Study abroad and work placements
A year abroad as part of your studies can be an exciting and invaluable experience. Before you decide, there are cost and funding implications of a year abroad or work placement to think through.
Find out about some of the typical expenses of a period abroad, and about loan, scholarship and grant options.
Financial evidence for visa applications
Most countries require that you show evidence that you can support yourself financially for the duration of your study abroad year. Without this evidence, they will not issue your student visa.
Calculating the cost of work placements
Whether you thinking about a work placement in the UK or abroad, there are certain costs you should consider before you start your placement.
UK and EU student tuition fees and maintenance loans - eligibility and amounts
If you're a UK or EU student and your course includes a placement year - studying abroad or working, either abroad or in the UK - your funding will change for the year.
Applying for your student loan
You can apply for both a Maintenance Loan to help pay for living costs while studying abroad or on a work placement and a loan for the Tuition Fee.
If you'll be on a work or study abroad placement in a European country, you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant to supplement your student loan.