Students do not pay additional tuition fees to the host institution when studying abroad at an exchange partner institution.
Term / Semester Abroad Fees
If you Study Abroad for part of the year (autumn term, or spring & summer term) the full tuition fee is payable to the University of Reading, as normal.
Year Abroad Fees
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
We offer a range of grants and bursaries, depending on where you are studying. You might also be eligible to apply for and receive:
Erasmus+ funding (study/work in Europe)
The UK Government has made the decision to not participate in the new Erasmus programme (2021-2027), due to start in June 2021.
However, the University of Reading remains within the current Erasmus+ programme, for which we have funds to support activities taking place in academic year 2021/22. Students studying or working (training) in Europe could be eligible to receive an Erasmus+ grant as a contribution towards the costs incurred.
Erasmus+ funding is provided with the support of the European Commission.
To be eligible to receive Erasmus+ funding participants must:
- be a fully registered student at the University of Reading
- complete all of the necessary paperwork at the times requested
- either be:
- Studying abroad for between 3-12 months at a partner institution in a programme country who will agree to accept students as part of the current Erasmus+ programme,* or
- 2-12 months work / training at a European host Organisation.
Students who are registered for part-time degree programmes are eligible to participate in the Erasmus+ programme providing their study or work placement abroad is full-time.
* The Erasmus & Study Abroad Office is working with our Erasmus partners to confirm whether existing opportunities can continue during 2021/22 within the current Erasmus+ programme, or whether they will migrate to agreements outside of the Erasmus framework. Erasmus+ funding is available for academic year 2021/22 only. The Erasmus & Study Abroad Office will confirm application details and information to students who have are successful in their applications to study and / or work abroad. Erasmus+ funding is not guaranteed.
The University of Reading is in the same position as other UK HE participants with regards to the Erasmus and Erasmus+ programmes.
In 2020/21 the grant amounts are:
|Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway (including UNIS)||€420||€520|
|Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal||€370||€470|
|Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey||€370||€470|
Erasmus+ funding is provided with the support of the European Commission.
Additional funds are available for
- students with household incomes of under £25k per annum (an additional €120 per month for study placements and an additional €20 per month for training placements)
- students with disabilities – funding is allocated on a case-by-case basis via application to the Erasmus+ National Agency. ESAO can assist with this.
Further details are available from the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office.
The UK Government has announced its intention to replace UK HE participation in the Erasmus+ programme with funding to support students to study and work abroad across the world (including Europe). There are few details about the new Turing schemebut it is planned to start in September 2021. We will publish further information about the new scheme once it is available.
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/ERASMUS programme.
For information about the bursary, please refer to the Placement Bursary Page
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 England: Funding for Study Abroad (England)
- Student Finance Wales: Funding for Study Abroad (Wales)
- Student Awards Agency Scotland: Funding for Study Abroad (Scotland)
- Student Finance Northern Ireland: Funding for Study Abroad (Northern Ireland).
Student Finance have a videowhich 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.
If required, the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office can sign any Student Finance Course Abroad Forms in order to confirm your participation on a Study Abroad Programme, including the length of time spent abroad.
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.
IMAGINE Study Abroad bursaries (non-Europe)
The University’s first major fundraising and volunteering campaign, IMAGINE, will provide bursaries to support students to Study Abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree programme at Reading.
At least 20 awards of £500 will be available for home-fee paying students from any academic discipline, providing that the Study Abroad placement
- takes places outside of Europe
- is not a compulsory part of your degree programme
- takes place during term time.
Details regarding how to apply for an IMAGINE Study Abroad bursary will be provided to students when they are notified of their allocation at one of our partner universities.
Omio scholarships (Europe: external application)
Find out about the Omio scholarships here.
Other funding sources for non-EU outward mobility
There are also eight scholarships available for undergraduate students currently registered at a UK University through BUTEX (British Transatlantic 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 Erasmus & 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 activity only; for non-academic activity you will 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.
Insurance outside of Europe
Many universities insist that students purchase their mandatory insurance coverage in order to join their Study Abroad Programme. Make sure you are fully aware of any possible insurance related charges when considering possible destinations. This is certainly applicable for most partnerships in Australia, Canada, Republic of Korea, Taiwan and the USA.
European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
Students studying abroad in 2021/22 will not be eligible to apply for nor receive the European Health Indentiy Card (EHIC).
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 (if required)
- insurance – most non-European universities insist that exchange students take out their mandatory insurance coverage in order to join their Study Abroad Programme – USA in particular. Please make sure you are fully aware of any possible charges when considering possible destinations. Eligible students can submit a claim to Student Finance (via the Student Finance Travel Grant) to retrospectively recoup some / all of the costs incurred for the Mandatory Medical Insurance.
- a small application charge – details will be noted on the partner’s website (although this is 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 will advise you of any additional small charges which are to be levied at the time of application.