Funding for summer opportunities

Find out more about funded opportunities to go abroad in summer 2019

Researching the cost of studying or working abroad is a vital step in planning your international experience. While we strive to ensure that we have opportunities to suit all budgets, knowing more about the costs involved allows you to save the money you need to make the most of your time abroad.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for those spending one or two semesters abroad are usually paid to the University of Aberdeen as normal, though the exact method of payment will depend on your fee status (see table below). No tuition fees would be due to your host university for those on study exchange.

STUDY EXCHANGE Single semester Full academic year
Scottish/EU (SAAS-funded) Full fee paid by SAAS Full fee paid by SAAS
Scottish/EU (self-funded) Full fee paid by student Full fee paid by student
Rest of UK Full fee paid by student Fee waiver**
International Full fee paid by student Fee waiver**


TRAINEESHIPS Single semester Full academic year
Scottish/EU (SAAS-funded) Full fee paid by SAAS 50% fee paid by SAAS
50% fee waiver
Scottish/EU (self-funded) Full fee paid by student Full fee paid by student
Rest of UK Full fee paid by student Fee waiver**
International Full fee paid by student Fee waiver**

**Fee waiver applies to students who are eligible for the International Undergraduate Scholarship or the RUK final year fee waiver, and switches the award from the final year to the year abroad. Please note that students can only receive the fee waiver once, so if you are considering more than one year abroad, please check your eligibility with your funding/scholarship provider, where appropriate. 

Tuition fees will be unaffected for students undertaking summer or graduate opportunities.

Additional costs

Students going abroad during their degrees should budget for the following additional costs:

  • Return flights to and from host destination
  • Visa charges (where applicable)

This is in addition to costs that you would usually budget for if you were in Aberdeen, such as:

  • Accommodation
  • Subsistence, ie food, drink and other essentials
  • Local transport
  • Books



Eligibility for maintenance grants and loans

Students going abroad for a semester or year should continue to be eligible for maintenance grants and loans as normal, ie SAAS, Student Finance, etc. If you are unsure, check with your funding provider.

If the period abroad is a compulsory part of your programme, you may be able to claim the cost of return flights and medical insurance, even if you do not usually qualify for a maintenance grant - check with your funding provider for details.

Additional funding opportunities

The funding available depends on where you are going and what you are doing. We have outlined the main funding opportunities below.

Where there is no funding available, you should assume that an opportunity is self-funded, ie that you have to pay for it yourself.

International Exchange

Very limited funding available.

  • McNeil Scholarship for Drexel University, USA - two competitive awards of $12,500 USD (2019/20 rate for guidance only)
  • BUTEX Scholarship for destinations in North America - competitive awards of £500 GBP
  • JASSO Scholarship for destinations in Japan - competitive monthly stipend of ¥80,000 JPY

Erasmus Study/Traineeship

**Please note that this information is contingent upon Brexit negotiations and may be subject to change at short notice.**

Participation in the Erasmus Programme automatically qualifies students for funding. The level of funding available to each student depends on the duration, host country and whether study or traineeship is being undertaken. Please note that the grant rates 2021/22 have not yet been confirmed, so please use the 2020/2021 rates for guidance only.

Student grant rates 2020/21


Receiving country

Amount per month

Group 1

Programme Countries with higher living costs

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway

€420 EUR

Group 2

Programme Countries with medium living costs

Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal

€370 EUR

Group 3

Programme Countries with lower living costs

Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey

€370 EUR

Top-up funding

  • The above table contains the basic rates for Erasmus Study
  • Erasmus Traineeship: additional top-up of €100 EUR per month
  • Students from disadvantaged backgrounds: additional top-up of €120 EUR per month
    NB Erasmus Traineeship students from disadvantaged backgrounds only receive one top-up
  • Students with additional support needs: calculated on the basis of actual costs

Santander Scholarships


Other financial considerations