The cost of studying abroad

Tuition Fees 2019 - 2020

You pay tuition fees to Lancaster University during your study period and you do not pay any tuition fees to your host university.

If you study abroad for a full year, you pay 15%* of your normal tuition fee to Lancaster. For home/EU students, this is £1,385 for 2019/20. If you study abroad for one term, you will be charged your full tuition fee (100%).

It is expected that tuition fees for 2020/21 will be announced in Spring 2020. Please follow this link for updated information.

Accommodation and subsistence costs

If you study abroad outside the EU, you will be required to prove that you have funding to support yourself. Cost will vary by country.

You do not have to have the full amount required in your bank account. You can show you have funds from different sources including your student loan, savings, scholarships, bursaries or from family.


Cost in local currency

Cost in £


US $12,000 - $24,338

£9,345 – £18,962


AUD $20,290



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

£5,885 (Quebec £6,474)

New Zealand

NZD $15,000


Hong Kong

HKD $120,000


Other costs

This table will give you a rough guide to living costs in different countries based on exchange rates in October 2018.

Based on 2018/19 prices

Boston College, USA

US $

University of Iowa, USA

US $

Griffith University, Australia

Aus $

City University of Hong Kong

HK $

WU Wien, Austria

Euros €

Room and Board






Books and Supplies






Medical Insurance






Personal Expenses

5,000 - 3,200 18,000 310

Additional Costs

510 600 1,900 - -

Total (currency)






Total (GB Pounds)






It is compulsory for you to have medical insurance when you are studying abroad. Depending on the country you are going to, this may mean taking out the host university's policy, a national student policy or finding your own.

You are covered by Lancaster University's travel policy when you are overseas. However, this is not a general health policy. You can see what is covered here so you will also need appropriate travel insurance to cover your personal possessions while you are away.

If you decide to study abroad, you will receive further information during the year before you go overseas.

Funding sources

Student Finance

Students who are eligible for a UK Student Finance loan may apply for additional funding if they are studying abroad for a full year. In 2018/19 the maximum amount was £9,963 (13,000 US $,18,000 Aus $, 17,000 Canadian $)

You may also be eligible for a Government travel grant to help with the costs of travel, visas and medical insurance while abroad. This support is means tested and you can find information here.

Erasmus+ Programme

Opportunities are also available in Europe in some Departments. You can find out more about studying or working in Europe and the funding available here.

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).

Occasionally, some of our overseas university partners offer scholarships to study abroad students.

College Travel Grants are also available to students offering up to £150. Please talk to your College Manager for further information.

Information correct in May 2019 but please note that this is subject to change for future years.