The general principle for exchange is that tuition fees at your host are not payable but you will usually be responsible for your maintenance, travel, visa and insurance costs whilst you are abroad. However, Student Finance may provide grant support towards these costs as outlined on the Student Finance website.
The University's Student Funding Unit can advise you on all aspects of student funding when you study abroad, including home tuition fee reductions, bursaries and scholarships.
Whilst you are exempt from paying tuition fees at your host university you will still be responsible for University of Plymouth tuition fees. However if you select to undertake an exchange for a full academic year, your home tuition fee is reduced by 85% - it stays at 100% if you go for only one semester.
For Bilateral exchanges you will have to cover your food and accommodation costs.
For an ISEP exchanges, you pay for the food and accommodation costs of the student taking your place at the University of Plymouth and, in return, get free food and accommodation at your host or a bursary to cover those costs. The value of the bursary varies from host to host but it is sufficient to cover your basic living costs.
At Plymouth for 2020/21, the bursary is £7,310 for the full year, £3,550 for semester 1 and £3,760 for semester 2. You will be invoiced for this amount shortly before you depart on your exchange. If you are receiving a maintenance loan from Student Finance you can use this money to cover the charge. To do this, you must complete and return Student Finance's Course Abroad form (see below). Once they have received the form, you will then be able to ask them to pay your maintenance loan to you at the beginning of the academic year.
Notifying Student Finance
You must make sure you notify Student Finance, in June/July, of your intention to study abroad in the following year. When you do this, they will send you a Course Abroad form which has to be filled-in by you, signed by a representative of the University, usually Plymouth Global, and sent back, by you, to Student Finance. Receipt of your completed form triggers the tuition fee reduction, access to the means-tested, enhanced maintenance loan and the availability of a travel grant, again means-tested, whereby you can claim back a significant proportion of your travel, visa and insurance costs incurred on your year abroad.