Scholarships, Bursaries and Costs

There are a variety of bursaries and grants which you can access to support your period abroad, to assist with travel costs, accommodation fees and general day-to-day expenses. The funding available will depend on where you are going and the duration of your time abroad, so please check the details carefully of each option listed below.

Erasmus+ Grant - 300 - 450€ approx

The Erasmus+ Grant is dependent on location, and varies in each country. It is available for students who decide to spend up to a year of their course in Europe in 2018-19 through the Erasmus+ programme. Students can receive grants of up to 350 euros per month for study, or up to 450 euros per month for student traineeships, depending on the country they go to. This grant is a contribution to the extra costs of studying abroad, which is why it varies by country. 

Global Opportunities Bursary - £1000

The Global Opportunities Bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree (except Texas).

The International Development Office provides students with a £1000 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork.

Texas Strategic Partnership Bursary - £1200

This bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad at one of our partner universities in Texas as part of their degree.  The International Development Office provides students with a £1200 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork. Students in receipt of  BAFTX or Erasmus+ funding will not be eligible for this bursary. 

The British American Foundation of Texas (BAFTX) was established to help provide financial assistance and educational opportunities to academically-gifted students in the United Kingdom and the United States. It offers a dedicated scholarship programme to Swansea University students participating in the University's reciprocal exchange programme with Texas A&M University, UT Austin and the University of Houston. Scholarships for 2018-19 are worth up to $5,000.

The closing date for BAFTX applications is 31st March.

For more information about and to download an application form, please visit

Widening Participation Bursary 2018/19

  • Semester or Year Abroad (credit-bearing) = £500 
  • College Short Programme (credit-bearing) = £100 
  • Summer Programmes (non-credit bearing) = £250 - £500, depending on programme duration

You are eligible for this bursary if you have declared an annual household income of less than £30,000 when you applied for student finance (and both you and your parents have agreed to share this information). Please note this is not based on student income but the income of your parents/guardians. Widening participation bursaries are only applicable to undergraduate students. 

Nursing students: You will need to provide a copy of your NHS Bursary Notification Letter in order for us to assess your eligibility for WP funding.

Summer and Short Programmes - Up to £800

This funding is available for college-led short programmes and also Summer programmes. The bursary amount depends on the duration of your chosen programme - specific details of the funding available can be found on the relevant summer programme page. Funding is only available for programmes promoted by Swansea University's Go Global Team. Undergraduate Level 1 and Level 2 students and Postgraduate students (with academic approval) are eligible for this funding. Programmes must be a minimum of 2 weeks to qualify for funding.

The David & Christopher Lewis Foundation Bursaries

The David & Christopher Lewis Foundation Bursaries are available for students undertaking summer programmes in China as part of their degree. Bursaries are between £500 and £1000 and are limited therefore, priority will be given to students:

  • From a disadvantaged/widening participation background (with an annual household income of less than £25,000)
  • From the College of Engineering, School of Management and HRC School of Law
  • From Tre-gib, Bro Myrddin, Morriston, Bryn Tawe Comprehensive Schools and Howell's School Llandaff. 
  • Recipients of these bursaries will be required to give a presentation about the experience on their return

Travel Grants

If you currently receive finance through Student Finance England, Wales or Northern Ireland and plan to during your year/semester abroad, you may able to apply for a reimbursement for your travel expenses for studying abroad.
Please follow the relevant links below for further information and application details. If you are eligible, please note that this reimbursement is not paid for by Swansea University, the IDO are simply directing you to this information. If you have any further questions on this, please contact your local authority. 

Student Finance Wales
Student Finance England 
Student Awards Agency Scotland 
Student Finance Northern Ireland

Student Loans

If you are studying abroad, you can still apply for your student loan as normal through the relevant Student Loan Company. It is important that you are enrolled on the correct degree scheme which reflects your year or semester abroad, and that you inform the SLC that you are going abroad.

You may be asked to submit a Course Abroad Form, which the Go Global team is happy to sign and stamp for you. It is your responsibility to apply for any loans and grants.

Tuitions Fees

If you are spending a year abroad as part of your degree, then you will only pay 15% of your usual tuition fees to Swansea for that year.

If you are spending a semester abroad, you will pay your usual tuition fees to Swansea University.