The cost of studying abroad

Tuition Fees 2019 - 2020

You pay tuition fees to Lancaster University during your study period. 

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

  • *Cost of tuition fees for overseas fee payers not yet confirmed: expected to be 15% of the 2019/20 overseas tuition fees

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

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.

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 $10,200 - $24,000

£7,305 – £17,188

Partner University Application stage


AUD $20,290


Visa application (Spring)


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

£5,720 (Quebec £6,292)

Visa application (Spring)

New Zealand

NZD $15,000


Visa application (Spring)

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, a national specific student policy or finding 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 2018/19 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




2800 USD


Books and Supplies






Medical Insurance




150 USD


Personal Expenses




3,300 USD


Health Services






Additional Costs






Total (currency)






Total (GB Pounds)






You will receive further information about costs in Michaelmas and Lest terms. 

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 2018/19 this is a maximum of £9,963.

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 2018/19).

  • BUTEX scholarships (£500 each)
  • 2015 Scholarships for Excellence - Study on exchange in Hong Kong (min 10 scholarships, up to £4,000 each for UK passport holders)
  • GoEuro have 10 scholarships of €2000 each- see for more details

If you are studying abroad now, you can apply for this scholarship.  You need to provide evidence you are enrolled at Lancaster and at your host university.

If you are planning to study abroad in Michaelmas 2019, you can also apply and need to show documentation proving that you will apply to study abroad in 2019.

Occasionally, some of our partners also offer scholarships to study abroad students. The Fulbright Commission offers financial support for students studying in the USA.

  • College Travel Grants are also available to students offering up to £150