Each year BUTEX awards a number of scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year.

The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university.

BUTEX will also make a special award in honour of our late Treasurer, the Tony Emmerson Award. This scholarship will be awarded in the event of an American Studies student being successful in the competition. This award will also be for £500.

If you are not sure whether your home or host institution is BUTEX-affiliated, view our list of members.

Are you eligible?

The Scholarship is open to all undergraduate students who are affiliated to a BUTEX Full Member institution.

You may be affiliated as an incoming or an outgoing study abroad student.

If you are not sure whether either your home or your host institution are BUTEX-affiliated, please check our list of BUTEX members.

To be eligible to apply:

Provisions  of the Award

Applicants are not permitted to submit more than one entry. Also remember to check that your study abroad placement is eligible for this award.

By entering the BUTEX scholarship competition applicants agree to the BUTEX Administrator contacting their BUTEX institution to confirm registration at the host institution. If awarded a scholarship you agree to provide a photograph of yourself together with a short statement about the benefits of studying abroad. Please note, this may be used by BUTEX for future publicity. Winners will be notified by the end of October.

Only successful applicants will be notified. The decision of the BUTEX selection committee is final and BUTEX will not enter into correspondence with unsuccessful applicants.

How to Apply


If you are not abroad already, you can focus on challenges that you have or might encounter whilst preparing for your time abroad or you think you might encounter whilst you are abroad

If you are already abroad, you can focus on your preparation before departure or on challenges you have already met whilst abroad

Remember that BUTEX will want to be able to use your submissions to help our members continuously improve the advice & support we give to students, so keep that in mind when you are considering what to discuss

A total maximum of 100 points will be awarded as described below in the marking criteria.

Max Available

Identifying the top 3 challenges
10 points per challenge


Explaining how you overcame/plan to overcome each challenge
10 points per explanation


Ensuring your submission is engaging *
Up to 15 points


Originality *
Up to 15 points


Highlighting useful resources (e.g. websites)
1 point per resource


Sticking to the word/length/size limit
5 points


* Ensuring your submission is engaging

  • Not engaging at all = 0 points
  • A little engaging = 5 points
  • Quite engaging = 10 points
  • Extremely engaging = 15 points

* Originality

  • Not original = 0
  • Somewhat original = 5
  • Quite original = 10
  • Innovative= 15