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:
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)
Scholarships are also available directly through the International Student Exchange Program and approved study abroad providers.
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 Scholarship 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.