It's more affordable than you think!
Step 1: Select the right program for your budget
Since programs vary by duration, accommodation type, cost of living in the host country, etc., the cost of studying abroad varies by program. You can find the estimated cost of each study abroad program under Choose your Program
. Your study abroad advisor can help you select a program that fits your budget. If cost is an important factor in your program choice, ask your advisor about tuition exchanges and other low-cost programs. With a tuition exchange, you pay CMU tuition and fees, just as if you were staying on campus! The Office of Study Abroad now offers 29 low-cost programs
Step 2: Talk to a Financial Aid Advisor
Did you know that most financial aid you receive through CMU can be used to pay for your study abroad program costs? Apply to study abroad through CMU's Office of Study Abroad and your Study Abroad Advisor will give you a program budget to apply for financial aid at CMU. You may even qualify for additional aid. See the OFFICE OF SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID's
website for more information.
Step 3: Apply for a CMU study abroad program
The application for OSA scholarships will be located on your my study abroad account once your advisor has enrolled you in the study abroad application process.
Step 4: Office of Study Abroad Scholarships
In support of its strong commitment to international education, Central Michigan University has allocated $160,000 to the Office of Study Abroad to award as scholarships to CMU students who participate in study abroad programs that are at least two weeks in duration.
Depending on the duration of your study abroad program, you may be eligible for:
- $500 for faculty-led and summer study abroad programs, two to eight weeks in length
- up to $750 for programs eight weeks and over in summer
- $500-$2,500 for semester or academic year study abroad
Scholarship awards are based on the student's GPA, financial need, and scholarship essays. Last year, 70%
of students who applied for a scholarship through the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) received one.
March 1 - Summer term study abroad
March 15 - Fall semester or academic year study abroad
October 15 - Spring semester study abroad
Applications must be submitted by the deadline to the Office of Study Abroad, Ronan Hall 330.
Scholarship application information will be provided to you once you have met with your Study Abroad Advisor. For more information, please contact the Office of Study Abroad.
More study abroad scholarships awarded by the OSA can be found here.
Step 5: Scholarships by Academic College
In support of their strong commitment to study abroad, many CMU offices and departments offer study abroad scholarships to help you make study abroad a reality. You are also encouraged to talk to your department, faculty advisors and your financial aid advisors about additional scholarship opportunities.
Check the websites of the following CMU units for information on their study abroad scholarships:
College of Business Administration
College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences
College of Science and Technology
Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Department of History
Department of Journalism
Department of Philosophy and Religion
Department of Political Science
* Do you know of a CMU study abroad scholarship that is not listed here? Contact us!