Funding for summer opportunities

Find out more about funded opportunities to go abroad in summer 2021

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.
 

Exact tuition fee arrangements will depend on when students commenced their degree.
 

Students commencing their degree in 2021/22 onwards

STUDY EXCHANGE Single semester Full academic year
Scottish (SAAS-funded) Full fee paid by SAAS Full fee paid by SAAS
Scottish (self-funded) Full fee paid by student Full fee paid by student
Rest of UK Full fee paid by student 15% of fee paid by student (£1380 for 2021/22)
International / EU Full fee paid by student Full fee paid by student

 

TRAINEESHIPS Single semester Full academic year
Scottish (SAAS-funded) Full fee paid by SAAS 50% fee paid by SAAS
50% fee waiver
Scottish (self-funded) Full fee paid by student Full fee paid by student
Rest of UK Full fee paid by student 15% of fee paid by student (£1380 for 2021/22)
International / EU Full fee paid by student Full fee paid by student

 

Students commencing their degree in 2020/21

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 / EU Full fee paid by student Full fee paid by student

 

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 Full fee paid by student

 

Students commencing their degree in 2019/20 or earlier

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 – this is based on eligibility for a final-year fee waiver: available to RUK students who commenced their degree in 2020/21 or earlier; and International students who commenced their degree in 2019/20 or earlier. For these students, the final-year fee waiver is switched to the year abroad. Please note that the fee waiver can only be applied once.

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

 

Funding

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

Study exchange can be funded under the UK Government's new Turing Scheme. While we update this information in our webpages, please see the Turing Scheme website for Grant Rates for 2021/22.

  • 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

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. 

Student grant rates 2021/22

 

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 Bursaries

Up to £1,000 available towards participation in an eligible summer school activity. See the Santander Bursaries section for more information

Other financial considerations

Insurance