Fees and Funding

Funding your period of study abroad is important to all students and requires some careful planning. Luckily, there are lots of funding opportunities available to students, both from Keele University and from other organisations.

The information provided on this page is accurate for funding to be provided to students going on study abroad in 2020/21.

Tuition fees

If you are studying abroad as part of your degree you will still need to pay tuition fees for that year to the Keele University. You do not pay any fees to your host university. 

Tuition fee loans (through your student finance body) will be available to eligible students to cover these costs.


UK/EU Students

International Students

Semester Exchange

Normal full tuition fees apply

Normal full tuition fees apply

Full Year Exchange

15% of your full tuition fee

15% of your full tuition fee

You can find more information on the Undergraduate Tuition Fee pages for study abroad students

Important: For students going abroad in 2020-21 who have chosen to undertake a blended mobility, the tuition fee rate of 15% is not confirmed and is subject to change once confirmed by the Student Loans Company

Maintenance loan/grant

  • You will still be eligible to apply for a maintenance loan/grant
  • For students studying abroad, the amount of loan available may be slightly higher, please see the Student Finance pages for the latest amounts

Student finance travel grant

Student Finance offers means-tested travel grants for students studying abroad as part of their course. For full details see the Gov.uk Travel Grants page but in summary, you can apply for funding towards:

  • Up to 3 return flights from the UK to your Host Country
  • Visas, medical insurance, and essential expenditure
  • You would need to pay the first £303 towards the above costs

For students studying abroad, the amount of loan available may be slightly higher, see the Student Finance pages or contact the Keele Student Services Centre for the latest amounts.

The UK Government may provide some additional funding via loans and travel grants based on your programme and need. The process can differ based on region, so make sure to research the funding available to you.

Important: this is subject to change for 2020-21 and will be confirmed as soon as possible

Keele offers a Study Abroad Bursary of £1000 for students spending a year abroad at a non-EU partner institution.

In order to receive this bursary, you must:

  • Be studying abroad for a full year.
  • Have a gross annual household income below £20,000 (as verified by Student Finance England).
  • Not be in receipt of other public funding. This means that if you receive funding from the Welsh Assembly towards your tuition fees, or the Erasmus fund, you will not be eligible to apply for this bursary.
  • Have been accepted to study abroad.

The Global Opportunities Team will contact you if you are eligible for the bursary. 

More information and full eligibility criteria can be found on the Study Abroad Bursary webpage.


Important: Please be aware that we cannot guarantee Erasmus+ funding for students going to Europe in 2020/21. Funding is dependent on the successful funding bid and will be confirmed as soon as possible.  

Students studying in Europe on an eligible Erasmus+ placement receive a monthly Erasmus+ Grant. This grant is funded by the European Commission and the amount varies each year. The Erasmus+ Grant rates are set by the European Commission and change each year. They are based on the destination country and the type of placement undertaken. The grant is usually between €370-520 per month paid in two instalments across the semester/year. 

The current grant rates and all eligibility criteria can be found on the Erasmus+ Grant pages. 

Disability and Special Needs Funding

Disability and Special Needs funding is available to support students who require additional financial support that would otherwise prevent them from undertaking an Erasmus+ mobility. Each application is assessed based on the student’s requirements and certain other criteria by the British Council; funding cannot be guaranteed. The allowances are offered when additional support needs would lead to additional costs to go abroad which would exceed the normal grant allocation amounts that cannot be covered from other sources. The grant covers approved costs.

There is a separate application process provided by the British Council for students with disabilities. Students can access additional funding to cover any costs associated with their disability.


Some Schools and Departments within Keele offer awards specific to their students and subjects. These awards can change each year depending on available funding.

Hugh Leech Travelling Scholarship
Adams Award for Travel in North America
Alan Summer Language Bursary

There are various external funding streams open to students who wish to study abroad.

Swiss European Mobility Agreement grants

If you are planning to study in Switzerland you may be eligible to receive up to 1,800 CHF (Swiss Francs) per semester directly from the Swiss partner university that you are studying at.

BUTEX Scholarships

Keele University is a member of BUTEX, which aims to promote study abroad between the UK and non-EU universities. Any student going on an exchange outside of the Erasmus scheme can apply for one of £500 scholarships that BUTEX makes available. To find out how to apply, visit the BUTEX website.

Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence 

The British Council makes available around 10 scholarships of up to £4000. These are open to any UK passport holder participating in an official university exchange to Hong Kong. For more information visit the British Council Hong Kong website.

Jasso Scholarship (studying in Japan only)

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) is an independent administrative institution established under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (Monbukagakusho). JASSO comprehensively administers scholarship loan programs, support programs for international students, and student support programs. Students can receive up to JPY 80,000. For more information visit the JASSO website.