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UCL Study Abroad offers funding support for students undertaking a global short-term mobility.

Short term mobilities that are eligible for funding include:


Each bursary opens Monday 14 November 2022 and close Sunday 2 April 2023. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until 23:59, 2 April 2023 or until funding is completely spent - whichever occurs sooner. Applicants will receive a response about their application within three weeks of submission.

Students should read through each bursary criteria carefully to determine which opportunity they should apply for, as they can only apply for one.

For questions about any of the bursaries, please contact the Study Abroad team via askUCL. 

Global Experience Bursary

The Global Experience Bursary supports undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate-taught (PGT) students on a short-term mobility. This includes UCL managed schemes like Tuition Fee Free summer schools and independently organised opportunities abroad. The maximum bursary is £600.00 per student.

This bursary is open to students that are:

  • Current UG and PGT students, fully enrolled at UCL throughout the duration of the placement (end date of placement must be before the first day of the next academic year)
  • NOT undertaking paid work-place internships (refer to the Global Internships Programme offered by UCL Careers instead)
  • NOT in receipt of a Santander Bursary, Cities Global Bursary or other funding via UCL Study Abroad, however Turing funding applicants will still be considered.

All eligible short term mobilities must be:

  • In-person or virtual
  • Relevant to students' UCL programme of study, future studies and/or career
  • At least five (5) days long.

Virtual short term mobilities must also be:

  • Live learning and/or involve interaction with colleagues, students, course leaders or lecturers around the world e.g. group project work
  • In an environment that enables an understanding of different approaches and attitudes from around the world, fostering employability skills like intercultural communication
  • A fee-paying placement (free virtual programmes are NOT eligible).

All applications are completed online. Click on the link below to apply.

Global Experience Bursary Application

Santander Universities Mobility Bursary

The Santander Universities Mobility Bursary supports home-fee status, non-finalist UG students from under-represented groups on a short-term mobility. The maximum bursary is £1,000.00 per student.

Students must meet one or more of the following criteria to apply:

  • Black African, Black Caribbean or mixed Black African/White or Black Caribbean/White
  • Care-experienced (have been in the care of, or have been given accommodation by, their local authority for a period of at least 13 weeks before the age of 16, and having not reconciled with their parent(s) between leaving care and starting their course)
  • Caring responsibilities (students who care unpaid for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem, or an addiction, cannot cope without their support)
  • Estranged students (neither of the students’ parents can be found or it is not reasonably practicable to get in touch with either of them)
  • Household income of £42,000 or less and receiving income-related benefits
  • Mature (21 years or older on the day they've started their first and current undergraduate degree)
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Received an Access UCL offer
  • Studying part-time
  • Students with disabilities

In addition to meeting one or more of the criteria above, applicants must also be:

  • Home-fee paying, UG students
  • Fully enrolled at UCL throughout the duration of the placement (end date of placement must be before the first day of the next academic year)
  • NOT undertaking paid work-place internships (refer to the Global Internships Programme offered by UCL Careers instead)
  • NOT in receipt of a Global Experience Bursary, Cities Global Bursary or other funding via UCL Study Abroad, however Turing recipients will still be considered.

All short term mobilities must be:

  • In-person or virtual
  • Relevant to students' UCL programme of study, future studies and/or career
  • At least five (5) days long.

Virtual short term mobilities must also be:

  • Live learning and/or involve interaction with colleagues, students, course leaders or lecturers around the world e.g. group project work
  • In an environment that enables an understanding of different approaches and attitudes from around the world, fostering employability skills like intercultural communication
  • A fee-paying placement (free virtual programmes are NOT eligible).

For more information about Santander Universities, visit the Santander Universities website. Click on the link below to apply.

Santander Universities Mobility Bursary Application

Cities Global Bursary

Supported by the Cities Partnership Programme, the Cities Global Bursary scheme provides up to £2,500 in funding for UG and postgraduate-taught (PGT) UCL students undertaking an in-person or virtual global short-term mobility in Paris or Stockholm

This bursary is open to students that are:

  • Current, UG and PG students, fully enrolled at UCL throughout the duration of the placement (end date of placement must be before the first day of the next academic year)
  • NOT undertaking paid work-place internships
  • NOT in receipt of a Global Experience Bursary, or other funding via UCL Study Abroad, however Turing funding applicants will still be considered

All eligible short term mobilities must be:

  • In-person or virtual
  • Relevant to students' UCL programme of study, future studies and/or career
  • At least five (5) days long.

Virtual short term mobilities must also be:

  • Live learning and/or involve interaction with colleagues, students, course leaders or lecturers around the world e.g. group project work
  • In an environment that enables an understanding of different approaches and attitudes from around the world, fostering employability skills like intercultural communication
  • A fee-paying placement (free virtual programmes are NOT eligible).

All applications are completed online. Click on the link below to apply.

Global Cities Bursary Application


Other Funding Opportunities

Students are encouraged to look for funding opportunities beyond what UCL offers. Below is a sample of different grants and scholarships that have been/are offered by a variety of organisations and can be used as a springboard for research into even more potential funding pots.