Fees and Funding
An exchange semester need not be any more expensive than if you remain at City for a semester. With the exception of travel and visa costs, the costs associated with a student exchange programme are all expenses you would incur if you studied in London.
You need to plan carefully for your exchange. This means drawing up a clear and realistic budget for the time you plan to be away.
- How much will it cost?
- Funding your exchange
- For study anywhere in the world
- For study in Europe
- For study in Hong Kong
- For study in New Zealand
- For study in North America
- Working while on Exchange
How much will it cost?
Tuition fees continue to be paid to City University London, you do not incur any tuition fees at the host institution. You will also remain eligible for your normal student loans whilst you are abroad.
Students on a year long exchange from City will be required to pay only half their tuition fee for that year.
UK and EU students spending a full academic year on an Erasmus exchange will not be required to pay any tuition fees for that year.
The actual costs of your exchange will vary form country to country, and also depends on the exchange rate. Students are responsible for meeting all costs associated with their own exchanges, these may include:
1. Airfares and visa fees
2. Accommodation and living costs
3. Books and other educational expenses
4. Health and Travel Insurance
Funding your exchange
Scholarship funding is often limited, therefore when planning your exchange, you should not rely on receiving a scholarship or grant to assist you in your exchange endeavours. Funding opportunities available to City Students are widely promoted via CitySpace, email and this web site.
Current student exchange funding opportunities include:
For study anywhere in the world:
Saddlers' Student Exchange Scholarships
The Saddlers' Student Exchange Scholarships assist City students who are participating in an approved student exchange programme, usually outside of Europe. Successful applicants may receive up to £1,000.
The deadline for applications for the 2009-10 Saddlers' Student Exchange Scholarships is close of business (5:00pm) Wednesday October 14 2009.
For more information contact the International Relations Office.
For study in Europe:
UK and EU students attending an exchange university in Europe are eligible for Erasmus funding provided by the European Commission to contribute towards the cost of studying abroad. For 2008-2009 the Erasmus Grant is set at approximately Euro 370 per month.
The funding is paid by the International Office once it has been received from the UK National Erasmus Agency. Students are still entitled to receive standard student grants or loans.
Additionally, if you spend a full academic year on an Erasmus exchange you will not be required to pay any UK tuition fees for that year.
For more information contact the International Relations Office.
For study in Hong Kong
DIUS Scholarships for Excellence
Offered by the UK Department for Innovation Universities & Skills, the Scholarships for Excellence are an excellent opportunity to spend a semester to a year studying in Hong Kong as part of your City University degree.
The Scholarships for Excellence are worth from £2,000 to £4,000, depending on how long you stay in Hong Kong.
In 2009-2010 there will be around ten scholarships for undergraduate studies in any subject at any university in Hong Kong.
Deadline: 20 April 2009
For further information: www.britishcouncil.org/hongkong-education-scholarships-excellence.htm
For study in New Zealand:
EU - New Zealand Exchange Scholarships
A part of joint EU / New Zealand funded initiative, the School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences is offering Undergraduate and Graduate (MSc/MEng) Engineering students the opportunity to study for a semester in New Zealand at either:
Massey University www.massey.ac.nz
Victoria University of Wellington www.vuw.ac.nz
This programme aims to build on existing expertise to improve the knowledge, awareness and skills of students undertaking Engineering degrees and to provide participants with an international dimension to their City studies.
Students who are EU citizens may be eligible to receive a generous travel grant (max. Euro 1,000) and a scholarship (Euro 4,000).
1. outstanding academic performance
2. good communications skills
3. academic or research interests
4. motivation for the exchange period
5. ability to represent City University and SEMS abroad
6. ability to adapt to new environment/culture
28 February 2009
For further information please contact:
Professor Tong Sun
School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences
For study in North America:
BUTEX UK Student Scholarships
The BUTEX UK Student Scholarship is open to all undergraduate students currently registered at a UK university affiliated with BUTEX. To be eligible to apply you must have been offered an exchange place at any institution in the USA or Canada. Your exchange place must be for the academic year 2009/10 and your place must be for a minimum of one semester.
The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university.
Deadline: 1st August 2009
To apply: www.butex.ac.uk
BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust (BEST) Travel Awards
The BEST Travel Awards are open to UK passport holders studying at a UK university or college who are taking part in a year of study abroad in the USA or Canada as part of their undergraduate degree.
Individual Travel Awards have a value of $1,000 which is to be used towards the cost of travel to the USA/Canada. BEST expects to award a minimum of 10 Travel Awards.
The closing date for applications is Friday 13th March 2009.
Applications for the BEST Scholarships and the BEST Travel Awards are available at www.bunac.org.uk/uk/awards
Working while on exchange
Most of the countries permit students to work a limited number of hours during the exchange semester. Working in your host country is a great way to earn a little extra money while interacting with people outside of your host university environment and also to practice your language skills. However, please be aware that:
1. the average permitted work time of 20 hours per week is unlikely to earn you enough to support yourself while studying on exchange;
2. work may not be readily available near your host university;
3. there may be restrictions on where you can work and the type of work you can do.