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Study Abroad

Need-based financial assistance is available to students who wish to study abroad on Northwestern programs, Northwestern exchange programs, or affiliated 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 & Eligibility

The required financial aid application materials and deadlines are the same as those for on-campus study; no additional or different materials are required. For study abroad during the academic year, review the New & Returning Applicant page for detailed application instructions. For summer programs, visit the Summer Aid page.

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. 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.

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


Study Abroad Aid Award

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.

  • For programs that cost more than Northwestern, your Northwestern Scholarship assistance will be increased to cover your higher financial need. Because you cannot participate in Federal Work-Study while abroad, your work-study allotment (if any) will be offered as a subsidized loan for your quarter(s) abroad.
  • For programs that cost less than Northwestern, your financial need will be lower than usual, so your aid will be reduced: work-study will be reduced first, and Northwestern Scholarship may be reduced if necessary.

Each study abroad program page includes estimated total costs, including tuition, room and board, airfare, books, living expenses, international 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 

Summer financial aid applies to Northwestern or affiliated summer programs. Since summer study abroad costs significantly less than a regular quarter, the dollar amount of your aid will be lower in the summer. Visit the Summer Aid & Scholarships page for additional information. Scholarship support from your program may also help to meet your summer need.

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