Education Abroad Program Costs

Programs can vary in cost, from less than attending OSU to more than private school tuition.  It can be a challenge to find the total cost of attendance for your time abroad.  Here are some tips and tools to help you get to the bottom line.

Use program provider websites and read the fine print; Make sure to compare programs accurately using the budget planning worksheet. A few things to consider:

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, ask!  Your Education Abroad Advisor or program coordinator can give you detailed information.

Account for additional and up-front fees such as

Remember that it costs over $23,000/year to attend OSU as an Oregon resident, and over $38,000/year as a non-resident.  We offer many programs that are competitive with the resident cost, and more affordable than the non-resident cost.


The program costs and billing procedures vary by each program.

You may pay all of your program costs to OSU, all costs to an outside agency or foreign university, or pay tuition and fees to OSU and other costs such as room and board to a foreign university. Be sure to check with your Education Abroad Advisor or program coordinator to make sure you understand exactly what you will owe to whom, and when it is due. Click here for a diagram of how your payment works for most study abroad programs.

Program fees or tuition billed to OSU student account:

Program providers that bill the student directly:

Most program providers offer a billing plan that takes into account your financial aid award and the date that aid will be released. Make arrangements before your program begins to enroll in a billing plan.

In addition to program costs, students participating in many of our education abroad programs will be charged an administrative fee for each term they are abroad (these are listed above). Your OSU account will be charged this fee, which is non-refundable after the program start date. For many programs, the administrative fee is $350 per term. If you are paying your fees directly to a study abroad provider or host institution, you will still need to budget for the OSU administrative fee charged to your OSU account. If you intend to use financial aid to pay your program fee, remember the administrative fee will be paid out of your award before your refund is issued.

If you pay your education abroad program costs to OSU, the same OSU policies apply while you are overseas as if you were on campus.

Accessing your OSU Account

A billing notification will be sent to your ONID account at the start of each month letting you know that you can log into the ebill system to view your OSU statement.  You can authorize someone (such as your parents) to have access to your OSU account by clicking on the "Authorized users" button once you are in the system and following the steps. If you have any questions about your account, please e-mail

Due to federal privacy regulations, the OSU Student Accounts Office cannot discuss your account with anyone but you unless you sign a release form. If someone other than yourself (e.g., a parent, grandparent, bill payer) might need to inquire information about your OSU account, you must sign the release form or no information can be given. The student accounts release form is available at Window 13 on the first floor of Kerr Administration Building. Be sure to inform the Student Accounts Office that you will be abroad so that they will give you the correct form and be sure to list all of the terms you will be studying abroad. You should complete the Student Accounts Release Form at the window 13 so they can witness your signature. If you mail the form, you will need to have it notarized.

Paying your Bill

You can pay your OSU bill via the ebill system, with a credit card via the Student Online Services, or by mailing a check to:

OSU Business Office
PO Box 1086
Corvallis, OR 97339

(Be sure to include your OSU ID number when mailing a payment.)

Using Financial Aid

No matter what your financial background, you can access federal financial aid, and take it with you on an OSU-approved experience abroad (ie. any program found on our website, including IE3 Global Internships).  You may have to pay it back, but at least you know you can get funding.  Financial aid is a reasonable resource.  Here’s how it works:

  1. You file a FAFSA
  2. Your overall cost of attendance is updated to reflect the total education abroad program cost (i.e. compared with regular OSU cost of attendance).
  3. OSU's Financial Aid office will re-evaluate your package, based on that updated cost.
  4. You will be notified by OSU Financial Aid office by e-mail that your aid package has been adjusted.
  5. You will need to log into OSU online services and review your award letter.
  6. You must either accept (fully or partially) or decline various options in order to access those extra fundings.
  7. If you have any questions regarding these aid options, contact OSU Financial Aid office.

Most likely more loans, including Parent PLUS, may be made available. Please see the Financial Aid website for more information.

Remember that you can always turn money down, but if you never apply, you’ll never know your options! 

Also think about your reasons for wanting to study abroad. How enthusiastic are you to make that happen?

Choices Matter

Studying or doing an internship abroad doesn’t have to be an expensive venture, but where you go can dramatically impact the cost.  Answer the following questions before deciding on a program, and be sure to share your thoughts with your Education Abroad Advisor.

Why go abroad?  What do you hope to accomplish? 

What are your restrictions on going abroad?

In general, it’s important to be honest with yourself about whether there is another, less expensive place to accomplish your same goals.  If your criteria are pretty rigid, you have to be the one to decide if it’s worth the price.  Your advisor might have some great suggestions for less expensive options if you can be flexible!


Thank you for visiting the IDEA scholarship page.  If you have questions or concerns about funding an education abroad program, please discuss them with your Education Abroad Advisor. Your advisor can help you identify scholarships for which you are eligible.  If you would like assistance with an education abroad scholarship application, such as feedback on essays, advice about letters of recommendation or certification/endorsement for a national scholarship competition (such as Gilman or Fulbright), please contact LeAnn Adam.   

This page includes a list of some scholarships available for education abroad.  You may browse the list below, or use our searchable database to find scholarships with your selected criteria. 

Please note that you might also be able to use regular academic scholarships toward your experience abroad.  Use the OSU Scholarship database to see what you might qualify for! 

Please also see Other Funding Sources for additional fundraising resources.  

The IDEA Common Scholarship Application for Winter/Spring 2015 applicants is due on Monday October 13, 2014. Please read the eligibility selection criteria carefully and only check off for scholarships that apply to you. 

Scholarships open to OSU students only

Scholarships open to OSU International Degree students: 

National Scholarship Competitions 


Finding Additional Scholarships

There are lots of other places to look, but they’ll require patience and perseverance.  It’ll feel a little like looking for a needle in a haystack.  But few people are willing to search that haystack, so in some cases, you won’t have a lot of competition!  Here are a few suggestions: