Planning for study abroad is like buying a car. You must take the time to research your options, create a budget, and determine what financing is available. The Office for Global Engagement can help you but you can get started by following these steps:
- Determine your budget: Location (England vs. Costa Rica), length of program (summer vs. semester), and type of program (exchange vs. approved provider) are factors that affect the price of a program.
- Research the real cost of the program: Know what is included in a program's price and what is not. Additionally, research the cost of living in the country where you wish to study abroad.
- Make a program specific budget: Your budget should include additional expenses such as airfare, food, health insurance, in-country transportation, cell phone charges, weekend travel, and entertainment.
- Know about scholarships and financial aid: Confirm whether or not your Westminster scholarships and federal financial aid can be applied to your program. And, research additional scholarship opportunities well in advance so you have time to apply.
National Study Abroad Scholarship Directory
- Gilman International Scholarship
- Fund for Education Abroad
- Freeman-ASIA Scholarship
- Critical Language Scholarship
- NSEP Boren Awards
- Bridging Scholarship (for study in Japan)
- BUTEX Scholarships (for Study in the United Kingdom)
- DAAD Scholarships (for Study in Germany)
- Fulbright Program (a post-graduation opportunity)