Funding your study abroad
Where can I get funding?
All students studying abroad, whether for a semester or a full year will be eligible for funding. The level of funding will depend on your destination and personal circumstances.
If you are studying in Europe for 3-12 months or on an Erasmus traineeship for 2-12 months, you may be eligible for the Erasmus+ grant. See the table below for the amount as this depends on your destination. Erasmus+ students from a disadvantaged background will receive up to an additional €120 per month for study abroad and up to an additional €20 for Erasmus traineeships. To apply for the Erasmus+ grant, speak to the Go Abroad Team by email or phone.
Financial support from Erasmus+
Study placements (monthly grant)
Traineeships (monthly grant)
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway
Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, Turkey
In addition to the grant above, low income students will also receive an extra £120 monthly grant for study placements or an additional £20 for traineeships.
Students will not receive the Erasmus+ grant until the Erasmus+ contract, learning agreement and arrival certificate have been signed and returned.
Students working or studying abroad can still apply for student finance, but must tell their student loans company they will be studying abroad and for how long. If you have applied for student finance before deciding to do an Erasmus placement, contact the Go Abroad team so the university can submit a change of circumstances to your student loans company.
Co-funded by the European Commission
There are a number of financial awards which LJMU students may be eligible for:
LJMU Travel Award
All students studying abroad at any of our non-European partners are entitled to this award. Students undertaking study placements receive a £1,000 travel grant as a contribution towards all costs. Students will be advised on how to claim the award once they have been accepted by LJMU to study abroad.
USA and Canada BUTEX scholarship
BUTEX scholarships are up to £500 for those studying abroad for one semester or a whole year. These scholarships are not automatically awarded, and students must compete for the scholarship. For more information, visit the BUTEX website.
USA-UK Fullbright Awards Programme
UK citizens can apply for funding to study, lecture or pursue research in any academic field in the USA. For more information, visit the Fullbright website.
If you are experiencing unexpected hardship, you may be entitled to extra funding. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 231 3153 for more information
Tip: Tell your UK bank where you will be and for how long. Ask if this will involve any bank charges. You can then decide if you would like to open a European/US bank account or use a pre-paid cash card whilst abroad.
Will I pay tuition fees?
Your host institution will not charge you any tuition fees, but admin costs for ID cards, sports facilities, etc. may be required. However, you are still liable for tuition fees to LJMU and remain eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan under the normal rules. The amount of tuition you are charged by LJMU depends on how long you are going abroad for. Take a look at fees and funding for more information.
Do I need insurance?
LJMU students undertaking Erasmus+ study and work placements during their studies will be provided with travel and health insurance. Students going to the USA to study will receive travel insurance and will need to pay for their own medical insurance.
What about student loans?
Your host institution will not charge you any tuition fees. However, you are still liable for tuition fees to LJMU and remain eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan under the normal rules. The amount of tuition you are charged by LJMU depends on how long you are going abroad for.
For more information, please visit our fees and funding section.
Can I claim anything from my student loans company?
Students can claim for travel depending on their household income. You must pay the first £303 and claim additionally. The costs of mandatory visas, essential insurance and medical tests can be reimbursed. However, please note, students on short-term vacation placements may not be eligible for reimbursements. To see if you are eligible, please check with your relevant student loan company.
Students may also apply for a means-tested grant towards travel costs when applying for student finance. If doing this, it is important to keep receipts of flights, hotel bookings, etc. Please note, students must pay the first £303, anything after this may be reimbursed. Costs of mandatory visas, essential insurance and medical tests may be reimbursed. Students on short-term placements during summer may not be entitled to this grant. Please contact your student loans company to check if you are eligible.