Funding opportunities

Our students can receive international mobility grants and scholarships to enable access to a wide range of activities, including student exchanges, professional training year experiences abroad, postgraduate research placements, clinical nursing placements, veterinary EMS placements, summer programmes, recent graduate internships, and much more.


Erasmus+ grants are available for students who undertake either a period of study and/or a period of work abroad in Europe. The period abroad must be a minimum of two months for work and three months for study and a maximum of an academic year (for study) or 12 months (for work). 

Please note: Erasmus+ funding is secured until 31 May 2023. 

How it works

For unpaid work placements this can be 30 weeks to meet professional training requirements. A student may have multiple mobilities to different host institutions in the same or different countries, as follows:

  • Undergraduate: up to 12 months divided into study and/or work, with a minimum of 3 months study and 2 months work.
  • Postgraduate: up to 12 months divided into study and/or work, with a minimum of 3 months study and 2 months work.
  • Doctoral level: up to 12 months divided into study and/or work, with a minimum of 3 months study and 2 months work.

Students can therefore carry out two or more Erasmus+ mobilities at each level of study. It is possible to be funded for two consecutive periods of study or work, provided these meet the course requirements, and you can study abroad in one year and do a work placement the next year if your course allows that, but the maximum amount of funding you can receive as an undergraduate is for 12 months.  

You can then receive another 12 months as a Masters or PhD student. Recent graduates are classified on the basis of their completed degree.

Erasmus+ students can study or work in any of the countries listed:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Turkey.

In order to study abroad there has to be a bilateral Erasmus+ exchange agreement between a partner university in the country and the University of Surrey.

To see where we have agreements for study use our exchange opportunities search tool.

Turing scheme

The Turing Scheme is the UK Government’s global programme for study and work abroad. 

With Turing funding, Surrey aims to increase the number of students from under-represented groups undertaking an international experience.

The Turing scheme will run alongside the Erasmus+ programme, which remains active until 31 May 2023.

Activities funded 

Grants are available to support placements of between four weeks to 12-months. Students will receive funding for the following activities:

Visit the Turing Scheme website 

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 International 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 is pleased to announce that competitive scholarship applications for students studying abroad during academic year 2021/22 are now open, closing date 31 July 2021.

There is a new question this year which can be found at the following link and includes tips and marking criteria which will assist students in their applications.

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 scholarship is open to all undergraduate students and includes students who are also applying for an Erasmus+ or Turing award.

To be eligible to apply, students:

  • Must have been offered a study abroad or exchange place.
  • Their study abroad or exchange placement must be for the UK academic year 2021 / 2022 i.e.  studies should fall between July 2021 and August 2022.
  • The exchange place must be for either one semester or one year.

Provisions of the Award

Applicants are not permitted to submit more than one entry. Also remember to check that the study abroad placement is eligible for this award.

By entering the BUTEX scholarship competition applicants agree to the BUTEX Administrator contacting their BUTEX institution to confirm registration at the host institution. If awarded a scholarship you agree to provide a photograph of yourself together with a short statement about the benefits of studying abroad. Please note, this may be used by BUTEX for future publicity. Winners will be notified by the end of October.

Only successful applicants will be notified. The decision of the BUTEX selection committee is final and BUTEX will not correspond with unsuccessful applicants.

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

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:

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

For more information, please visit the British Council website.