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How Can I Fund My Study Abroad?

Vassar believes that education abroad is a valuable academic experience that should be accessible to all students. Here is some information for you to consider:

Understand your financial aid package

Financial aid, including Vassar scholarships, may generally be applied toward study abroad program costs. In determining a budget for your study abroad experience, please take into consideration that the cost of living may be higher (food, rent, public transportation) and that you may wish to spend extra money on souvenirs, cultural activities, and travel for pleasure.

Plan for pre-departure expenses

You may encounter some costs prior to your semester abroad, so please plan ahead. This is especially important because financial aid may not yet have been disbursed, therefore requiring you to pay out of pocket. To learn more about potential upfront costs, please review the program page in the Vassar Global Learning Portal, and check with your program provider or host institution. Examples of pre-departure costs include:

  • Passport application or passport renewal application
  • Program application fee and program deposit
  • Visa application fee
  • National health insurance surcharges for your location abroad (specifically applicable to students studying for an entire year in the United Kingdom, or studying in Australia)
  • Flight
  • Immunizations or medications (for example, prophylaxis for Malaria)

Consider applying for a scholarship

In addition to financial aid and Vassar scholarships, you may be eligible for external study abroad scholarships. Explore our Scholarships page and the Office for Fellowships and Pre-Health Advising page to find out about available opportunities. Please let us know if you decide to apply for a scholarship, as we would be happy to provide advice.