Outgoing Turing Students

Turing Scheme

The Turing Scheme is the UK government's funding programme for outgoing global study or work abroad activities. Turing Scheme funding is in place for the 2022/23 academic year, following successful delivery of the first year of the scheme at Oxford in 2021/22. The University plans to bid for further funding at the next available opportunity in order to support future academic years, and will update this page as information becomes available.

Turing Scheme – Outgoing Students

Students on eligible degree programmes at the University of Oxford have the opportunity to undertake a study placement and/or a work placement/traineeship/internship abroad funded by the UK Government’s Turing Scheme.

The Turing Scheme is a fully international scheme with no restriction on destination as long as travel complies with Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) guidance.

The period of mobility abroad should be a minimum of 4 weeks and a maximum of 12 months in duration and be undertaken between 1st September – 31st August. If a placement period begins or ends outside of the window specified above, the majority of the placement must take place within these dates. Participants will only receive funding for the period that takes place during the eligible mobility window.

The Turing Scheme grant is intended to be a contribution towards the cost of mobility abroad and is not a full living costs grant.

Additional travel and living costs funding may be available through the Turing scheme for students who are disadvantaged or have special educational needs or disabilities.

Eligibility Criteria

Students at the University of Oxford who are undertaking international activities in the 2022-2023 academic year, eligible for Turing Scheme funding, have been contacted with details about their entitlement. Students undertaking mobilities abroad in 2023-2024 will be contacted with further information about funding opportunities for their placements abroad as soon as the University receives the Turing bid outcome in the summer 2023.

Please note that students must be studying or working in their host country to be eligible for the Turing Scheme. Grants are not available for remote study/work.

Participating programmes

Participating undergraduate degree programmes with a compulsory year abroad

  • Medieval and Modern Languages
  • Law with Law Studies in Europe
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Participating graduate degree programmes

  • Medieval and Modern Languages (German)
  • History
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Oxford University Careers Service

  • Eligible summer internships organised through The Summer Internship Programme within the University Careers Service

Other Participating Programmes

  • Eligible study or work placements abroad through a selected number of other programmes of study offering international opportunities. Eligible students will be contacted and invited to apply for funding.

Eligible activities

  1. Study at a non-UK Higher Education provider
  2. Any non-UK public or private organisation active in the labour market or in the fields of education and training. For example:
    • a public or private, small, medium, or large enterprise
    • a public body at local, regional, or national level
    • a social partner or other representative of working life, including chambers of commerce, craft / professional associations, and trade unions
    • a research institute
    • a foundation
    • a school / institute / educational centre
    • a non-profit organisation, association, non-governmental organisation (NGO)
    • a body providing career guidance, professional counselling and information services

Grant Rates

The Turing grant is a contribution to living costs based on duration of mobility and the destination. Destination countries/territories are grouped into three categories:

Group 1 (high cost of living) e.g. Japan, USA

Group 2 (medium cost of living) e.g. France, Spain, Italy, Germany

Group 3 (low cost of living) e.g. China, Jordan, Mexico

The full list of destination countries/territories within each group is available on the Turing Scheme website. Depending on the destination and duration, funding would be between £335 – £545 per month.

The grant will be paid in two instalments (80% before or at the start of your placement, once all the required documentation has been submitted to the Student Fees and Funding office at Oxford, and 20% to be paid at the end of the placement upon  submission of the required documentation).

Additional Support

If you meet at least one of the criteria for enhanced funding outlined below, you will be offered an uplift to the standard grant rate, including a contribution to your travel costs:

  • Students from a low-income household (£27,500 p.a. or less)
  • Students who are care-experienced
  • Students who have caring responsibilities
  • Students who are estranged (studying without the support and approval of their families)
  • Students receiving Universal Credit or income-related benefits because they are financially supporting themselves, or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them, such as a child or partner
  • Refugees and asylum seekers

Additional support through the Turing scheme may be available for students with special educational needs or disabilities. For more details about this, please contact turing@admin.ox.ac.uk.

How to apply

Study Abroad

Each department/faculty has their own selection process to determine which students will take part in their study exchange(s) with the University of Oxford’s partner universities.

You should contact your department/faculty directly to find out further details of the options available to you.

You will be invited to apply for Turing funding once your department/faculty confirms your eligibility to the University’s Student Fees and Funding office.

Work Abroad

Please contact your department or the Internship Office directly for information on available work/traineeship/internship opportunities, application processes and associated deadlines. Many departments will have a briefing early in the academic year preceding your period abroad to discuss the options that are available to you.

You will be invited to apply for Turing funding once your department/faculty confirms your eligibility to the University’s Student Fees and Funding office.

Turing Scheme Documentation

If you have been informed that you are eligible for a Turing Scheme grant, you will be required to provide some documentation prior to your travel (ie. signed grant agreement, learning agreement, and confirmation of approved risk assessment/insurance arrangements) and some documentation at the end of your placement (ie. study/work certificate, transcript of studies, and online report). Once you have confirmed your placement dates to the Student Fees and Funding office, you will be sent all the required forms for completion prior to the start of your placement.

Further information

For any questions relating to the Turing scheme at Oxford please contact turing@admin.ox.ac.uk.

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