Studying abroad requires advanced financial planning, so you will need to know your personal and family resources as well as how studying abroad will impact your financial aid eligibility for the time that you are abroad.

Budget Sheets

If you receive financial aid and want to take eligible aid with you when you go abroad, you are required to complete a Budget Sheet (PDF). Students going on exchange and direct enroll programs will have their budget sheets completed for them by their study abroad advisor. Students going on external programs must complete a budget sheet themselves. Complete it according to the cost of your program. Attach any and all cost documentation to your completed budget sheet and bring it to Student Financial Services. If you need assistance filling out your budget sheet, contact OIE to schedule an appointment.

Finances of UVM Semester Programs

Students participating in UVM semester programs pay their usual tuition to UVM. UVM grants and scholarships are eligible for use on these programs, as is federal financial aid.

Finances of Exchange Programs

Currently, Vermont resident students pay the UVM in-state tuition rate, and out-of-state students pay tuition at the “exchange rate” which is equivalent to a 40% reduction on out-of-state tuition. Financial aid, including UVM grants and scholarships, can apply to exchange programs.  UVM grants and scholarships are reduced for out-of-state students to account for the reduction in tuition.

Finances of External and Direct-Enroll Programs

Students participating in approved programs sponsored by other U.S. institutions will not qualify for UVM grants and scholarships during their time abroad, but may continue to use federal and state aid to assist in financing their study abroad programs. Additional information is available from Student Financial Services.

Financial aid packages will be recalculated to reflect the costs of the study abroad program. Parent PLUS and alternative loans are available through federal and private loan providers to help finance external programs. Your financial aid eligibility will be reduced if your total program cost is less than the standard cost of enrolling for the same period at UVM. Notify Student Financial Services promptly of any changes to the costs or course load associated with your program. If you receive outside grants or scholarships, be sure to check with the sponsoring organization about how these benefits or scholarships might be applied to costs for your study abroad program. 

Finances of UVM Short-Term Travel Study

Students who participate in short-term travel-study courses pay tuition directly to UVM. Tuition for winter break courses is included in your spring course load, unless you register for more than 18 credits or unless you are enrolled in a study abroad program for spring semester in which case tuition charges are additional.

Study Abroad Fee

Students who study abroad for a semester or any non-UVM summer program pay a study abroad fee. The fee is $500 for a semester or full-year program and $250 for summer programs not run by UVM. The fee covers the following:

  • Allows you to remain enrolled as a full-time UVM student, ensuring continued student status for health insurance coverage and, when applicable, financial aid.
  • Allows you to register for the following semester's classes at UVM at the same time as on-campus students.
  • Facilitates your credits to transfer back to UVM upon successful completion and review of course material.
  • Provides you with UVM supplemental overseas emergency assistance while abroad.
  • Provides UVM administrative support services while abroad including access to study abroad, Transfer Affairs, and Student Financial Services advisors, as well as access to the UVM library.
  • Enrolls you with International SOS, UVM's health and safety emergency services provider.

Scholarships and Financial Resources

To assist you in funding your study abroad experience, OIE has compiled a list of scholarships and grants available for study abroad. This list is meant to be a starting point for you and is not comprehensive. Check with individual organizations and programs to find the most up-to-date, complete, and accurate information.

UVM Funding:

  • Buckham Overseas Program Travel Scholarship
    • Contact the English department for more information.

Government and Non-Profit Funding:

Visit the UVM National Scholarships & Fellowships Advising website for additional guidance regarding the government and non-profit scholarships above.

External Funding:

Many of our approved external study abroad programs offer scholarships to their participants. Be sure to research scholarship opportunities available through the programs you are considering.

Shanghai, China

UVM has recently partnered with STA Travel. Check out their website for payment plan options for travel costs such as purchasing flights.

“There is very little holding you back from making a study abroad trip a reality. This as an excellent opportunity to enjoy a uniquely rich and fulfilling experience and it should not be let go of lightly.”

--Daniel Gehan, Brno, Czech Republic