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Financing Your Study Abroad Program

Cost is of primary concern to students. We want to make study abroad accessible and financially affordable to as many students as possible. Our study abroad programs vary widely in cost, depending on the type of program, inclusions in the program (on-site director, excursions/field trips, meal/housing stipends, etc.), length of stay, and program location. When considering cost it is important to remember:

  • In many cases financial aid may be applied to finance study abroad
  • Scholarships for study abroad are available; review our scholarship page
  • The costs to some programs are comparable to what you would pay would you live on the TAMIU campus
  • Make sure you compare all costs when selecting a program
  • While the total financial sum may seem as a huge amount to you, consider it to be an investment in your future that will have many benefits in your future academic, professional, and personal endeavors

Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop

Now that you have decided to study abroad it is important to begin your financial planning. Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop will focus on creating a budget for your program, scholarships, and creative fundraising. The workshop will take place twice a week, Thursdays at 9am and Fridays at 4pm in SC 226. While you are free to walk-in for the workshop, we recommend that you schedule your attendance by email or calling us (956.326.2280).  Please note that this calendar is tentative, and we reserve the right to cancel the workshop at a last minute notice.

Financial Aid
In close coordination with the Office of Financial Aid a policy was established to make the financial aid review and award process for study abroad students efficient and flexible. In addition, study abroad scholarships are available to eligible TAMIU students to continue to promote and increase study abroad participation.

As a study abroad participant attending an approved study abroad program, students may qualify for federal, state, and institutional aid. Disbursements are made directly to the student. Students must register for a full-time load, and meet all Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requirements in order to continue receiving financial aid. It is the student's responsibility to know all scholarship requirements and to ensure these requirements are being met.

Paperwork process
Students must complete and submit a FAFSA (free application for federal student aid), Financial Aid Folder, and in conjunction with the Office of Student Affairs a financial aid budget for study abroad to the Office of Financial Aid (OFA). The budget is used to adjust the financial need of the student.

The student will register for study abroad courses through OSA. A registration form with a copy of the Academic Advisement Form will be submitted by OSA to the Office of the University Registrar for registration.