• financial aid and scholarships

can you afford to go abroad?

The bigger question is... Can you afford NOT to go abroad?  There are a variety of study abroad financial aid assistance options available to undergraduate and graduate students interested in going abroad. If you plan to apply for or use your financial aid to pay for all or part of your program abroad, you will need to speak with a financial aid advisor to determine whether your aid is applicable. Applying for financial aid early is advisable as this will enable you to receive proper notice about your award and make any additional financial arrangements if necessary.

Is financial aid applicable to programs abroad?

Most financial aid and scholarships can be applied to programs abroad that offer a full course load of study provided the courses are pre-approved by your academic advisor, transferrable and applicable towards your degree. A full course load means a minimum of 12 credits (or equivalent to four classes) for semester programs and a minimum of 6 credits (or equivalent to two classes) for summer programs. All of GlobalEd’s semester programs offer a full course load from accredited universities and should be fully eligible for financial aid. During the summer we have both credit and non-credit programs. Please contact GlobalEd before your appointment so we can advise you properly and make sure that the program you are interested in is eligible for financial aid.

STudy abroad scholarships

Any hesitation about studying abroad is typically related to the cost. However, what most students don’t know is that they can actually apply their current on-campus financial aid package to their study abroad trip in addition to scholarships. In fact, for some students, particularly those who pay out-of-state-tuition, studying abroad can sometimes be cheaper than a traditional on-campus semester. 

Merit-based

These awards are based on a student’s academic, artistic, athletic or other abilities, and often factor in an applicant’s extracurricular activities and community service record. It’s important to note that qualifications will vary based on the particular scholarship.

Student-specific

These are scholarships for applicants who initially qualify based on factors such as gender, race, religion, family and medical history, or many other student-specific factors. Minority scholarships are the most common awards in this category, but qualifications will vary based on the particular scholarship.

Destination-specific

These are scholarships awarded to students planning to pursue a study abroad program in that particular country. They are awarded as an incentive to study in that country instead of elsewhere. Check with government-sponsored travel websites of the country where you wish to study to see what scholarships are available.