Study exchange scholarships

There are a number of scholarships available:

The table below lists the various Santander grants available, their eligibility and how students can apply:

Amount Eligibility How to apply
£600 Study in USA, Singapore, South Korea Students will be selected on academic merit once they have been accepted at the partner institution
£1,100 Study or work in Brazil or China Students will be selected on academic merit once they have been accepted at the partner institution


Summer School 2018 at University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Students applying for the summer school will automatically be considered for the grant, but preference will be given to students from a disadvantaged background. Click here for instructions on how to apply to for the summer school.

Note: Santander grants may not be held in conjunction with the Robert Earl Scholarship or the Professional Training Grant. If nominated for the £600 study grants, you will need to accept the terms of conditions on the Application portal. Failure to accept these by the stated deadline will mean that you are no longer eligible.

Grants of £600 are available for study in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Hong Kong and Malaysia.  Students don't need to apply as they are nominated, but they will need to accept the terms of conditions on the Application portal. Failure to accept these by the stated deadline will mean that you are no longer eligible.

For a student to be eligible for the ‘Margaret Westwood Travel Bursary’ (valued at £500) he/she must be a home student preparing to undertake a semester or a full year of study either in a US or a Canadian partner university.

To qualify for this bursary, the criteria for assessment are as follows:

  • Financial need
  • Academic performance
  • Student’s personal statement
  • Cross cultural awareness

Application process

The Global Engagement Office will invite the eligible students to apply and the successful candidate will be selected by a panel.

Katrina Pogmore's exchange experience

Katarina Pogmore, a Hospitality & Tourism Management student, was awarded the Margaret Westwood Travel Grant in 2015/16 which enabled her to study at Ryerson University, Toronto for one semester. 

Here she describes the highlights of her exchange.

Mark Kawesa, Bachelor in Civil Engineering was awarded the Margaret Westwood Travel Grant in 2016/17 which enabled him to study at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA for a year.

Jamie George, Bachelor in Sociology was awarded the Margaret Westwood Travel Grant in 2017/18 which enabled him to study at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA for a year.


The purpose of the Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) is to provide international students with an opportunity to conduct advanced studies at higher educational institutions in Korea, to develop global leaders and strengthen Korea-friendly networks worldwide.

SNU (Seoul National University) is Surrey's partner in Korea and students can apply for this scholarship to go to SNU.

For further details and eligibility criteria, please refer to this link

Study Exchange Opportunities in Hong Kong for UK students

The vibrant international city of Hong Kong is a great place to study on exchange and it can be made more affordable with a Scholarship for Excellence!  Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of China, offers fantastic opportunities for UK students to experience an education and culture where East meets West and to explore the rapidly-developing China region.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills provides ten scholarships for students in England to spend a semester or a full academic year at a university in Hong Kong.  Each scholarship is worth up to £4,000 depending on the length of stay in Hong Kong. 

Criteria for Eligibility:

The scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis to candidates who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and the potential to make a substantial contribution to the well-being of the international community.

Applicants MUST:

  • be UK passport holders studying undergraduate courses in England.
  • have already applied for undergraduate study on exchange at one of the universities in Hong Kong.
  • have a good academic record with a GPA of at least 3.0 or equivalent.

        Students currently studying in Hong Kong are not eligible.

For details of this scholarship and to apply click here .

The BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust (BEST) scholarships are open to UK passport holders who are currently or have been within the last five years inclusive, in full-time tertiary education at a UK university or college and who are planning to undertake postgraduate study in either the USA or Canada.

£4,000 is available as the Christopher J. Harbour Memorial Scholarship to a candidate looking to do sports-related studies and £2,000 as the John S. Ball Award to a candidate looking to pursue a teaching or geography-related career. The individual amounts awarded vary but a typical award is in the region of approximately £5,000 - £10,000.  At the judging stage, preference is given to those whose proposed study in North America is likely to do most to further transatlantic understanding or to those who are required to go to the US or Canada to do a specific course.

Candidates must:
• Be UK passport holder
• Be currently, or have been engaged in full-time tertiary education at a university or college of higher education in the United Kingdom
• Have already applied for, but not yet started a post-graduate course in the US or Canada. The postgraduate qualification must be awarded by a US or Canadian institution
• At the judging stage, preference is given to those whose proposed study in North America is likely to do most to further transatlantic understanding and/or to those who are required to go to the US or Canada to do a specific course.

The BEST Scholarships are top-up funds, not a prime source of funding and candidates should be actively looking to secure funding from other sources while in the process of applying to BEST. Candidates cannot already be engaged in their course of study in North America at the time of application although they should be looking to apply to courses in their chosen field.

The applications for 2018 opens in January 2018.  To apply, refer to this link

If you have any questions regarding the scholarships please e-mail

Save and Prosper Prize for Engineering

The Save and Prosper Prize for Engineering enables civil, chemical, process, mechanical and electronic engineers to undertake travel overseas to explore an engineering topic via a work placement and/or study abroad experience. The prize encourages international travel for engineering students as part of the University’s commitment to promoting global graduates, i.e. equipping Surrey students with an international perspective.  Applicants must be UK undergraduate students.  For more information and how to apply, click here.

Mechanical Engineers' Overseas Study Award

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers offers grants to enable engineering students to study or gain work placements overseas as part of their accredited degree programmes.  Click here to obtain more information and details on how to apply. 

The Institition of Engineering and Technology (IET) Travel Awards:

The IET Awards are offered to students and young professionals who would like to broaden their professional experience through undertaking a study tour, working in industry or attending a conference.  For details and to apply, click here.  

BUTEX UK Scholarship Programme 2018/19.

The Scholarship is open to all undergraduate students currently registered at a UK university which is BUTEX affiliated. You may be affiliated as an incoming or an outgoing study abroad student.  To be eligible to apply:

  • You must have been offered a study abroad or exchange place which is not eligible for an Erasmus grant (i.e countries such as USA, Canada, Brazil, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong etc).
  • Your study abroad or exchange placement must be for the UK academic year 2018/2019.
  • 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.  The deadline for all applications is 15 June 2018.

For details of how to apply for this scholarship please click here.

The Asia-Europe Meeting's (ASEM) DUO Fellowship Fund aims to promote student exchanges between European and Asian ASEM member countries. Under this fund, the DUO-Singapore Exchange Fellowship is awarded by the Singapore Government to Singapore and ASEAN* students studying at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore Management University (SMU). The Award is also open to students from European ASEM countries (who come from universities with fee waiver arrangements with NTU, NUS and SMU).

The Award, based on merit, is for a pair of exchanges between a university in Singapore and its respective partner university in Europe in any academic field. Each student will be awarded a maximum of €4,000 for one semester of up to four months, which covers airfare, accommodation and living expenses.

Note: Availability of DUO Scholarship Award for 2018-2019 has not yet been confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). The confirmation will be in May/June 2018. Based on past records, there are only three pairs of students who receive an award per year.

Note: Application for the DUO award is by invitation only.

Offered to students on the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s undergraduate BSc programmes, the Robert Earl Scholarship helps UK/EU students in the School undertake international exchanges at one of our partner universities or Professional Training placements in an overseas NGO or Tourist Office.  Robert Earl is the founder of the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain and a graduate of the University of Surrey, with an honours degree in Hotel and Catering Management. 

Reflecting the diversity of placements and study exchange opportunities offered by the School, students are set for a range of destinations around world. Scholarships worth up to £2,500 are available. The deadline for eligible students studying at a partner will be in March 2018, but students considering a professional training placement in a Tourist Office or NGO overseas have until 1 June 2018 to apply through the Application Portal, where they have registered their work placement.

Note: Holders of this scholarship will not be eligible to apply for a Santander or a Surrey grant, or the Professional Training grant. 

The “Dream NEW” Scholarship supports students from Europe who 'dream big and crave adventure' to undertake a one semester undergraduate study programme at one of ten participating universities, including Victoria University Wellington (VUW), our partner in New Zealand.  Each scholarship is up to NZD$4,000 (approx. £2,250) at VUW and there are 3 scholarships available for students from all over Europe studying at VUW in Spring 2018.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet ALL the following criteria:

  • Must be a EU citizen or hold EU residents status for a minimum of 2 years
  • Currently enrolled at a tertiary institution in one of the 28 EU countries
  • 18 years or above at the time of application.

Deadline for 2017 was 1 September. Further Details and application link.

The Royal Society for Asian Affairs Travel Award (formerly the Sir Peter Holmes Memorial Award) of £1,000 is to encourage individual purposeful travel in Asia by young people (aged 18-25 at the time of the proposed trip), organised by themselves and not part of a group organised by another organisation.  

Preference will be given to projects that are not requirements in an academic or other course and ideally should not be part of or related to the curriculum of the applicant's current course.

For more information please visit RSAA

The last application deadline was 10 November 2017 and should then be sent to: The Secretary, The Royal Society for Asian Affairs, 1st floor, 25 Eccleston Place, London SW1W 9NF

For enquiries, email:

The Society will notify successful candidates by 29 January 2018.

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