Costs & Funding

Learn more about Study Abroad funding and costs


The UK government and York St John University are committed to promoting Study Abroad by offering a generous York St John University tuition fee reduction for all participants. Tuition fees are not paid to host institutions abroad.

York St John University Tuition Fee Reduction (2020-21 Home/EU students)

Year abroad: 85% discount on year tuition fee 

York St John Bursary 20/21

Students going to non-European destinations will be elligble for a £750 bursary.


Travel Grant

If you Study Abroad you may be eligible for a travel grant from Student Finance England, depending on household income, to help fund flights, essential expenses, and visas. Please visit the travel grant webpage, or contact student finance 


Maintenance Loan

You will continue to receive this as usual. if you are going abroad for the year, we can action it so you receive all your loan in one installment. Please think carefully before you do this, as this has to last you for the full year. 

Erasmus+ Grant 2019-20

All exchange students to Europe receive an EU funded monthly grant as follows:

€420 per month to Austria, Denmark, Finland,  Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg
€370 per month to Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary

UK Students from households with an annual income of less than £25 000 are eligible for an additional top-up grant of €120 per month. For more information please visit the Erasmus+ website.


Erasmus+ Additional Needs Grant

Grants are available for students with additional needs wishing to participate in the Erasmus+ programmes and where participation would not be possible without extra financial support. The grant covers approved actual costs. If accepted

Students should apply for the grant before their mobility by:

  1. Booking an appointment with the Disability Team at the SID desk in Holgate
  2. Filling out the Special Needs Support Financial Application 2019 2020 (DOCx, 18KB)
  3. Submitting their application to the Study Abroad Team

Please submit this application before June 2019. The Study Abroad Team will forward the application to the Erasmus+ UK National Agency. There is no guarantee that your application will be successful.

If the application is approved the National Agency will specify a maximum allowance. On completion of the Erasmus+ period, a final report of expenditure will be required. If the expenditure is less than the approved maximum a recovery order for the return of such funds will be raised and the difference must be repaid to the Erasmus+ National Agency.


Brexit updates

If a year abroad is a compulsory part of your course we will provide study in a relevant country.

In the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit there may be some disruption to EU-based study placements. For example, a reduction in partner destinations. Our staff are already working hard with our EU partners to secure places and avoid potential problems.

The current draft withdrawal agreement provides UK students access to Erasmus+ to the end of the programme. In the event of a no-deal Brexit there is no guarantee of the Erasmus+ maintenance/living grant for UK student mobility to Europe either from the EU or from the UK government. 

For up to date information please visit the Erasmus+ website.

If you want to find out more, please email the Study Abroad Office at


£500 BUTEX Scholarship

Each year BUTEX (British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association) award a number of £500 scholarships to students studying outside Europe for a semester or a year. For more information and to apply, please visit The BUTEX website.


Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020

Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020 (PDF, 1MB)



Please ensure you have an up to date passport that expires no earlier than six months after you intend to return. If you are an EU passport holder you do not need a visa to study in Europe. Most other destinations require you to have a visa. The cost and process of applying for a visa is your responsibility and varies depending on your destination. Depending on the country this can be a lengthy process so once you know you have a place on exchange it is important to look into this as soon as possible. You will be provided guidance from the partner university but it will be your responsibility to obtain the correct visa. Neither the Study Abroad team here nor at the partner university are qualified to offer consultations or detailed advice regarding visa applications. Immigration laws are complex and subject to frequent changes. If you do have any visa related questions you will need to contact the appropriate Embassy directly.


Flight costs vary depending on your destination. 

Course Books

Some courses require you to purchase books whilst abroad.

Accommodation Abroad

You will need to budget for accommodation costs when you are abroad. Accommodation options and costs abroad vary. Most institutions offer university accommodation or guidance on sourcing private accommodation. Your host university will provide you with accommodation options once you are accepted into the programme. Please visit our partner pages for more information.

One Semester Exchange

If you are considering a semester abroad, we advise against signing a year’s contract for private rented accommodation in York, to avoid double-paying rent. Instead, we guarantee you a room in York St John University accommodation for the semester that you are not abroad


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