Costs and Financial Aid
The financial expense of studying overseas varies depending upon the university or program chosen as well as the ability to budget once abroad. Typically, by choosing a less expensive university or program, more money can be put towards spending and/or traveling.
The current exchange rate also impacts the total cost of going overseas. Daily exchange rates can be tracked at:
Planning early allows students to understand the application process involved with going abroad as well as giving them the ability to save money to finance the trip. A first year student who plans to go abroad their junior year will be able to save more money than a third year student who plans to go abroad the following semester.
The costs listed by location on the SU International Programs website are only estimates. Items such as tuition and accommodation have been converted from the local currency into U.S. dollars. Additionally, the exchange rate fluctuates daily and the overall expense of the experience can go up or down.
Most programs do not include the following expenses which should be budgeted for:
- Local transportation
- Spending money
Students who receive financial aid can use it to go abroad. Aid that can be used includes:
- Federal Stafford Loans
- Federal PLUS Loans
- Federal Pell Grants
- Federal Perkins Loans
- Federal SEOG
- PHEAA State Grants*
- Alternative Loans
*Eligibility for this award will be reviewed based on
actual cost of tuition & fees along with term length provided by host
Please note: Federal work study cannot be used to fund
study abroad experiences.
Questions about financial aid can be directed to:
Mary S. Burnett, Associate Dean of Students and
Director of International Programs
Ceddia Union Building, firstname.lastname@example.org, (717) 477-1279
Eric Dinsmore, Associate Director of Financial Aid
Financial Aid Office Old Main, email@example.com, (717) 477-1131
Scholarships can be used on an individual basis to
fund overseas study. Students should
contact their scholarship program directly or Dr. Marcie Lehman, Associate
Professor and Chair of Scholarships, firstname.lastname@example.org, (717) 477-1589.
Please Note: Board of Governors Scholarships cannot be
used to fund study abroad experiences. Students are eligible to receive the BOG when they return from studying
abroad if all necessary criteria and paperwork is completed prior to
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) is also beginning
to offer scholarships for study abroad.
To qualify, a student must meet certain financial need and submit a
scholarship application. Questions about
these awards can be directed to Mary Burnett.
National Study Abroad Scholarships include:
Benjamin Gilman Scholarship http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman/index.html
BUTEX, Study in the United
David L. Boren Scholarship http://www.iie.org/programs/nsep/nsephome.htm
DAAD, Study in Germany https://www.daad.org/page/undergrad/index.v3page;jsessionid=2f88hd2a1ltb0
Freeman Asia Scholarship
Rotary International Scholarships
Deadlines for the above scholarships are early,
often the semester or even year prior to the semester the award is given
for. Students are encouraged to research
opportunities in advance of deadlines.
Help can be obtained by contacting the International Programs Office.