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. The Awards are granted only to the successful applicants.

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.

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. You must follow the guidelines provided in the application form.

Amount

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.

Eligibility

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 2020. The overseas activity must be at least 5 days long. Erasmus+ grant recipients are not eligible for the award.

Criteria

Make a strong case that the travel will benefit you either academically or in your career. Proof of costs must be provided. The personal statement must fulfil all criteria stated in the application form.

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; and/or are widening participation candidates.

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.

The procedure is very competitive and there is a limited number of Awards that can be given.

Deadlines

Activity/Mobility Starting in Deadlines
  • Exchanges
Full-year 1 August 2019
Semester 1 1 August 2019
Semester 2 1 November 2019
  • Work placements/ Traineeships
  • Short-Term Mobility¹
    (e.g. internships, volunteering, summer schools, field trips)
Applications can be accepted all year round - please apply by the first of the month before your mobility starts. The first of the month before the start date of the mobility (ie if the placement starts on 30 July, the deadline to submit is 1 June).

. Short-term mobility refers to a short period of experience abroad (between 5 days and 3 months), not necessarily part of your degree, which can benefit you academically and can add value to your curriculum.

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