Study Abroad Resources
Costs and Financial Aid for Study Abroad
If you think you can’t afford to study abroad—think again! The Wisconsin School of Business offers at least four programs that can cost you less than a semester on the Madison campus and several more that are within about $1000 of a Madison semester. You can find cost estimates on the “cost” tab when you search for a program.
True costs of study abroad FAFSA if you don’t already receive aid
To assess the true cost of a study abroad program in light of all available resources, use the Study Abroad Budget Form and keep in mind that most types of financial aid can be used for study abroad.* If you already receive aid, you may qualify for additional funding.
If you don’t currently receive aid, and you think your personal and family resources are not adequate to cover the cost of studying abroad, you should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) well in advance of your study abroad program.
- For summer programs, apply by March 1 (using the FAFSA for the following academic year)
- For academic year or fall programs, apply by June 1
- For spring programs, apply by October 1
*Semester programs that contain fewer than 15 weeks of actual instruction may not be eligible for federal financial aid in the future, pending review. For summer programs, you must earn a minimum of six credits in order to qualify for financial aid. Check your eligibility for what constitutes half time in a summer session.
Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid if you have questions about how to distribute your financial aid if you are participating in a summer study abroad program.
If your program requires that you pay tuition directly to the host institution, a check for the balance of your financial aid will then be sent to the mailing address on file in your student center, or deposited directly into the bank account you have designated for eRefunds.
The Wisconsin School of Business offers scholarships for students studying abroad on approved UW–Madison programs.
Students are also eligible to apply for study abroad scholarships awarded by UW–Madison International Academic Programs (IAP). In addition there are a number of national study abroad scholarships for which you may be eligible.
UW and WSB study abroad scholarships
To apply for Wisconsin School of Business and UW Study Abroad scholarships, log into the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) with your NetID.
To be considered for WSB-specific study abroad scholarships, students must submit an application for the Study Abroad Scholars opportunity in WiSH.
If you experience any difficulties with your application, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Currie Family Fund in International Business
The generosity of Jon and Julia Currie provides up to two $1,500 awards to undergraduate students studying abroad through International Programs and the Wisconsin School of Business. Selection criteria include demonstrated interest (e.g., language and/or area studies coursework) in the host country, quality of application essay, commitment to learn about and share with other cultures, and academic record. Additional consideration may be given to students on exchange programs with foreign language requirements or with coursework offered in languages other than English.
Ralph and Elizabeth Ebbott Study Abroad Scholarship
This award, established by the generous support of Ralph and Elizabeth Ebbott, supports undergraduate accounting majors who study abroad through International Programs in the Wisconsin School of Business. The amount of the award has varied from year to year; in 2018-2019, semester awards were $2000 each and summer awards were $1,000 each. A limited number of awards will be made, and accounting majors must apply to be considered.
Mary Beth Harrison Women in International Business Scholarship
This award, established by the generous support of Mary Beth Harrison, supports female undergraduate business majors who study abroad through International Programs in the Wisconsin School of Business. Successful applicants may receive up to $1000.
James C. Hickman Study Abroad Scholarship
The Wisconsin School of Business is pleased to offer scholarships that broaden the student populations that participate on a business study abroad program. With awards from $1000 to $5000, this scholarship aims to support students who otherwise would not have studied abroad. Recipients must be UW-Madison business undergraduates studying abroad for at least one semester on a program administered by Wisconsin School of Business. The primary selection criteria will be demonstrated financial need, so applicants must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (More information about submitting a FAFSA can be found on the website of the UW-Madison Office of Student Financial Aid). Secondary criteria include academic record, involvement, and demonstrated interest in studying abroad. This award is made possible by the generous support of the James C. Hickman Fund in International Business.
Keys to Travel Scholarship
UW-Madison undergraduates studying abroad on a program administered by Wisconsin School of Business International Programs are eligible to receive an award of up to $5000 for a semester or $2000 for a summer session. Selection will be based on applicants’ academic records, involvement, and essays. Preference will be given to BBA and Certificate in Business students. Additional consideration may be given to students with demonstrated financial need. These awards are made possible by the generosity of Keys to Travel, a Keith J. Kreps Foundation, Inc. and honor the memory of Keith J. Kreps. Learn more about his story on the Keys to Travel website: www.keystotravel.org.
Julie and Lance Meyerowich Study Abroad Scholarship
The generous support of Julie and Lance Meyerowich awards to undergraduate students studying abroad through International Programs and the Wisconsin School of Business. The recipient of this scholarship shall be selected based upon financial need and merit. To be considered for this award, applicants must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). More information about submitting a FAFSA can be found on the website of the UW-Madison Office of Student Financial Aid.
Smith International Business Study Abroad Scholarship
This award, established by the generous support of Jay L. and Patricia H. Smith, supports undergraduate international business majors who study abroad through International Programs in the Wisconsin School of Business. International Business majors who study abroad with International Programs are eligible to apply for this award, which may range from $500 to $1,000.
IES Abroad Grants
Awards of $1500 may be used to offset the cost of attendance for a semester at either IES London or IES Paris. Awards will be made on the bases of merit, demonstrated financial need and demonstrated interest in the destination.
Chuo Kuo-Ping Study Abroad Scholarship
The Chuo Kuo-Ping Study Abroad Scholarship is available to degree-seeking University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduate students studying abroad on a UW-Madison study abroad program in China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Prior study of Chinese language is desirable, but not required. All eligible students, regardless of prior Chinese language study, are encouraged to apply. Scholarship amounts vary depending on duration of program.
Students should apply through the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH). Applicants will be considered for this award by indicating that they plan on studying abroad in China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan. Once they’ve indicated this, students should follow the instructions to complete the application, including submission of a short essay. The application deadlines are typically March 1 (summer, fall, and academic year programs), and October 15 (spring programs). Students who have not yet received official notification of acceptance to a study abroad program can still apply for this award.
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS)
Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships provide funding for students to acquire foreign language proficiency and training in area or international studies. FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and are administered by the UW-Madison’s area and international studies National Resource Centers. FLAS awards are only available for certain world languages, and are contingent on federal funding.
Scan|Design Foundation Scholarship
The Scan|Design Foundation was founded by Inger and Jens Bruun to support Danish-American relations. During their lifetime, Inger and Jens sponsored over 150 Danish interns and welcomed them into their home during their stay in America. Supporting student study in Denmark is a key program focus for the foundation.
Pending annual review, this scholarship (with an award of up to $5,000) is available to all University of Wisconsin-Madison degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens participating on an approved UW-Madison study abroad program to Denmark. In addition to receiving scholarship funds, ScanDesign fellows are invited to participate in a range of hosted activities in Denmark, which are organized by the ScanDesign coordinators in Copenhagen in order to help students get to know other ScanDesign fellows, Danes, Denmark, and the Scandinavian region a little better.
Students should apply through Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH). Applicants will be considered for this award by indicating that they plan on studying abroad in Denmark. Once they’ve indicated this, students should follow the instructions to complete the application, including submission of a short essay and a letter of recommendation. The application deadlines are typically March 1 (summer and fall programs) and October 15 (spring programs). Students who have not yet received official notification of acceptance to a study abroad program can still apply for this award.
Undergraduate Academic Awards
The Office of the Provost and the Undergraduate Academic Awards Office offer scholarships for undergraduate students from all colleges and majors. You may consider applying for some awards, such as the Hilldale Research Fellowship or the University Book Store Award, which fund independent work and student/faculty collaborative research. You may be able to apply these awards to your semester abroad.
UW-Madison Study Abroad Scholarship
International Academic Programs (IAP), the centralized study abroad office at UW-Madison, administers certain scholarships that are open to all UW-Madison students studying abroad on a UW-Madison program, including those programs through International Programs in the Wisconsin School of Business. Review the IAP Study Abroad Scholarship Chart for more information.
Boren Scholarships – National Security Education Program (NSEP)
The NSEP program provides generous funding through the Boren Awards for undergraduate and graduates studying abroad in areas outside of Western Europe, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Students in fields of study critical to U.S. national security, such as engineering, and applied sciences, business and economics, international affairs, political, policy and social sciences, and health and law, are particularly encouraged to apply.
The NSEP-Boren Scholarship for Undergraduates Offers up to $10,000 for a semester or $20,000 for a full academic year for U.S. undergraduate students to become more proficient in the cultures and languages of world regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Interested applicants are required to schedule a meeting with the UW-Madison campus representative, Matthew Geisler (email@example.com), prior to submitting their application. The UW-Madison campus deadline is November 15th for the next academic year. Further information is available on the website for these Boren Awards.
The Bridging Scholarship Program for study in Japan
The United States – Japan Bridging Foundation offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations has made it possible for ATJ to award 60-100 scholarships to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year.
Typically, Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs). Students studying in Japan on summer programs are not eligible to apply. The deadline for applications for fall and spring semester students typically is in April of the previous academic year.
The British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) awards several generous £500 scholarships annually to students studying abroad for a semester or academic year in the United Kingdom. Applications are typically accepted January through May 31 for the following academic year. The award is distributed to winners after they have arrived and registered at their host university. Visit the BUTEX website for the application form and complete instructions.
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) awards scholarships to students studying abroad on a CIEE program. Eligibility requirements, application information, and scholarship deadlines can be found on the CIEE Scholarship webpage. Typically, applications are due by April 1 for summer and fall programs or November 1 for spring programs. International Programs has CIEE affiliated programs in Barcelona, Seville, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Moscow, London, Berlin, and Tokyo.
Foundation for Global Scholars
The Foundation for Global Scholars a non-profit organization whose mission is to create global citizens and leaders by assisting students in achieving their personal and professional goals of obtaining cultural and academic experiences abroad. The Foundation will support this mission by awarding scholarships to help enable students to obtain an international experience. Students who are from underrepresented populations in international education are a priority. Application details and deadlines are available on the Foundation’s website.
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.
Grant amounts are up to $3000 for summer and $5000 for a semester. Applicants must have little or no experience in the country in which he or she plans to study.
Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program’s goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States.
From its inception in 2001, Freeman-ASIA has made study abroad in East and Southeast Asia possible for over 4,600 U.S. undergraduates from more than 600 institutions. With generous funding from the Freeman Foundation, the Institute of International Education (IIE) is grateful to have relaunched Freeman-ASIA in 2016.
Fund for Education Abroad
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., and must plan to study abroad for a minimum of 4 weeks in country. Application details and deadlines are available on the FEA website.
In addition to the general FEA scholarships, there is a Rainbow Scholarship that will be awarded to a deserving LGBTQ student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program.
German Academic Exchange Service
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) offers various funding opportunities to undergraduate students. Grant recipients receive a monthly stipend and a lump sum payment to help defray travel expenses. The application deadline is at the end of January.
Gilman Scholarship Program
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad.
The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support a diverse range of students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to:
- Students with high financial need
- Students studying in non-traditional countries, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand
- Students with diverse ethnic backgrounds
- Students with disabilities
Typically, the deadline for Fall and Summer study abroad falls around March 1, and the deadline for Spring study abroad falls around April 15. Complete information on applying and deadlines is available on the Gilman International Scholarship Program website.
Institute for International Education
The Institute for International Education (IIE) administers programs worldwide for students, educators and professionals from all sectors. Specifically IIE administers international exchange programs, scholarships and grants. For more information on all the services that IIE can provide please visit the IIE website.
The National Italian American Foundation
The National Italian American Foundation awards scholarships and grants to outstanding students on the basis of academic performance, field of study, career objectives, and the potential, commitment, and abilities applicants have demonstrated that would enable them to make significant contributions to their chosen field of study. Some scholarships are awarded based on financial need.
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi provides study abroad grants to its members in order to help them seek knowledge and experience in their academic field by studying abroad. Applications are typically due April 1. More information can be found on the Phi Kappa Phi website.
The Rainbow Scholarship is offered up to $5,000 per semester. The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) awards funds to students planning to study abroad on academically rigorous programs with a strong preference for underrepresented students. The Rainbow Scholarship is awarded to a deserving LGBTQ student who aims to participate in an education abroad program. To apply for the Rainbow Scholarship students must apply for the general FEA scholarship and indicate in their application that they would also like to be considered for the Rainbow Scholarship.
Typically, students must submit an application by January for studying abroad the following summer, fall and spring (e.g. there is a January 2014 deadline for students studying abroad summer 2014, fall 2014, spring 2015).
More information can be found on the Fund for Education Abroad website.
University College Dublin Quinn School of Business Study Abroad Scholarship
Students who have been accepted to the University College Dublin (UCD) semester or summer programs are eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship will cover €1,000 for fall or spring semester and €500 for the summer internship program. After having been accepted to University College Dublin’s program and officially accepting their offer for participation, students will be able to apply through the UCD online portal. The scholarship will be awarded by UCD based on responses to the application questions.
Preparing to study abroad requires time, planning, and organizational skills. Check out our Program Variables Worksheet (PDF) to help you narrow down your choices. Once you have been selected to study abroad by Global Programs, there are still more steps to take. In addition to the information below, there will be specific tasks and information related to your study abroad program.
After you are selected by Global Programs, you will gain access to an online study abroad pre-departure portal called MyStudyAbroad. There you confirm your participation, review the study abroad and program handbooks, view program dates, and submit course equivalency requests.
Study Abroad Handbook
The Study Abroad Handbook includes important information on study abroad policies for all students studying abroad through Global Programs. Selected study abroad students will be able to access the handbook through their MyStudyAbroad account.
Resources about studying abroad are available on campus. Global Programs has compiled a reference list to help you identify some of these available resources. This list is not exhaustive. Use it as a starting point for your own study abroad research.
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Health & Safety
You are required to attend a health and safety orientation or webinar. Details including the dates, times, and how to register can be found in your MyStudyAbroad acceptance tasks list the semester prior to studying abroad.
Check with the University Health Services Travel Clinic for any recommended health precautions or immunizations. The Travel Clinic gets very busy, so make your appointment early. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travelers’ Health page offers information for travel outside the United States. More information can be found through UW Study Abroad.
The University of Wisconsin System requires all students who study abroad to carry mandatory international and emergency medical insurance. Insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) is included in your program fee, and Global Programs enrolls all participants in the plan.
International students: You may file to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) for the time you are abroad. Contact SHIP for more information. Waiver requests must be submitted before you study abroad.
Information from the U.S. Department of State
Visit the state department’s students abroad website. Read the consular information sheet for the country you are visiting. All study abroad students must register with the state department in case of a local emergency.
Additional information is available from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs. You can also review background notes on countries.
When you register for courses abroad depends on the program. You may register for specific classes before or after you arrive abroad. In both cases, flexibility and preparation are important.
- Once the host university announces its timetable, reference the course equivalency lists available on the academics tab of the program pages to determine for which course the foreign course counts for at UW–Madison.
- Be aware that credit values may be different abroad, and students should check the grade and credit conversion tables found in the program-specific handbooks (available in MyStudyAbroad) to see how credit values may vary.
We highly recommend you check your DARS Report and make a one-on-one advising appointment for a discussion of your courses. Students can utilize the study abroad course planner and the Academic Planning Tool to prepare for their academic advising appointment.
Please note that these are business study abroad programs and we require that all students on a semester exchange take at least six credits of business classes.
Returned Student Resources
Your host university will send a transcript to the Global Programs office after your program ends. Global Programs will then send you a copy of a grade report (with converted credits and grades) for you to review. Once you’ve had a chance to make sure that everything looks accurate, we will work with the UW–Madison Registrar’s office in order to get the grades posted to your account.
People who have been abroad commonly report experiencing “reverse” or “re-entry” culture shock upon returning home. Some recommended activities include preparing early for reverse culture shock, recording reflections in a journal, discussing experiences with others who have been abroad, and seeking support services upon returning home. Contact University Health Services Counseling and Consultation Services to schedule an appointment if you feel you need support.
We hope you will consider being a Buddy to an incoming exchange student! The Buddy Program helps incoming international exchange students prepare for their arrival in Madison and feel at home during their stay at UW–Madison.
The basic requirements for your participation are:
- willingness to assist an incoming student
- ability to help your Buddy get from the airport to campus (either provide information or provide a ride)
- several hours during your Buddy’s first days in Madison to get them settled.
After that, we encourage you to remain in contact with your Buddy throughout the semester and answer questions about academics, things to do and life in the U.S. For more information about being a Buddy, please contact Global Programs.
Students who have studied abroad with Global Programs are invited to apply to promote our programs and help other students make decisions about their study abroad experience as student staff. Returned study abroad students will be contacted when positions are open.