Scholarships, Bursaries and Costs

There are a variety 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, so please check the details carefully of each option listed below.

Erasmus+ Grant - approx 280-430€

The Erasmus+ Grant is dependent on location, and varies in each country. It is available for students who decide to spend up to a year of their course in Europe in 2017-18 through the Erasmus+ programme. Students can receive grants of up to 380 euros per month for study, or up to 430 euros 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

The Global Opportunities 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.

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 summer or short 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. Scholarships for 2018-19 are worth up to $5,000.

The closing date for BAFTX applications is 31st March.

For more information about and to download an application form, please visit

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. 

Travel 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 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

Student Loans

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.

Tuitions Fees

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. 

Swansea University charter

The Erasmus University Charter (EUC) provides the general framework for all European co-operation activities a higher education institution may carry out within the Erasmus Programme. The Charter sets out the fundamental principles and the minimum requirements underlying the Erasmus activities a higher education institution has to respect.

Swansea University has been awarded an Extended Erasmus University Charter under the 2007-13 Lifelong Learning Programme.

This means that Swansea is entitled to participate in decentralised Erasmus activities (which include study and work placements for students and staff mobility) and also act as an applicant organisation in Erasmus centralised actions (multilateral projects, networks and accompanying measures) managed by the Executive Agency. For further information on what this means click here

Mission Statement

A core element of the University’s Mission Statement for the period to 2012, is:

  • to provide an environment of research excellence, with research being undertaken that is internationally recognised
  • to deliver an outstanding student experience with teaching of the highest quality that produces graduates equipped for distinguished personal and professional achievement.

A key element of this is to enhance student experience and employability by the promotion of international mobility experience. Swansea believes that the experience of studying abroad or undertaking work placements abroad provides students with a high level of adaptability, language skills and confidence which will serve them well in the global economy.

Swansea University is committed to the development of the European Community as an advanced knowledge society, and is keen to foster interaction, cooperation and mobility and to this end is developing a number of joint masters, joint doctoral programmes and joint research proposals with other institutions within Europe.

Objectives and Priorities

Swansea University’s objectives and priorities for its Erasmus activities and other actions in the context of the Lifelong Learning Programme (2007-2013) are as follows:

  • To increase promotion of ERASMUS, through strategic targeted activity, with the aim of increasing mobility of Swansea students to achieve targets set under the Life Long Learning Programme (LLP).
  • To promote Erasmus mobility as part of a wider employability strategy in line with the Lisbon Strategy and the 2006 Conference on Enhancing Employability held at Swansea .
  • To build upon experience and relationships already gained in the development of Erasmus Mundus Masters programmes to develop further joint masters and Joint Doctoral programmes within Europe.
  • Aim to achieve Diploma Supplement and E Quality labels and work towards development of Europass.
  • To develop Swansea as a key player in Erasmus and Bologna developments in the UK .

Specific actions planned to give visibility to Erasmus activities are as follows:

  • Open Days, geared at promoting Erasmus at the student application stage.
  • Regular information fairs and departmental meetings where Swansea students interested in Erasmus can find out more about the scheme and partner institutions.
  • The use of former Erasmus students to promote the scheme through highlighting the benefit of their experiences.
  • Use of incoming Erasmus students and visiting academics to promote partner institutions.
  • Publication of scheme and student experiences on website and handbooks.
  • Set up of Erasmus Society and social events.
  • The Erasmus University Charter and Erasmus Policy Statement will be launched within the institution and widely publicised both in prospectuses, student handbooks and on the web.
  • Swansea is an Equal opportunities employer and is committed to protect the dignity of all students and staff at the University by eliminating all forms of offensive behaviour, and establishing a working and learning environment free from inequality, harassment or aggression in any form.
  • Swansea welcomes applications from those with disabilities or special needs. It has a designated Disability Office with considerable experience of how best to support students, and has acquired a national reputation for the quality of its provision.

Measures in place to ensure high quality in academic mobility activities

  • A comprehensive Learning and Teaching Strategy, key aims of which are to improve the learning experience of students and to promote the enhancement of quality and standards.
  • Monitoring of Erasmus agreements by appropriate University Committee to ensure quality is maintained.
  • Set procedures for quality assurance control and good practice (developed as result of many years experience participating in Erasmus).
  • Employment of an Erasmus Co-ordinator to manage and promote the programme campus wide.
  • Reference to ECTS in publications and transcripts.

Swansea ensures quality for Incoming Students by:

  • Publishing clear information for partners on the application process (including providing information on courses and specifying what English Language provision is available in the area).
  • Learning agreements.
  • Priority for accommodation to Exchange students.
  • Assigning tutors to exchange students for academic and pastoral support.
  • Organising induction events and ‘buddy’ schemes to help with orientation.
  • Issuing a regular email newsletter about events.
  • Providing access to the University’s extensive range of student support services, including counselling and disability support services.
  • Issuing official transcripts at the end of the academic year.

Swansea ensures quality for Outgoing Students by

  • Assigning academic tutors to assist students with their application process and monitor their progress during their Erasmus stay.
  • Ensuring students are made aware of the required learning outcomes from their Erasmus study period and putting in place ECTS Learning Agreements prior to students undertaking their studies.
  • Offering language preparation.
  • Ensuring email contact with Erasmus Coordinator during exchange.
  • Including full details of Erasmus study period in Official Transcript and Diploma Supplement.
  • Putting measures in place to ensure quality in Staff Mobility.
  • Assisting Academic staff in identifying suitable partner institutions for teacher mobility and with organisation of teacher mobility visits.
  • Swansea supports teacher mobility, encourages staff to take part and welcomes visits from partner institutions.
  • Full acknowledgement/recognition is given to staff participating in Teacher Mobility.
  • Specific measures are in place to ensure high quality in student placements.
  • The University has experience in organising work placements for its students and has put in place the following set of measures and procedures to ensure quality and good practice.
  • Students are assisted in identifying suitable host organisations and applying for the work placement.

And also...

  • Potential Host organisations are assessed for their suitability and where necessary visits are carried out.
  • Placements are only arranged with well-established, reputable companies who have a well-managed Health and Safety procedure.
  • Placement students are assigned an academic tutor.
  • The work programme and learning outcomes for the student are agreed between the academic coordinator and the host organisation, prior to the placement.
  • Students are made aware of the work programme and its learning outcomes before the placement begins.
  • A three-way agreement is put in place laying out the obligations of the University, the host organisation and the student before the placement begins which all parties are required to sign.
  • Students are required to email their tutor on a fortnightly basis to report on progress of their placement.
  • Placement students are required to keep a diary of the work they do during their placement
  • Monitoring visits are arranged whenever possible.
  • At the end of the placement, students are required to produce a written report on the placement (the diary forms an annex to the report).
  • The written report on the placement period is assessed by the academic tutor who determines whether the learning outcomes have been achieved and reports the result to the progression boards.
  • Feedback forms are in place to gain feedback from placement holders and students participating in the scheme.