- financial aid, including Beloit College scholarships, applies to off-campus study undertaken during the academic year;
- students with Pell Grants should apply for the Benjamin Gilman scholarship to study abroad;
- students with financial need are automatically considered for the College's travel scholarships; and
- if you are not using all of the student loans available to you, you may be eligible to borrow more money.
You can review your financial aid package in the Financial Aid section of the Portal. Look for the Financial Services tab.
Students with tuition remission or full tuition scholarships, however, will be responsible for any tuition paid to the host institution. An exchange program may be the best option.
The tuition cap for 2016/17 is $17,302. If program tuition exceeds $17,302, the student is responsible for tuition above the cap. Note: Tuition for most options is below the cap.
Room and Board: Room and/or board is only paid to Beloit College in the case of some, but not all, exchange programs. Housing can cost much less (Botswana, Costa Rica, Ghana, India) or much more (Australia, Denmark, New Zealand) than at Beloit College. Students often save money on food while abroad by cooking for themselves.
The study abroad by major pages contain information on room and board cost relative to Beloit College room and board costs. The categories are: lower, same, higher (up to $2,000/semester), and significantly higher (more than $2,000/semester higher).
Study Abroad Length: If you select an English university on the term system, study abroad in the fall lasts roughly 11 weeks, and in the spring, 22 weeks. English universities on the semester system have calendar closer to Beloit’s.
Semester Start and End Dates: Many countries have academic calendars similar to Beloit’s.
However, in the southern hemisphere, the first semester runs from mid-March through July, and the second semester runs from late July until early November. German academic calendars and some Japanese calendars also differ from Beloit’s.
If you usually work in the summer, can you work at other times instead?
Travel Costs: Check airfare to your host country. Airfare to Australia, China, Japan, or New Zealand is going to cost more than airfare to Europe or Latin America. Can a high airfare be balanced with low cost of living?
Visas: Visas are sometimes required, but not always. The costs of visas vary widely from country to country, as do application procedures. Some countries require a personal visit to a consulate to apply for a visa.
Optional expenses. Play sports? There is no cost for using sports facilities in Ireland, but there is in England and Australia, and in some countries, universities do not have sports facilities. Student clubs may charge a modest participation fee. Will you live on campus, or take public transportation to get there? Plan to travel?
The study abroad pages of most universities publish information about both room and board and personal spending costs. It is important that you budget separately for each category (travel, insurance, books, supplies, etc) so that you can calculate how much money you will need.
Other good sources are past students' expenditures. You can find these in the notebooks containing study abroad evaluations in the resource room in the Office of International Education.
Advisors in the Office of International Education are also happy to help you find the information you need.
The budget sheet is not a part of your study abroad application. However, thinking about cost before you apply to study abroad can help you choose an option within you budget and/or map out how you will earn/acquire the extra funding you will need.
One tool to calculate the difference in consumer prices between your home city and your host city is Expatistan.com.
How else can you get money to fund off-campus study?
- Apply for outside scholarships and grants. You can find a list on our Scholarships page.
- Try fundraising online. Here are two sites geared to help you finance your educational travel plans: Project Travel (available for domestic and international plans) and FundMyTravel (for international experiences).
- Enhancement grants are available to help support small project development during study abroad.
- International education and Weissberg International Human Rights grants can support more extended projects during summer breaks.