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International Student Office

 

A Turing Scheme grant is provided as a contribution towards the cost of living whilst undertaking a period of mobility abroad. It is not intended to cover all expenses.  

The grant amount is based on the duration of the period of study or voluntary internship. Duration is calculated from the first day a student is required to be at their place of study or work until the last date they need to be present.

The grant can vary depending on the destination country and whether you meet the criteria under the scheme for additional support as a student from a disadvantaged background.

The grant will be paid in pounds sterling into a UK bank account. The grant is administered by the International Student Office and the specific amount a student will receive, as well as the terms and conditions, will be set out in a grant agreement signed by the student. If the placement length differs to the period allocated based on the participant's original plans, the financial support will be adjusted accordingly.

The grant is paid after the required documentation has been returned, minus £100. This final amount will be paid at the end of the mobility period, on receipt of the final paperwork and subject to any changes in duration of activity.

Grant Rates

Countries are grouped into three categories: Group 1 (high cost of living), Group 2 (medium cost of living), Group 3 (lower cost of living). For a list of countries and categories see our Turing Country Categories webpage.  

The rates that will be provided are: 

Country group

Period

Rates

Group 1 Placements lasting 4-8 weeks £136.25 per week
Groups 2&3 Placements lasting 4-8 weeks £120 per week 

Group 1

Placements lasting longer than 2 months

£380 per month

Groups 2&3

Placements lasting longer than 2 months

£335 per month

Please note that placements lasting nine weeks to twelve months will receive the rates identified for this category for the full duration of the mobility and not the higher rates for the initial period of eight weeks. 

Additional Financial Support 

Students who meet the specific criteria for additional financial support will be entitled to receive a higher cost of living grant as outlined below: 

Country group

Period

Rates

Group 1 Placements lasting 4-8 weeks £163.50 per week
Groups 2&3 Placements lasting 4-8 weeks £147.50 per week 

Group 1

Placements lasting longer than 2 months

£490 per month

Groups 2&3

Placements lasting longer than 2 months

£445 per month

Students who meet the criteria will also receive funding as a contribution towards the cost of travel. This will be dependent on the distance between the University and the destination provider as outlined below: 

  • 10 to 99km: £20 
  • 100 to 499km: £165 
  • 500 to 1,999km: £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 

Those who meet the criteria to be eligible for funding for their travel expenses under the Turing Scheme do not qualify for a travel grant through the Student Support Regulations to cover the same costs.

Students with a household income of £25,000 or less, meet the criteria for this additional financial support. Students who will be funded under the Turing Scheme will be asked in the online registration form used for the grant agreement whether this is applicable to their circumstances and this infromation will be verified using records held centrally at the University.

Other criteria to be eligible for this additional financial support is outlined below. If a student meets one or more of the criteria outlined and their household income is not £25,000 or less, please email the International Student Office to provide this information. The International Student Office will then check the information with the College.

  • Students receiveing Universal Credit or income-related benefits because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is depndent on them and living with them, such as a child or partner.
  • Care leavers and students who are care-experienced. This refers to anyone who has been or is currently in care or from a looked after background at any stage of their life, no matter how short, including adopted children who were previously looked after or those who access the Care Experienced Bursary in Scotland.
  • Student who have caring responsibilities. CAring responsibilities refers to a child or young person up to the age of 25 years old who provides (unpaid) care or intends to provide care for another person in, or outside of, the family home for someone who is physically or mentally ill, disabled, or mis-using drugs or alcohol.
  • Estranged Students where neither of the students' parents can be found or it is not reasonably practicable to get in toch with them.
  • Refugees and asylum seekers.

Double Funding

Funding provided through the Turing Scheme supports students to meet a portion of the costs associated with their placement overseas. Under the rules of the scheme, a student should not be funded twice for the same expense. This means if a student is receiving Turing Scheme funding, they should not apply for, or obtain, additional financial support from another source for the same costs for which the grant is being made. For example, a student who meets the criteria for additional financial support for travel costs should not be in receipt of funding provided by another source to cover these same travel expenses. It is recognised that Turing Scheme funding may not cover all students’ living costs during their time overseas. Where this is the case, students are able to make up the difference between the amount provided in the grant and their total living costs through funding from other sources if available. This would be considered 'top-up' funding and the Turing Scheme grant should remain the main source of financial support.