Affording Study Abroad

Every student should have the chance to participate in the life-changing experience of studying abroad. Please do not be discouraged from studying abroad due to program costs.

Take a look at the information below to thoroughly understand the components of the cost of different study abroad programs. Then learn about study abroad scholarship opportunities.

WORLD Scholarship

Make sure to apply for the WORLD scholarship. If you apply for this scholarship in the fall semester (deadline October 15), you can use it for your Spring or Summer study abroad program. If you apply for it in the spring semester (deadline February 1), you can use it for your Summer or Fall study abroad program.

Helpful tips for the WORLD Scholarship:

  • Once you have written your response, read over it again to ensure it truly answers the question asked.
  • Make sure to check for proper grammar and spelling. If you are having difficulties, have a friend review it, use an online spelling and grammar checker, or even schedule a meeting with the writing center!

Cost of...

Faculty-Led Programs

  • Each program has its own cost which is calculated by what is included in the program. Students can see a detailed summary of program inclusions in the Cost/Scholarship section on each program webpage. Anything not included in the program fee is the student's responsibility.

    • Tuition, housing, in-country transportation, international health insurance and all site visits associated with the program are typically covered in the program fee.
    • Some programs may include airfare, visa processing fees and some or all meals.
    • Personal expenses, passport, travel insurance and immunizations are not included in the program fee.

Exchange Programs

  • Students pay Stetson tuition and fees, just as if they were attending their classes at Stetson. A mandatory health insurance fee is also required of all students on an exchange program ($275 for one semester).
  • All other costs involving housing, meals, excursions, flight, local transportation, visas, personal expenses, etc. are the financial responsibility of the student and not included in the tuition fee paid to Stetson.
  • Financial Aid (Federal and State), as well as Stetson and study abroad scholarships, will apply to our Exchange programs and the cost of attendance.
  • Students are REQUIRED to meet with a representative from Financial Planning as part of the application process. Failure to do so could result in the offer of admission being rescinded.

Affiliate Programs

  • If a student studies abroad with an affiliated program, the student pays these costs directly to the provider. (These costs vary greatly from program to program.)
  • Financial Aid (Federal and State) and study abroad scholarships may be applied towards affiliated or other provider programs. Stetson scholarships cannot be applied to affiliate or provider programs.  Some study abroad providers offer additional scholarships and require a separate application.  Students should reach out to the provider to learn about available scholarships. 
  • Students are REQUIRED to meet with a representative from Financial Planning as part of the application process. Failure to do so could result in the offer of admission being rescinded.

Three Important Things to Note

  • Programs can have different costs depending on their location. Some areas of the world have a higher cost of living than others. This can significantly impact the personal costs associated with studying abroad.
  • Make sure to compare exchange rates in different countries. The exchange rate of the US dollar to the currency in the country of the study abroad program can greatly affect personal expenses.
  • The cost of a passport, visa and other documents required by the country are not included in the cost of any program and are the student’s responsibility.

Scholarship Search Engines

Tip: By spending 10 hours in a week applying to scholarships, you could get at least a $500 scholarship. This is the equivalent of getting paid $50/hour. So, treat applying for scholarships like a part-time job.