Academic and personal costs associated with CAHNRS international experiences can be somewhat daunting! However, if you start the planning process early, your abroad experience costs have the potential to be significantly reduced through additional funding support! When looking through CAHNRS abroad programs, please take note of both the academic and personal costs associated with the trips.
It should be noted that associated costs with Faculty-led programs vary and can be located through the Office of International Programs for each specific program, alongside other programmatic information. Associated costs with Exchange programs also vary by institution and are located on the International Programs Office Exchange website.
“I was so discouraged from the money aspect because I didn’t know what kind of support system Global Learning has… there are countless resources for [students] on campus, with scholarships from WSU, WSU Alumni, or other scholarships found through a provider or online sources. If you work for it, it can be possible to get more paid off from scholarships than you would going to WSU for a semester. All of the work leading up to going abroad is so worth the experience. I sat in your shoes once, thinking that traveling would be so cool, but not viable for me. I am a first generation student that depends on financial aid and scholarships to get my degree. I can resonate with the thought that money is tight, but it is possible. Believe me, it is possible. Do not live on regretting the choice to not look into that one program, or taking a couple minutes to apply to that one scholarship. It will all be worth it in the end.”
– Randee Zerger, Academic Programs International – Scotland (2015)
Start With Financial Aid
- Sign up for a Global Cougs 101 session through the WSU Office of International Programs in Bryan Hall 105 to receive valuable tips on finding scholarships and using financial aid for study abroad.
- Apply for WSU financial aid through FASFA (Free Application for Student Aid) by the priority deadline. If you are studying abroad during the summer, please visit WSU Student Financial Services for summer financial aid information.
- Make an appointment with Student Financial Services to discuss how you can apply your financial aid to your abroad experience.
Most WSU General Scholarships can be applied towards costs of studying abroad for all CAHNRS degree-seeking undergraduate, graduate, international, and professional program students. You must complete the WSU General Scholarship Application prior to January 31.
All WSU Education Abroad Scholarships have varying requirements intended for different majors and programs. However, a majority of study abroad scholarships are open to all students. Please see the Office of International Programs for more information on the many WSU Education Abroad scholarships and start early on the online application process. Please plan ahead: the deadlines for WSU Education Abroad Scholarships differ by semester:
- Summer/Fall semesters: April 1
- Spring semester: November 1
WSU also offers several very competitive and extensive grants, fellowships, and awards that can be used to assist in the costs of study abroad. Please see the WSU Distinguished Scholarships Programs for more information on funding requirements, eligibility, years of application, and deadline dates.
“I decided to apply for scholarships because [they] were the only way I was going to be able to afford the trip. It was an opportunity that presented itself, and I put my best foot forward knowing that it was one of the best shots I had of going on the study abroad trip.”
– Janelle Thomas, Costa Rica (2017)
The WSU Office of International Programs offers information on a significant number of scholarships and grants offered by a variety of organizations that can assist CAHNRS students in studying abroad. Please see their list of external financial support to seek out additional funding for your program. Please note that requirements for application vary among funding sources.
Many education abroad providers offer scholarships to students with strong academic records or financial need. Use the Office of International Programs’ program search to find more information about scholarship opportunities within the program(s) you intend to apply.