Studying abroad doesn't have to be expensive! There are many options available for students to cut costs and help pay for expenses.
Select the right program for your budget
Our program costs vary greatly based on duration, accommodation type, cost of living in the host country, etc. When you meet with the study abroad advisor, you'll be given a cost sheet depending on which program you're interested in, or 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, be sure to ask your advisor about our tuition exchange and other low-cost programs. With the tuition exchange program, you pay regular CMU tuition and fees, just as if you were staying on campus. In addition, the Office of Study Abroad offers a number of low-cost programs.
To ensure that you have sufficient funding for your study abroad program fees and related expenses, you can complete the How much money do I have.xlsx worksheet to review your finances.
Talk to a financial aid advisor
Most financial aid you receive through CMU can be used to pay for your study abroad costs. Your study abroad advisor will give you a program budget sheet to help you apply for financial aid at CMU. You may even qualify for additional aid because airfare, passport and visa costs are included in your expenses! See the
Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid's website for more information or schedule an appointment with a financial aid advisor.
Apply for scholarships
Did you know that nearly 70% of students who apply for a scholarship through The Office of Study Abroad receive an award? Students who study abroad for at least two weeks and meet the requirements are 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 the 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.
You also may be eligible for various endowed and program-specific scholarships. Students who enroll in a CMU-approved study abroad program and complete the study abroad scholarship application are automatically considered for the other scholarships.
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 to the Office of Study Abroad, Ronan Hall 330, by the deadline above. More information about scholarships and the application process will be provided to you once you meet with your study abroad advisor.
Many academic colleges and departments also offer scholarships specifically for their students who are studying abroad. We encourage you to talk to your department, faculty advisors and financial aid advisors about additional scholarship opportunities.
Below is a list of CMU departments and colleges that currently offer study abroad scholarships:
College of Business Administration
- Majors: Accounting, Economics, Finance, General Business Administration, General Management, Hospitality Services Administration, Human Resource Management, International Business, Law & Economics, Logistics Management, Information Systems, Marketing, Marketing: Professional Sales Concentration, Personal Financial Planning, Purchasing and Supply Management, Real Estate: Development and Finance, Entrepreneurship
Minors: Advertising, Applied Business Communication, Electronic Media Sales, Legal Studies, Retailing
- College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences
Majors: Anthropology, Cultural and Global Studies, English Literatures, Language and Writing, French, German, History, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Political Science, International Relations, Public and Non-Profit Administration, Pre-Law, Psychology, Religion, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Women and Gender Studies
Minors: Ethics Values and Society, Military Science, Museum Studies, Sustainability and Environmental Policy
Certificates: African and African Diaspora Studies, American Indian Studies, Cultural and Global Studies, Cultural Competency, East Asian Studies, European Studies, Human Geography, Latin American and Latino Studies, Middle East and Islamic Studies
College of Science and Engineering
- Majors/Minors: Biology (all concentrations), Pre-Graduate/Pre-Professional Programs (Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine/Osteopathy, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Veterinary Medicine), Environmental Health and Safety, Integrated Science (teaching), General Biology (teaching), Chemistry, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Information Technology, Environmental Science, Geology, Meteorology, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Product Design Engineering Technology, Geography (all concentrations), Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Statistics, Actuarial Science, Physics (all concentrations),
Department of Journalism
- Majors: Journalism, Photojournalism, Advertising, Public Relations
EHS International Programs Award
- Majors: Counseling, Educational Leadership, Fashion Design and Merchandising, Human Development and Family Studies, Interior Design, Nutrition and Dietetics, Recreation Parks and Leisure Services Administration, Elementary Education, Secondary Education
Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Majors and/or studying: French, German, Japanese, Spanish
Department of History
Department of Political Science
- Honors Program
There also are plenty of sources outside the university that offer scholarships to students who are studying abroad.