Financing Study Abroad
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.