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Funding for study or work abroad

Funding for study or work abroad

Some courses at Queen Mary University of London include a year abroad, either to study or work. The financial support you can receive will depend on what you do during the academic year.

You will not be going abroad in your first year, but this information is included here to help you plan if you will be studying abroad later in your course.

The funding arrangements for study and work abroad detailed below are for the 2021/22 academic year. The arrangements for 2022/23 are not yet confirmed, we will update this page in due course.

 

 

 

Erasmus scheme update for 2021/22

Queen Mary's bilateral agreements signed under the Erasmus+ Programme will remain valid through the 2021/22 academic year and funding is available to students completing a study placement at Erasmus+ partner universities in 2021/22. Queen Mary also continues to have funding available to students completing work placements as part of their degree programme during the 2021/22 academic year. See the Queen Mary Global Opportunities webpages for more information.

Similarly, Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP) funding will be available for the 2021/22 academic year. See the Queen Mary Global Opportunities webpages for more information.

Turing Scheme – new for 2021/22

The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s global programme to study and work abroad. The scheme provides funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world. See the Queen Mary Global Opportunities webpages for more information.

Erasmus+/Turing Scheme Study Abroad and Work Abroad.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee for students who will be taking a full year of Erasmus+/Turing Scheme study abroad or an Erasmus+ work abroad placement in 2021/22 will be £1,385. You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to pay for this, if you are normally eligible for one.

If you are going abroad for just part of an academic year, and you will be spending at least ten weeks at Queen Mary, you will be liable to pay the full annual tuition fee (£9,250). You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to pay for this, if you are normally eligible for one.

Living costs support

If you study abroad or do an Erasmus+ work placement abroad, you can get a Maintenance Loan subject to the usual income assessments. There is a special overseas rate of Maintenance Loan. In 2021/22, the maximum amount is £10,866 (or £9,726 for final year students).

If you are studying abroad, once you have applied for Student Finance you should be sent a Course Abroad Form by SFE. Take this to the Student Enquiry Centre, ground floor Queens’ Building to be completed. The SEC will let you know when the form is ready to collect, and you will then need to send it back to SFE so they can process your application.

Providing you apply to SFE on time (by 25 June 2021), you will automatically receive your first Student Finance instalment 25 working days before the course start date. The second and third instalments of your Student Finance will be paid at the start of Queen Mary Semester 2 and the exam period.

Queen Mary can ask SFE to bring forward the first instalment of your Student Finance if you are required to travel abroad to start your study more than 25 working days before the start of the Queen Mary academic year.

Also, in certain countries the academic year runs across two semesters rather than three, in which case Queen Mary can ask SFE to pay your second and third instalments together. In some countries (usually China, Japan & Russia) you may be required to show that you have the money to support yourself financially for the whole year before you are allowed into the country. In these instances, SFE will pay the full amount of Student Finance for the year on your first instalment date (unless requested otherwise). As only the university can make requests to SFE for special payment arrangements, please contact the Student Enquiry Centre to arrange this.

If you are working abroad, your Student Finance is normally paid at the start of each Queen Mary semester. If you need to travel abroad to start your work placement earlier than the start of the Queen Mary academic year, you could contact SFE to ask if they can discretionally pay your first instalment early. You would need to provide evidence of the start date of the work placement.

Erasmus Grant

If you are studying or on an Erasmus+ work placement, you will normally be eligible for a non-income assessed Erasmus grant to help towards the extra costs of studying abroad. The grant amount varies from year to year. The British Council usually announces the new rates each summer.  See the Queen Mary Global Opportunities webpages for more information. At Queen Mary, the Erasmus grant is administered by Wiebke Leugers (w.leugers@qmul.ac.uk). The Erasmus webpage lists the Erasmus co-ordinators for each academic department at Queen Mary.

Travel grant

You can apply for an income-assessed Travel Grant from Student Finance England (SFE) for reasonable travel costs (this means buying the most cost effective tickets for the most economical form of transport).

You can be reimbursed for up to three return journeys from the UK to the overseas institution or workplace during a full academic year abroad. You cannot claim for the first £303 you spend. You may also be able to claim for the costs of visas, medical insurance, and a mandatory medical.

To apply, you need to complete the SFE Travel Abroad Expenses form, which SFE will automatically send you if you are eligible to apply. You will be asked to provide evidence to support your travel expenses claims, showing proof of payment and confirmation of what you purchased, for example an e-receipt for payment of flights.

You can apply for a Travel Grant at any time during the academic year, and you will not have to wait until your next instalment of Student Finance to be paid the Travel Grant.

Queen Mary Bursary

If you meet the usual eligibility requirements for the Queen Mary Bursary (see next section of this guide), you will also be able to receive it during an Erasmus+/Turing Scheme study abroad year or an Erasmus+ work placement year, as long as you continue to be eligible for income assessed Student Finance.

Study or work abroad (non-Erasmus+/Turing)

Tuition fees

The 2021/22 full year study abroad tuition fee will be £1,385.

If you are on a work year abroad, or a split year of work and study, you will pay £1,850, unless you are in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, in which case you will pay £1,385.

You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to pay for this, if you are normally eligible for one.

If you are going abroad for just part of an academic year, and you will be spending at least ten weeks at Queen Mary, you will be liable to pay the full annual tuition fee (£9250). You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to pay for this, if you are normally eligible for one.

Living costs support - Study Abroad (non-Erasmus+/Turing Scheme)

If you are studying abroad, you can get a Maintenance Loan, subject to the usual income assessments. There is a special overseas rate of Maintenance Loan. In 2021/22, the maximum amount is £10,866 (or £9,726 for final year students).

If you are studying abroad, once you have applied for Student Finance you should be sent a Course Abroad Form by SFE. Take this to the Student Enquiry Centre (SEC), ground floor Queens’ Building to be completed. The SEC will let you know when the form is ready to collect, and you will then need to send it back to SFE so they can process your application.

Providing you apply to SFE on time (by 25 June 2021), you will automatically receive your first Student Finance instalment 25 working days before the course start date. The second and third instalments of your Student Finance will be paid at the start of Queen Mary Semester 2 and the exam period.

Queen Mary can ask SFE to bring forward the first instalment of your Student Finance if you are required to travel abroad to start your study more than 25 working days before the start of the Queen Mary academic year.

Also, in certain countries the academic year runs across two semesters rather than three, in which case Queen Mary can ask SFE to pay your second and third instalments together.

In some countries (usually China, Japan & Russia) you may be required to show that you have the money to support yourself financially for the whole year before you are allowed into the country. In these instances, SFE will pay the full amount of Student Finance for the year on your first instalment date (unless requested otherwise). As only the university can make requests to SFE for special payment arrangements, please contact the Student Enquiry Centre to arrange this.

Travel grant

If you are studying abroad, you can apply for an income assessed travel grant from Student Finance England for reasonable travel costs incurred attending an overseas institution as part of the course. See above for information about the Travel Grant.

Queen Mary Bursary

If you meet the usual eligibility requirements for the Queen Mary Bursary (see the section of this guide ‘Money from Queen Mary’), you will also be able to receive it during a study abroad placement, as long as you continue to be eligible for income assessed Student Finance.

Study Abroad Bursary

Queen Mary has created a Study Abroad Bursary fund to assist international placements for students who could not otherwise meet the costs of a study abroad programme. Any student who would qualify for a Queen Mary Bursary can apply for this award. Please contact the Global Opportunties Team if you wish to discuss your individual potential eligibility for the Study Abroad Bursary.

Living costs support - Work Abroad (non-Erasmus+/Turing Scheme)

If you are working abroad on a non-Erasmus+/Turing placement, you can only apply for a non-income assessed Reduced rate Maintenance Loan. In 2021/22, the amount is £2,874 (or £2,240 for final year students). Your Student Finance is normally paid at the start of each Queen Mary semester. If you need to travel abroad to start your work placement earlier than the start of the Queen Mary academic year, you could contact SFE to ask if they can discretionally pay your first instalment early. You would need to provide evidence of the start date of the work placement.

You cannot claim the Travel Grant from SFE.

You will not be able to get the Queen Mary Bursary, because you are not eligible for income assessed Student Finance.

EU+

New Students 2021/22 onwards

The eligibility rules for Student Finance have changed for students starting courses from the 2021/22 academic year due to the UK no longer being a member of the EU. See the Eligibility section at the end of this guide to check if you are eligible.

Continuing Students

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting their Higher Education course up to and including starting in the academic year 2020/21 will be able to access UK government funding on the same basis as they can currently, for the duration of their course. Please see the Eligibility section of this guide.

EEA/Swiss workers

If you receive UK government Student Finance as an EEA/Swiss migrant worker, your eligibility for maintenance (living cost) support will cease while you are on your study or work placement abroad. This is because you will lose your worker status when you stop working in the UK and therefore cannot qualify for Student Finance on that basis. You may still be able to get a Tuition Fee Loan depending on your circumstances. See the Eligibility rules for Student Finance' section at the end of this guide to check if you are eligible or contact a Welfare Adviser.

To apply for the Tuition Fee Loan you will need to complete the EUPR1a paper application form, which you can download from the gov.uk website.

When you come back from your study or work abroad, as long as you start working again, you should be able to apply for full Student Finance, including maintenance support, for your next period of study. You will need to apply on a paper PN1 application form, which you can download from the gov.uk website. This form is normally for new students, so you will need to include a covering letter explaining that you are a continuing student who got a tuition fee loan only last academic year, and who is now applying as an EEA/Swiss migrant worker for full Student Finance. You will find detailed information about how to prove your EEA worker status in the Eligibility section at the end of this guide. If you have any difficulties, contact a Welfare Adviser.


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