exchange. Applications for this will open in April/May 2017, followed by an interview, after which they will be advised as to whether they have been successful.

Students successful in their application to study at the University of Hong Kong or the Chinese University of Hong Kong can apply for a Scholarship for Excellence.  The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is funding a minimum of ten scholarships for students in England to spend a semester or full year at a university in Hong Kong for the academic year of 2016-17.  Each scholarship is worth up to £3,000.  Applicants must be UK passport holders and have a good academic record of 60% or above.

The National University of Singapore offer the DUO-Singapore Exchange Fellowship for confirmed exchange students.  The award, based on merit, is for an exchange programme with participating European universities in any academic field.  Each selected undergraduate student will be awarded 4000 Euros for one semester or one year of exchange, which will include airfare, accommodation, living expenses, etc.  

JASSO Student Exchange Support Program Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan. This scholarship will be granted to exchange students (undergraduate and graduate students) whose academic performance meets the standard designated by Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) and who intend to return to their home university after this exchange program to continue their studies or to obtain a degree at their home university. 

  • Scholarship: 80,000 yen per month (tentative)
  • Period of the grant: maximum 11 months

Toyota-Trevelyan Scholarship for UK exchange students studying in Japan. Information regarding this scholarship will be released in February 2019.


Help Fund Your Experience on YuStart

If you need funds to boost overseas travel then consider using YuStart, York’s own crowdfunding platform. The site empowers you to fundraise for innovative projects and ideas and in addition gives you valuable project management and promotional experience.

  • You should be seeking funds for travel (economy only), accommodation, subsistence and other necessary costs for an overseas visit. YuStart does not enable fundraising to support external charities.
  • Students travelling to the USA; the University of York in America has offered an incentive for students who aim to raise their own funds to enable their participation in volunteering or research projects, or internship experiences. Matching funding up to $500
  • Contact YuStart team: