Scholarships, Bursaries and Costs
There are a number of different bursaries and grants which you can access to support your period abroad, to assist with travel costs, accommodation fees and general day-to-day expenses. The funding available will depend on where you are going and for how long, so please check the details carefully of each option listed below.
Erasmus+ Grant - Approx €300 per month
This bursary amount is dependent on location, and can vary. It is available for UK students who decide to spend up to a year of their course in Europe in 2015-16 through the Erasmus+ programme. Students can receive grants of up to 300 euro per month for study, or up to 400 euro per month for student traineeships, depending on the country they go to. This grant is a contribution to the extra costs of studying abroad, which is why it varies by country.
Global Opportunities Bursary - £1000
This bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree (except Texas).
The International Development Office provides students with a £1000 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork.
Alternative funding through the Erasmus+ scheme will also be available for some opportunities in Texas, New Zealand and China for 2015/16 and 2016/17. Students will be contacted direct and the deadline for this is 31st March 2016.
Global Opportunities Bursary - Up to £600
This bursary depends on the duration of your chosen programme, and can only be a maximum of 50% of your programme costs. It is available for students participating in a short or summer programme through the International Development Office. Undergraduate Level 1 and Level 2 students and Postgraduate students (with academic approval) are eligible for this funding. Programmes must be a minimum of 2 weeks to qualify for funding.
Texas Strategic Partnership Bursary - £1200
This bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad at one of our partner universities in Texas as part of their degree. The International Development Office provides students with a £1200 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork. Students in receipt of BAFTX or Erasmus+ funding will not be eligible for this bursary.
The British American Foundation of Texas (BAFTX) was established to help provide financial assistance and educational opportunities to academically-gifted students in the United Kingdom and the United States. It offers a dedicated scholarship programme to Swansea University students participating in the University's reciprocal exchange programme with Texas A&M University, UT Austin and the University of Houston. Each Scholarship is worth $5,000.
The closing date for BAFTX applications is 31st March.
For more information about and to download an application form, please visit http://www.swansea.ac.uk/texas/baftx
Widening Participation Grant - £250 per student
You are eligible for this bursary if you have declared an annual household income of less than £25,000 when you applied for student finance (and both you and your parents have agreed to share this information). Please note this is not based on student income but the income of your parents/guardians. Widening participation bursaries are only applicable to undergraduate students.
If you currently receive finance through Student Finance England, Wales or Northern Ireland and plan to during your year/semester abroad, you may able to apply for a reimbursement for your travel expenses for studying abroad.
Please follow the relevant links below for further information and application details. If you are eligible, please note that this reimbursement is not paid for by Swansea University, the IDO are simply directing you to this information. If you have any further questions on this, please contact your local authority.
Student Finance Wales
Student Finance England
Student Awards Agency Scotland
Student Finance Northern Ireland
If you are studying abroad, you can still apply for your student loan as normal through the relevant Student Loan Company. It is important that you are enrolled on the correct degree scheme which reflects your year or semester abroad, and that you inform the SLC that you are going abroad.
You may be asked to submit a Course Abroad Form, which the Go Global team is happy to sign and stamp for you. It is your responsibility to apply for any loans and grants.
If you are spending a year abroad as part of your degree, then you will only pay 15% of your usual tuition fees to Swansea for that year.
If you are spending a semester abroad, you will pay your usual tuition fees to Swansea University.