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Financial Planning and Scholarships

Study Away is possible on a wide variety of budgets. Here are some tips on how manage your finances for your Study Away experiences and apply for scholarships.

Make sure you understand the Study Abroad Financial Policies.

Tuition and housing are billed through Philadelphia University like a semester on campus. There is no additional fee to apply or program deposit. All Philadelphia University students who participate in our Study Abroad Program will pay Philadelphia University tuition and most financial aid remains in effect. However, if you select a program with tuition greater than that of PhilaU, you are responsible for paying the difference.  Cost of housing varies by program, and typically costs between $3,500 and $6,000. If you withdraw after committing to the program, fees for withdrawal can apply. All students who have university issued Financial Aid can use it to support a portion of their study abroad bill. 

Note:  The Study Abroad Office cannot answer specific questions about your financial aid package or eligibility.  These questions MUST be directed to Lisa Cooper in the Financial Aid Office.  She can be reached at

If you are studying at Philadelphia University under The Tuition Exchange Program or if you are the dependent of a Philadelphia University Faculty or staff person, other financial policies apply. Please schedule an appointment with the Study Abroad manager to discuss your options. 

Understand and plan for additional expenses
There is an $800 non-refundable administrative fee and required travel health insurance that will also be included in your PhilaU bill for your semester abroad.
Information regarding additional costs (visa fees, airfare, food, etc.) can be found in your program’s printed brochure or on the foreign program's website. The study abroad provides "cost sheets" to help you budget. See here for general costs and billing breakdowns: General_cost info 17-18.pdf

Summer Term Abroad
Summer Abroad Students will pay the tuition charged by the foreign university, Study Abroad Administrative Fee of $500, and international health insurance ($13 per week).Lke the semester, institutional fees are billed through PhilaU and other costs such as airfare and meals would be paid out of pocket.While there may be program specific scholarships, students should discuss their aid package with the financial aid office before applying any aid to their summer bill.

Talk to Peer Mentors, friends and family about budgeting and make a plan
Your peers are a good resource about most recent costs of living as a college student in your host country as well as ways to save money. Do keep in mind that every student's budget is different. Cooking meals instead of eating out, taking public transport instead of traveling, and doing weekend day trips or visiting local tourist sites instead of flying for weekend excursions are all smart ways not only to cut costs but also to integrate more into your host country. We'll present additional tips at orientation events and programming throughout the year.

Additional scholarships and funding
There may be additional external or program specific scholarships you can apply to as a supplement to your financial aid package. These can be competitive and require applying well in advance. Make sure you alert the Study Away Office and your advisor that you are applying so they can nominate you or write recommendation letters!
Students receiving Pell Grants are encouraged to apply for the Gilman Scholarships.
Students studying some languages may also be eligible for the Critical Language Scholarship.
Fund of Study Abroad has scholarships of up to $10,000 that can be applied to most programs
See below for a good resources for finding funding