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Affording Study Abroad

Determine Your Budget

Study abroad can be a realistic opportunity for students from all financial backgrounds. With financial aid, scholarships, careful planning, and the right tools, you can make study abroad possible. Determine your costs and any gaps in your budget by using our SCU Study Abroad Budget Worksheet and workshop video so that you can manage your budget successfully.

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About Study Abroad Costs and FAQ’s

Through Santa Clara University's “Home School Tuition” model, approved students pay SCU tuition when participating in scu-approved programs abroad, earn SCU academic credit, and are eligible for financial aid on the same basis as when they are studying on-campus.

Please Note: Tuition cost is based on the SCU Tuition rates for 2022-23, pending approval of the Santa Clara University Board of Trustees. 

Depending on the length/term of a study abroad program, students will either pay: 

1.) Study Abroad Quarter Cost 2.) Study Abroad Semester Cost or 3.) Summer Abroad Cost.

Most study abroad programs in the fall, winter, and spring terms are semester-length programs, thus a majority of students will be charged the semester cost. Semester tuition differs because additional weeks of instruction and additional credit are included in a semester program.

Costs for Study Abroad

SCU Tuition


Program Fee


Total Cost

Study Abroad Quarter Cost






Study Abroad Semester Cost 






Summer Abroad Cost**




= Varies 

Programs Fees Include:

  • Basic Housing Abroad
  • International Health Insurance

Program Fees May Also Include:

  • Administrative Fees
  • Academic assessment / accreditation
  • Abroad transcript analysis services
  • Trackable mailing
  • Site assessment visits
  • Risk management evaluations
  • Academic assessment / accreditation
  • On-site student support activities
  • International consortium fees
  • Mandatory pre-departure orientations
  • Study abroad advising
  • Study abroad workshops
  • Peer Advising services
  • Ecampus maintenance
  • Enrollment management services

Programs Fee DO NOT Include:

  • Meals (unless offered through the program)
  • Passport and Visa Fees
  • Airfare
  • Damage Deposits
  • Taxes
  • Insurance Fees
  • Housing Upgrades
  • Optional Program Excursions
  • Application Fees (if applicable)
  • Course Fees

A Home School Tuition model, used by most private schools, allows for study abroad to align with administrative costs on campus and provides for budget scalability as interest and student enrollment grow. Through SCU’s “Home School Tuition” policy, students pay SCU tuition when studying abroad on SCU Study Abroad Programs, and they earn SCU academic credit on all SCU Study Abroad Programs. All academic credits and grades earned on all SCU-approved study abroad programs are treated as SCU credits and grades. All SCU academic regulations apply to students studying for SCU credit abroad. The courses, credits, and grades are reviewed, approved, and posted on the SCU academic transcript and course grades are calculated into the student’s Cumulative Grade Point Average. SCU students paying Home School Tuition are eligible for financial aid abroad on the same basis as when they are studying at SCU on-campus.

Does the Home School Tuition apply to Summer Study Abroad?

The Home School Tuition policy does not apply to Summer Study Abroad programs, which run outside of the academic year. Students on summer programs pay tuition and other fees directly to the program. The Summer Abroad fee is paid directly to SCU.

All questions about billing for fall, winter, and spring term study abroad programs should be directed to Questions about summer tuition and fees (outside the SCU program fee) should be directed to the program provider or host institution

Summer Programs:

Students on summer programs pay tuition and other fees directly to the program provider or host institution. The Summer Abroad program fee is paid directly to SCU, and will be charged to their Student Account via eCampus on the same cycle as all other SCU students.

Fall/Winter/Spring Programs: Students will be charged to their Student Account via eCampus on the same billing cycle as all other SCU students. The bill will include charges for tuition and the study abroad fee based on a semester or quarter program. Tuition and fees at the host institution will be paid directly by SCU. Any/all financial aid is applied against the Study Abroad tuition and fees. Any disbursed financial aid remaining after all of SCU tuition and fees are satisfied will be refunded to the student or a parent borrower, as appropriate. 

Additional Billing Information: Students will be billed by the host institution or program provider for any optional field trips, course fees, or upgrades to basic housing. While Financial Aid packages will be calculated based on the total cost of the program abroad, payment of fees outside of SCU tuition and Study Abroad fee are the sole responsibility of the student. 

Program Upgrades: 

Students will be billed by the host institution or program provider for any optional field trips, course fees, or upgrades to basic housing. While Financial Aid packages will be calculated based on the total cost of the program abroad, payment of fees outside of SCU tuition and Study Abroad fee are the sole responsibility of the student. 

Withdrawal Fee

Students who choose to withdraw after they have committed to SCU Study Abroad will be subject to the SCU Study Abroad Withdrawal fee of $500. In addition, any additional charges incurred by SCU that resulted from a student’s choice to withdraw will be passed to the student. Students may appeal the SCU Study Abroad Withdrawal fee following the appeal process requirements. Appeals must be submitted via email to the Global Engagement Review Committee.

Personal Costs: 

Some fees may be required to be paid upfront and out of pocket, regardless of the types and amounts of financial assistance a student has applied for and will be receiving. Some examples of such fees would be:

  • An application fee
  • Damage deposit
  • Insurance fee
  • Round trip airfare
  • Taxes
  • Passport & Visa costs 

Distribution of Financial Aid occurs on the same timeline as a regular term at SCU so students may need to plan ahead for these upfront costs.

Study Abroad Evaluation:

Students who do not complete the study abroad evaluation by the last day of the quarter following participation in study abroad will result in $300 being charged to the student account. 

Santa Clara follows a Home School Tuition model that includes SCU tuition in addition to a Study Abroad Program Fee. The total of the SCU tuition and Study Abroad Program fee may be more than the direct cost of the program abroad. A student who wishes to participate as an SCU student on an affiliate program and earn SCU credit and grades will pay the Home School Tuition rate.

Why can't I just pay the program directly?

Global study of all kinds is a defining, integral aspect of an SCU education. In order to help make study abroad opportunities accessible to all students, both academically and financially, SCU follows the Home School Tuition Model. Home School Tuition allows the college to award SCU academic credit for all approved study abroad programs and integrates study abroad more fully into the university’s curriculum. SCU students paying Home School Tuition are also eligible for Financial Aid abroad on the same basis as when they are studying at SCU on-campus.

Independent Study Abroad

If a student is interested in paying a lower tuition cost for a fall/winter/spring study abroad program, they will need to determine if they can apply as an independent student to a non-approved program. To learn more about studying abroad as an independent student on a non-approved program, please visit our Policies & Procedures webpage. 

Financial Aid & Tuition Remission


It is important for students to meet with a financial aid adviser before applying to study abroad, so they are aware of the financial impact of their study abroad decision and any gaps in their budget. The type of study abroad program will often affect students’ financial aid. 

The Financial Aid Office allows students to request a financial aid estimate for a study abroad financial aid package at any time, including before you apply to the program. The Financial Aid Office will review the program's total cost, whether it be a Study Abroad Quarter Cost or a Study Abroad Semester Cost, and will adjust your financial aid package accordingly for your estimate.

All questions about financial aid should be directed to

Fall, Winter, and Spring Term Study Abroad Programs:

Any/all financial aid is applied against the Study Abroad tuition and fees for fall, winter, and spring term programs.

Summer Study or Intern Abroad Programs:

SCU aid can only apply to regular quarters, not summer.  Students in summer programs pay tuition and other fees directly to the program. The only amount that will be due to SCU will be the program fee.  

Summer financial aid is processed separately from the academic year. Students may be eligible for aid for a summer study abroad program even if they were not eligible during the academic year.  Students must have completed the FAFSA.

The only funds available for summer study abroad programs are through either the Federal Direct Loan program (if the student meets eligibility requirements) or alternative financing options such as a private education loan.

NOTE: Students must be enrolled at half-time during the summer to be eligible for most forms of summer financial aid available. Students also need to request their disbursed summer financial aid as a refund and then directly pay the abroad program. 

Financial Aid Disbursement

Any disbursed financial aid remaining after all of SCU tuition and fees are satisfied will be refunded to the student or a parent borrower, as appropriate.The Financial Aid Office will disburse financial aid according to Santa Clara University's disbursement schedule, and study abroad programs that are semester or trimester in length will be affected according to this disbursement structure.

Your parent may apply for Federal Direct PLUS Loan or you may consider private alternative loan money. Santa Clara University cannot offer or increase any grant or scholarship.

Study Abroad programs that are affiliated with SCU are paid for through SCU. You will receive a billing statement for the cost of the abroad tuition and housing/misc fees from our office as you normally do each quarter. You will request a payment from your 529 college savings account to be sent to Santa Clara as usual, to cover the abroad costs. The University will pay the program directly.
Because you are paying Santa Clara directly and not submitting payment to the foreign institution, there are no special rules regarding the 529 college savings accounts. Since the abroad program is affiliated with Santa Clara, we have already received approval that their classes will transfer back to us. In addition, since Santa Clara is already approved to receive Title IV funding (federal and state financial aid), we have been approved to receive all types of financial aid and we can accept payments from all 529 college savings programs to be used toward study abroad programs.

The costs of the abroad program may be slightly higher or lower than the regular, on-campus costs, however, the process for submitting payment will remain the same as it always has been. If you have additional 529 questions, you can direct them to the Bursar's Office at 408-551-1000.

Tuition Remission is a benefit to graduate students holding a Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, or Program/Project Assistant appointment to help alleviate the cost of tuition. The tuition charges, although not segregated fees are waived for eligible graduate students. Tuition Remission is available for all undergraduate and graduate courses offered in any term at the University, excluding ancillary or continuing education courses, and the executive MBA program. Tuition Remission does not include other costs such as books, laboratory, application, service, and other fees. All charges other than tuition must be paid to the University in the same manner as required of other students.

All questions about tuition remission should be directed to Georgina Santiago (

Scholarship Opportunities


There are many study abroad scholarships for all program types. If you’re just starting your research journey, you’ll be surprised to find the sheer range in international scholarships available. There are awards amounts ranging from a few hundred dollars to full-rides covering everything from airfare to a monthly stipend. With study abroad scholarships celebrating diversity abroad, merit, advocating underrepresented regions, and encouraging students of distinct majors (that’s scratching the surface), you’re guaranteed to find an award for which you qualify.

Below are links to featured scholarships, but there are many more scholarship opportunities beyond this list, so do your own research, too.

  1. Browse scholarships on this page: Find scholarship opportunities that fit your needs and that you are eligible for. Most scholarships are offered by organizations outside of Santa Clara. Scholarships can be local, regional, or national. 
  2. Write your application: Carefully follow the criteria for each scholarship. You may want to emphasize why you’ve selected your program, academics, professional development, etc. Consider using your essays from your SCU study abroad application as a starting place. We also highly encourage students to utilize how to write a stellar Scholarship Essay workbook adn/or book an appointment with the HUB Writing Center.
  3. Submit your application by the scholarship's deadline.

Setting Yourself Up for Success

While the competition can be intimidating, especially for more generous international scholarships, planning ahead and putting your best foot forward will make you as competitive an applicant as anyone else. Deadlines can creep up much sooner than you think, sometimes even before you apply or are officially nominated for a study abroad program, so we can’t emphasize enough how vital it is to do your research early! Deadlines are often 6-8 months in advance of departure. Research your options, mark your calendar now with application deadlines, and apply to any and all scholarships that you qualify for!

Genuine, well-thought out essays will make you shine as a unique person and highlight your personality and motivations for scholarship programs to study abroad. Judging committees can 100% tell when an application is carelessly slapped together.

Please Keep in Mind that Scholarships are not Guaranteed 

While you may be excited to throw your hat into the ring for some great scholarship opportunities, they are not guaranteed sources of funding; they are competitive, and many scholarship providers will not release award notifications until it is too late* to withdraw from a program without financial penalty. That means you should either be prepared to pay a withdrawal fee or create a back-up plan for how to fund your experience abroad without scholarships, which might include taking out loans, working an extra job, or crowdfunding.

LEAD Koret Fellowship

Through generous grants from the Koret Foundation and private donations from supporters and alumni, the LEAD Scholars Program offers fellowships to support LEAD Scholars interested in engaging in extracurricular learning opportunities that will support their vocational development including unpaid internships, community-based learning, undergraduate research, study abroad, and summer school. The call for fellowship applications goes out at the end of winter quarter and are awarded in early spring.

Arcadia Abroad

Arcadia scholarships are awarded to eligible applicants based on need and to cultivate the combination of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the Arcadia Abroad community.Approximately 70% of study abroad students who apply for aid from Arcadia receive some form of award.


API awards approximately $500,000 in study abroad scholarships annually ranging from $250 -$1,000 per student. Participants may apply for multiple API scholarships (though may only be awarded one) and are encouraged to refer to the list of additional scholarship and funding resources on their website. 

CIS Abroad

70% of all CIS Abroad students receive scholarships, grants, or discounts to study or intern abroad. Explore their various opportunities by clicking the link above!

Denmark International Studies (DIS)

Three different scholarships offered, but only need one application form: DIS Scholarship, Study Abroad in Demark Scholarship, Diversity Scholarship.


SCU students get an automatic discount/scholarship worth $750 that they don’t have to apply for if they attend the England:London Summer/FIE program. In addition, students can apply for the Sharif Rahman Summer Scholarship through FIE for a chance to earn an additional scholarship worth $1,000. Recipients are chosen not for academic aptitude, but for a wholehearted commitment to the study abroad experience as reflected in their application. FIE will nurture this enthusiasm and encourage immersion into the host culture. 

Global Education Oregon (GEO)

GEO offers scholarship opportunities to students from partner universities who are planning to study abroad in GEO programs. There are scholarships based on financial need and academic merit. The GEO Ambassador Scholarship is a scholarship available to partner students applying to GEO faculty-led programs and GEO Center programs. This scholarship is available throughout the year and has multiple application cycles. Individual awards are each $1,000

IES Abroad

IES Abroad offers over $6 million in study abroad scholarships and aid. From scholarships, to need-based aid and grants, you have many options if you study abroad through IES.


Multiple scholarship opportunities are offered by ISEP to helps students with their study abroad expenses. Award amounts vary.

University of Minnesota - Learning Abroad Center (UMN)

The Learning Abroad Center’s Study Abroad Scholarship provides awards for Non-University of Minnesota undergraduate students going on eligible Learning Abroad Center credit-bearing programs. Award amounts vary.

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships

Provides general scholarships of up to $10,000 each, and two dedicated scholarships: the Hillary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship, which awards up to $5,000 to a student demonstrating a love of Vietnam and other cultures, and the Rainbow Scholarship for LGBT students studying abroad. Scholarships are awarded a preference to underrepresented students in study abroad programs, including minorities, science and technology majors, and those choosing to study in non-traditional countries. 

Boren Awards for International Study

Provides scholarships and fellowships for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

National Security Education Program (NSEP)

Scholarships to support U.S. undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in world regions critical to US interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East), in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

Offers scholarships for full-time students attending a Diversity Network member institution (includes Santa Clara University). Economically disadvantaged students, African-American/Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latinx, multiracial/ethnic or Indigenous/Native-American, students with disabilities, and first-generation college undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Rainbow Sig

The Rainbow Scholarship awards deserving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) students who aim to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs. Students are able to receive scholarship awards up to $10,000. 

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Limited to Hispanic students attending U.S. universities. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Scholarship award amounts range from $500-$5,000. The average award amount is $2,500. These funds may be used to study abroad if the student remains enrolled in a U.S. university, the program occurs during the normal academic year, and the student will be receiving U.S. college credit towards his/her degree.

The Diverse International Women Of Color Study Abroad Scholarship

The Diverse International Women Of Color Scholarship is intended to assist women of color who are exceptional in their studies and in need of financial assistance to study abroad.DIWC will award (3) $500 scholarships to women of color who have been accepted to an in-person summer study abroad program.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) Scholarships 

Various scholarships awarded to help students attain their goals and commend them for their outstanding academic excellence as well as their leadership and service achievements. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA. Must be an NSCS member to apply.

 Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarships

Offers a $500 scholarship to a student participating in a study abroad program. A scholarship is awarded each academic year based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions. 

Phi Kappa Phi Scholarships

Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Applicants must attend an institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter. Created to increase educational opportunities to students who are from low-income, first-generation families, and/or those who are from ethnic backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in graduate education. Funded through the Department of Education.

Delta Phi Alpha Scholarship

This one-time award is intended for Sophomore & Junior Delta Phi Alpha Members who are planning to study abroad on an accredited program in a German-speaking country during the spring/summer semester of the coming year. 

Scott's Cheap Flights Scholarship

Offers a $1,000 scholarship to a student who writes a 500-1000 word essay outlining the importance of travel. Deadlines are in October and March. 

LocationScholarship Opportunities
East or Southeast Asia


The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.


Dufrenoy Scholarships to Study Sciences in France

Each year the Jean et Marie-Louise Dufrenoy scholarships enable two American students in the sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, geology, botany) or in technology (engineering, computer science, etc.) to pursue further studies in France during a full academic year within the student’s own field.

The amount of this scholarship is US $25,000 paid in two installments (half in July, half in December). The candidate’s knowledge of French must be at a level that enables studies to be undertaken at the university level.


German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships

Highly qualified undergraduates are invited to apply for scholarship funding study, senior thesis research, and/or internships in Germany for four to ten months. 


Bridging Scholarships

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. Recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 for a semester or $4,000 for academic year programs. Students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad.

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships

Several different kinds of scholarships are offered by the Japanese government for international students studying in Japan. Students holding Japanese passports are not eligible for these scholarships. 

New Zealand

Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards

Education New Zealand and New Zealand tertiary institutions offer $2,000 Travel Awards to help U.S. students fund their flight to New Zealand. Excellence Awards offer $500 for study at one of the eight New Zealand universities and $500 for study at participating institutes of technology and polytechnics. 


Jesse Lokrantz Scholarship

The American Women's Club in Stockholm offers scholarships to U.S. citizen students who are studying in Sweden for one year at an accredited Swedish university. Award amount varies year to year but is generally sufficient to cover a round-trip economy class ticket between the United States and Sweden.

Swedish Educational and Cultural Honorarium

The Standard Filter Corporation provides a $3,000 award to a student undertaking Swedish educational and cultural activities, which includes history, political science, sociology, language, literature, and the arts and sciences. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen and attending an accredited college or university in California.

United Kingdom

BUTEX Scholarships

Awards £500 scholarships to undergraduate students studying abroad for a semester at a United Kingdom university which is BUTEX affiliated.

Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship

The Association of American Study Abroad Programmes United Kingdom offers a merit-based scholarship of £500 for a semester in the United Kingdom. Must be on a program offered by AASAP/UK full or associate member. 

Featured Scholarship: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

If you are a Pell Grant recipient and a U.S. citizen, you are eligible for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. The Gilman Scholarship offers eligible students awards of up to $5,000 to help fund their study abroad experience. Students studying Critical Need Languages are eligible for an additional $3,000.

Learn More About Gilman