Studying Abroad Is More Affordable Than You Think
We understand that studying abroad is a major economic proposition, yet St. Cloud State University has made every effort to maintain the programs at a level that is comparable to what it costs to attend SCSU at home.
Scholarships are available to help pay for study abroad. The Herberger Business School awards a number of $500 scholarships each year for students participating in study abroad programs. For additional information, download a Herberger Business School Study Abroad Scholarship Application.
SCSU also has scholarships available for education abroad through the Center for International Studies. For a list of these scholarships and additional study abroad financial information, go to http://www.stcloudstate.edu/educationabroad/costs.asp.
Cost of the Program
Each program is priced differently based on the cost of flights and the cost of traveling in the country. Places such as Europe, Japan, and Australia are more expensive to study compared to developing countries.
A comprehensive program fee covers tuition, room, partial board, instruction, round-trip air fare, administration, excursions, and cultural activities. Expenses such as laundry, books, local or regional travel, visa, passport fees, and other personal expenses are not included in the program fee. All financial aid programs, including work-study, are available to qualifying education abroad participants, and often the award is higher than it would be if you stayed at SCSU.
Transportation and travel arrangements are flexible. Most groups depart from Minneapolis and land at the most convenient port-of-entry. Attempts are made to purchase round-trip tickets with open return dates or fixed return dates that may be changed for a modest fee. The program calendar allows for ample opportunity for travel in the host and neighboring countries.
On the Alnwick, England program you live in residence at Alnwick Castle in a dorm-like setting. On the Ingolstadt, Germany program, student housing arrangements are made through the university in Ingolstadt. On short-term programs you are typically moving from hostel to hostel or hotels as the program moves through various cities.
Weekends are open for traveling and the semester long programs have week long breaks. Students typically use train passes such as the Euro Rail or the Brit Rail Pass. Some also backpack and stay in youth hostels. Shared hotel rooms for several students are also an economical way to travel.
How much money you need depends on how much you travel or take in evening entertainment. On the low end students have gotten by with $2,500 for one semester, but others have spent significantly more on travel, gifts, souvenirs, etc.