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:
UW study abroad fee
Program tuition and fees
International living expenses
Passport and visa costs
Required HTH Worldwide travel insurance and health costs
Here is a sample cost comparison of studying abroad vs. studying at UWB during Winter Quarter 2013.
If you are getting financial aid, it’s possible to apply it to your study abroad experience. Once you successfully complete the IPE registration process, any federal, state, or institutional aid can support your study abroad costs. However, tuition waivers or work-study awards do not apply.
"Going into college, I knew I wanted to study abroad in relation to my pursuit of biology. As a low-income student who lives primarily off scholarship and financial aid, I wasn’t sure how I would be able to afford an experience like this. I attended an information session about study abroad scholarships, and met with the Study Abroad section of the UWB career center to talk to them more about financing study abroad. I learned about several scholarships available, and found two that fit me really well. The GO! Scholarship is designed specifically for students with financial need, and UWB also has a scholarship for study abroad. I am blessed to have received both of them, as they will help me greatly in offsetting the cost of the trip." -Maggie Yaddof
Read more on Maggie's blog, featured on Voices From Around the World.
There are many scholarships to support students in studying abroad. Securing external funding for a study abroad experience requires good planning. It is recommended that you think at least two quarters in advance. For example, if you want to study abroad in the fall, you must apply for study abroad scholarships during Winter and Spring Quarters.
To increase your chances of qualifying for a scholarship, consider study abroad programs that are at least a month long and in non-traditional locations, i.e. outside of Western Europe.
For a list of study abroad scholarships, visit Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards.
Funding - $500 to $2,000 - for travel expenses required to participate in a study abroad program.
Applicants must be current UW Bothell students enrolled full-time, residents of Washington State, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and commit to promoting study abroad opportunities among UW Bothell students upon their return as a Study Abroad Ambassador.
Deadline: November, April, June