It is a common misconception that you have to be a lottery winner or be related to Bill Gates in order to afford studying abroad. Well my friends, I am here to tell you that although being related to Bill Gates would be very cool, it is not a necessary requirement to be able to afford your time abroad.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
The cost to study abroad varies by program, but for the most part it is VERY comparable to SLU tuition, usually a little bit less. Something unique about the SLU-approved study abroad programs is that any financial aid or scholarships that you have from SLU (except athletic scholarships) travels with you during your semester or year abroad. During my own semester abroad, due to the amount of my personal financial aid awards and the cost of tuition in Spain, my parents actually received a check back from SLU. Granted, that money was quickly spent due to my shopping habit abroad, but nonetheless, it saved us some money.
Help with Travel Expenses
As far as those extra costs such as flights, shopping and traveling while abroad, there are tons of scholarships out there to help absorb some of those costs. At studyabroad.slu.edu, you can find links to all kinds of external study abroad scholarships. Some of these scholarships are for students studying in a specific country or studying a certain language, while others are for anyone who wishes to study abroad. The SLU website also provides links to some study abroad scholarship databases where you can put in your specific criteria and search for scholarships that are applicable to your specific situation.
- The Boren Awards look to serve students dedicated to pursuing an international and/or language intensive study abroad experience.
- The Gilman International Scholarship allows for students from lower income families to have the opportunity to study abroad. You must currently be receiving a Federal Pell Grant to be eligible for the Gilman Scholarship.
- Rotary Club or Kiwanis International provide scholarships to students who wish to cultivate their education through international study.
The resources to afford studying abroad are there, you just have to do a little research and apply!
If you would like to find out more about study abroad opportunities at SLU, please contact the Office of International Services at firstname.lastname@example.org, 314-977-4081 or SLU’s Study Abroad website.