Study exchange scholarships

There are a number of scholarships available.

Available scholarships

Santander grants of £1,100 are available for students going on an exchange to all international destinations (includes non-Erasmus and non-EU partners).

Eligibility criteria: Students from a disadvantaged background will be given preference, with a secondary criteria being academic merit once you have been accepted by the partner institution.

How to apply: Once you are accepted and receive a Study Abroad offer to one of our international partners, the Study Abroad team will provide you with the application details

Note: Santander grants may not be held in conjunction with the Robert Earl Scholarship, the Save and Prosper Prize or the Professional Training Grant. If nominated for the £1,100 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.

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. 

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.

Lucy Robinson, Bachelor in Mathematics was awarded the Margaret Westwood Travel grant in 2018/19 to study at California State University, Los Angeles, USA, for the year.

The Intern Group will be offering scholarships to intern in a number of destinations. Apply now for 2021. These scholarships represent their pledge to UUKi’s Go International: Stand Out campaign. The scholarships are open to Surrey students as Surrey is a partner of UUKi’s Go International: Stand Out partner universities.  

BUTEX UK Scholarship Programme 2020/21

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 2020/21.
  • 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.  

Applications for students studying abroad during academic year 2020/21 are now being accepted. 

See details of the scholarship and how to apply

The BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust (BEST) scholarships vary but a typical award is in the region of approximately £5,000 - £10,000. 

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.

Information for 2021 has not yet been posted but visit the BUNAC website in due course. 

If you have any questions regarding the scholarships please email scholarships@bunac.org.uk

In light of the difficulties of international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, awards are not currently being offered.  

For information on future awards, please visit RSAA.

For enquiries, email: sec@rsaa.org.uk.

Due to the pandemic, Generation UK internship programmes have been suspended until further notice.

For more information, please visit the British Council website. 

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