Study Abroad Financial Information

The Basics:
For approved programs, students pay tuition to Berry. Berry will then pay tuition to the institution abroad.
In the rare case that the institution abroad has a higher tuition than Berry, students are responsible for paying the difference.
Students pay the following additional fees:  

  • $300 deposit toward study abroad semester tuition
  • program application fees and any deposits
  • postage for any applications or mailings
  • program housing and meals
  • insurance (if program does not include insurance, students are required to purchase a policy from  iNext Insurance through the IP Office). Click here for  iNext enrollment form.
  • airfare
  • books, materials fees and personal expenses
  • passport, visa, residence card or other immigration fees
  • any other required program fees

Students participating in  ISEP exchange programs pay Berry tuition and Berry standard room and unlimited meal plan fees, among others; Berry will cover the application fee for exchanges only.

Students may use their Berry financial aid for one experience of Education Abroad on a direct/paid program. This includes tuition remission. For a second experience, students must apply to an ISEP or other exchange program, or they may apply as a transient and pay costs out of pocket. Students may also study an entire academic year abroad on an exchange program.

Normally, academic aid applies to study abroad semester programs; however, it is the student's responsibility to confirm with Financial Aid which of their awards may be applied to study abroad.

International Programs has study abroad scholarships available for summer and semester terms abroad. The scholarship competition is held at the beginning of each spring semester for the following entire academic year.

Students wishing to participate in a non-approved program may do so in one of two ways. First, they may register as  transient and pay the program directly. There is no access to Berry institutional aid for studying abroad as a transient student. Or students may petition the International Programs Committee to approve a new program. Contact the  IP Director for more information.

Other Resources:

Financial Aid for Study Abroad: An Undergraduate Student’s Resource 
Check out these tips for studying abroad economically
Download the handout on fundraising. 
Consider crowdfunding.
ISA's list of  Financial Aid Resources 
Information on  money from the Center for Global Education

Institutional Scholarships
International Programs awards Berry College scholarships for semester and summer study.  Deadline early spring. See our  Scholarship Competition information.

National Scholarships
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Berry deadline for spring and early summer 2015: September 26, 2014; Berry deadline for summer and fall 2015:  February 16, 2015
Boren Awards for International Study  Berry deadline:  January 21, 2015
Phi Kappa Phi scholarship (membership not required)  Deadline: usually April 1  
Foundation for Global Scholars
Fund for Education Abroad 2015-2016 academic year  Deadline: January 16, 2015
The Sara's Wish Scholarship Foundation 
Rotary International    
Fund for International Service Learning 
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
65 Study Abroad Grants and Scholarships

Search for other scholarships: 
Michigan State University scholarship resource page  
International Education Financial Aid website -