Additional funding opportunities

Study China is an outward mobility programme designed to add value to your university degree, help boost your skills sets, and provide you with a global experience. Through generous funding from government bodies, Study China is able to cover most of the costs of the three weeks you will be in China, however, participants are required to purchase their own flights, visas, and insurance.

Many universities across England and Northern Ireland have funding schemes, travel awards, grants or bursaries in place to further support students to realise their global ambitions of living, studying, and experiencing different countries, cultures, and languages.

At Study China, we do not want finances to be a barrier to you making the most of this opportunity, so in addition to what Study China covers on the programme, we have listed some of the available funding at universities across the country, of which you may be able to take advantage.

This is not a complete list of available funding, and you may need to seek out opportunities yourself, by proactively contacting the relevant departments at your university. Advice on how to do this can be found here.

Many funding schemes require the recipient to produce a report or some piece of work, such as a video diary or blog. Make sure to mention you are keen to engage with these sorts of initiatives—remember, you need to seek out the funding, because it won’t come looking for you!


Global Experience Bursary

The Study Abroad Global Experience Bursary scheme is in place to support undergraduate students who wish to undertake a short-term international opportunity during one of the UCL vacation periods.


University of Manchester

Travel Awards

Manchester offers three travel awards annually for students wishing to travel either as part of their course or during vacation periods.

University of Essex

There are a variety of funding opportunities available, aimed to support you while you're taking part in internships, work placements and short term studies, as well as volunteering projects abroad.

CLICK crowdfunding is also a good option as this is an option open to all students and although they have to work to fundraise, they will get support from the CLICK team to put together a good page.

University of Westminster

Distant Horizon Awards

Experience abroad promotes learning beyond traditional undergraduate courses, allowing students to gain perspective on other cultures, travel to exciting destinations, and enhance their career perspectives. In short, it is one of the best things you can do to enhance your employability.


Ulster University

Go Global Bursary

Widening Participation Ulster University Go Global Bursary is for up to £500. Please get in touch with with the email title "Study China 2020" for further details.


Bradford University

Bradford offers a generous financial support package to Study China participants, worth up to £450 to contribute towards the international flight.

For further details, email:

Queen’s University Belfast

Careers, Employability and Skills International Travel Scholarship

For any Queen’s student who is successful in gaining a place on the Study China programme, they can complete an application form for the Careers, Employability and Skills International Travel Scholarship.

The Scholarship can be up to £500.

Please contact for details.

Edge Hill University

Student Opportunity Fund

If you are an undergraduate or PGCE student at Edge Hill University, you can apply for up to £2,000 to support a career-enhancing project, initiative or opportunity that will enrich your student experience and enable you to stand out in a competitive environment.

Visit for information

De Montfort University

DMU Global Bursary

All eligible DMU students can receive a bursary of £400 if selected for the Study China opportunity as a contribution towards travel costs. Please get in touch with for further details.

UWE, Bristol (University of the West of England)

Employability Activity Fund

UWE Bristol Students with a household income of £25k or less, who successfully secure a place on Study China, will receive £1,000 from our Employability Activity Fund. Students who wish to apply for this fund need to select the 'Summer School' option when making their funding application. 

Please contact for further details, or visit the UWE funding and bursary page


Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of available funding. 
The information provided above was up-to-date at point of publishing. Please ensure to contact the relevant department for further details, deadlines, and eligibility criteria.


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