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

Studying abroad is an exchange programme. This means that students spending a year or semester abroad don't pay any tuition fees to the university abroad (no matter where it is!). For the year abroad, home fee-payers pay 15% of their UEA tuition fees and international fee-payers pay 25% of their UEA tuition fees. 

Students in receipt of Student Finance are still covered for their period abroad. In addition, some students can apply for the Student Finance Travel Grant. Eligibility applies. There are also government funding options, such as the Turing Scheme.


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. Some partner universities require students to pay certain fees such as, on-campus accommodation, meal plans or mandatory health insurance.

  • 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/country). This shows you are able to sustain yourself financially during your time abroad. Students can demonstrate they have access to funds through using their Student Finance statement, personal bank statements, guarantor/sponsor letters or scholarship/bursary certificates.

  • 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)

  • Cost of living. The cost of living varies around the world and across different regions, states and cities. Some locations are more expensive or cheaper compared to the UK. Students should conduct research to find a location suitable for their budget.