Once you've identified the program that suits your academic and personal goals, you should begin planning and budgeting for how you will pay for the program.
As a participant on a study abroad program administered by a third-party (including ISEP-Direct), you will not be charged Westminster tuition. Instead you will be charged a program fee based on the actual costs of the program. Some programs may cost more than a semester at Westminster, and some could cost less.
If you participate in a Westminster exchange program with one of our partner schools, you will pay Westminster tuition. If you participate in an ISEP-Exchange program, you will pay Westminster tuition, room, and board. Most Westminster institutional aid can be used on exchange programs.
Factors that influence the total cost include:
- the cost of living in the host country
- exchange rates
- tuition at the host university
- transportation costs
- excursions and other services provided by the host institution
In most cases, it is not possible to work while you are abroad, since most countries have laws restricting work by foreign nationals. You can check with the host country's embassy or check with a study abroad advisor to find out if work might be possible.
There are three main resources for funding your study abroad program.
1. Some students have personal and family resources available to help fund study abroad programs. If you are not lucky enough to have money available from those sources, there are outside sources of funding.
2. Federal financial aid can be used for approved study abroad programs. Westminster also offers some Continuing Student Scholarships for continuing students who will study abroad. See your Westminster financial aid advisor to determine what aid is available for you.
3. Apply for national and/or private study abroad scholarships. Scholarships are both merit and need-based. See the directory below to start searching for scholarships.
Dorothy J. Stacey International Studies Scholarship
Due to the generous donation of Dorothy J. Stacey, Westminster College is pleased to offer this stipend to a Westminster College undergraduate who will study or intern abroad during the Fall 2014 Semester or the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 full academic year. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is May 16, 2014. The application and instructions are available here.
IIE Passport – Study Abroad Funding Search Engine
Studyabroad.com Scholarship Directory
51 Study Abroad Scholarships
A listing of 51 different study abroad scholarships ranging from a few hundred dollars to a full ride.
Gilman International Scholarship
This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Over 1,200 scholarships of up to $5,000 are awarded each academic year. The application deadlines are typically in early October for Spring programs, and in early March for summer/fall/full year programs.
NSEP Boren Awards
Boren Fellowships and Scholarships provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. This is a competitive scholarship based on academic achievement and motivation. There is one application deadline a year, usually in early February.
The Bridging Scholarship will award 50 scholarships to American students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized exchange or independent program in Japan are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Awards range from $2,500 for one semester or $4,000 for students on an academic year program (there are no awards for summer programs). The deadline to submit applications for a Spring 2015 study abroad program is October 8, 2014.
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of the Japanese government has been offering scholarships to study in Japan since 1954. Applications should be made through Japanese embassies or consulate-generals abroad or Japanese universities.
The Fulbright Program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.
Funding resources for study in the United Kingdom.
BUTEX Scholarships for Study in the United Kingdom
Scholarships for students who will study for at least one semester at a BUTEX member university in the United Kingdom. There is one application deadline a year.
DAAD Scholarships for Study in Germany
DAAD offers a wide range of opportunities to students, scholars, and higher education institutions of the United States from undergraduate students to faculty, for study and research in Germany.
Annette Kade Scholarship for ISEP programs in France and Germany
ISEP currently has the Annette Kade Scholarships for study at a German, French, Austrian, or Swiss ISEP university. The target audience for these scholarships are students who desire to pursue German or French language study and demonstrate financial need. Scholarship awards range from $1000-$3000.
DiversityAbroad.com is a comprehensive study abroad and cultural exchange portal. This site includes a database of scholarships available to support diversity on study abroad programs.
Critical Language Scholarship
Critical Language Scholasrships (CLS) provide seven to ten week group-based intensive language instruction and extensive cultural enrichment experiences at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of the following languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Pubjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. There is one application deadline a year.
Fund for Education Abroad
The Fund for Education Abroad is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. The next application deadline is anticipated to be in mid-January 2015.
Mark Twain Awards for Travel
The Mark Twain Awards for Travel support deserving students who wish to enrich their education through exposure to people and places they would otherwise not encounter. Once awarded, the funds are unrestricted and can be used towards any local or international travel of any duration. Awards range between $500-$2,500. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early submissions are strongly encouraged. To apply, take a few seconds to create a username and password at letterbanc.com<http://letterbanc.com> and then copy this link into your browser: http://www.letterbanc.com/submissions. You will be asked to submit a brief 250 word statement and some additional information. Finalists will be invited to share further details about their plans.