Students are often surprised at how affordable study abroad can be. Depending on the location, it is sometimes less expensive to study abroad than to stay in St. Louis! The cost of the program depends on the services provided and the country and city of study.

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Costs by program type
Financial Aid
Budget Worksheet (compare study abroad against your current expenses)
International Studies and Programs Scholarships
Department Scholarships
External Scholarships

Costs by program type

Exchange Programs - Students pay UMSL tuition and receive UMSL credit. Tuition and billing is processed regularly as if the student were on campus. All additional expenses, such as airfare, room & board, and other fees are paid individually by the student to the respective university, organization, etc. All students must pay for mandatory insurance in full soon after acceptance.

Faculty-Led Programs - Students pay UMSL tuition and receive UMSL credit. Tuition and billing is process regularly as if the student were on campus. Most faculty-led programs have an additional program fee due up front that may cover your additional expenses.  Mandatory insurance costs will likely be included in the program fee. Visit the program website to see exactly what's included in the fee.

Affiliate/Consortium Programs - Students pay a program fee that will cover tuition and possibly other expenses. Depending on the program, students may earn either UMSL or transfer credit. Mandatory insurance costs will likely be included in the program fee. If not, students must pay for the insurance in full soon after acceptance. Visit the program website to see exactly what's included in the fee.

Non UMSL programs - Tuition and fees are set by the sponsoring organization and students earn transfer credit. See the provider or host university's website to see what they include. All students must pay for mandatory insurance in full soon after acceptance.

Financial Aid

The same grants and loans for which students are currently eligible in their financial aid package may apply towards an approved study abroad program. Students may also apply for additional loans through private sources. Detailed questions should be directed to Tiffany Izard in the Financial Aid Office.

Kristin Brown
Financial Aid Coordinator
(314) 516-4796
327 MSC 

Budget Worksheet

Use the worksheet to compare costs of study abroad against your costs here at UMSL and St. Louis. This will help you to create a realistic budget and can be used to compare costs between programs.  As you do some research, you may notice that programs vary considerably in cost and features. 
Semester Programs Budget Worksheet (costs already filled in are the estimates for those living on campus. Add in your expenses for a more detailed comparison.)

Short Term Programs Budget Worksheet

Scholarships through the Office of International Studies & Programs or Partner Institutions

Study Abroad scholarships are available for qualified applicants (UMSL full-time degree-seeking students only) through International Studies and Programs. These scholarships are primarily based on merit, and require a minimum GPA of 2.75. Priority is given to students who participate in UMSL-sponsored programs. "International Studies and Programs" scholarships are available for all terms.  The application deadline is the same deadline as your program application. Scholarship announcements are not made until late in the semester. One form allows you to apply for all ISP scholarships for which you qualify:

  • International Studies and Program: $200-$500 for summer/winter or $400-$1,000 for semester or year study on any UMSL program.
  • Bob Baumann Prize for International Studies: Award varies.
  • German American Heritage Society: $1,500 award for study abroad in Germany.
  • Manfred Rommel Scholarship: Up to $1,000 award for study in Germany.
  • Rolando Lara Zavala Memorial Scholarship: $1,250 per semester for study in Mexico. Multiple awards available.
  • Joel Glassman and Kathy Cochrane Study Abroad: $1,000 award for study on any UMSL program.
  • Alyn and Marlyn Essman Study Abroad: $2,000 for study on any UMSL program.
  • Tatini Family Scholarship: $1,000 award with preference given to International Studies students.
  • Jane & Bruce Robert French Studies Scholarship: $1500 award for study abroad in France.
  • Blanche M. Touhill Study Abroad Scholarship: $500- $1,000 award with preference given to students studying in China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong.
  • Smurfit Stone Professorship Scholarship: $500-$1000 award for study on faculty-led Irish Studies program with Dr. Wall.
  • Greek Professorship Scholarship: $500-$1000 award from study on the Missouri-Greece or Iklaina Archaeology Project program with Dr. Cosmopoulos.
  • Henry Mitchell Scholarship: $2,000 award for study in South Africa at University of the Western Cape

Scholarships offered by Partner Institutions (subject to change)

Department scholarships

Many departments and colleges at UMSL offer scholarships each semester. Check with your academic department regarding possible scholarship funding.

  • Robert and Paulette Bliss Study Abroad: For Honors College students to study abroad (see the Honors College for details and deadline).
  • International Business: For International Business students to study abroad (see International Business department for details and deadline).

External Scholarships for Study Abroad

There are many external sources of scholarship funding. Deadlines are generally in February - April for the following Fall, Winter, and Summer semesters, so plan ahead! UMSL students have been awarded many of these scholarships in the past. Note: Deadlines may change from year-to-year, so check the sponsor's website for the latest information. This list is NOT exhaustive; be sure to do some research on your own.


Study Abroad Funding Search by country or subject to find funding for study abroad programs.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships Awards of up to $5,000. Students must be receiving a Pell Grant to qualify. Deadlines: Fall/Year: April 15; Winter: Sept 15.

Boren Awards for International Study 
Boren Scholarships are awarded to U.S. undergraduates for study in foreign countries that are areas deemed critical to U.S. national security and underrepresented in study abroad. All must incorporate a less commonly taught language. Award amounts range up to $20,000 per academic year. Students interested in applying for the Boren Award are encouraged to meet with the Study Abroad Coordinator as early as possible. UMSL Students interested in applying for the Boren award and requesting their application to be reviewed and evaluated for advice must complete turn in a completed copy to the Study Abroad Office prior to January 20.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants Fifty $1,000 awards given each year. Applicants need not be members of Phi Kappa Phi. Deadline: April 1.

Diversity Abroad Scholarships Various scholarship programs aimed at increasing the number of minority students who study abroad. Amounts and deadlines vary.

Rotary Club Scholarship/Funding Information


Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan Awards of $2,500 - $4,000 for semester or year study in Japan. Deadlines: Fall/Year: Early-March; Winter: Early-October.

JASSO Scholarship Award of 80,000 Yen per month for living expenses plus round-trip airfare to Japan. Students apply for this scholarship through the Japanese host university (ask your study abroad advisor for details). Preference given to students studying abroad for the academic year. Deadline: March.


Ernst Mach Grant Provides a montly stipend of 940 Euros for study at an Austrian Fachhochscule (such as IMC Krems). To be eligible, student must have completed 4 semesters of college in the US before going abroad. For details: Go to website, search for "Ernst Mach" and select the second link).

OeAD Various grants for study in Austria. Deadlines vary. See database for details.


Alliance Francaise Scholarship for semester/year study in France. Deadline: Mid-February. See the French department for application details and deadline.

St. Louis-Lyon Sister City Scholarship Awards up to $1,000 per semester for study at Universite Jean Moulin in Lyon, France. Deadline: April. Apply through the Study Abroad Office.


DAAD For study abroad or internships in Germany. Provides a monthly stipend of approximately 650 Euros for one or two semesters, plus additional funds to help with travel expenses and health insurance. Deadline: mid to late January.

Baden-Wuerttemberg Scholarship For study at Stuttgart University. Variable award amounts with a maximum of 500 Euros per month up to 11 months. Apply through the Study Abroad Office. Deadline: Early-March.

K. Peter Etzkorn Scholarship For study at Stuttgart University. Awards of up to $1500.

United Kingdom:

British Council Sources of funding for various types of study in the UK.

BUTEX 500 GBP scholarships for study in the UK at a BUTEX member school (check their website to see if your host institution is a member and you are eligible to apply!)