Studying abroad does not have to break your budget. With advance planning, financial aid and scholarships, most students can afford to incorporate an international experience into their university education.
The cost of studying abroad varies greatly depending on the type and location of the program you choose. In general, study abroad costs include:
- Program tuition and fees
- UW study abroad fee
- International living expenses
- Passport and visa costs
- Oncall International Travel Insurance (required for all UW students traveling abroad) and health costs
Here is a sample cost comparison of studying abroad in London vs. studying at UWB during Spring Quarter 2017. You can use the Expense Planning Worksheet to compare the costs of different programs.
All UW-approved study abroad programs are eligible for financial aid. Any federal, state, or institutional financial aid can be applied towards study abroad costs. In addition, short-term loans are a helpful tool in covering up-front expenses, such as airfare. Tuition waivers or work-study awards do not apply.
Financial Aid Revision Request
In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds) because the cost of participating in an approved study abroad program is higher than the regular cost of attendance at UW Bothell. To request a revision in your aid, submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office once you are accepted and committed to a specific study abroad program:
- Revision Request Form
- Official budget for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarships are another financial tool that can help you cover study abroad expenses. Plan to apply for scholarships one to two quarters in advance of your study abroad experience.