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Financial Considerations for Study Abroad

Students planning to study abroad should, early in preparation, consider all aspects of study abroad opportunities, including your personal financial situation. The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) encourages students to accurately and objectively look at various financial considerations while choosing a program.  What is the total estimated cost for a program?  How much does it cost to study at KU in Lawrence?  What resources are available to help pay for study abroad?    The Office of Study Abroad can do personalized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.  

Estimated Costs for Studying Abroad

Individual program costs vary based on a variety of factors, such as program structure, hours of credit, length of program, number of excursions or other group activities, and location. The University of Kansas Office of Study Abroad strives to keep costs down while maintaining high-quality programs that are available to as many students as possible.  For instance, KU exchange agreements with universities in Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, France, Hong Kong, and with the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) provide study abroad opportunities of great value at tuition, room and board costs close to those of staying on the Lawrence campus.  View the KU campus vs Study Abroad Cost Comparison sheet (pdf) for more information.

For KU Study Abroad programs, sample program costs are available online on program brochure pages in the Program Cost section or from the OSA for your use in planning. It is important to keep the "other" costs in mind.  How much traveling will you do while abroad (if you are studying in England, are you planning to go to Italy for a long weekend trip, for instance)?  How long before or after your program do you want to stay?  Do you have any special dietary/health needs requiring extra funds?

The Office of Study Abroad encourages you to look closely at all your costs and develop a budget using our Budget Worksheet to compare your cost of studying at KU with the cost of studying abroad.  This tool will help you determine what your true study abroad costs are.  

If you have financial questions at any time during your process of choosing a study abroad program, please contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships office in the KU Visitor Center, 785-864-4700 and make an appointment to speak with a Financial Aid Counselor about your personal situation.  The Office of Study Abroad can also take walk-ins for study abroad financial advising at 105 Lippincott Hall as well as appointments, 785-864-3742. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

KU students who currently qualify for financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Federal Grants,  and KU or outside scholarships may apply the aid to the cost of a Study Abroad Program.

KU Study Abroad supplemental scholarships are available to KU degree seeking students. See the OSA Scholarships section for more information.

For other scholarship opportunities please view our scholarship page as well as our OSA Scholarship Handbook (pdf).

U.S. Veterans may be able to use VA funds to cover study abroad tuition and fees.  Veterans must work closely with their Veterans Benefits Coordinator to determine what fees , if any, can be covered.  For more information, visit the study abroad veterans benefits section.

Non-KU students should check into the financial aid and scholarship resources available to them at their home institution.

Online Fundraising 

KU students have had much success in fundraising for their study abroad programs.  Start an account with an online fundraising source to broadcast your goals using pictures and creative descriptions and share it on social media.  There are multiple online fundraising options such as GoEnnounce, GoFundMe, or PlumFund, etc.  These sites offer free accounts with minimal fees on donations received (3.5% - 7.9%).

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Useful Links

KU Office of Study Abroad Scholarships

KU Office of Study Abroad Scholarship Handbook

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9th among public universities in the country for high quality, low cost study abroad programs — U.S. News & World Report
Longest-running exchange program in Western Hemisphere (begun in 1958) between KU and University of Costa Rica
17th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad — Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
1,357 KU students participated in international study, internship, and research programs in 2011-12
Nearly 25 percent of KU undergraduate students participate in a study abroad program prior to graduation
KU students who study abroad graduate in four years at twice the rate of students who do not study abroad
More than 130 study abroad programs in 75 countries, with instruction in all disciplines and 20+ languages
Students can study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, spring break, or winter break
Programs include international study, internships, service, and research opportunities
Students participating in semester, academic year, and select summer programs fulfill Goal 4.2 of the KU Core curriculum
Students can fulfill major, minor, certificate, elective, and KU Core curriculum requirements abroad
Programs are available for students in every major at KU
Financial aid is applicable to study abroad programs, and most KU scholarships and grants can be applied to study abroad
The Office of Study Abroad and many academic departments offer scholarships to qualified KU students
By studying abroad, students gain a global perspective on the world and strengthen their career opportunities
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.