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Finances and funding

The University of York has secured Turing Scheme funding for study/work placements abroad from 1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022. We will be providing further information and updates about the Turing Scheme here in due course. Please do not hesitate to contact if you have any questions.

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 (including proof of finance as well as the cost of the 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.

Study Exchange and Work Abroad

Tuition fees

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 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 for undergraduates.

Students studying abroad on credit-replacing exchange or additional year abroad will continue to pay their tuition fees to the University of York and not to the to the host university.

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 while 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 while you're abroad.

Student finance

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.

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

Student Awards Agency Scotland

Student Finance England

Student Finance NI

Student Finance Wales

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

Funding - all destinations

BUTEX UK Scholarships

British Universities Transnational Exchange (BUTEX) offers a number of £500 scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year.  For further details of how to apply please go to the BUTEX webpage

Turing Scheme

The Turing Scheme, the UK government's programme to fund study and work opportunities across the world, was initially launched as a one-year programme for the academic year of 2021/22, and has been extended by the UK government for a further three years.

We intend to apply for Turing Scheme funding on behalf of the University of York when applications option (details to be confirmed by the Turing Scheme Delivery Partner).  More information on the Turing Scheme funding and eligibility criteria for York students in the 2022/23 academic year will be published here in due course. 

If you're applying for a year abroad in 2022/23, find out how to apply and consider applying for a York Futures Scholarship to help towards the cost of your study/work placement abroad.

York Futures Scholarship

Thanks to the generous support of the University's alumni, the York Futures Scholarship programme is designed to enable students to take full advantage of the many personal and professional development opportunities available to them.  Funding of up to £6000 is available for students studying abroad in 2022/23.  For further information on application deadlines and criteria please see the York Futures Scholarship page

Funding - specific countries

DUO-Singapore Fellowship Programme

The DUO-Singapore Fellowship Programme is awarded by the Singapore government to promote academic exchanges between full-time undergraduate students who are Singapore (or ASEAN) citizens and students from universities in European countries.

Erasmus+ Grant 2021/22

We have had our Erasmus+ programme extended, and we are still funding some students on eligible placements in 2021/22. If you are studying or working in Europe (excluding Switzerland) on one of our programmes in 2021/22 and have been notified that you are eligible to receive Erasmus+ funding, you will find details of grant rates, eligibility, paperwork requirements and arrangements for payment in Mobility Online.  Please contact with any questions about Erasmus+ funding.

JASSO Student Exchange Support Program (Scholarship for Short-term study in Japan)

The Japan Student Services Organisation (JASSO) offers scholarships for students who are accepted for exchange at a Japanese university.  For eligibility criteria and application details, please see the JASSO Student Exchange Support Program page.

Toyota-Shi Trevelyan Trust (TSTT) Scholarship

TSTT provide scholarships to assist UK-resident students pursuing a course of study/work in Japan. A good knowledge of Japanese language is required. More information is available via the International Student House website.

University of York in America (UYA) Bursary for the USA and Canada

This bursary was established in 2007 to support students involved in the exchange student programme between North America and York. It aims, through the generosity of University of York alumni based primarily in North America, to help students realise their international ambitions.  There are four grants of £6,000 available for students from York travelling to North America (including Canada) on study exchange or unpaid work/research programmes for 2021/22.

Eligible students for 2022/23 will be contacted with details of the application procedure and deadlines.

Swiss European Mobility Programme (SEMP)

Students on study placements at partner universities in Switzerland in 2022/23 may be able to apply for funding through SEMP.  Please be aware that funding can vary from year to year.  SEMP funding is administered by the partner universities, and they will provide details to nominated students during the application process.

Summer Abroad

Funding - all summer opportunities

York Futures Scholarships

Thanks to the generous support of the University's alumni, the York Futures Scholarship programme is designed to enable all students to take full advantage of the many personal and professional development opportunities available to them. The fund’s £1,000 and £3,000 award tiers are open to those undertaking an international opportunity.  For more information please visit the York Futures Scholarship web page.


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.
  • Contact YuStart team:

Funding - specific summer opportunities

Thinking of a summer abroad?  There are a number of scholarship and funding options for you to consider.  For more information on any of the below, please email

International Study Centres

Each year there are a limited number of scholarships you can apply for.  They are competitive and will be distributed on a needs basis but are open to all students.   They are evaluated by a bursary case submitted as part of your application.  Previous award amounts have been between £500 and £2000.  For more information on destinations and overall costs please go to the International Study Centre webpage.

Summer Schools

Basic tuition fees are waived under our reciprocal exchange agreements with a number of partner universities for their undergraduate summer schools.  For more information on destinations please go to our summer schools webpage.

Travel Awards

Planning your own international summer opportunity?  The travel awards are open for undergraduate and PGT students to help with a proportion of your costs. For eligibility and other further information please visit our travel awards webpage.

Turing Scheme funding towards independent placements abroad

About the Turing Scheme

The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s scheme to provide funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world. The Centre for Global Programmes manages the University of York's Turing Scheme funding for York students on eligible study, work, research or volunteering placements abroad. 

Type of placement

Turing Scheme funding is available for University of York students to apply to study, work, research or volunteer abroad outside of the UK. This may be an independent placement that is either an opportunity advertised by the Centre for Global Programmes or which is approved by your Department at York.

University of York students on a study or work placement abroad as part of their degree in the academic 2021/22 are contacted by the Centre for Global Programmes (CGP) about Turing Scheme funding after they have been nominated for their placement abroad by their Department at York to CGP.

Please be aware that virtual placements outside of your host country (eg online from the UK) are not eligible to receive Turing Scheme funding.

Duration of placement

The minimum duration of a placement that may be eligible for Turing Scheme funding in 2021/22 has been reduced from four weeks to two weeks from 1 March 2022. Funding for placements abroad in 2021/22 can be awarded until 31 August 2022; your placement may continue beyond this date, but it will not receive funding from 1 September 2022. Two weeks abroad must be completed before the end of August 2022 for 2021/22 Turing Scheme funding.


Almost anywhere outside of the UK could be possible! However, Turing Scheme funding cannot be awarded if your host destination is on the UK government’s red list when you travel to start your placement abroad.

How much is the Turing Scheme funding?

The exact amount of Turing Scheme funding towards the general cost of living is based on the placement dates and depends on the placement country.

Destination countries are grouped into three categories: Group 1 (high cost of living), Group 2 (medium cost of living), Group 3 (lower cost of living). The Turing Scheme grant rates are set nationally for UK universities by the Turing Scheme Delivery Partner and are outlined below.

  1. Placements lasting between 4 to 8 weeks are initially:
    • To Group 1 destinations: £136.25 per week
    • To Group 2 and 3 destinations: £120 per week 
  2. Placements lasting over 8 week and up to a maximum of 12 months, rates are then paid at:
    • To Group 1 destinations: £380 per month
    • To Group 2 and 3 destinations: £335 per month

Additional support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds are defined by the Turing Scheme as:

  • students with an annual household income of £25,000 or less;
  • students who are care-experienced;
  • students who have caring responsibilities;
  • estranged students;
  • refugees and asylum seekers; and
  • students receiving Universal Credit or income-related benefits because they are financially supporting themselves, or themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them.

This additional support includes a higher cost of living grant outlined below (instead of the rates above):

  1. Placements lasting between 4 to 8 weeks are initially:
    • To Group 1 destinations: £163.75 per week
    • To Group 2 and 3 destinations: £147.50 per week 
  2. Placements lasting over 8 weeks and up to a maximum of 12 months, rates are then paid at:
    • To Group 1 destinations: £490 per month
    • To Group 2 and 3 destinations: £445 per month

An amount of funding will be provided to go towards the direct costs of travel for students from a disadvantaged background. Available travel grant amounts will be calculated by the Centre for Global Programmes and are outlined below: 

  • 10 to 99km: £20
  • 100 to 499km: £165
  • 500 to 1,999km: £250
  • 2,000 to 2,999km: £325
  • 3,000 to 3,999km: £480
  • 4,000 to 7,999km: £745
  • 8,000 to 12,000km: £905
  • 12,000km+: £1,360

An additional contribution may also be provided to go towards expensive travel and additional costs for students from disadvantaged backgrounds (eg visa costs). CGP will use information provided through Mobility Online to determine your eligibility for this additional Turing Scheme funding and will contact eligible students with the additional claim form; please keep receipts to submit your claim. 

Additional support for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

For students with SEND, the scheme will also include additional support to cover costs directly related to those additional needs and a preparatory site visit of up to three days. If you feel that you may require additional funding directly related to a disability or health condition and you do not have a support plan in place with Disability Services, please contact and as soon as possible.

Important Turing Scheme funding information

If you withdraw from your placement, leave early, or if your placement is cancelled, then there will be implications on your Turing Scheme funding eligibility and you may be required to repay any Turing Scheme funding received so far. Please contact the Centre for Global Programmes if you are in this situation so that we can advise you further.

Turing Scheme funding cannot be awarded for specific placements costs that are already funded from a different source (eg UK government funding, UYA, York Futures Scholarship, SEMP, Erasmus+).

How to apply and next steps

  1. Turing Scheme funding applications are invited from University of York students for an authorised placement to study, work, research or volunteer abroad.
  2. You will be expected to demonstrate the relevance of the activity to enhance your professional and personal development.
  3. Applications for Turing Scheme funding towards an independent placement abroad in 2021/22 are currently closed. Please check our web pages and social media for information on further calls for applications later in the academic year.
  4. Decisions on Turing Scheme funding applications will be made by CGP. Students who are offered Turing Scheme funding will be sent further details of the next documents to complete by CGP.
  5. On return from the placement abroad, students receiving Turing Scheme funding must complete an online feedback form. They must also provide a summary of their experience and the benefits of it as either:
    • a brief written summary (200 words maximum); or,
    • a short video blog / report (three minutes maximum) - you might even want to film the video/gather content for it while you’re abroad.