Education Abroad, U.Va.

Education Abroad

A Division of the International Studies Office


Planning & Budgeting

Financial planning is an important component of preparing for an education abroad experience. Follow these steps to get started:

COMPARE Costs at UVA and Abroad

With careful research, you can find an education abroad program that fits your budget:

  • Use the Cost Comparison Worksheet to identify and compare the costs
    • On Grounds UVA cost of attendance is published by Student Financial Services
    • UVA program costs are published on the budget sheet of the program brochure
    • Outside program costs can be found on the program’s website.
    • Exchange programs charge regular UVA tuition and mandatory fees; use the host institution's materials for other expenses
  • Understand what is and is not included it your program's fees. Collect estimates for expenses that are not included. Also consider your own spending habits, exchange rates, etc. as they impact the actual amount you spend on Grounds and abroad.

REVIEW Existing Resources

Make a list of the financial resources you currently use. This could include (but may not be limited to):

  • Financial Aid and Loans
  • Non-UVA Scholarships
  • Pre-Paid Tuition Plan (such as the Virginia 529)
  • Family and Personal Resources


Many existing financial resources continue to be available for education abroad. Confirm which of your resources are "portable" and how to use them. For example:

APPLY for Additional Funding

In addition to existing resources that you can use abroad, consider these sources of additional funding:

CONNECT with Advisors

You are encouraged to work closely with your Education Abroad Advisor and with Student Financial Services.