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Costs and Scholarships

How will you pay for your experience?

When working with the study abroad office on one of our programs, a semester abroad does not have to be more expensive than a semester here at Clark!

Costs

Clark Approved Programs:
  • Students account will be billed Clark tuition directly by Clark for each semester away
  • Students account will be billed  $1,000 for EACH term away
  • In cases where international health insurance is not provided by the program, a supplemental insurance fee will be applied to the students account (approximately $50/month)
  • A $100 application fee will be due at the time of application (instructions for paying this fee are provided with the application; this will not be billed to your student account)
  • Students will be billed by program for housing or non-tuition fees such as meal stipends, local travel, deposits or insurance.
  • Students are responsible for all personal expenses while away. There might be fees for using a gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.
  • Clark will pay program’s tuition/academic fees Tuition payments are set by Clark University Student Accounts and the exact due date will appear on the students bill.  Failure to satisfy financial obligations to Clark University or the host institution by the due date may result in withdrawal from the program.
Non-Clark and Summer Programs:
  • Students pay all program fees directly to  program
  • Students pay no fees to Clark for the semester  away, except in some cases, international health insurance
  • Students are responsible for all personal expenses while away. There might be fees for using a gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.
  • A $100 application fee will be due at the time of application (instructions for paying this fee are provided with the application; this will not be billed to your student account)
Clark Approved Programs
  • Students may still access all Clark-awarded financial aid and scholarships; as well as federal and state aid (except work study, so consult with the Office of Financial Assistance in advance in order to apply for a different form of aid)
  • If you receive a Stafford Loan, be sure to check with Financial Aid about the length of time needed to process any paperwork.
  • International students may study away but most international student scholarships are not eligible to be applied to off-campus programs.  International students should check their award letter for scholarship details.
  • It is critical for students to talk to the Office of Financial Assistance and Student Accounts to see how and when their aid is distributed, and whether there will be any changes to their overall financial aid package.
  • Study Abroad provides Budget Sheets that you can use as a tool when planning your semester financially
Non-Clark and Summer Programs
  • Students CANNOT access Clark-awarded aid or scholarships for non-Clark and summer programs
  • State and federal aid may still be applied during the semester
  • State and federal aid likely not be applied in the summer

Scholarships

Start early with researching scholarship opportunities to help fund your study abroad experience. You do not have to be admitted to your program to apply; in fact many deadlines may come up BEFORE your program application is due! Click through the menus below to find links to some external and Clark scholarships that are a good fit for you!

Clark University Sponsored Scholarships

  • Robert J.S. Ross Social Justice Summer Internship
  • Deadline: March – Contact Sociology Dept. for more information

External Scholarship Opportunities

  •  for Federal Pell Grant recipients only. Applicants should meet with Clark Study Abroad before submitting an application. (Appointments should be scheduled at least one week before the deadline.)

The Boren Awards for International Study is run by the National Security Education Program – NSEP –

It is REQUIRED that Applicants must meet with the Director of Academic Advising before submitting an application. Appointments should be scheduled at least one week before the deadline.

  • Fund for Education Abroad  open to all students, with emphasis on underrepresented students;
  • Rainbow scholarship specific for LGBTQI-identifying students 

TIPS ON PREPARING STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS:

  1. In your scholarship essay, connect your past experience to your study abroad goals. Why do you want to study abroad? What has prepared you for it?
  2. Be honest and passionate in every part of the application. Passion really does shine through!
  3. Tell your story.  Make the reader know why you, above all the other applicants, are uniquely eligible for such a scholarship. How will you bring diversity to your program? What challenges have you had to face in your life? Don’t assume the reader knows ANYTHING about you!
  4. Show your willingness to embrace diversity. You will inevitably face diversity, culture shock, and obstacles while abroad, and we want all of our scholarship recipients to be ready for that! We search for students who show perseverance and open-mindedness above all else.
  5. Research your destination and be specific about why you are going there and what you will do.  How does it relate to your academics and your career?
Contact Information

Study Abroad and Away Programs

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  • Alumni & Student Engagement Center 209
    939 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610
  • 1-508-793-7363