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Study Abroad

Need-based financial assistance is available to students who wish to study abroad on affiliated and Northwestern-sponsored programs.

Students attending unaffiliated programs are not eligible for any type of financial assistance or loans, and may not use Northwestern financing options such as 9PAY.

Application & Awards

The required financial aid application materials and deadlines are the same as those for on-campus study; no additional or different materials are required. See the New & Returning Applicant page for detailed application instructions.

In most cases, your initial financial aid award for the year will assume a full year of regular on-campus study. Your aid will be adjusted later in the year for study abroad, after program costs are available for your study abroad term or year.

Program Term Study Abroad Aid Award Notification
Fall Quarter, Fall-Winter, or Full-Year programs June 1
Winter Quarter or Winter-Spring programs November 15
Spring Quarter programs February 15
Summer Rolling; apply by April 15


Study Abroad Aid Package

Study abroad program costs will not change your expected family contribution (EFC). Your EFC is always calculated based on your family's financial circumstances, as reported on your aid application materials.

Your regular financial aid is based on the cost of attendance in Evanston. Study abroad program costs vary widely; your financial aid for study abroad will be based on the cost of attendance for your specific program and term, including the exchange rate and a reasonable cost of living for the area in which you will be studying.

Each study abroad program page includes estimated total costs, including tuition, room and board, transportation, books, personal expenses, required health insurance, student visa, and the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, as applicable.

Financial aid cannot cover the cost of housing in Evanston while you are studying abroad. You are responsible for canceling your on-campus housing contract or subletting your off-campus apartment for the quarter(s) you will be abroad.

International students receiving financial aid are not eligible to use their Northwestern aid to "study abroad" in their home country or country of residence.  Please visit the Global Learning Office (GLO) website for more information.

For additional information about study abroad billing and budgeting, visit the Money Matters section on the GLO website.

Summer Study Abroad 

Students are encouraged to explore the many outside scholarships that are available for summer study abroad programs. Visit the Summer Aid & Scholarships page for additional information.

Students attending Northwestern-sponsored or affiliated summer programs are eligible to apply for NU financial aid. Students attending unaffiliated summer programs are not eligible for any form of financial assistance through Northwestern, but may apply directly for other study abroad scholarships.

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