Financing a Study Abroad Program

Many study abroad program fees are comparable to regular tuition and living expenses. Financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees since academic credit is earned while abroad. You are responsible for airfare and personal spending money, which will vary by lifestyle and program site.

Financial aid

Apply for financial aid on time. Discuss study abroad plans with the Office of Student Financial Aid and submit a budget revision request for the study abroad program.


Global Honors students may be eligible for scholarship funds to help toward study abroad program fees.

The Global Scholar Award is available to all students admitted to the program, and may be used to cover some modest study abroad expenses. Students who submit successful proposals for the Bamford Fellowship in Global Engagement are also eligible for an award of $2000 to cover research activities, including study abroad expenses directly related to their Bamford Fellowship research projects.

Additional costs


The cost of the flight is usually not included in the study abroad program fee. Therefore, it is wise to look for flights early. STA Travel is an agency that caters specifically to students.


International travel requires a current passport. Apply for (or renew) your passport as soon as possible; passport applications can take 4 - 6 weeks to process.


Some destinations will require vaccines and medication. Check with the Student Health Services for more information.

Study abroad insurance

The University of Washington strongly recommends that all UW students participating in foreign study or research programs purchase the UW Study Abroad Health Insurance. Students concurrently enrolling through the UW International Programs and Exchanges office after January 1, 2011 must purchase this plan. See the IPE site for details regarding the insurance requirement.