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Funding Opportunities

The question we hear most often about studying abroad is, “Can I afford to study abroad?”

Studying abroad does not necessarily cost more than studying at Penn State. The cost of housing, meals, and daily living abroad is comparable and, in some cases, less expensive. In fact, for all summer programs and some semester programs, out-of-state students pay in-state tuition rates.

As you prepare for your study abroad experience, we encourage you to read these tips to keep your study abroad experience affordable.

There are many opportunities to find funding for study abroad, but it requires advance planning and some work.

  • In most cases, you do NOT need to have been accepted into your study abroad program at the time of scholarship application, so do not wait!
  • Check the eligibility guidelines for each scholarship before you begin applying.
  • Check the on-line application deadline date. The deadlines vary widely. And again, they usually do not align with Penn State Study Abroad deadlines.
  • Some scholarships have only one application deadline for the entire academic year.
  • If your application requires a letter of recommendation or certification from your adviser, give him or her plenty of lead time.

How can I write a competitive essay?

The best essays will give specific answers to the questions provided. Tell your story in a way that will answer the question “what sets me apart?” Be able to demonstrate how study abroad fits into a greater plan for your academic career, your co-curricular and leadership engagement on campus, and for your professional career.

Utilize friends, Global Engineering Fellows, peer advisers, and on-campus resources to assist you in drafting and reviewing your essays. The Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring Office can help you to identify opportunities and to go through the process of applying, including writing a competitive essay.



The mission of Global Engineering Engagement is to create an environment that embraces the values of international education, where access to global exposure and opportunities to develop cross-cultural competence is pervasive. We believe that it is within our reach to ensure that all engineering students can become internationally engaged.

Global Engineering Engagement

College of Engineering

The Pennsylvania State University

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