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How Will I Pay for Study Abroad?

Study Abroad - Costs

 

Study Abroad Programs can range in cost depending on a number of factors but we can find a program to fit almost any budget.

There are also many options for financial assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, fellowships and grants that help students pursue exchanges across the globe.

Use this Budget Worksheet to estimate what the costs of your chosen program might be.

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Financial Aid

You can also use most forms of financial aid for any Study Abroad programs offered through WCU. The amount of aid awarded depends on an estimated budget for each particular program. These budgets differ, since the costs of airfare, room and board, books and living allowances vary according to location.

In order to be eligible to use financial aid, you must take the equivalent of 12 WCU credits during the semester and 6 credits during a summer program abroad. You will work with the Study Abroad Advisor, your Academic Advisor, and your Department Head to ensure that you enroll in the appropriate number of courses at the host institution.

The Study Abroad Advisor will also connect you to the person in the Financial Aid Office who helps study abroad students use financial aid to study abroad.

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Scholarships & Grants

There are many additional opportunities to fund your study abroad. External agencies across the country and the world offer grants, scholarships, fellowships and loans to help students study abroad.

A grant is non-repayable funds or products disbursed by one party, often a government department, corporation, foundation or trust. scholarship is defined as a grant or payment made to support a student's education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievements, whereas a fellowship is a merit-based scholarship. Explore these opportunities and say yes to a new adventure.

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