There are a range of 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 the duration of your time abroad. Full details of each bursary can be found below. Please note that bursary amounts may vary each year.
Funding and Finance
Global Opportunities Bursary - £1000 for students based outside Europe in 2019/20
The Global Opportunities Bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying or working abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree (except Texas). You must complete the necessary paperwork to receive this bursary.
Texas Strategic Partnership Bursary - £1200 for students based in Texas in 2019/20
The Texas Strategic Partnership bursary is available for students spending a semester or year studying abroad at one of our partner universities in Texas as part of their degree. You must complete the necessary paperwork to receive this bursary.
Erasmus+ Bursaries - amounts dependent on year of study and destination
Erasmus+ funding is subject to change and dependent on the details of the Brexit settlement negotiated by the UK government. The Erasmus+ bursary varies depending on which country you visit and whether you are studying or working. It was available in 2018/19 for students who decided to spend up to a year of their course in Europe through the Erasmus+ programme. You must complete the required paperwork in order to receive Erasmus funding and complete a minimum number of days in order to qualify for any funding (90 days for study placements and 60 days for traineeships). If you return home early, and do not meet the minimum number of days, you must repay any Erasmus+ funds you have received.
Widening Participation Bursary - £500 for year or semester abroad outside Europe in 2019/20
If you are a student on a year or semester abroad programme, we will check if you are eligible to receive additional 'WP' funding. Your eligibility will be checked in the following way:
- If you are first generation of your family to attend university (checked with Student Records).
- If you have declared an annual household income of less than £30,000 when you applied for Student Finance (and both you and your parents have consented to share this information). This is not based on student income, but the income of your parents/guardians (checked with Student Records).
- If you have self-declared on the Bursary Application Form that you are a Care Leaver, Care Giver, Estranged student. (checked with Money@CampusLife).
- If you are a Nursing or Medical student, you must provide a copy of your NHS Bursary Notification letter (eligibility checked against Money@CampusLife data)
Students receiving Erasmus funding who are WP eligible will receive a bursary top-up within their Erasmus grant rate.
Santander Bursary - £1000 for year or semester abroad in 2019/20
Santander Bursaries are limited. Only students who are WP eligible can apply. In addition to the criteria outlined above, students will also be considered as WP eligible for Santander purposes if their period abroad is either 1) their first international experience or 2) their first professional or university level work experience (for work placements). This bursary can be awarded in addition to the standard Global Opportunities, Texas Strategic Partnership and Widening Participation bursaries. Students must provide a personal statement on their Go Global Bursary Application Form in order to be considered for this additional bursary.
If you are spending a year abroad as part of your degree, then you will pay a reduced rate of your usual tuition fees to Swansea University for that year (15% in 2019/20 for study placements and 20% in 2019/20 for year in industry placements). If you are spending a semester abroad, you will pay your usual tuition fees to Swansea University. Visit https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/tuition-fees/ for current rates
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 your Student Loan Company that you are going abroad. You may be asked to submit a course abroad form, which the Go Global team can sign and stamp for you. it is your responsibility to apply for any loans and grants.
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 of your travel expenses for your time 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 Go Global team are simply directing you to this information. if you have any further questions, please contact your Local Authority.
Swansea University currently has restrictions in place regarding international travel. Please contact your college for further information.
Due to the current global situation as a result of coronavirus, Swansea University has cancelled summer programmes due to take place in 2020. We appreciate this will come as disappointing news to many, however the wellbeing of our students is our main concern. All students who have applied for funding towards a summer programme have been contacted by the Go Global team. If you are an affected student and would like further assistance, please don’t hesitate to
The British American Foundation of Texas (BAFTX) - up to $5,000
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 and the University of Houston. It is only available for students who are studying STEM or Business subjects. Scholarships for 2018-19 were worth up to $5,000. The closing date for BAFTX applications in 2019/20 was 31st March; the deadline is usually the end of March each year. For more information and including a link to the application form, please visit: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/texas/student-mobility/baftx/
BUTEX Scholarship - £500
This scholarship is only available for students going on a semester or year abroad in a Non-European country and who aren't eligible for Erasmus funding. In order to apply, you either need to answer an essay question OR design a poster and submit before 15th June 2020 - winners will be notified by the end of October. Further details on how to apply can be found on the BUTEX website.