Costs and funding

Discover the various costs associated with an overseas placement, as well as funding opportunities.

Although studying abroad may come at a financial cost, there are options to explore for all of our students afforded through a variety of destinations and funding.

Tuition Fees

  • If you go abroad for a full year, your tuition fees will be reduced significantly; you will only pay 15% of your normal tuition for the year (20% if you are an international student).
  • If you go abroad for one semester, then you will continue to pay full tuition fees to Manchester as normal.
  • There are no tuition fees to pay at the partner university you go to.
  • If you are in receipt of UK tuition fee loans or maintenance loans, you are still eligible to receive them while abroad. In many cases, your maintenance loan will increase to reflect the extra costs.

Other costs

There are other costs that you will have to consider when studying abroad – the exact amount varies depending on the country you plan to study in. These costs include, but may not be limited to:

  • accommodation/living costs;
  • travel costs and visa fees;
  • some countries/universities require you to take out mandatory health insurance;
  • vaccination/medical costs;
  • there may be further additional costs associated with COVID-19, such as quarantining and tests.


Turing Scheme

The Turing Scheme is a funding programme provided by the UK government which enables students to participate in international study and work placements abroad. The scheme will run until 2024/25 and is available to support university-approved overseas placements with a minimum duration of four weeks and a maximum duration of 12 months.

Funding from the Turing Scheme is offered as a contribution toward living costs and is calculated based on the cost of living in the host country and the duration of the placement. Additional funding is available for students from lower-income backgrounds as a greater contribution toward living expenses as well as travel costs.

Visit the Go Abroad website to find out more information and eligibility criteria. 

Other sources of funding

  • International Programmes Bursary: students coming from a household with an income of less than £35,000 per annum will be considered for this bursary, which provides approximately £1,000 to help cover the cost of tuition fees, accommodation and flights.
  • Student Finance Travel Grant is available to students who have applied for a maintenance loan based on their household income. The grant covers reasonable travel expenses and other related costs, with the amount provided depending on your household income.
  • External scholarships and funding: there are a number of UK and non-UK based charities and educational trusts providing grants/scholarships for overseas study and work. Please visit the alternate funding section of the Go Abroad website to find out more.