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Financing Study Abroad

A common misconception about studying abroad is that it’s not possible to participate because of cost.  However, with appropriate preparation and advance planning, studying overseas can be very affordable and serve as a major investment in your future.  The International Center works closely with the Winthrop community to provide a number of affordable programs for Winthrop students.  These programs vary in cost, program type, location, duration, level of on-site support, and program inclusions.  For more information about the types of programs we offer, visit the Study Abroad Portal to research options that are good fits for your budget and academic needs.  Additionally, to research Winthrop-based scholarship opportunities for financial support to study abroad, visit our Scholarships section of the Study Abroad Portal. 

Winthrop students are able to use ALL of their financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) toward the cost of a semester or full-year study abroad experience. For summer programs, additional loans are available. To learn more, students are responsible for discussing their specific financial aid package with Winthrop’s Office of Financial Aid. These conversations are tremendously important to make sure that students understand how their financial aid/scholarships work within the context of studying abroad.  An important caveat to also keep in mind is that financial aid and/or scholarships are typically disbursed shortly before the Winthrop semester begins. If your study abroad program begins prior to the Winthrop semester, you may need to plan ahead to make sure you have enough money in advance while you are waiting for your aid to be dispersed.  

Budgeting & Financial Planning

Winthrop’s International Center strongly encourages students to estimate the costs of their proposed study abroad program and discuss it with all parties contributing financially to their program. Planning ahead allows students to get the most out of their study abroad experience. In order to help students plan, please consult your respective program's website in the Study Abroad Portal to learn more about your program fees.   While attending one of Winthrop’s Group Advising sessions, students also receive a budgeting worksheet as a tool to help them construct a reasonable budget for their overseas experience.

Living & Travel Expenses

The costs associated with living and traveling overseas vary and depend upon many factors including program length, location, and program inclusions.  Costs also vary greatly based on students’ personal spending habits.  Students who get involved with the local culture, friends and activities may very well spend much less than someone who elects to travel (and/or shop) most weekends.

Students should pay close attention to relevant exchange rates and the general cost of living in their host country. For example, living in London or Australia for a semester is generally much more expensive typically than living in Costa Rica for the same length of time.  Students should carefully research estimated living costs for each program prior to selecting their final study abroad program.   

Study Abroad Scholarships

In general, students can find a number of scholarship options to help finance study abroad experiences.  Winthrop’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA) has specific information devoted to study abroad scholarships that double as nationally competitive awards.  One of the most popular and well-known of these options for undergraduates is the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship (which is geared specifically towards Pell Grant recipients).  Additionally, the English Department at Winthrop also offers the Geraldine Trammell Hurley Fellowship for study and travel abroad. Although this award is more appropriate for short-term or summer study abroad, depending upon the level of funding available that year, a semester abroad may be funded.

When researching scholarship opportunities, students should remember to be flexible and give themselves enough time to research and apply for various scholarship opportunities.  Many scholarships require application packets 6 months to one year prior to actually studying overseas.  Plan ahead and keep in mind that scholarships for study abroad in Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand are less common.  Additionally, there tend to be more scholarship options available for Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.  Additionally, there are also specific scholarships geared toward underrepresented students.

For information regarding various scholarship options offered at Winthrop and beyond, visit the Study Abroad Portal’s Scholarships page. 

Still have questions?  Attend a Group Advising Session and work with the Study Abroad Coordinator after attending the session to find the best program option for you.


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