If you are interested in studying abroad, you should consider factors that might affect your ability to pursue the experience, including your personal financial situation. Program costs vary greatly, but University of Wisconsin-Platteville Education Abroad strives to keep costs down while maintaining high-quality programs.
Funding Your Program
- Request money, a passport, etc. as a birthday present or a holiday gift from your family.
- Use a crowdfunding website like GoFundMe to organize your funds and ask those close to you to help.
- Visit your local Chamber of Commerce to see if your community has any funds set aside to support students. In some cases, you may present on your experience in return.
- Search online for study abroad scholarships. Many small scholarships are out there for study abroad students based on destination, major, heritage, etc.
Scholarships and Grants
Visit the Education Abroad Scholarships page for more information, and be sure to plan ahead! Many scholarships and grants have application deadlines, so it is important to apply early.
While there are additional costs incurred with education abroad programs, you need to consider how much you already spend for a semester here in the U.S. Comparing costs can help determine how realistic the program cost is for your personal budget.
Using the Estimating the Cost of an Education Abroad Program worksheet, first fill in the costs for an average semester here in the U.S. using your current billing, federal aid, grants and scholarships.
Then find your program(s) of interest and fill in additional information on estimated program and out-of-pocket costs. This will help you make the decision right for you.
Please reference the Wisconsin GI Bill for more information on coverage. Pay close attention to the section of the Wisconsin GI Bill entitled “What does the GI Bill remission cover and what doesn’t it cover?”.