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:
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.
In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:
Revision Request Form
Budget of student expenses 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.