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Ed Abroad programs that work for your budget

Taking classes, living, and traveling abroad - sounds expensive, right? It doesn’t have to be! It’s possible to have your dream adventure abroad and keep the costs affordable! Here are a few ways you can make it happen:
  1. Affordable Programs: CU Boulder Education Abroad has a lot of programs, and plenty of these options are comparable to the cost of a semester at CU Boulder. Check out our resources on Going Abroad Within Your Budget for some strategies and advice. Once you're ready to explore programs, start with our suggested list of Best Semester Abroad Deals and our affordable Ed Abroad programs list.  You can also use our Program Search to find even more programs that will work for your budget. With so many programs available, there’s a program to fit every student’s financial needs!
  1. Use Financial Aid: Financial aid applies to Education Abroad semester or full-year programs! Any loans, grants, or scholarships that you receive from the federal government, the state of Colorado, or from CU will automatically apply to your Education Abroad fee the same as it would for your tuition here. If you are a Pell Recipient, some programs even match Pell Grants. Financial aid can be a huge help in reducing the costs of programs abroad, just as they are in Boulder! Explore Education Abroad’s Financial Aid page to learn more.
  1. Apply for Scholarships: There are many scholarship opportunities for study abroad students. The CU Education Abroad office offers the need-based Buffs Abroad Scholarship, and there are a lot of other general eligibility scholarships too, as well as scholarships available for certain majors, certain regions of study, and more. Check out the Ed Abroad scholarships page to explore scholarships you may be eligible for.
Want to learn about more programs in your budget? Our program search has the option to include your budget and search for programs that will work for you financially. The costs for your overall budget (estimates for everything) are on a scale of 1-4 dollar signs, so be sure to learn more about what each dollar sign means.

Connect with Education Abroad today to get started!

Last Updated April 2023
Photo by Kyle Kennedy