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Education Abroad

Studying or working abroad is more than just an opportunity to travel and collect some great pictures. It also increases your ability to think critically, develop a global world view, and enhance your future professional and career development. There are many programs offered through SCSU Center for International Studies (CIS) Office; many that are not much more expensive than studying on-campus.

You can use your financial aid to pay for costs you normally incur while studying on campus. Once you have been accepted on your study abroad program, the CIS Office will submit an official budget to the Financial Aid Office prior to your term abroad. If you applied for financial aid, we will use the program budget to estimate your cost of attendance for study abroad and determine your eligibility for financial aid.

We encourage you to apply for scholarships to help pay your study abroad costs. A couple of scholarship searches are the SCSU Scholarship Search and the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Loan options may be available for your study abroad program costs. Try to keep your debt load down by paying for things such as your passport, visa (if applicable), and airfare from savings or earnings from your job. Remember to check out "Paying for Education" at for information on studying and working abroad.

Whether you study abroad on a short-term or semester-based program, on an SCSU-sponsored program or an affiliate university program, we encourage you to consider including an international education experience as part of your college career.

  1. SCSU-sponsored Program: SCSU student attending an SCSU-sponsored education abroad program. Financial aid can be used to assist with education abroad costs. If you haven't applied yet for financial aid check out how to apply.
  2. Affiliated University Program: SCSU student attending a non-SCSU sponsored program. Check out education abroad options through affiliated universities.
  3. Not an SCSU student? You can still participate in an SCSU education abroad program. Contact your home school's Financial Aid Office to arrange a consortium agreement. Also contact your school’s education abroad office to check on other requirements it may have for you. See the SCSU Center for International Studies website for additional information.

St. Cloud State University is a Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partner, a five-year initiative of the Institute of International Education (IIE). Check out IIE resources for students.

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