Financing Study Abroad

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Budgeting for an Affordable Study Abroad Experience with USAC

As a non-profit, university-based organization, we understand the financial pressures students (and parents) face to finance their education and we are committed to maintaining modest fees for our programs. Additionally, we work to provide scholarships and access to information about other means of financing in order to provide an affordable study abroad opportunity with USAC.

We believe study abroad is an integral, necessary part of a twenty-first-century educationnot just a luxury, or fun "extra" available only to the privileged few. As such, one of our core commitments is to make study abroad options as within reach for as many students as possible. This principle guides where we choose to place our programs, our pricing, and the services we offer—we are always striving to find ways to maximize and increase the quality and richness of our academic and cultural offerings to provide high quality programs at an affordable price.

We also believe that an international experience is worth your investment of time, energy, and, yes: money. We are committed to helping you achieve this very important goal.

With proper planning, all students can afford to study abroad. In fact, in some cases studying abroad might be less expensive than staying on campus! USAC works with the Office of Financial Aid to help you use their eligible existing financial aid and scholarships. 

Additionally, USAC provides scholarships specifically for study abroad; last year USAC awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to Nevada students. More information about current USAC scholarships. We also encourage you to visit the Money Matters section of the USAC website and research additional sources of funding.

Scholarship News

USAC's Diversity Excellence Scholarship (DES) recognizes the value students from diverse backgrounds bring to campuses, communities, and study abroad programs. Multiple $500 scholarships will be awarded each term (fall, January, spring, and summer). All students of diverse and or underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Diversity: USAC students come from a variety of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds and have a diverse array of life experiences. For the purpose of this scholarship, diversity includes, but is not limited to any of the following:
• Disability status
• Religious affiliation
• First-generation college student
• Gender identity/expression
• Non-traditional student/adult learners
• Personal hardship(s)
• Race or ethnicity
• Sexual orientation
• Socioeconomic Status (SES)
• Veteran status
• Enroll in a USAC Study Abroad Program
• Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
• Complete the USAC Diversity Excellence Scholarship Application
• Preference will be given to students who have not studied abroad before
• November 1 (January/spring programs)
• April 1 (summer/fall programs)

Click here to apply today!