Study abroad does not have to be expensive
Whether you’re studying abroad for a semester through our GO Long program or spending a few weeks in another country through GO Short, scholarships and other financial aid can help reduce your costs.
- Save. The average cost of a GO Short programs is about $5,000. Work with your family to arrange a savings plan that will guarantee that you have what you need when the time comes to make payment.
- Borrow. More costly than saving ahead of time, there are two loan options for your consideration. The best option is direct parent PLUS loans, but private education loans are also available.
- Combine saving and borrowing. Save as much as you can. Only borrow what you need. These are good words to live by in all financial decisions.
Ultimately, choose a program that best suits your educational goals and fits your budget. Planning ahead will make all the difference.
GO Short programs range in cost from $3,000 to $8,500 depending on the distance traveled and the length of the program, while GO Long programs can differ significantly in cost based on housing arrangements and exchange rate.
- Choose a smaller city or a town in a rural area that will have a lower cost of living.
- Pay attention to where and what locals eat and drink.
- Study-away programs do not include extensive travel to lots of other countries and cities. While some students may choose to take such excursions, they should be thought of as vacations.
- Consider a low-cost semester program.
There are many organizations and foundations that provide funding for study abroad. See a list.
Anyone can apply for these scholarships. We recommend that you don’t apply for any scholarships that require you to pay money to apply.
If you need help writing the application essay or personal statement, consult The Writing Center in The Center for Academic Success.
Keep in mind that scholarship applications through study abroad programs themselves (e.g. IFSA-Butler) are separate from the application for acceptance into the program. Many of these forms will require additional input and signatures from our student financial services staff.
If you are notified of a scholarship award, you must report the award to the student financial services office so that your overall aid package can be adjusted accordingly.