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 and at a different stage in the application process.

Country

Cost in local currency

Cost in £

When need to prove

USA

US $12,500 - $23,000

£8,150 – £15,000

Partner University Application stage

Australia

AUD $18,610

£9,450

Visa application

Canada

CND $10,000 (Quebec $11,000)

£5,180 (Quebec £5,670)

Visa application

New Zealand

NZD $15,000

£7,340

Visa application

Hong Kong

HKD $70,000

£5,880

 

Other costs

This table will give you a rough guide to living costs you can expect in different countries. You will also have to budget for at least one return flight in the year (more if you plan to come home during holidays, or travel in country).

It is compulsory for you to have medical insurance when you are studying abroad. Depending on the country you are going to, this will mean taking out the host university’s policy or sourcing your own.

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

Based on 2014/15 prices

Boston College, USA

US $

University of Maine, USA

US $

Monash University, Australia

Aus $

National Taiwan University, Taiwan

GBP £

WU Wien, Austria

Euros €

Room and Board

12,566

9,048

15,850

3,600

4,000

Books and Supplies

1,560

850

1,200

200

300

Medical Insurance

1,974

1,651

380

Cost of UK policy

500

Personal Expenses

4,500

1,100

4,200

850

4000

Health Services

435

-

-

-

 

Additional Costs

20

-

-

210

550

Total (currency)

$21,055

$12,649

$22,590

 

€9,350

Total (GB Pounds)

£13,250

£7,961

£12,257

£4,860+

£7,343

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 2014/15 this is a maximum of £6600.

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 (based on 2014/15).

  • BUTEX scholarships (8 scholarships @£500)
  • 2015 Scholarships for Excellence - Study on exchange in Hong Kong (min 10 scholarships, up to £3,000 each for UK passport holders)
  • LUMS Scholarships, £500 each, contact Emma Jupp in the LUMS International Office e.jupp@lancaster.ac.uk for more information.

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.