International

ERASMUS+ and International Exchange Programmes

Fees, finance and funding

Please find below important financial information for all Loughborough students who intend to participate in an ERASMUS+ or international study exchange or an ERASMUS+ traineeship.

Tuition fees 2017-18

You should not be liable to pay any tuition fees at your chosen host university where an ERASMUS+ or international exchange agreement exists. Please note that some universities insist that you pay a fee to use the Students' Union. This is a legitimate fee and offers benefits similar to those obtained with an NUS card.

Students with UK/EU Fee Status

Tuition Fee to be paid to Loughborough University

Full year Part I (ie the exchange is undertaken as a sandwich year in your programme leading to the award of DIntS)

 £1385

Full year non-Part I (ie the exchange is undertaken as Part B, C or D of your studies)

£1385

Part year (ie one semester)

£9250

 

Students with International Fee Status

Tuition Fee to be paid to Loughborough University

Full year Part I (ie the exchange is undertaken as a sandwich year in your programme leading to the award of DIntS)

£2900

Full year non-Part I (ie the exchange is undertaken as Part B, C or D of your studies)

£2900

Part year (ie one semester)

£16000/£19900

(see note below)

  • Please note that there are two levels of international fees: Band A (formerly classroom) and Band B (formerly lab). They are published on the University's fee finder, which can be accessed at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/finance/. You will need to select the "international" tab. From 2017, the fee bands will be published in the prospectus. 

Student finance - maintenance loans and grants

UK funded students continue to be eligible for maintenance loans and/or grants during their ERASMUS+ mobility and international exchange period.  Work placements under the ERASMUS+ programme are not assessed as sandwich placements for funding purposes.

The table below gives an indication of undergraduate student funding entitlement for a full-year exchange in the academic year 2017/18, assuming that you joined the University after 2012 and before 2016, funded by Student Finance England and not in the final year of study.  Please note that the figures relate only to the academic year 2017/18 and will be updated as and when the 2018/19 figures are released.  In addition, funding for students from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is not included.

 

Household Income

Maintenance Loan

Maintenance Grant

 

£25,000 or below

£5,439

£3,482

 

£35,000

£6,411

£1,537

 

£40,000

£6,898

£564

 

£42,875*

£7,180

-

 

£45,000

£6,947

-

 

£50,000

£6,399

-

 

£55,000

£5,851

-

 

£65,801** or above

£4,667

-

* This is the level of household income where the maintenance grant falls below zero.

**At this level of household income, the loan is at the minimum rate applicable for incomes of £65,801 or above.

The table below gives an indication of undergraduate student funding entitlement for a full-year exchange in the academic year 2017/18, assuming that you joined the University in 2016 or thereafter, funded by Student Finance England and not in the final year of study.  Please note that the figures relate only to the academic year 2017/18 and will be updated as and when the 2018/19 figures are released.  In addition, funding for students from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is not included.

 

Household Income

Maintenance Loan

 

£25,000 or below

£9,654

 

£35,000

£7,784

 

£40,000

£6,848

 

£42,875

£6,310

 

£45,000

£6,053

 

£50,000

£5,447

 

£55,000

£4,824

 

£65,801* or above

£4,667

* At this level of household income, the loan is at the minimum rate applicable for £65,801 or above.

In order to ensure that you are correctly assessed by Student Finance, your Loughborough student record needs to be correct. If you undertake your ERASMUS+ mobility period as a DIntS/DPS/DIS and you are changing course onto a longer programme, you must complete a programme transfer form (RG1061A).  Your School/Department Administrator will be able to provide you with this form and authorise it for you.

The University will confirm your details with Student Finance when you re-register at the start of the academic year (October). Your student loan/grant will NOT normally be released before the start of the academic year. Please make sure that you budget accordingly if your placement begins BEFORE October.

If you feel that you have been incorrectly assessed by Student Finance England, you can ask to be re-assessed. If you have any questions regarding your funding or are considering appealing, you are advised to contact Student Advice and Support (advice@lboro.ac.uk) in the first instance.

If you are experiencing financial hardship or have any queries, you are advised to contact the Student Advice and Support Service (advice@lboro.ac.uk).

ERASMUS+ funding

Students who wish to participate in European study exchanges and/or traineeships, and who have already been nominated by their respective School/Department, are eligible to apply for ERASMUS+ mobility grants, but should be aware that there is no guarantee that they will receive funding. Further information about the mobility grant is provided below:

Mobility Grant 

A mobility grant is a contribution towards the additional costs of travel and the differences in accommodation/living costs. Funds are made available by the European Commission within the framework of the ERASMUS+ programme and are allocated to participating UK universities by the British Council. The mobility grants vary in accordance with the cost of living within the host country.

The tables below show what eligible students might be awarded in 2017/18. Please note that there is a monthly supplement for students from disadvantaged backgrounds (ie individuals with a household income of less than £25,000). However, students will only be awarded the basic monthly grant until the household income data is checked in October 2017. Monthly grants will then be adjusted accordingly. 

Country

                      Study Exchange

 

Monthly grant

Monthly supplement for students from disadvantaged backgrounds

Group 1 countries (higher living costs)

Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden

€330

€120

Group 2 and 3 countries (medium and lower living costs)

Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

€280

€120

 

Country

                            Traineeship

 

Monthly grant

Monthly supplement for students from disadvantaged backgrounds

Group 1 countries (higher living costs)

Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden

€430

€20

Group 2 and 3 countries (medium and lower living costs)

Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

€380

€20

Supplementary Allowance

A supplementary allowance is available for students with additional needs who would not be able to participate in the ERASMUS+ programme without additional funding. If you believe you are eligible for such funding you will be asked to indicate this on your grant application form. 

Additional funding opportunities

Travel Grants

Student Finance offer a travel grant to full-time UK students who are studying abroad as part of their programme. Students participating in either ERASMUS+ or international exchange programmes may be eligible to apply. Travel Grant depends on assessment of household income. Students from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should check with their funding authority for any variations.

Travel grant might include:

  • up to three return journeys between the UK and the overseas institution they are studying at during a full academic year abroad
  • necessary daily travel costs while abroad
  • mandatory medical insurance, visas and medical expenses for the purpose of studying abroad
  • the cost of a child/children’s fare between the UK and the overseas institution if it’s necessary for a lone parent who’s also a student to take them abroad

Illustrative figures for Student Finance England are provided in the table below.

Household Income Travel Grant travel costs £500 Travel Grant if travel costs £1200
£25,000 or below £197 £897
£35,000 £197 £897
£40,000 £174 £874
£42,875 0 £553
£45,000 0 £317
£50,000 0 0
£55,000 0 0
£65,766 0 0

Travel expenses of £500 and £1200 are provided as examples. Students are expected to meet the first £303 of travel costs themselves, so £303 is disregarded when calculating Travel Grant entitlement.

How to apply?

Two forms are required -

Course Abroad Form — should be completed by the university to confirm periods abroad.

Travel Abroad Expenses Form — should be completed by the student, after incurring the travel related expenses.

After you have applied for your main funding you should automatically receive these forms if eligible to apply. You can request the forms if they are not sent automatically and you believe you are eligible to apply.

What evidence is required?

Evidence must be provided to support claims for expenses. It is important that you keep receipts.

You should provide photocopies as proof of the payment made. Evidence must be proof of payment, not just an itinerary or quote. For example, this could be an e-receipt for payment of flights. Receipts in a foreign language may need to be translated at the student’s own cost.

How do students get paid?

You can apply for the Travel Grant at any time during the academic year. Funding will be paid on an ad hoc basis so you won’t have to wait until your next instalment of student finance to get the Travel Grant. There’s no limit to how many Travel Grant forms you can submit.

To access the Student Finance England Travel Grant Factsheet 2016/2017 please click here

 

Additional Funding for Housing in France

With regard to covering the cost of accommodation, students going on exchanges to France might be able to claim housing benefit if they meet certain criteria. More information can be found on the Caisse d'Allocation Familale (CAF) website: www.caf.fr/

Accommodation costs for single semester exchange students

Loughborough University students who are:

  1. spending Semester 2 abroad on an ERASMUS+ or international exchange, and
  2. who have a contract for a Loughborough University Hall of Residence

MUST contact the Student Accommodation Centre (www.lboro.ac.uk/services/campus-living/accommodation/) to request a release from the Semester 2 hall contract

You are requested to complete the Accommodation Cancellation Form (www.lboro.ac.uk/accommodation/fees-documents-forms/) and provide evidence that you are participating in an ERASMUS+ exchange programme and carrying out part of your studies abroad. Be sure to include the dates of your study period abroad.  If you fail to do this by 30th November in the academic year of your exchange, you will be charged accommodation fees for the entire year.