The Distant Horizons Awards are international travel awards for our undergraduate students who want to take part in academic or employability-related events or activities overseas but who may not have the financial capability to do so.

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

The award covers travel costs, such as international transportation (eg flights, trains), accommodation and related participation fees (eg conference fees, registration fees). The award cannot be used for everyday travel (ie Oyster travel cards), or travel that has already occurred. The award does not cover equipment or daily living costs.

The awards are a contribution towards the costs and are not meant to cover the full expenses of the planned overseas activity. Successful applicants must sign a Terms of Agreement prior to traveling overseas. The award payment will be made several weeks after the Student Mobility Team receives the signed Terms of Agreement. Any unspent funds must be repaid to the University.

You are strongly encouraged to apply early – one of the main reasons that applications are rejected is that not enough time is allowed for risk assessments or arranging insurance cover.


Short-term abroad (under 3 months) – up to £500. One semester abroad (3 to 6 months) – up to £1,000. One academic year abroad (over 6 months) – up to £1,500


The travel awards are only open to undergraduate students studying at the University of Westminster. The travel must take place internationally and must be completed by 31 August 2019. The overseas activity must be at least 5 days long. Erasmus+ grant recipients are not eligible for the award.


Make a strong case that the travel will benefit you either academically or in your career. Proof of costs must be provided. Preference will be given to students who: are taking part in a semester or year abroad programme; are receiving the Distant Horizons Award for the first time; are not returning to their home country for the overseas activity. In order to promote overseas mobility to groups which are statistically less likely to undertake such activity, the University also has a number of ring-fenced funds within Distant Horizons. Students initially will self-select to be considered for these funds – evidence of eligibility may be requested at a later date if your application is successful.

Number available

Up to 20 awards


Exchanges or work placements/traineeships:

  • Taking place over a full year: deadline TBC

  • Taking place in Semester 1: deadline TBC
  • Taking place in Semester 2: deadline 1 September 2018

Short-term mobility (e.g. internships, volunteering, summer schools, field trips):

  • Taking place in October 2018 – February 2019: deadline 1 September 2018

  • Taking place in March – April 2019: deadline 1 February 2019
  • Taking place in May – June 2019: deadline 1 April 2019
  • Taking place in July – August 2019: deadline 1 June 2019

We are currently accepting for evaluation late applications for:

  • Long-term summer work placements (3 months+)
  • Beginning date should be strictly within June 2019
  • Students should apply at least one month before the commencement of their mobility
  • Work placements should finish maxium by the end of September 2019

How to apply
To apply, please download the application form below and follow the instructions on the form.