Study abroad can be expensive, so students and their families should carefully plan for study abroad program costs. Fortunately, there are a number of outside sources to help finance study abroad, so be sure to review the following opportunities.

Paying for Study Abroad

Under the Sewanee Pledge, students can apply the majority of their Sewanee institutional aid (scholarships, grants, loans) to approved semester-long study away programs; as a result, they pay the same charges (tuition, room, board, and fees) that they would typically pay to study at Sewanee*. Sewanee then pays the providers of the programs for the standard tuition, room and board of their programs. Different regulations apply for summer study away, but pell-eligible students may be able to apply for additional funds for summer study away. For more information on the Sewanee Pledge, download the FAQs.

*Please note that if students receive work study funds, they are unable to receive those funds during the semester they are abroad, as they are unable to work for Sewanee during that time.

Unlike many schools, Sewanee does not levy additional charges for participating on study away/study abroad and treats Sewanee-run and third-party programs equally. Because students are traveling to another country to study, there will be additional costs. These costs are the responsibility of the student, and they are outlined below:

  • International airfare to and from the international destination
  • Additional course fees
  • Additional room fees
    Some study abroad programs offer a variety of housing options, including apartments and single rooms at an additional charge. If study abroad participants select such options, the student will be responsible for paying such additional charges.
  • Non-program costs, including in-country travel, visa, passport, books, etc.
  • Any additional costs if a study abroad program is more expensive than Sewanee’s comprehensive tuition & fees

If a study abroad program does not provide full room or board, Sewanee’s treasurer’s office will refund the student for the uncovered portion (on a pro rata basis for board).


Students should consider making a budget based on their study abroad goals. Below are websites that provide educational resources on budgeting while on study abroad.


Many governmental and educational entities offer scholarships for study abroad. Below is a handful of opportunities:

Eligibility: US Citizen/Perm Res, PELL Recipient

The Gilman Scholarship, established in 2001, “is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Department of State” and facilitates study abroad or interning abroad for programs worldwide for U. S. citizen undergraduates who are already receiving Federal Pell grants. The stated goal of the program is to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad “and the countries and regions where they go.” There is a preference for non-traditional locations. In addition, there are “critical need languages” awards for those who will be studying Arabic, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese, Turkic (see list), Persian (see list), Indic (see list), Korean, Russian, or Swahili. Please contact Dean Bruce in the Office of the Dean of the College for additional information.

Boren Scholarships

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. Any applicant considering applying should be aware that in exchange for scholarship funding, all Boren Scholars must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement to provide a period of Government Service after studying abroad. Please contact Dean Bruce in the Office of the Dean of the College for additional information.

fund for education abroad SCHOLARSHIPS

The Fund for Education Abroad provides scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of US undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the US population. Since 2010, FEA has awarded $1.8 million in scholarships to 466 undergraduates, helping students from all over the United States follow their dreams abroad.


Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. A Freeman-ASIA award provides funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.


Individual providers award scholarships to students studying on their programs. Most providers have scholarships particularly geared toward students of diverse backgrounds and/or students who demonstrate high financial need or are pell-eligible. Select a provider below to view their scholarship offerings.

SEWANEE scholarships

need-based ScholarshipS

Need-based scholarships are available through the Office of Global Citizenship to assist with study away travel costs for Sewanee students who fall into one (or more) of these categories:

  • Pell-eligible
  • Posse scholars with high financial need
  • First generation college students with high financial need
  • Minority students with high financial need

Qualified students may apply here. Application deadlines are below:

  • Summer study away: March 15th
  • Fall study away: April 1st
  • Spring study away: November 1st
affordable program grant 

Sewanee students who select a program on our qualified "Affordable Options" list will receive a $500 - $1,000 credit on their student accounts. These funds may be used for any educational or study abroad purpose. Interested students should speak to their Study Abroad Advisor.