The general principle for any type of exchange is that tuition fees at your host are not payable but you will usually be responsible for your maintenance, travel, visa and insurance costs whilst you are abroad. However, Student Finance England (SFE) will provide grant support towards these costs as outlined on the SFE website.
The Student Funding Unit can advise you on all aspects of student funding when you study abroad, including home tuition fee reductions, bursaries and scholarships.
Whilst you are usually exempt from paying tuition fees at your host university you will still be responsible for University of Plymouth tuition fees. However if you select to undertake a bilateral, ISEP or Erasmus+ exchange for a full academic year, your home tuition fee is reduced by 85% - it stays at 100% if you go for only one semester.
For Bilateral and Erasmus+ exchanges you will have to cover your food and accommodation costs.
For an ISEP exchange, you pay for the food and accommodation costs of the student taking your place at the University of Plymouth and, in return, get free food and accommodation at your host or a bursary to cover those costs. The value of the bursary varies from host to host but it is sufficient to cover your basic living costs.
At Plymouth for 2018/19, the bursary is £6,962 for the full year. You will be invoiced for this amount shortly before you depart on exchange. Make sure you notify SFE of your intention to study abroad by June/July, you will then receive your maintenance loan in one lump sum at the start of the year.
When you notify SFE of your intention to study abroad, they will send you a Course Abroad form which has to be signed by a representative of the university, usually Plymouth Global, and sent back, by you, to SFE. When SFE receives your completed form it triggers the tuition fee reduction, access to a means-tested, enhanced maintenance loan and the availability of a travel grant, again means-tested, whereby you can claim back a significant proportion of your travel, visa and insurance costs incurred on your year abroad.