Program Cost Expectations

Costs to Consider

There are a variety of resources available to students who are studying abroad. Check out the information below to start planning and budgeting your study abroad program!

Program Fee

When traveling on a short-term, faculty-led study abroad program, one of the first things most people look at is the program fee. This fee always includes the cost of accommodations, ground transportation in country, most excursions, and international health insurance. It usually, but not always, includes meals, visa (if required), and international airfare. Every program is different and you will need to see if the program you are interested in is all-inclusive or not. Please click on the link below to make a payment.


For short-term, faculty-led programs, tuition is not included in the program fee. The cost of tuition is reflective of how many credit hours a student chooses to take on their study abroad program. Information on tuition can be found here.

International Airfare

If the international airfare is included in the student's study abroad program, the Office of Study Abroad will book the flights on behalf of the students. In this case, the students and faculty fly as a group on the same flight to their host country and back. However, if international airfare is not included in a student's study abroad program, it will be the responsibility of the student to book their flights. There are several search engines available for searching for flights such as Google Flights, Kayak, and Expedia.


All students studying abroad will need to have a current and valid passport in order to travel. It is the student's responsibility to apply for and obtain their passport. Passports can be obtained through the U.S. Department of State and information is available online. The Office of Study Abroad has also created a Passport How To, which makes applying for your passport easier. The process can take around 6 weeks and it is recommended that students apply/renew* their passport well in advance of their program. If your program includes international airfare, we will need your passport number in order to book your flight. You can also find more information about international travel and obtaining your passport on the Travel, Health, and Safety page.

*You will need to renew your passport if it expires within 6 months of your travel to your host country. Renewing your passport is easy and generally only takes 4 weeks to process.


Semester Exchange

Students studying abroad through an international partner institution will pay tuition and fees to Lamar University, the same way they would as if they were taking classes on campus. Additional costs to consider are airfare, dormitory, meal plan, and spending money for the semester. Sometimes the cost of living in another country is cheaper and sometimes it is more expensive. Research the host country before traveling to learn more about the currency they use and the conversion with USD$.

Financial Aid

Students who receive financial aid can choose to apply to use it to help cover the costs of tuition for their study abroad program. To apply to use financial aid, please follow the steps below:

  1. Print and fill out the first page of the Study Abroad Financial Assistance Request Form. (PDF)
  2. Visit your academic advisor and have him/her complete the second page. 
  3. Sign and certify. 
  4. Return to the Financial Aid Office

Additional Resources

Budgeting: A "Self–projected Budget" will help you plan for all of the expenses related to study abroad in a comprehensive way.

Insurance: If you need to insure the total value of your trip, check plans and prices with various companies before making your final selection. InsureMyTrip is one example of a company that provides trip insurance.

Study Abroad Student Handbook: The Study Abroad Student Handbook was developed "To address the current worldwide concern for safety, and the need for informed study abroad program participants, the Safety Abroad First-Educational Travel Information (SAFETI) Clearinghouse of the Center for Global Education makes the following safety resource guide available for students studying abroad. This document is made possible through support from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) of the U.S. Department of Education."

LU Scholarships

  • Study Abroad Fee Grant
    All currently enrolled LU students in good academic standing could be entitled to receive the Study Abroad Fee Grant. It is available to LU students traveling on LU programs. The award is approximately $200.

    To apply, click here and search for Study Abroad Fee Grant.
  • Carter Innovation Fund Scholarship (College of Business)
    The CIF Study Abroad Scholarship is made possible thanks to the generosity of a local businessman, Mr. Nick Carter. This scholarship provides eligible students with a portion of their study abroad trip expenses covered as approved by the Office of Study Abroad. All LU students majoring or minoring in a program of study housed in the College of Business with a GPA of 2.75 or higher are encouraged to apply.

    Spain Winter Program Application Due Date - October 25th
    Argentina Spring Program Application Due Date - December 2nd
    China and Spain Summer Programs Application Due Date - February 21st

  • McMaster Grant (Honors College)
    The Reaud Honors College provides Honors students with study abroad financial assistance under the McMaster Grant in Aid of Research, Creative Scholarship, or Study. Honors students should contact the Honors College directly for more information about this scholarship. Awards up to $1,000.

  • Steinhagen Global Fellowship (College of Business)
    The College of Business provides MBA Study Abroad scholarships as well as the Steinhagen Global Fellowship for LU business students to study abroad. Graduate students (MBA/MSA), five-year BBA/MBA, BBA/MSA, and MS in MIS students in the College of Business with at least a 3.5 GPA may apply. Steinhagen Scholars will receive up to $2,500.

    Spain Winter Program Application Due Date - October 25th
    Argentina Spring Program Application Due Date - December 2nd
    China and Spain Summer Programs Application Due Date - February 21st

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Other Study Abroad Scholarships

  • Ashley Soule Conroy Foundation Scholarship
    Available for semester study abroad experiences. The mission is to create a permanent endowment and award scholarships to qualified students for the travel and study abroad, based on merit, personal qualities and/or financial need. For further details and to apply, please visit the provider's web site. Award amount is $3,000. Deadline: July 1 (for Fall) and December 1 (for Spring).

  • Asia Institute
    To support and increase the accessibility of international education opportunities for all students, the Asia Institute, through the One Yuan One Dream Foundation, is co-developing multiple scholarship programs, which are open to students studying in Asia and the United States. Scholarships are available for Engineering students studying abroad in Asia for as little as 10 days to an entire year. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018.

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

    The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Applicants must be studying or interning abroad for at least four weeks in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be in one country for at least four consecutive weeks.

    The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support a diverse range of students who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad, including but not limited to:

    • Students with high financial need
    • Students studying in non-traditional countries, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand
    • Students with diverse ethnic backgrounds
    • Students from a diverse range of institutions including four-year, public, private, community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, Hispanic Serving Institutions and other Minority Serving Institutions.
    • Students with disabilities   

    The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations.

    Deadline for Summer and Fall 2018 is March 6, 2018.


  • Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
    Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. We focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security, broadly defined, and underrepresented in study abroad. Deadline to apply is Feb. 8, 2018.

  • Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan
    The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. The Bridging Scholarship program is sponsored and funded by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation, through contributions from a number of corporations, private foundations, and individual donors. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad. Their study in Japan must earn credit that will transfer to their home campus in the US.

    Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs). Students studying in Japan on summer programs are not eligible to apply.

  • Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation Study Abroad and Foreign Language Scholarships
    Two scholarships are available: Study Abroad and Foreign Language Study. This foundation supports undergraduate college/university Silver or Gold Award Girl Scouts who plan to study abroad, irrespective of major/minor. The Study Abroad Scholarship provides $1,000 directly to the awardee upon verification that they have begun their study abroad experience. The Foreign Language Study Scholarship provides $1,500 per academic year. Applications may be submitted for studying abroad during first semester, second semester, summer, or the full academic year. Awardees must maintain at least a “B” or higher grade point overall (3.0 on a 4.0 scale or 4.0 on a 5.0 scale). For more information on the Study Abroad Scholarship click on the Travel Study link and for information on the Foreign Language Scholarship click on the Academic Study link. Deadline: May 18, 2018 (for 2018-2019 programs).

  • Critical Language Scholarship Program
    Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. students.

    - Advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels: Arabic and Persian
    - Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels: Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu
    - Intermediate and advanced levels: Chinese, Japanese, and Russian

    The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Please visit the CLS Institutes page for more information.

  • DAAD German Scholarship
    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. They offer a wide range of scholarships, grants, and fellowships for students. The DAAD Scholarship is available to a variety of students interested in pursuing studies or research in Germany. Undergraduates, Graduates, and international students are all eligible for one of the many scholarships offered. Award amounts vary and deadlines vary by scholarship. Check the web site for up-to-date information.

  • Di Yerbury International Scholar Award
    Hosted by the National Society of High School Scholars, this award is given to NSHSS college students to participate in international study during college. The award amount is $1,000 and you must be a member of NSHSS to qualify. The next deadline, for summer 2018, is March 15, 2018.

  • Foundation for Global Scholars
    The Foundation for Global Scholars (FGS) was established in 2006. Founders Cynthia Banks and Sheila Houston knew firsthand the value of study abroad and international perspective and understood that very few (less than 2%) of American college students studied abroad. Their vision was to open doors for as many college students as possible to have international study opportunities and become globally minded citizens. FGS awards scholarships to US citizens studying abroad, three times annually. GRIT Scholars must participate for no less than 28 days on a university-accredited program. Scholarships are valued at $3000.

  • Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
    The Freeman-ASIA award is provided to U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. It is sponsored by the Freeman Foundation whose major objectives include strengthening the bonds of friendship between the U.S. and countries of East Asia. The award amounts are up to $3,000 for summer study, up to $5,000 for Semester/Quarter study, and up to $7,000 for an academic year. Deadline: Early March (Summer programs), April (Fall and academic year).

  • Fund for Education Abroad
    FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. Funding Amounts are $10,000 (Academic Year); $5,000 (fall/spring semester); prorated by number of weeks, minimum $1,250 (summer). There are also specific scholarships for athletes, LGBTQI students, and students studying in Central America, South America, France, Germany, or Southeast Asia. Deadline for Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019 is Jan. 10, 2018.

  • Go OverseasStudy and Intern Abroad Scholarship
    This scholarship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of all majors. It is awarded twice a year: Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. There is no minimum length of program and everyone is welcome to apply. Deadline is in September for the upcoming year.

  • ItaliaRail Scholarship Program
    ItaliaRail is committed to helping students study abroad in Italy and immerse themselves in the country's rich and dynamic culture. This scholarship is open to those who have enrolled din their university's Study Abroad program in Italy. Two scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 each, plus a 3-day Italy Rail Pass for each winner. Deadline to apply is in the beginning of December for the following year.

  • Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant
    Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Study Abroad Grants: Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Deadline for Session A is Feb. 15, 2018 and for Session B is Sept. 15, 2018.

  • Rotary Foundation Global Scholarship Grant
    The Rotary Foundation offers scholarship funding through the Rotary Foundation Global Grant scholarships. The scholarship funds graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years. Rotary Foundation Global Grants can be used to fund scholarships with sustainable, high-impact outcomes in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy, and Economic and community development.

  • Tortuga Backpacks
    The Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world. The scholarship may be used for tuition, room and board, books, or travel. The award amount is $1,000. The scholarship is only for Fall or Spring semesters. Deadline: December 20, 2017 (Spring 2018) and May 20, 2018 (Fall 2018).

  • Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship
    The Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship Fund/Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to undergraduates/graduate students for a semester or year-long study abroad program in either the United States or Japan. A generous endowment gift of $10 million from Mr. Toshizo (Tom) Watanabe to the U.S.-Japan Council makes it possible to award scholarships to students for whom study abroad would not be possible without financial support. 

    The scholarship will support up to the full cost of attendance to the study abroad program of the applicant’s choice. The scholarship program grants awards to recipients in amounts determined by financial need and other qualifications. Applications are accepted between Jan. 1 - Feb. 15.

  • U.S. Fulbright Student Program
    "Fostering leadership, learning and empathy between cultures was and remains the purpose of the international scholarship program." – Senator J. William Fulbright Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Fulbright is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.


For a more detailed list of the eligibility requirements for Study Abroad Scholarships, click here.

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