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Financing Study Abroad

A guide to study abroad costs, Middlebury's financial aid policies, outside sources of financial aid, financial aid web sites, loans, and further resources:

 
Study Abroad Costs

Program costs are generally similar to or somewhat less than U.S. college costs.  In general, most study abroad experiences can be achieved well within the total cost of a term or year at Middlebury. Students returning from study abroad are the best sources of information about the real expenses of such study.

Some programs charge a comprehensive fee, while others charge a tuition fee only, and students are responsible for room and board costs, as well as travel. Cost estimates for the Middlebury Schools Abroad are available from International Programs and Off-Campus Study and on our web page (http://www.middlebury.edu/sa). 

Students studying abroad (except those on official exchange programs) are charged an administrative fee of $1,500 (2014-15) per semester abroad in order to help offset the cost of the services provided by International Programs and Off-Campus Study.


Middlebury’s Financial Aid Policy

U.S. citizens eligible to receive federal grants and loans can usually apply these to any kind of approved study abroad. Check with the Office of Student Financial Services for more detailed information (http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/support/sfs). 

Institutional grants and Federal Perkins loans are only available for the following:

  • Students who study at C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad
  • Students who are pre-approved International and Global Studies majors with a focus in South Asian Studies who study abroad in the region of focus (IGS/South Asia majors with a focus on India are normally expected to study at the Middlebury School in India)
  • Students who are pre-approved International and Global Studies majors with a focus in African Studies (with a language focus other than French) who study abroad in the region of focus (IGS/AS majors with a French language focus are normally expected to study at the Middlebury School in Cameroon)
  • IP&E majors with a focus on Africa studying abroad in Africa (with a language focus other than French) who study abroad in the region of focus (IPE majors with a French language focus are normally expected to study at the Middlebury School in Cameroon)
  • Students on official exchange programs
  • Classics and Classical Studies majors on approved programs in Greece or Italy

Middlebury grant and loan financial aid is not available for:

  • Study in countries/programs where English is the official language or lingua franca (this includes Middlebury's affiliation with Lincoln College/Oxford University), except at a Middlebury School Abroad or when a student is part of an official exchange program.
  • SIT Study Abroad programs, unless a student is studying in Africa or South Asia as a pre-approved IGS or IP&E major, according to the above language policies (scholarships are available directly from SIT on a competitive basis)
  • International students who seek to study on an externally-sponsored program in their home country


Outside Sources of Financial Aid

The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship provides awards for study abroad, for US citizens who are receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application.  More information: www.iie.org/gilman.

Boren Scholarships
are available for students studying less commonly taught languages and area/international studies.  See Stacey Thebodo in International Programs and http://borenawards.org/boren_scholarship for more information.  NOTE: The Middlebury deadline for Boren Scholarship applications will be in January 2015 (check back for exact date). Contact Stacey Thebodo with any questions.

The Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships are offered up to $5,000 per semester and are not limited to specific programs, destinations, or fields of study.  FEA awards funds to students planning to study abroad on academically rigorous programs with a strong preference for underrepresented students.  More information: http://www.fundforeducationabroad.org/applicants/  

The Fund for Education Abroad BASAA Scholarship is dedicated to increasing access for underrepresented students in study abroad. This scholarship (up to $5,000) will be awarded to a deserving student who attends a US university/college located in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Connecticut. More information: www.fundforeducationabroad.org

The Fund for Education Abroad Rainbow Scholarship is awarded to a deserving LGBTQ student who aims to participate in an education abroad program. More information: http://www.fundforeducationabroad.org/applicants/ 

BUTEX (British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association) often offers one or two scholarships (£500 each) for Study Abroad and Exchange students from Canada and the United States who are attending BUTEX member institutions.  
More information:  http://www.butex.ac.uk/scholarships/are-you-eligible/ 

Association of Teachers of Japanese: Bridging Scholarships
for Study Abroad in Japan:  a professional association which offers resources for studying Japan, including undergraduate scholarships.  More information: http://www.aatj.org/studyabroad/scholarships 


The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
has an undergraduate scholarship program offering funding to study, do research and/or internships in Germany.  More information: http://www.daad.org/?p=undergrad


Select externally-sponsored study abroad programs that offer scholarships:

·    SIT Study Abroad: http://www.sit.edu/studyabroad/721.htm

·    CIEE: http://www.ciee.org/study/scholarships/

·    Danish Institute for Study Abroad: http://www.disabroad.org/study-abroad/scholarships/

·    CET: http://www.cetacademicprograms.com/

·    Arcadia University : http://www.arcadia.edu/abroad/default.aspx?id=6773


Financial Aid Web Sites

www.studyabroadfunding.com: This valuable funding resource allows you to search by country or subject to find the study abroad funding information that you need.

www.internationalscholarships.com: This web site allows you to search for financial aid, college scholarships and study abroad scholarships.

http://www.iefa.org/: This site is a resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad.

The University of Minnesota’s Learning Abroad Center's Scholarship Database: http://umabroad.umn.edu/funding/index.php /
This web site allows you to search for funding and scholarship opportunities.

Michigan State University’s information on scholarships for multicultural students:
http://studyabroad.msu.edu/people/studentsofcolor/scholarships.html.

Michigan State University’s Web Site: “You Can’t Afford Not To Go: Financing Your Study Abroad Experience”: http://studyabroad.msu.edu/shared/afford.html (while some information on this site is specific to MSU students, there is a good guide to creative fundraising and helpful links). 

www.fastweb.com:  This web site provides free customized scholarship search after user fills out profile (scholarships are not necessarily specifically for study abroad).

www.finaid.org: This web site provides scholarship (not necessarily specific to study abroad) searches and extensive information about financial aid.


Other Resources


Financial Aid for Study and Training Abroad, 2006-2008, by Gail A. Schlachter and R. David Weber, Reference Service Press: http://www.rspfunding.com/catalog/item/1420994/878925.htm


Loans for study abroad

http://studyabroadloans.com