The cost of studying abroad

Tuition Fees 2017 - 2018

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.


Cost in local currency

Cost in £

When need to prove


US $12,500 - $23,000

£8,150 – £15,000

Partner University Application stage


AUD $19,830


Visa application


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

£5,180 (Quebec £5,670)

Visa application

New Zealand

NZD $15,000


Visa application

Hong Kong

HKD $70,000



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


WU Wien, Austria

Euros €

Room and Board






Books and Supplies






Medical Insurance




Cost of UK policy


Personal Expenses






Health Services






Additional Costs






Total (currency)






Total (GB Pounds)






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 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.