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Finances

The easiest first step is to complete your UCIAbroad Profile. The Study Abroad Center can use the profile information to share helpful funding resources including scholarship opportunities and financial aid information. 

Yes, it is! If you can afford to study here at UCI, you can afford to study abroad.The cost of each study abroad program is different and is available on the program’s website.  Study abroad programs may cost more, less or the same as studying for the same period of time at UCI.  Play close attention to what the cost includes.  Look for tuition, housing, meals, airfare, location transportation, books, supplies, personal incidentals, etc.

Below is a comparison of the cost of a half year spent at UCI versus a half year spent abroad in several countries, for example. In some cases, studying abroad can even be cheaper than attending UCI.

Half a year at UCI: $16,669

UCI Quarter: $11,113
UCI Year: $33,338

Source: Rounded estimates from the UCI Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Includes all costs for CA residents living off campus (tuition, housing, books, etc)*

Sample UCEAP semester costs:

Source: UCEAP (selected examples below, others on UCEAP)

Includes all costs for CA residents (tuition, airfare, housing, meals, etc.)*

Chile $18,000 Mexico $11-14,000
China $12-13,500 New Zealand $14-15,500
France $14-17,000 Norway $14,000
Ghana $16,900 Singapore $13,000
Hong Kong $11-12,500 Spain $13-20,000
India $16-18,600 Sweden $14,000
Italy $15,500 Thailand $11,300
Korea $14,000 United Kingdom $14-27,600

Information correct at time of printing.
*Non-residents must add non-resident tuition

Yes!! Financial Aid eligibility criteria are the same when studying abroad or studying at UCI. Note: in order to receive financial aid you must receive credit and be making progress towards your degree. A student cannot receive aid if they have already met their degree requirements for graduation.

Your financial aid award (scholarships, grants, and/or loans) will be adjusted to cover the total cost of participation in the study abroad program you choose. Sources of aid and procedures vary depending on the study abroad program option you choose. Review and carefully consider the information below when selecting a program abroad.

If you have questions about your individual financial aid eligibility, contact a Financial Aid Counselor in the Financial Aid Office at eapfa@uci.edu.

Study Abroad Program Option


Financial Aid Available


Scholarships Available


Action


UCEAP

Fall/Winter/Spring

(in-person and virtual)
All Financial Aid

Grants, scholarships, and loans – except work-study. Details.
YesComplete the FAFSA as usual. Students will automatically be contacted by the Financial Aid Office and notified of their revised financial aid award approximately 1-3 months before departure on UCEAP.
UCEAP

Summer

(in-person and virtual)
Very Limited Financial Aid

Almost all loans and possibly very small grants. Details. Funding is the same as for UCI Summer Session. A student must maintain at least 6.0 units (between all three summer sessions) in order to be eligible for financial aid. We encourage all students to estimate their financial aid eligibility for Summer Session online. Log into My Aid and select “Summer Session Financial Aid.” Students may accept unused loans from the current year by June 1st to use while abroad.
YesDo NOT complete the summer financial aid application. Your award will be based off of your current academic year FAFSA. Students will automatically be contacted by the Financial Aid Office and notified of their revised financial aid award approximately 1-3 months before departure on UCEAP.

Log into My Aid to accept previously offered loans.

Other UC Programs

Fall/Winter/Spring

(in-person and virtual)
All Financial Aid

Grants, scholarships, and loans – except work-study.
YesUC Davis is the only campus currectly offering such programs. Contact UC Davis Quarter Abroad for details.
Other UC Programs

Summer

(in-person and virtual)
Very Limited Financial Aid

Almost all loans and possibly very small grants. Funding is the same as for UCI Summer Session. A student must maintain at least 6.0 units (between all three summer sessions) in order to be eligible for financial aid. We encourage all students to estimate their financial aid eligibility for Summer Session online. Log into My Aid and select “Summer Session Financial Aid.” Students may accept unused loans from the current year by June 1st to use while abroad.
Yes but very limitedComplete a Summer Session Financial Aid Application. Follow the instructions given under “Summer Session at another UC Campus.”

Log into My Aid to accept previously offered loans.

Independent Programs Study


Fall/Winter/Spring

(in-person and virtual)
Financial Aid is ONLY available for programs from our list of Independent Programs Approved for Financial Aid . On Independent Study Programs from our list, you are eligible to receive Pell grants, Cal grants, scholarships, and loans. You cannot take University grants or work-study on these programs. Details.


Financial Aid is NOT available on other Independent Study Programs during the year.
Yes1. Complete the FAFSA

2. Submit your application in UCIAbroad to get your financial aid award processed for your program.

Independent Programs Study

Summer



(in-person and virtual)
No New Financial Aid (If summer program is less than 10 weeks.)

Students may accept unused loans form the current year by June 1st to use while abroad.
Yes but very limitedLog into My Aid to accept previously offered loans
Independent Programs Non-Study

(in-person and virtual

No Financial Aid (There is no aid since you would not be taking courses)

Yes but very limitedN/A

Yes, you can! Each year, the Study Abroad Center (SAC) awards scholarships to students who are studying abroad. Even one scholarship can make a difference! A $1,000 scholarship covers most airfare. Hear from past participants how YOU can fund YOUR study abroad program!

Find scholarships available for your study abroad program option in the chart below. Click on each link for scholarship eligibility requirements and application information. Apply to all for which you are eligible!

ScholarshipUCEAP
Fall/Winter/Spring
UCEAP
Summer
Independent Programs Study & Other UC Programs
Fall/Winter/Spring
Independent Programs Study & Other UC Programs
Summer
STUDY ABROAD INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP
The Study Abroad Inclusive Excellence Scholarship was created by the Study Abroad Center in partnership with the Office of Global Engagement to support UCI’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. The scholarship provides financial assistance to UCI students to study and/or intern abroad to broaden their global and personal experiences.

    Scholarship Eligibility

    • Full time degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate UCI student

    • Minimum GPA of 2.5 and not on academic probation

    • Completed at least one quarter of academic study at UCI

    • Participating in a UCI approved study abroad or internship abroad program (in-person or virtual)

    • Returning to UCI for at least 1 quarter after their study abroad experience

    • Willing to engage in study abroad outreach activities

    • Additional criteria and the application form is available via the web link above.

      Application Deadline*:

      • Summer, Fall, & Year-long Programs – March 1

      • Winter & Spring Programs – October 15

UCI Friends of Study Abroad Scholarship
These scholarships are funded by donations from UCI Study Abroad Alumni and international education supporters. Awards range from $500 - $1000.

    Scholarship Eligibility:

    • Participating in a UCEAP, an independent, or a UC Davis Quarter abroad program during the academic year
    • Taking at least one course abroad which will fulfill a UCI degree requirement

    • Returning to UCI for at least 1 quarter after their study abroad experience

    • Must be receiving financial aid

    • Additional criteria and the application form is available via the web link above.

      Application Deadline*:

      • Fall: March 1

      • Spring: October 15


      *If the deadline falls on a weekend or a holiday, applications are due the next business day.
UCEAP SCHOLARSHIPS
  • Many scholarships with various requirements.
  • Review all scholarships and apply to those for which you are eligible
  • Application Tips
Application Deadlines vary by scholarship and term.
LIST OF SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED BY THE UCI OFFICE OF FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS
  • Not specifically for studying abroad, but can be applied to UC programs abroad
  • Complete online applications through UCI My Aid
  • Scholarships with separate applications will have details about application submission on the website above
Application Deadline:
  • Late-March

UCI School of Humanities UCEAP Scholarship

This scholarship is offered by the School of Humanities through the OFAS Scholarship Application. $1,500 scholarship. Application Period: January 3-31

Eligibility
  • First-generation School of Humanities major

  • Applying to participate in a UCEAP program

  • See application materials for more eligibility requirements
  • Swedish Women’s Educational Association International (SWAE) Scholarship

    External scholarship co-managed with the UCI Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (OFAS) for UCEAP applicants seeking to study abroad in Sweden. Refer to the SWEA scholarship brochure for more information about the scholarship. Questions about the application process, eligibility, and deadline for Academic Year 2022-23, Fall 2022 and/or Winter/Spring 2023 refer to the Application information form. Contact the UCI Scholarship Department at scholarships@uci.edu for more information and advising.
    • Two scholarships of $5,000 each
    UCI Scholarships Opportunity Program
    Killam Fellowship Scholarship

    The Killam Fellowship scholarship is administered by the UCI Scholarship Opportunities Program for UCI students applying to study abroad at McGill University in Canada for a term or a full academic year through UCEAP. Contact the UCI Scholarship Opportunities Program at sklrship@uci.edu or 949-824-0189 to learn more about the application process, eligibility, and deadline.
    • One Term: $5,000 / Full academic year: $10,000

    BENJAMIN A. GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP
    • Must be a U.S. citizen and receiving the Federal Pell Grant

    Application Deadlines:
    • Summer Programs: Early-October and Early March
    • Fall/Year Programs: Early-March
    • Winter/Spring Programs: early-October
    FREEMAN-ASIA SCHOLARSHIP

    The Freeman-Asia award provides scholarships for undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
    • Summer (8 weeks minimum): up to $3000
    • Quarter (10 weeks min.) or Semester (12 weeks min.): up to $5000
    • Academic/Calendar Year: up to $7000

      Eligibility requirements include:

      • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of application.
      • Must currently receive need-based financial aid or demonstrate a verifiable need for financial assistance to participate in the proposed study abroad program. The applicant is required to submit the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) figure, calculated through FAFSA, via the online Freeman-ASIA application.
      • 2.8 GPA
      • Additional requirements and information available here: https://www.iie.org/Programs/Freeman-ASIA
    OTHER UC PROGRAMS SCHOLARSHIPS
    • Students on Other UC Programs should check with their program for scholarships administered by their office/campus

    Application Deadline:
    • Various

    INDEPENDENT PROGRAMS SCHOLARSHIPS
    • Students on Independent Programs should check with their Independent Programs provider for scholarships administered by their provider

    Examples:

    • IES offers an automatic $2,000 Public University Grant for UCI students going on their programs during the academic year

    • SAI Programs offer awards ranging from $200-$300 (3 awards specifically set aside for UCI students)
    Application Deadline:
    • Various

    LIST OF SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED BY PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS
    • Not all categories are specifically for studying abroad, but funds may be used for your program
    • Review all categories that apply to you, including the "Study Abroad" category
    • Scholarships are extremely limited for summer programs. Summer participants may wish to search the “Essay Contest” category.

    Examples include:Application Deadline:
    • Various
    MORE FUNDING IDEAS
    • Creative ways to gain additional funding for your study abroad experience

    You do not double pay.  For the terms you are abroad, you pay your study abroad program fees directly to your program provider instead of paying registration fees to UCI.  Prior to departure  check your Zot Account online to make sure you do not owe any money to UCI (library fines, lab fees, housing fees, USHIP Fee, etc.). Pay any outstanding fees to UCI, including USHIP if you do not typically waive out, before the fee payment deadline.

    Yes.  Contact the UCI Financial Aid Office at eapfa@uci.edu and the Veterans Services Office to find out how your fee waiver will apply to your study abroad program.  Be prepared to provide specific details about your study abroad program.