Here, we will provide financial aid guidance, information on grants and scholarships, and a budgeting tool for BU and non-BU students, to help you see how affordable a BU Study Abroad program can be. You might be surprised to learn that tuition and housing on a BU Study Abroad program are generally comparable to your on-campus costs for many students, and you can also apply most of your financial aid to any fall or spring program. In addition, there are a number of grants and scholarships available specifically for study abroad. If you are looking for program costs, you can find them on the specific program pages.

BU Students

Many students use federal student aid and BU financial aid to fund part of their educational expenses. Most of these funds may also be applied toward funding a study abroad program offered through BU during the fall and spring semesters (see Study Abroad Grants & Scholarships below for summer semester information). If you currently receive financial aid, you should seek information and apply as you normally do, through Boston University Financial Assistance.

Keep in mind that often, BU students can use most of their BU Financial Aid for a BU Study Abroad program. The most common exceptions are the Charles River Housing Grant and Work-Study.

Summer Programs

Boston University students are eligible to apply for grants or scholarships directly through Boston University Study Abroad for summer programs. Awards are made based on need and/or merit and typically range from $1,000 to $3,000. In order to be awarded a grant or scholarship, you must be admitted into a Boston University Study Abroad program. You may, however, begin the grant/scholarship application process while your Study Abroad application is under review. Grant and scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will continue to be reviewed while funds remain available.

More Scholarships

Padua Research Scholarship

  • Deadlines
    • Spring Programs: November 1
    • Fall and Academic Year Programs: April 15

For BU students participating in the Padua, Italy, semester or academic year programs (not summer).

Pamela Posen Endowed Memorial Scholarship

  • Deadline: December 1

For Boston University juniors or seniors studying in the spring semester who demonstrate financial need.

BU African Studies Center Financial Assistance & Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

  • Deadline: February 15, annually for academic year and summer programs

For undergraduate and graduate BU students.

Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies

  • Deadline: Apply as soon as possible.

For undergraduate students studying abroad in Israel.

General Study Abroad Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Fund for Education Abroad

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Project GO ROTC Scholarships*

Location-Specific Scholarships

Asia

Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia)

France

Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant

Germany

DAAD Scholarships

Ireland

Go Abroad Ireland Undergraduate Scholarship

Israel

Masa Scholarships

University of Haifa Scholarships

Italy

ItaliaRail Scholarships

Japan

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

New Zealand

New Zealand Education Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel

UK

Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship

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It is smart to plan a budget in advance of program departure. You may find our budget worksheet to be a helpful planning tool. You should plan to bring money to cover personal expenses and any other costs not included in the Program Fee. Expenses will vary depending on currency exchange rate and how much traveling, shopping, and dining out you plan to do.

Invoices for study abroad costs are issued by Boston University Student Accounting Services and reflect the Program Fee in the form of two charges, a “Program Tuition” charge and a “Housing/Student Services Fee.” The invoice may reflect other account adjustments, such as a medical insurance charge and/or waiver.

Student Accounting Services sends an e-bill invoice for applicable charges to the student directly. Billing occurs in July for fall programs, in late November for spring programs, and in May for summer programs.

Boston University students follow their normal schedule and procedures for billing and account settlement.

It is important that you familiarize yourself with the Boston University Study Abroad Policy on Refunds.

Students who decide to withdraw from a program after confirming their acceptance must notify Boston University Study Abroad in writing immediately. (This includes students who decide to withdraw before the program start date.) Any adjustment of charges will be made in accordance with the Boston University Study Abroad Policy on Refunds. The program deposit is nonrefundable.

For personal or academic reasons, a student may decide to withdraw from the program after the term has started. If the student expresses a desire to return home, we urge him or her to get in touch with on-site staff. Difficulties in cultural adjustment often can be resolved without resorting to returning to the US. Although withdrawal may be, in rare cases, the best alternative for a student, the student should carefully consider all aspects of the situation (personal, academic, and financial) before deciding to return home.

Withdrawal from a program does not constitute withdrawal from Boston University. Boston University students who wish to withdraw from the University or take a Leave of Absence must make arrangements through the University Service Center in addition to withdrawing from the program.

Non-BU Students

We encourage all students to continue working with their study abroad office and their own financial aid office when planning for their participation in a BU Study Abroad program.

Non-Boston University students wishing to use their federal aid toward a Boston University study abroad program should contact the financial aid office of their home institution. In the event that your institution chooses not to process your federal financial aid, Boston University can process a Federal Direct Stafford student loan, PLUS (parent) loan, and Pell Grant for eligible students, provided that your home institution completes a Boston University Consortium Agreement.

All financial aid inquiries and materials for study abroad participants should be submitted to Boston University Study Abroad. If you plan to apply for federal loans through Boston University, please contact us for instructions and forms at 617-353-9888, or by email at abroad@bu.edu.

Boston University offers grants and scholarships to non-BU students for any full-year, fall, spring, or summer program offered by Boston University Study Abroad.

Awards are made based on both need and merit, with an emphasis on need. The dollar amounts vary and typically range from $1,000 to $5,000 (and may occasionally exceed this level depending on the student’s eligibility and the cost of the program.) In order to be awarded a grant or scholarship, you must be admitted into a Boston University Study Abroad program. You may, however, begin the grant/scholarship application process while your Study Abroad application is under review.

Application deadlines for BU Study Abroad Grants & Scholarships

  • Fall and academic year programs: May 1
  • Spring programs: November 1

Application deadlines for summer financial aid

  • Grant and scholarship applications for summer are reviewed on a rolling basis. Once you have been accepted into a program, you should receive an award decision within two weeks if your grant application materials are complete.
  • Grant and scholarship applications will continue to be reviewed while funds remain available.

It is smart to plan a budget in advance of program departure. You may find our budget worksheet to be a helpful planning tool. You should plan to bring money to cover personal expenses and any other costs not included in the Program Fee. Expenses will vary depending on currency exchange rate and how much traveling, shopping, and dining out you plan to do.

Invoices are issued by Boston University Student Accounting Services, and reflect the Program Fee in the form of two charges, a “Program Tuition” charge and a “Housing/Student Services Fee.” The invoice may reflect other account adjustments, such as a medical insurance charge and/or waiver.

You are expected to settle your student account in full by early August for fall programs, mid-January for spring programs, and early May for summer programs. A specific settlement date is provided on the e-bill. Official documentation of pending loans, grants, etc., may be submitted toward account settlement.

Certain colleges request special billing arrangements in which their students make payments to the home institution, which in turn pays some or all of the Boston University Study Abroad fees directly. You should check with your home institution study abroad office or financial aid office to determine whether a special billing arrangement applies.

It is important that you familiarize yourself with the Boston University Study Abroad Policy on Refunds.

Students who decide to withdraw from a program after confirming their acceptance must notify Boston University Study Abroad in writing immediately. (This includes students who decide to withdraw before the program start date.) Any adjustment of charges will be made in accordance with the Boston University Study Abroad Policy on Refunds. The program deposit is nonrefundable.

For personal or academic reasons, a student may decide to withdraw from the program after the term has started. If the student expresses a desire to return home, we urge him or her to get in touch with on-site staff. Difficulties in cultural adjustment often can be resolved without resorting to returning to the US. Although withdrawal may be, in rare cases, the best alternative for a student, the student should carefully consider all aspects of the situation (personal, academic, and financial) before deciding to return home.