Study Abroad

Financing Study Abroad

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. 

Financial Aid

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.

Revision Request

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:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. 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



Global Initiatives

Study Abroad Advising
Student Success Center, UW1-160

Natalia Dyba, Director

Student Advisors:
Lundy By
Cecilee Fernandez



Study abroad programs offered at all UW campuses are available to UW Bothell students

Seattle: Office of International Programs and Exchanges

Tacoma: International Programs 


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