International Programs

Prospective Students: Financing & Scholarships

You Can Afford to Study Abroad

The estimated cost for participation in the CSU International Programs varies from country to country, but, on average, the cost to spend a year abroad on IP is comparable to studying at the CSU for a year. The total cost varies depending on several factors: the cost of living in your host country, the local rate of inflation, the currency exchange rate, the length of the academic year, and your own spending habits.

While overseas you pay for the same expenses you pay for now in California, including rent, food, registration fees (non-resident students pay additional non-resident fees)*, and personal expenses. In addition, there will be costs for transportation and vacation travel.

Estimates are provided on this website on each country-specific page under "Costs" (Prospective Students > Programs > select a country > Costs). Students who budget carefully will find these estimates to be reasonably accurate and that study abroad is within their reach.

Since 1963 over 15,000 CSU students have successfully managed to study abroad. You can too! Study Abroad! It's more affordable than you think!

How Do I Apply for Financial Aid?

Visit the Financial Aid office on your campus. All financial aid, with the exception of work-study, is applicable to the CSU International Programs (IP); in fact, 65% of all IP participants use some form of aid to help finance their year abroad. Whether or not you have ever received financial aid, you should investigate this possibility if you need additional resources to study abroad. Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Be sure to file applications/materials as soon as you can after the filing period begins (usually January 1 for the following academic year) and well before the deadlines indicated by the campus (usually in early spring). Because campuses have limited funds, students who file early have the best chance of receiving awards.

Financial Assistance & Scholarships You Should Know About
  • IP Scholarships (pdf) : Made possible through the generosity of former IP participants. Approximately five awards of $500 each are made each year. Applications due December 15 (May 1 for Australia and South Africa).
  • Wang Family Scholarships (pdf): Recognizing the importance of international education, the Wang Family generously provides scholarships for study in China and Taiwan with the CSU International Programs. Ten $4,000 scholarships are awarded for study in China, and ten $4,000 scholarships are awarded for study in Taiwan. Applications are due December 15, along with the IP Application.
  • Japan Scholarships:
    • The Ward Wallach Memorial Scholarship (one $500 scholarship awarded mid-year during your year abroad).
    • Japan Student Service Organization (JASSO) Scholarship.
    • Students need not apply for the two aforementioned scholarships. All Japan IP participants are considered and will be informed if they are awarded a scholarship.
  • Baden-Württemberg Fellowship Program: Provides a limited number of scholarships for study in Germany through the CSU International Programs. The award is 400 Euros per month and can be awarded for up to 11 months. Applicants must have completed at least 4 semesters of German prior to departure. Your application must be sent to Germany by the Office of International Programs (OIP). Submit your letter of application to your IP Campus Coordinator by December 15.
    • A complete application consists of:
      • A formal letter of application outlining your academic goals.
      • A strong foreign language faculty recommendation.
      • Official university transcripts.
      • Awards are announced by mid July.
  • California Student Aid Commission: Committed to making education beyond high school accessible. Learn about all Cal Grants & other forms of financial aid.
  • Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): Find out if you're eligible for federal financial aid.
  • The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid (Type "study abroad" in the search box.)
  • IIE Passport: A comprehensive study abroad scholarship, fellowship and grant search engine.
  • The Gilman Scholarship: This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.
  • British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) Scholarship: Each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university in the U.K.
  • German Academic Exchange Service Scholarships (DAAD): Undergraduate scholarships to highly qualified students for study abroad in Germany.
  • National Security Education Program (NSEP): NSEP supports U.S. students who are eager to study in and about areas of the world critical to U.S. national security and outside Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. NSEP’s focus on these critical and understudied world regions remains indispensable to the future American capacity to address major national security needs.
  • Fund for Education Abroad (FEA): FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated, undergraduate American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships.
Additional Sources Our Students Have Found Helpful
  • Check with your major department or faculty advisor for academic scholarships related to your major.
  • Find out if your employer or your parents' employers offer loans or scholarships.
  • Inquire about scholarships with the civic groups on your campus or in your hometown.
  • Look into scholarships offered by any organization you have ever belonged to.
  • Ask your IP Coordinator about scholarships.

*The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular program has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees.