Price of research, grants, jobs… what funds for the UK?

Soon to study in the UK? How much is the Erasmus+ scholarship? Will you have to pay additional fees? Can you work locally? The point in the budget to plan studies across the Channel.

For a long time the 1st preferred destination for French Erasmus students, the United Kingdom rose to 2nd position (after Spain) in the 2016-2017 academic year.🇧🇷 They are almost 20,000 to put their boxes on the Channel each year: 7,000 in Erasmus+ exchange and more than 12,000 in individual enrollment.

Erasmus+: the (very) good plan

The European program is very advantageous 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 fees in France.

Second advantage: you benefit from‘one Erasmus+ scholarship which helps you to 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 will continue to receive your scholarships and benefit from an additional support of €400 per month.

Note: Brexit may compromise this method of exchange. Until the beginning of the 2019 school year, nothing changes, but then the cards will be redistributed.

Solo: 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, meaning that they manage their programs and fund themselves.

At the undergraduate level (bac+3/4), tuition fees reach £9,000 (about €10,000) a year in England or Wales and £3,500 (about €4,000) in Northern Ireland.

In Scotland, on the other hand, education is free. “It is an advantage that is beginning to be known, not least because several Scottish universities are renowned”, comments Marianne Garcia, project manager at the British Council.

For the postgraduate cycle (from bac+3/4), all universities freely set their prices. A year of master’s 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 cope with such large expenses, the English government proposes loans at attractive rates that cover the total cost of registration. Student borrowers start repaying these loans as soon as they find employment and earn sufficient income.

With Brexit, this method of financingthat English language students use to finance their studies, may be closed to European students. But while you wait to find out if a deal will be reached, you can keep taking advantage until 2019.

fishing for bags

Grants are also available for students wishing to study across the Channel. To find out which ones you can apply for at graduation, inquire directly with the university you are targeting. In graduate school, contact the research organizations that depend on the field of study you want to pursue.

Read too: Brexit: British government reassures European students

Another banner: local authorities. Your city, county or region may offer student aid. For example, the Île-de-France region has created the AMIE grant (International mobility aid), between €250 and €450 per month, depending on the parents’ income. It’s up to you to carry out 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 straight to the field in search of classified ads.

As the UK is still part of the European Union, you don’t need a work permit, just an ID. Note: As a student, you cannot work more than 20 hours a week.

Contracts abound, especially on college campuses. Small jobs are an excellent way to earn additional income and progress in English, for wages usually 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.

Study in the UK: follow the guide!

Your decision is made: you are going to study in the UK. But how to choose the university? How much will registration cost? Where to stay? We take stock of the steps to be taken.

• Test: Are you ready to study in the UK?
• How to choose your university in the UK?
• Visa, insurance, language test… what formalities to study in the UK?
• Accommodation, transport, budget… student life in the UK

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