Financing Study Abroad Programs

Studying off-campus is an investment in your future. It requires advance planning, careful management, creativity and perseverance, but the personal, academic and professional rewards will last a lifetime.

All students participating in St. Olaf College off-campus programs pay St. Olaf tuition in addition to their specific program fees. Students receiving financial aid will continue to receive financial aid if participating in a St. Olaf-sponsored program and remain as a full-time student.  For current information about program costs, please note the Program Cost Chart. Participants in Semester and Year-long programs will not be charged St. Olaf Room and Board while they are abroad. Participants in Interim programs will receive a board credit to their student account. Please come in to the Financial Aid Office to talk to a financial aid counselor if you have any questions about your specific situation.

It is our hope that anyone who wants to participate in an off-campus study experience will be able to do so. Please contact International and Off Campus Studies if you need further assistance with anything you see on this page.


Loans may be available to assist with the costs associated with study abroad opportunities. Contact your financial aid counselor to see what loan opportunities are available to you.

St. Olaf Endowed Off Campus and Study Abroad Scholarships

Endowed funds are made possible by generous St. Olaf alumni and friends of the College to help reduce the cost of an off-campus study experience. Some of these scholarships are for specific programs, while others are for any off-campus program. Funding varies from year to year and is never guaranteed.

For additional information, please review the following information about these scholarship opportunities in the 2015-16 Academic Year: St Olaf Endowed Off Campus Study Scholarships.

General Timeline:

February – Students apply to Semester or Year long programs for the upcoming academic year

March – Students find out admittance to off-campus and abroad programs

April – Scholarship notices are sent out to student’s St. Olaf email addresses


Administered By: Financial Aid Office
Number of Awards: Varies from year-to-year but generally over 100
Program Duration: Semester, Year
Study Locations: All
Purpose: To assist students with funding of a St. Olaf Off Campus and Abroad Programs
Fields of Study: All
Awards Based on: Financial Need, Cost of Program, Prior Study Abroad Experience
Award Amount: $500 – $8,000
Procedure: All students accepted to a program are automatically considered
Award Commitment: Thank you letter to scholarship donor


There are many other scholarship opportunities also available (including the Gilman Scholarship). There are some Program-Specific scholarship opportunities (CIEE, DIS) with funding from outside of St. Olaf. For more information about these opportunities, please see the International and Off-Campus Studies website.