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Tuition fees

Students do not pay additional tuition fees to the host institution when studying abroad at an exchange partner institution.

Semester Abroad Fees

If you Study Abroad for part of the year (semester 1 or 2 ) the full tuition fee is payable to the University of Reading, as normal.

Year Abroad Fees (2023/4 and 2024/5)

If you study and/or work abroad for a full year (optional or compulsory), a discounted fee of 15% of the normal tuition fee (either at Home/EU or at International level) is payable to the University of Reading for the year abroad. No tuition fee is paid to the host University abroad. This applies only to situations where the full year is spent abroad.

Grants and Bursaries

A range of grants and bursaries are potentially available, depending on where you are studying, and whether you meet eligibility criteria. Funding might be competitive:

Turing Scheme

The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s global programme to support study and work abroad.

The UK Government has confirmed that the Turing Scheme will be in place for academic years 2023/4 and 2024/5.

It supports international mobilities across the world taking place between 01 September 202X and 31 August 202X + 1, lasting from 28 days up to 12 months, providing that 28 days of activity are completed before 31 August.

For academic year 2024/5 students studying abroad at the University of Reading Malaysia will be eligible for apply for and receive Turing funds.

Turing funds are limited, so please note:

  • Turing Scheme funding is not guaranteed.
  • Funding is competitive – the Study Abroad Office will be in contact with eligible students regarding application details and any further requirements.
  • The levels of funding and activities which can be funded will be determined by the Turing Scheme Delivery Partner, not the University of Reading.
  • Students from households with annual income of under £25k could receive a higher grant rate and contribution to costs of flights / travel.
  • Students will need to apply for funding to the Study Abroad Office, not the Turing Scheme. Details will be supplied on request, or direct to students known to be eligible and applying for mobility activities through the Study Abroad Office.

However, standard funding details are:

  • 2-8 weeks: Between £120 and £136 per week, depending on country;
  • Over 8 weeks: Between £335 and £380 per month, depending on country;

The Enhanced funding details for students from household incomes under £25k are:

  • 2-8 weeks: Between £147.50 and £163.60 per week, depending on country;
  • Over 8 weeks: Between £445 and £490 per month, depending on country;
  • Travel support: From £165 to £1,360, depending on country.

Please contact the Study Abroad Office via for more information about the Turing Scheme at the University of Reading.

University of Reading Placement Bursary (anywhere)

The Placement Bursary intends to support eligible students with additional costs associated with undertaking a placement or Study Abroad programme.

For information about the bursary, please refer to the Placement Bursary Page.

Please note that you cannot be in receipt of both a Placement Bursary and Turing funds if they are to cover the same costs (this is considered double funding by Turing / Department for Education).

Student Finance Funding and Travel Grant (anywhere)

During the period that you are abroad you can continue to receive funding which you might normally receive whilst you are at Reading, including via Student Finance. For further information please read

Student Finance have a video which explains a little more about what is available and what to do.

Additional Travel grants are also available to eligible full-time students who are studying abroad as part of their degree. All queries regarding eligibility should be directed to Student Finance; all reimbursements are at the discretion of the relevant Student Finance company.

NB: the responsibility for completing any relevant forms and for notifying the relevant Student Finance authority (e.g. England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland) remains with the participant and not the University of Reading. The University of Reading cannot confirm if the relevant Student Finance company will accept any particular expense claims or not; as such students are advised to check any arrangements with their Student Finance company directly if they are unsure.

Omio scholarships (Europe: external application)

Find out about the Omio scholarships here.

Other funding sources for non-EU outward mobility

BUTEX Scholarships

There are also eight scholarships available for undergraduate students currently registered at a UK University through BUTEX (British Transnational Exchange Association). To be eligible to apply you must have been offered a place as a Study Abroad or exchange student in a USA or Canadian university. Full details can be found on the BUTEX website. Any eligible student applying for a BUTEX scholarship is requested to inform the Study Abroad team.


Students who will be studying in the USA are also encouraged to apply for BEST Travel Award. The Travel Award will consist of an award of $1,000 to be used towards the cost of travel to the USA and is provided by BUNAC (British Universities North America Club). Further information can be found on the BUNAC website.


Students who Study Abroad as part of their degree programme can be covered by the University of Reading’s Insurance policy for the duration of their study period. This coverage is for legitimate academic and living activity; for non-academic activities you may need to get extra additional insurance.

See the University Insurance guide (under ‘Business travel’ section) for more information. Reading will provide students with comprehensive details of the Insurance coverage prior to departure.

Many universities insist that students purchase their mandatory insurance coverage in order to join their Study Abroad Programme – particularly outside of Europe. This is certainly applicable for most partnerships in Australia, Canada, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, and the USA. Please make sure you are fully aware of any possible insurance related charges when considering possible destinations.

Further information about the UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) can be found on the GOV.UK website .

Additional Costs

This depends on country, and institution. However you should expect to pay for:

  • services which you would normally expect to pay for at Reading e.g. housing, food, travel, social activities etc.
  • entry / study visa to host country
  • insurance – most non-European universities insist that exchange students take out their mandatory insurance coverage in order to join their Study Abroad Programme. Eligible students might be able to retrospectively recoup some / all of the costs incurred for the Mandatory Medical Insurance claim from their Student Finance Authority (via the Student Finance Travel Grant).
  • a small application charge – details will be noted on the partner’s website (although this is very rare).
  • additional small charges not covered by the tuition fee waiver – e.g. Art consumables etc.  This should be comparable to what you would expect to pay if studying at the University of Reading.

Your host institution should advise you of any additional charges or costs to be incurred.

Additional Funding for Disabled Students

Please note that additional financial support or funding is not guaranteed.