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Finances

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 at www.eap.ucop.edu)

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. 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 below when choosing 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
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
Very Limited Financial Aid

Almost all loans and possibly very small grants. Details. Funding is the same as for UCI Summer Session.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
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
Very Limited Financial Aid

Almost all loans and possibly very small grants. Funding is the same as for UCI Summer Session. 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
Financial Aid is ONLY available for programs from our Independent Programs Shortlist . On Independent Study Programs from our shortlist, 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. Further details coming in early fall quarter.

Independent Programs Study

Summer

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

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

Yes but very limitedN/A

Yes, you can!  Last year, UCI students studying abroad received over $316,000 in study abroad scholarships! 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!

In addition, we recommend you review our scholarship tips, attend one of our Get that Scholarship! Workshops and have your scholarship essay reviewed during our Scholarship Essay Review Walk-in Hours (several offered).  For these opportunities and events, visit our Events Calendar.

Scholarship
UCEAP
Fall/Winter/Spring
UCEAP
Summer
Independent Programs Study & Other UC Programs
Fall/Winter/Spring
Independent Programs Study & Other UC Programs
Summer
UCEAP SCHOLARSHIPS
  • Many scholarships with various requirements.
  • Review all scholarships and apply to those for which you are eligible
  • Application Tips
Application Deadline:
  • Summer Programs: Mid-February
  • Fall/Year Programs: Mid-March
  • Winter/Spring Programs: Mid-September
FRIENDS OF STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP

Application Deadlines:
  • Fall/Year Programs: Early-March

  • Winter/Spring Programs: Mid-October

BENJAMIN A. GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPApplication Deadlines:
  • Summer Programs: Early-October and Early March
  • Fall/Year Programs: Early-March
  • Winter/Spring Programs: early-October
OTHER UC PROGRAMS SCHOLARSHIPS
  • Students on Other UC Programs should check with their program for scholarships administered by their provider

Example:

  • UC Davis Study Abroad offers awards ranging from $500-$2000 ($80,000 total available for summer participants)
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

  • Panrimo offers an automatic $500 scholarship to UCI students going on their programs and various others from $100-$2,000

  • 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
UCI SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP

Application Deadline:
UCI SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES SCHOLARSHIP

Application Deadline:
  • Late-March
UCI GERMAN DEPARTMENT TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP

Application Deadline:
  • Early-May
RAAD HERMES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Application Deadline:
  • Fall/Year Programs: Late-March

  • Winter/Spring Programs: Mid-October

UCI-SEMESTER AT SEA SCHOLARSHIP
  • For students participating on Semester at Sea Program
Application Deadline:
  • Summer: Late-April

  • Fall: Early-June

  • Spring: Late-October

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
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.