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.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees payable to Loughborough University in the academic year 2018/19 are shown in the following table:

 

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/DPS/DIS)

£1,385

Part year (ie the exchange is undertaken as one semester in Part B, C or D of your studies)

(*see note below)

 

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/DPS/DIS)

£3,000

Part year (ie the exchange is undertaken as one semester in Part B, C or D of your studies)

(*see note below)

 

*Please note: students undertaking a one semester study exchange in Part B, C or D of their studies will be required to pay the full tuition fee to Loughborough University.

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 2018/19, 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 2018/19 and that funding for students from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is not included.

 

Household Income

Maintenance Loan

Maintenance Grant

 

£25,000 or below

£5,614

£3,593

 

£35,000

£6,618

£1,585

 

£40,000

£7,120

£580

 

£42,875*

£7,410

-

 

£45,000

£7,170

-

 

£50,000

£6,605

-

 

£55,000

£6,039

-

 

£60,000

£5,743

-

 

£65,000

£4,908

-
 

£65,798**

£4,817

-

* 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 £65,798 or above.

The table below gives an indication of undergraduate student funding entitlement for a full-year exchange in the academic year 2018/19, 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 2018/19 and that funding for students from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is not included.

 

Household Income

Maintenance Loan

 

£25,000 or below

£9,963

 

£35,000

£8,702

 

£40,000

£8,072

 

£42,875

£7,709

 

£45,000

£7,441

 

£50,000

£6,811

 

£55,000

£6,180

 

£60,000

£5,550

 

£65,000

£4,919

 

£65,798*

£4,816

* At this level of household income, the loan is at the minimum rate applicable for £65,798 or above.

In order to ensure that you are correctly assessed by Student Finance, your Loughborough student record needs to be correct. If you undertaking your ERASMUS+ mobility period as a DIntS/DPS/DIS and, as a consequence, you are adding an additional year to your degree programme, you can submit a request to change route through the Student Self- Service facilities. Further information about submitting such requests can be found at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/students/welcome/handbook/undergraduate/placements/.

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).

Funding for ERASMUS+ exchanges

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 2018/19 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 2018. 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)

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden

€350

€120

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

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

€300

€120

 

Country

                            Traineeship

 

Monthly grant

Monthly supplement for students from disadvantaged backgrounds

Group 1 countries (higher living costs)

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden

€450

€20

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

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

€400

€20

Supplementary Allowance

A supplementary allowance is available for students with a disability or special needs which might prevent them from participating in the ERASMUS+ programme without additional funding. If you believe that you are eligible to apply for such funding, you will be asked to indicate this on your grant application form. 

Funding for international exchanges

 If you take part in an exchange at one of the University-wide partner institutions, you might be eligible to apply for a Widening Participation Bursary, which acts as a financial contribution towards living costs abroad. For further information, pelase contact Exchanges@lboro.ac.uk.

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
£60,000 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 2018/2019 please click here

 

Loughborough University Hardship Fund

The University's Hardship Fund may help students in unexpected financial hardship. For further details, please contact the Student Advice and Support Service (email advice@lboro.ac.uk).