Financing Study Abroad
An important step in planning your study abroad experience is considering the financial implications of your particular program.
Students participating in Wheaton study abroad programs pay the Wheaton Study Abroad fee and depending on the program, will be charged tuition, room and/or board fees to Wheaton. Federal, state, Wheaton need-based and merit scholarships will be applied to these charges for Wheaton programs. Students must consult with the Office of Student Financial Services for a comprehensive review of these fees.
The links below will assist in answering some basic questions about the costs and funding resources available for study abroad programs.
Other Expenses for Wheaton Programs
Students participating in a Wheaton program are responsible for $500 Administrative fee, passport and visa fees, housing (on some Wheaton programs), board (on some Wheaton programs), study abroad insurance (if applicable), local transportation, and personal travel.
Non-Wheaton Approved Programs Fees
Students approved to participate on a Non-Wheaton Program will pay the study abroad program sponsor or university directly for the cost of the program. Each program varies regarding the costs and students should investigate the particular items included with their program of choice. Study Abroad programs generally include items such as tuition, fees, housing, meals, and program-related excursions. Students are responsible for costs related to acquiring visas (if required), airfare to and from the study abroad program, books, personal travel, and other items unrelated to the study abroad program.
Study Abroad Administrative Fee
Students participating in a Wheaton Approved Program will be charged a $500 administrative fee per semester to defray the cost of flights and support the Center for Global Education in providing services to students. Students participating in a Non-Wheaton Approved Program will be charged a $750.00 administrative fee per semester of study abroad to support the Center in providing services to students. Students participating in a Non-Wheaton short-term study abroad program (January or Summer) will be charged a $250.00 administrative fee. This fee will be applied to the Wheaton College student bill during regular billing cycles.
Required Supplemental Study Abroad Insurance
All students participating on study abroad programs are required to have appropriate overseas health coverage. Students enrolled in the Wheaton College health insurance plan do not need supplemental study abroad insurance because their coverage will travel with them. For all other students, supplemental study abroad insurance coverage through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) is required by the Center for Global Education in addition to primary health coverage through a parent and/or guardian. Students will be automatically enrolled for the specific dates of the program and will be billed to their Wheaton student account.
The cost of the CISI insurance is currently $40 per month. The charges will appear on the students Wheaton bill at regular billing cycles (July for fall semester and December for spring semester).
Paying Wheaton Bills
Students participating in a Wheaton study abroad program will receive a Wheaton bill in either July (fall semester) or December (spring semester) for participation in a study abroad program. Students should make sure all bills are paid in full prior to departure. Students with remaining balances will be unable to register for courses or obtain official transcripts.
Students utilizing one of the payment plan options will be able to continue the plan for the year or semester on a study abroad program. It is important to check to make sure the monthly payment amounts will continue to add up to the total costs of the academic year or semester abroad. Further information about payment plans can be found at Payment Plans.
Financial Aid & Summer Study Abroad
Currently, financial aid does not cover any summer study abroad programs. Students should investigate funding options through their study abroad program.
Certain programs offer scholarship opportunities to students as well
- Alliance for Global Education
- Boston University
- DIS/Danish Institute for Study Abroad
- The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- School for International Training (SIT)
There are also scholarships available to study abroad students through outside organizations.
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
- David L. Boren NSEP (National Security Education Program) Scholarships
- DAAD German Academic Exchange Service
- Diversity Abroad
- GO! Overseas Scholarship
- Institute of International Education
- The World Affairs Forum
Wheaton Merit Scholarships
Students on a Wheaton study abroad program can apply their merit scholarships to their approved Wheaton study abroad program.
Students participating on a Non-Wheaton Approved Study Abroad Program are unable to apply their merit scholarships. Students should meet with Student Financial Services to discuss alternate funding options.
Federal Work Study
Federal Work Study is a program in which students work on the Wheaton campus and earn funding to be used throughout the semester. Federal Work Study cannot be gained during study abroad since you will not be working on the campus for the duration of your study abroad program. Students should investigate alternate funding sources and discuss options with Student Financial Services.
Matriculating Wheaton students participating in a tuition remission program will be able to utilize their funding on Wheaton Programs only upon completion of one full semester.