Education Abroad Is More Affordable Than You Think
We understand that education 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 education abroad. The Herberger Business School awards a number of $1,000 scholarships for semester long programs and $500 scholarships for short term programs (less than 3 weeks) each year for students participating in education-abroad programs. For additional information, download a Herberger Business School Education Abroad Scholarship Application (.doc).
SCSU also has scholarships available for education abroad through the Center for International Studies. For a list of these scholarships and additional education 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 in 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 international study participants, 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, landing at the most convenient port-of-entry, and then travel as a group by bus or train to Ingolstadt. 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, you live in housing with other international students. 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 is also an economical way to travel.
How much money you need for travel and entertainment 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.