Funding Study Abroad

Scholarships

Several study abroad scholarships are available to SUNY Oneonta students through the College at Oneonta Foundation. The scholarships are made possible through gifts and grants from alumni, faculty, staff and community members who share a commitment to SUNY Oneonta and its students.

All short-term faculty-led program participants and semester study abroad participants with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above are eligible to apply.

The Office of International Education is now collecting scholarship applications for Summer 2018 and Fall 2018:

Application Deadlines:

Summer 2018: Thursday, March 29, 2018

Fall 2018: Thursday, April 26, 2018

Financial Aid

The cost of studying abroad varies considerably with respect to duration, location, institution, and the timing of your travel.  With careful research and planning, you can turn your study abroad dreams into reality. Though the cost of studying abroad can be significant, the benefits far outweigh the expenditures.  SUNY Oneonta has cost-effective exchange programs, as well as faculty-led programs, that are quite reasonable on a student’s budget.  Within the SUNY system, amidst 1,000-plus locations to choose from, you’re bound to find a site that matches your financial means. The Office of International Education encourages you to start saving and planning early in your academic career for the study abroad experience since there are a variety of factors that affect the cost of going overseas.

There are a variety of ways students fund their overseas experience:  personal savings, FAFSA, alternative loans, scholarships, grants. The earlier you plan, the more fiscally responsible you are, the more valuable overseas experience will be.

Several factors weigh in on the final costs of going on an exchange program or study abroad program:  the exchange rate, global economics, cost of living in a particular country, room & board, differential costs of the overseas university, internship vs. classroom, touring, and of course, your overall financial picture in going abroad and sustaining your time overseas.

Prior to your application and final selection of an exchange program or study abroad experience, consult your financial aid officer first to see if you will qualify for sufficient funding to support your overseas journey.  This will help you narrow down your choices of programs and you will need to demonstrate sufficient funding to the overseas site and for immigration and acquisition of student visa purposes.  Unless you’re exclusively using personal savings, the financial aid counselor can give you the best advice on your financial aid eligibility.  Bring a cost sheet with you of the program, which is typically downloadable on any of the SUNY sites, including SUNY Oneonta’s. 

The Financial Aid Office is highly skilled in advising and preparing students for their study abroad experience, once they are accepted into the direct study abroad or exchange program.