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Durham University

Erasmus, Exchange & Study Abroad

Funding your Year Abroad

01/09/2021 ***Please note - this is an archive page and is not being updated***

The Exchange pages are currently being migrated to a new web platform:

How to finance a study abroad period is one important aspects for both students and parents. The Erasmus programme and the University offer important financial support to help you realise your ambition.

The exchange agreements between the Durham University and its partner universities mean that students are not required to pay tuition fees to the host university for the duration of the exchange period (unless otherwise stated).

Students are still required to pay tuition fees to Durham University. If you are away from the University for the full academic year then you will be required to pay the ‘year abroad fee’.

Year Abroad fee: Home & EU Year Abroad fee: Overseas students
Students taking a period abroad in 2021/22 15% of current Durham tuition fees 15% of current Durham tuition fees

If you are away from Durham for less than the full academic year, fees payable may be different. Please contact the Finance Department to confirm fees due.

If you receive assistance with paying your tuition fees this support should remain the same (this should be confirmed with the Finance department or Student Finance England (and equivalents)).

The University receives funding from the UK Erasmus National Agency to award mobility grants to eligible students going on confirmed Erasmus placements. Grants are calculated per mobility month and students will normally receive their grant at the start of their placement or as soon as funds become available.

The Erasmus mobility grant does not cover full costs but the additional costs associated with studying abroad i.e. travel and cost of living differences. In some circumstances a student may be asked to repay part, or all, of the Erasmus grant at the end of the placement period. This could be for a number of reasons, for example, failure to meet all requirements of the placement period abroad or leaving a placement early. However, all situations will be discussed on a case by case basis.

Please see the Erasmus Grant pages of this website for detailed information.

Students can still apply for the full Maintenance Loan and/or Grant from Student Finance England (and equivalents in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland). The Year Abroad Leaflet produced by the Scholarships and Student Funding Office covers all elements of your student finance.

Durham Student Finance 2018-19 Year Abroad Leaflet

Any queries regarding the payment of your maintenance loan/ grant please should be directed to the Student Financial Support Office by email at:

All of the above information is correct at the time of publication. Please note that terms and conditions are subject to change, please contact the Exchange & Study Abroad Team to confirm current arrangements.

Please see our Study Abroad Scholarships page for further information about external funding for the Overseas Exchange Programme.