Going abroad for part of your degree course doesn't have to be expensive.
By taking part in ARU Global Experience exchange programmes, you will continue to pay your tuition fees to ARU and will not be liable for fees at the host institution.
For living and other expenses, a variety of funding sources and options are available to students depending on study abroad destination and personal circumstances.
ARU has successfully bid for funding via the UK’s Turing Scheme for the 2023-24 academic year and will prepare a bid for the 2024-25 year to enable students going abroad to apply for a grant to help towards cost of living whilst overseas.
Currently, students from England and Wales can also continue to access their student loan funding for tuition fees and maintenance through Student Finance England (see the section Student Finance England below for details) and the Student Loans Company (SLC). You may also be eligible for a travel grant through Student Finance England, to assist with travel and other incidental costs such as visas, vaccinations and medical insurance.
ARU has been successful in bidding for funding from the UK’s Turing Scheme to support students to study abroad for the past three years. The ARU Global Experience team plans to bid for funding for the 2024-25 academic year and will update information on the 2024-25 bid on this page in due course. Current ARU students can find detailed information on Turing-funded opportunities by visiting MyARU (login required) or our short-term programmes page.
The UK Turing Scheme is the UK Government’s programme to provide funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world. The grant funding ARU Global receives provides opportunities for ARU students to engage in life-changing experiences to work or study abroad.
The Turing Scheme provides funding at two separate rates:
1) Cost of Living Grant (standard rate)
2) Grants for students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds (cost of living grant and travel grant)
Grant rates for the 2023-24 academic year can be found on the Turing Scheme website.
ARU students who have questions about activities which can be covered under the scheme should contact [email protected]
If you normally apply for a UK student loan, we strongly advise you to apply for one for your period abroad.
Taking part in an exchange programme does not affect your eligibility to apply for a student loan. You should only apply for the tuition fee loan amount that you have been requested to pay by ARU, as you will not be paying tuition to your overseas host institution.
Once your study abroad plans are confirmed, the ARU Global Experience team will share your information with Student Finance England electronically. Please note, though, that you're responsible for confirming that Student Finance England has received your study abroad details.
Whilst on exchange, you're still entitled to the maintenance part of your Student Loan.
Students who have not been eligible for a Maintenance Loan or Grant in the past, may still be eligible for it for their trimester abroad. Please check with Student Finance.