Q: What types of scholarship opportunities are available?
A: CALS awards scholarships for CALS students who will be studying abroad. Last year, CALS students were awarded approximately $67,000 in study abroad scholarships. CALS students can apply to International Academic Programs (IAP) scholarships as well, and may also be eligible to apply for the Study Abroad Scholars award through IAP. In addition, most scholarships students receive to use on-campus such as the State of Wisconsin grants and scholarships can be applied to study abroad programs. We recommend researching scholarship options as soon as you start considering study abroad and keep track of scholarship application deadlines, as some are a year in advance of when you plan to study abroad.
Q: Can financial aid be used abroad?
A: Yes! Financial aid such as Pell grants and direct loans through FAFSA can be used towards most study abroad programs. The Office of Student Financial Aid will use the cost of attendance for your study abroad program to calculate aid. If you have questions about your specific situation and how to fund a study abroad program, please contact a Study Abroad Advisor to set up an appointment.
Q: Are there other options available besides financial aid and scholarships?
A: Yes. We encourage students to look at their financial situation and consider what’s included in the program fee when looking at program options. Airfare, housing, meals, and discretionary expenses differ by program and cost of living varies by location. In addition to saving ahead of time, past study abroad students have utilized fundraising to cover program costs and fees. To look at programs, program costs, and scholarships please talk to a peer advisor at the CALS Study Abroad office in 116 Ag Hall.
For additional information, you can visit the Funding Study Abroad webpage.