Funding for Study Abroad Programs


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. It is rare for students to find funding to cover the entire cost of a study abroad program so most students will use personal and family resources to help pay for study abroad.
  2. Federal financial aid can be used for approved study abroad programs and Westminster scholarships can be used for ISEP and institutional exchange programs in addition to federal aid.

    1. Obtain the Westminster Study Abroad Application from the Study Abroad Office and acquire all approval signatures.
    2. File financial aid applications. Decide which types of aid you are interested in applying for and fill out the appropriate applications. (FAFSA, and/or Parent PLUS Loan, and/or Alternative Loan application)
    3. Bring in contact information (name and email address) for the person at your study abroad program who will be responsible for signing the Financial Aid Contractual/Consortium Agreement. Westminster will send a Financial Aid Agreement to your study abroad provider for signatures and request documentation of program costs.
    4. Sign and return the Student Section of Westminster’s Financial Aid Contractual/Consortium Agreement.
    5. Sign and return your Financial Aid A ward notice to Westminster’s Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office will send you an award notice detailing the types of Financial Aid you will qualify to receive while studying abroad. It is important to note that Westminster can only certify financial aid funding up to a student’s cost of attend ance during the academic year they are studying abroad.
    6. Submit a written statement giving Westminster permission to relea se your funding to your study abroad provider. Example: I Joe Student give Westminster pe rmission to disburse my financial aid for 15 /Spring semester to (your study abroad provider) for the purpose of studying abroad. (Signed and Dated. Include student ID or SSN) A similar statement should be written by your parent if they have applied for a Direct Parent PLUS Loan for your tui tion expenses. Example: [I Jane Parent give Westminster permission to disburse my Direct Parent PLUS Loan for 15/Spring semester to (study abroad provider) for the purpose of Joe Student (student ID or SSN) studying abroad. (Signed and Dated)]
    7. Return the verification of enrollment form. At the beginning of the semester, have your professors certify that you have started and attend ed at least one class session. Your financial aid will be scheduled to disburse to the study abroad program a week after you begin attending classes abroad, provided the Financial Aid Office receives your verification of enrollment form. Federal aid funding will not be disbursed until verification of enrollment is received.
    8. Send the Financial Aid Office the certification of course completion form at the end of the semester. At the end of the semester, have your professors certify your final academic activity in the course. This form will be provided to you by the Financial Aid Office and must be received within 2 0 days of the end of our semester or financial aid funds will be returned.
    9. After completion of your study abroad program, the Financial Aid Office will check your final transcripts for grade completion. Please make sure that your program sends transcripts in a timely manner. Students who do not register for full-time enrollment and receive passing grades while studying abroad may result in their financial aid being returned and the loss of aid for future semesters.
  3. Apply for national and/or private study abroad scholarships. Scholarships are both merit and need-based.

Scholarship Directory

  • Global Griffin Round River Scholarship

    The International Center will award two $4000 scholarships for Westminster College students to participate in either a Summer or Fall 2017 Round River study abroad program. The application deadline is October 31, 2016.

  • 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.

  • Freeman-ASIA Scholarship

    Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

  • 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.

  • Bridging Scholarship

    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 an application for a Fall study abroad program is in early April; the deadline to submit an application for a Spring study abroad program is in early October.

  • 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.

  • Fulbright Program

    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.

  • 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.

  • Diversity Abroad

    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 Scholarships (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, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, 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.

  • Global Griffin Round River Scholarship
  • Gilman International Scholarship
  • Freeman-ASIA Scholarship
  • NSEP Boren Awards
  • Bridging Scholarship
  • Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
  • Fulbright Program
  • BUTEX Scholarships for Study in the United Kingdom
  • DAAD Scholarships for Study in Germany
  • Annette Kade Scholarship for ISEP programs in France and Germany
  • Diversity Abroad
  • Critical Language Scholarship
  • Fund for Education Abroad