Students studying abroad are required to cover costs associated with their placement. These costs include travel, visa, insurance, accommodation and living expenses.

Students in receipt of financial support from Student Finance will still be covered for their period abroad. In addition, students from low income households can apply for the Student Finance Travel Grant. Eligibility applies. There are also government funding options, such as the Turing Scheme.

The cost of living varies around the world and within different regions, states and cities. Some locations will be more expensive or cheaper compared to the UK. Students should conduct research to find a location suitable for their budget. Some of our partner universities will also require students to pay certain fees such as, on-campus accommodation, meal plans or mandatory health insurance.

If you need to obtain a visa, the host university/country will require you to provide proof of funds to show you are able to sustain yourself financially during your time abroad. UEA Study Abroad are able to provide you with some advice on the estimated proof of funds required by host universities. Students can demonstrate they have access to funds through using their Student Finance statement, personal bank statements, guarantor/sponsor letters or scholarship/bursary certificates.


Students should consider several aspects when budgeting:

  • Flights and other travel to destination / host university

  • Accommodation – are you required to live on campus or can you find privately rented accommodation?  

  • Food – are you required to purchase a meal plan?

  • Mandatory fees such as admin fees and student activity fees at the host university

  • Visa application fees (if applicable, this depends on the student’s nationality and on the study abroad destination)

  • Proof of funds when applying for a visa (this depends on the host university)

  • Mandatory health insurance at host university (if applicable, this depends on the partner university)

  • Travel insurance

  • Medical costs (some universities / countries require X-ray, blood tests, vaccinations, and medical history results, which may be charged for)