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.

St. Olaf College allows financial aid and scholarships to be used to finance off-campus programs. Each St. Olaf program costs no less than the St. Olaf Comprehensive Fee. In addition, each has a program fee. You may revise your financial aid request to reflect the total cost of the off-campus program. For semester and year-long programs, please report the additional expense on the Returning Student Application for Financial Aid form. If you are planning an interim trip abroad, please report your extra expense to the Financial Aid Office.

It is our hope that anyone who wants to participate in an off-campus study experience will be able to do so. Please contact Helen Stellmaker (stellmak@stolaf.edu) if you need further assistance with anything you see on this page.

Loans

A wide variety of loans are available for study abroad opportunities. You must inform the Financial Aid Office of the increase in your school costs in order to be eligible for these loans. These loans include:

To apply for an interim loan, print off the Interim Loan Form and return it to our office. Or, stop by the Financial Aid Office to complete the form.

For semester and year programs, contact the Financial Aid Office for more details.

St. Olaf Scholarships

St. Olaf study-abroad scholarships include the Lawrence Groot Scholarship, Kathleen & Robert Leraas Scholarship, Class of 1993 Scholarship, Anson B. Cutts Scholarship, Dan Palm Scholarship, Robert J. & Karen Nelson Hoyle International Study Fund and other International Studies Scholarships.

Administered By: St. Olaf College
Number of Awards: 40 – 50
Program Duration: Semester, Year
Study Locations: All
Purpose: To assist students with funding of a St. Olaf Abroad Program
Fields of Study: All
Eligibility: St. Olaf Students on St. Olaf Programs
Awards Based on: Financial Need, academic credentials, written essay
Award Amount: $500 – $4,000
Procedure: Contact Office of International Studies
Award Commitment: Thank you letter to scholarship donor

 

IIE Study Off-Campus Scholarship

Administered By: Institute of International Education
Number of Awards: 30 (out of approximately 500 applications)
Program Duration: Semester, Year
Study Locations: All, with emphasis on non-Western locations
Purpose: To encourage students to study overseas and gain international experience
Fields of Study: All
Eligibility: Good academic standing, no previous off-campus experience
Awards Based on: Study plan, letter of recommendation and statement of proposed study
Award Amount: $100
Procedure: Complete application, including statement of purpose, letter of reference, transcript and program description
Award Commitment: Upon return, write a brief description of experience off-campus highlighting the most memorable aspect, perceptions of host country and most valuable aspects of off-campus experience
Contact for Application: www.iie.org or the International & Off-Campus Studies Office
Submit Application to: ROSA Committee
Institute of International Education
401 North Wabash Ave
Suite 722
Chicago, IL 60611-3580

 

Bowman Travel Grant

Administered By: Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE)
Number of Awards: Varies
Program Duration: Semester, Year
Study Locations: Anywhere except Australia, Europe, Isreal, Japan, Korea, Russia or the US
Purpose: Provide assistance to students participating in educational programs in nontraditional destinations
Fields of Study: All
Eligibility: Must attend a CIEE affiliated school (St. Olaf)
Awards Based on: Strength of application and financial need
Award Amount: $500 – $2,000
Procedure: Complete application, including statement of purpose, transcripts, references, FAFSA, program description and itemized budget
Award Commitment: Upon return, write a brief description of experience off-campus highlighting the most memorable aspect, perceptions of host country and most valuable aspects of off-campus experience
Contact for Application: www.ciee.org or the International & Off-Campus Studies Office
Submit Application to: Council on International Education Exchange
Bowman Travel Grant Committee
International Programs
205 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

 

There are many other scholarship opportunities also available (including the Gilman Scholarship). For a complete listing of scholarships email Helene Maccallum at helene@stolaf.edu.