Students studying abroad are required to cover all the costs associated with their placement. This includes travel, visa, insurance, accommodation and living expenses.

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 are required to 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.

Students are advised to use a budget spreadsheet to assist with financial planning. Each partner university will list the estimated cost of living on their websites. This should include the estimated costs for accommodation, food, academic materials and additional mandatory fees.  

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 will be 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 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.

Students studying or working in Europe as part of their degree at UEA may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

Expenses

Students should budget for the following expenses in their budget: 

  • 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)

Depending on location and visa requirements, you may have the option to work during your time abroad but this is not guaranteed and should not be relied upon within your financial planning.

Scholarships

UEA offers a number of scholarships to support students studying abroad. More details and application information can be found through our scholarship finder.