Study abroad fees and costs

You pay different tuition fees to Sussex during your year abroad, and you may be eligible for grants and extra funding to help you cover the costs of studying abroad as a Sussex student.

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How much you pay to study abroad

How much you pay in fees and costs during your year abroad depends on where you go and your study abroad programme.

If you're a home/European Union (EU) student starting in 2018/19 or 2019/20 and you:

  • study abroad at a university, you won't pay any fees to your host university. Instead, you pay 15% of your tuition fees to Sussex during your year abroad
  • do the British Council Language Assistant Scheme, you get a basic salary and you pay 20% of your tuition fees to Sussex during your year abroad.

If you study abroad for less than a full academic year, you pay your normal tuition fees to Sussex.

These tuition fees are subject to Government policy changes.


If you study abroad, you need to pay for:

  • flights
  • insurance
  • visa (if necessary)
  • rent
  • other costs.

If you want to study abroad in the US, you need financial guarantees to get a visa and normally an extra £3,000.

Grants and funding

If you get a:

  • student loan, you still get your student loan payments during your year abroad
  • a Sussex undergraduate scholarship, you may get extra money during your year abroad.

You may also be able to apply for:

  • funding through the Erasmus scheme if you study at a European partner university
  • a travel grant from Student Finance England.

Insurance cover

You need to get insurance against emergency medical expenses and accidents for your year abroad.

We arrange insurance cover for you, and you must pay an insurance premium before you go abroad.

The current insurance cost for the study abroad period (usually 10 months) ranges from:

  • £130 to £200 for European destinations
  • £185 to £320 for destinations outside Europe, such as Asia and South America.
  • £400 to £1,500 for the US, depending on where you study.

Study abroad budgeting tips

Before you go abroad, talk to our Study Abroad team, and attend their study abroad sessions.

These sessions often have talks from students who have been abroad, and are a great way to find out what it's like to study in another country.

You should also check:

  • you have applied for any grants and funding you are eligible for
  • if you need a visa, health insurance or vaccinations
  • if there is any student accommodation you can apply for
  • money advice for the country you'll study in (Foreign Office travel advice pages)
  • if your bank charges you to withdraw money abroad or pay for items. Find out more about travel money.

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