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Study Abroad

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Financial aid is available for undergraduate students who are participating in an approved program during the academic year.

How it Works

Financial aid for study abroad will be calculated and awarded in a similar manner as it is when you are attending Columbia for the semester. You will need to complete the financial aid application materials as though you will be at Columbia for the entire academic year.

Your family contribution does not change based on your decision to study abroad. If your study abroad program cost is less than Columbia, then you will have less need and therefore less aid. If your study abroad program costs more, you may be eligible to receive more Columbia assistance. If the program requires advance payment that will be covered by your financial aid award, be sure to first inform the program that you are a recipient of financial aid. Many programs will accept a copy of your financial aid award letter.

Determining Program Costs

When you go abroad, you are paying Columbia’s tuition, not the program’s academic fees. However, you will have to pay the program’s non-academic fees. Here is an example:

2018-2018 Semester Charges

ROOM & BOARD$6,932Check the program website for these figures.
TOTAL BUDGET:$38,352 + travel

Billing while Abroad

Students whose financial aid credits exceed the balance due on their student account will be eligible for a refund. You should confirm with a financial aid officer that you should be expecting a refund. We suggest that you have any refunds direct deposited to your student account on SSOL.

You will receive two bills, one from Columbia and one from your study abroad program. On your Columbia bill you will be billed for tuition. You will not be billed for Columbia room, board or other non-academic fees. The bill from your study abroad program will show all of the program fees and charges.

Work Study when Abroad

Students who are planning to study abroad will automatically have their work study replaced by Columbia Grant when we receive official notice from the Office of Global Programs regarding your plans to study abroad.