Please read the information on our website here about funding to support Study Exchanges in 2023-24.
When your School notifies the Global Opportunities Team that you have been selected for a Study Exchange, the Team will email you and invite you to apply for an International Student Mobility Grant via an online form.
International Student Mobility Grant
While you are abroad you should continue to receive in full the normal funding (eg student loan or maintenance grant) that you would have received if you had been spending that period in Belfast. In addition, you should be eligible for an International Student Mobility Grant, which will be paid to you by the Global Opportunities Team at Queen’s.
Please note that the International Student Mobility Grant is only supposed to be a top-up to the source of funding which you are already living on at Queen’s. It should in no way be seen as a lucrative scholarship. It is just a contribution towards additional costs, eg travel, higher cost of living in your host country, etc.
The level of funding will depend on:
- your host country and the cost of living there in relation to the UK;
- the length of your placement;
- whether you meet specific widening participation criteria;
- the amount of funding awarded to Queen’s for all of its students;
- the number of participating students.
Please note that International Student Mobility Grants are:
- only available for an in-person study exchange in your host country (ie virtual placements are not eligible);
- not available for students undertaking a study exchange in their home country;
- only available if the study exchange is a recognised part of your degree programme and you continue to be an enrolled Queen’s student (ie not on a leave of absence).
International Student Mobility Grant - How much, when and how?
The UK’s participation in the Erasmus programme came to an end on 31 May 2023. This is due to the UK government’s decision not to associate to the new Erasmus programme following Brexit. As a result, Queen’s will be unable to offer Erasmus mobility grants to its students in 2023-24.
The UK government has introduced the Turing Scheme, a new national funding scheme to support international study and work placements. Funding is limited and is awarded to UK universities on an annual basis, following a competitive application process. Universities are normally notified of the outcome of their application in late summer.
Based on its applications in the first two years of the Turing Scheme, the University anticipates that it will have a limited amount of Turing funding available for students in 2023-24. However, the University Management Board has made a commitment to provide Turing or equivalent funding to all students undertaking an international study exchange at a partner university in 2023‑24, provided they meet any eligibility criteria. Your International Student Mobility Grant for 2023-24 may therefore be funded through the Turing Scheme or by Queen’s University Belfast. In either case, it will be distributed by the Global Opportunities Team at Queen’s.
The International Student Mobility Grant rates for 2023-24 are detailed below. They vary depending on the country in which your host university is based. Funding is only available for activity during the period 1 September 2023 to 31 August 2024.
||Maximum Monthly Grant Rate
Group 1 countries (high cost of living): Full list available here but includes: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, USA
Group 2 and Group 3 countries (medium and lower cost of living): Full list available here but includes: All EU countries, Brazil, Iceland, Norway, Turkey
Students who meet the widening participation criteria below may be eligible for an enhanced grant amount.
- from a household with an annual income of up to £25,000 (to determine your household income, the University will use the information submitted in your application to the Education Authority / Student Finance for student loans and other financial support);
- care experienced – students who have been in the care of a Health and Social Care Trust or Local Authority for three months or more at any time.
The enhanced grant for students who meet this criteria is:
Additional monthly allowance
Travel award based on distance to your host country/university
10 to 99km = £20
100 to 499km = £165
500 to 1999km = £250
2,000 to 2,999km = £325
3,000 to 3,999km = £480
4,000 to 7,999km = £745
8,000 to 12,000km = £905
12,000km+ = £1,360
Visa (if required)
Actual cost based on receipt
Additional funding may also be available for Students with Special Educational Needs, if your School has made us aware of this. This could include, for example, funding to support additional costs for students with physical disabilities, medical conditions or learning difficulties. Please email the Global Opportunities Team for further guidance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your International Student Mobility Grant will be calculated based on your exact dates of attendance at your host university. The Global Opportunities Team will send you a Confirmation of Attendance Form. When you arrive at your host university, you will need to get the form completed by the Exchange Office there and return it to the Global Opportunities Team at Queen’s.