The cost of studying abroad

Tuition Fees

You pay tuition fees to Lancaster University during your study period. You do not pay any tuition fees to your host university. However, the amount due to Lancaster varies depending on whether you study for one term or for the full academic year.

If you study abroad for a full year, you pay 15% of your normal tuition fee to Lancaster.

If you study abroad for one term, you will be charged your full tuition fee (100%).

Erasmus Programme

If you study or work in the EU/EEA through the Erasmus Programme, you are eligible to receive an Erasmus grant which will contribute to the costs of studying or working abroad.

Accommodation and subsistence costs

If you are planning to study abroad outside the EU, you will be required to prove that you have the finances to support yourself. Each country will ask for a different amount.


If you are going to the USA, you will be asked to show you have money to support yourself for the year (known as a ‘financial guarantee’) as part of your application. Each university will ask for a different sum, depending on the living costs of the area. In 2013/14 students were asked to guarantee between $8000 and $22,000.


If you are going to Canada, you will need to provide a financial guarantee to the Canadian High Commission when you apply for your student permit (visa). In 2013/14 the amount required was CND$10,000 if studying outside Quebec and CND$11,000 if studying in Quebec.


If you are going to Australia, you will need to provide a financial guarantee when you apply for your student visa. In 2013/14 the amount required was AUS $18,610.

Hong Kong

City University, Hong Kong and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology estimate that you should budget £800 (HK$8,800) per month for accommodation, food, transport and other personal expenses.

New Zealand

If you are going to New Zealand, you will need to provide a financial guarantee when you apply for your student visa. In 2013/14 the amount required was NZ $15,000.


Addressed through the Erasmus Programme.

Other costs


You will have to budget for at least one return flight in the year. If you intend to come home during holidays, or travel in country, you will need to budget more.


It is compulsory for you to have medical insurance when you are studying abroad. In the USA and Canada, this often means taking out your host university’s policy. In Australia you will have to take out Overseas Student Health Cover scheme through your host university. Your host university in New Zealand will also send you information.

You will also need appropriate travel insurance to cover your personal possessions while you are at your host university and when travelling in the country.

Text books

Text books, particularly in the USA, are very expensive. You may be able to buy secondhand copies (but check they are the most recent edition) or use Library copies.

Funding sources

Student Finance

Students who are eligible for a UK Student Finance loan will be entitled to extra money if they are studying abroad for a full year. In 13/14 this was a maximum of £6535.

If you receive a grant element to your award, you may be entitled to a higher amount. You may also be eligible for help with the costs of travel, visas and medical insurance while abroad.

More information about funding your study abroad placement.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Any Scholarships or Bursaries that you are awarded by Lancaster University will continue when you are abroad, subject to the regulations relating to the award.

There are also a number of competitive scholarships available to students who are studying abroad; these include the BUTEX Scholarship. Some of our partners also offer scholarships to study abroad students such as the University of Idaho. The Fulbright Commission also offers financial support for students studying in the USA.