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 already in place for the 2023/24 academic year. The University is currently bidding for funding for the 2024/25 academic year. This page will be updated as new 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 activity abroad must be a minimum of 28 days and a maximum of 12 months and be undertaken between 1st September – 31st August. Participants will only receive funding for the period that takes place during the eligible activity window. If an activity begins or ends outside of the eligible window, the majority of the placement must still take place within these dates. 

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

Funding towards travel costs and additional funding for living costs may be available for students who are disadvantaged, based on Turing Scheme criteria. Additional support is also available for students who have special educational needs or disabilities. 

2024/25 Eligibility Criteria

Students at the University of Oxford who are undertaking international activities in the 2024/2025 academic year, and are eligible for Turing Scheme funding, will be contacted with details about their entitlement. 

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.

2024/25 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, including social enterprises
    • 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 (at any level)
    • a non-profit organisation, association, non-governmental organisation (NGO)
    • a body providing career guidance, professional counselling and information services

2024/25 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 two categories:

Group 1 (higher cost of living) e.g. Australia, Japan, Norway, USA

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

The full list of destination countries/territories within each group is available on the UK government website. Depending on the destination, duration and eligibility, funding would be between £12 - £19 per day. As a guide, this is approximately £336 - £532 per month. 

Subject to the successful outcome of the University of Oxford bid for 2024/25 Turing Scheme funding, the grant would 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 additional funding outlined below, you will be offered an increased daily cost of living grant rate and a contribution towards your travel costs:

  • Students from a low-income household (£32,500 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 [email protected].

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. This will include the following:

  • signed grant agreement
  • fully signed learning agreement
  • confirmation of approved risk assessment/insurance arrangements

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.

Some documentation will also be required from you at the end of your placement. This will include the following:

  • a certificate of attendance for study or a work placement certificate
  • transcript of studies
  • online end of activity survey

Further information

For any questions relating to the Turing Scheme at Oxford please contact [email protected].

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