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.
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 study abroad receive a scholarship through the Office of Study Abroad? 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:
There also are plenty of sources outside the university that offer scholarships to students who are studying abroad.