Coming soon to study in the UK? What is the amount of the Erasmus+ grant? Will you have to pay additional fees? Can you work locally? The point in the budget to plan to study across the Channel.
For a long time, the 1st favorite destination for French Erasmus students, the UK has risen to 2nd position (after Spain) in the 2016-2017 academic year.. They are nearly 20,000 to place their boxes across the Channel each year: 7,000 as part of an Erasmus+ exchange and over 12,000 as part of an individual application.
Erasmus+: the (very) good plan
The European program is very beneficial financially, but places are limited. The principle is simple: you leave study, for one or two semesters, at a partner university of your home institution, and you only pay tuition in France.
Second advantage: you benefit from‘one Erasmus+ Scholarship that helps you cover your expenses. Depending on the institution, French students earn between €270 and €370 per month in the UK. And if you are a scholarship holder based on social criteria, you continue to receive your scholarship payments and benefit from an additional help of €400 per month.
Note: Brexit could compromise this exchange method. Until the start of the 2019 school year, nothing changes, but the cards will be redistributed.
Soil: up to €10,000 per year in England
If you plan to apply outside of a university exchange program, please note that universities are autonomous, which means they manage their programs and fund themselves.
At the undergraduate level (bac+3/4), tuition fees reach £9,000 (about €10,000) per year in England or Wales and £3,500 (about €4,000) in Northern Ireland.
In Scotland, on the other hand, education is free. “It’s an advantage that is beginning to be known, mainly because several Scottish universities are renowned”, comments Marianne Garcia, project manager at the British Council.
For the postgraduate cycle (from bac+3/4 onwards), all universities freely set their prices. A master’s year can cost up to €50,000, which makes the UK one of the most expensive destinations in the world to study.
Why not a government loan?
To face such huge expenses, the British government proposes loans at attractive rates that cover the full cost of registration. Student borrowers start repaying these loans as soon as they find employment and earn enough income.
With Brexit, this method of financingthat English students use to finance their studies, may be closed to European students. But while you wait to see if a deal will be reached, you can keep enjoying it until 2019.
Fishing for scholarships
Scholarships are also available for students who wish to study across the Channel. To find out which ones you can apply for at the undergraduate level, ask directly with the university you are targeting. At graduate school, contact research organizations that depend on the field of study you wish to pursue.
Read too: Brexit: British government reassures European students
Another clue: local authorities. Your city, county or region may offer student aid. For example, the Île-de-France region has created the AMIE grant (Aid to international mobility), from €250 to €450 per month, depending on the parents’ income. It’s up to you to do your little investigation.
A student job: no more than 20 hours a week
In addition to these different aids, you can look for a small job to finance your studies. Hotels and restaurants are safe bets. Stores also often recruit students. The simplest ? Go directly to the field for classified ads.
As the UK is still part of the European Union, you don’t need a work permit, just an identity document. Attention: as a student, you cannot work more than 20 hours a week.
Contracts are plentiful, especially on college campuses. Small jobs are an excellent way to earn additional income and progress in English, for wages generally between €7 and €11.5 per hour.
You can find information about tuition fees, scholarships and odd jobs on the UKCISA (Council for International Student Affairs) website.
The British Council website also provides information on scholarships.
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