Funding Study Abroad
IAP offers a wide range of program costs, so that there is a program for every budget. Sometimes studying abroad is no more expensive than studying on-campus.
IAP encourages all students to do the following when planning to fund their study abroad experience:
IAP offers Funding Study Abroad Information Sessions each semester in collaboration with the Office of Student Financial Aid. These sessions will be co-presented by an IAP staff member and a staff member from the Office of Student Financial Aid and will cover the following topics: the cost of studying abroad, program fees, financial aid, scholarships, and creative fundraising and saving strategies.
To see the current schedule, including dates and times, please visit the Events Calendar. If you are unable to attend the in person session, you can access the online version of the information session here and continue to look over the information found on this site.
Complete a FAFSA
You should complete a FAFSA even if you do not currently receive financial aid on campus.
You do not need to do anything extra on the FAFSA for studying abroad. You complete it just as you would if you were staying on campus.
For more information on completing the FAFSA, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.
IAP will notify the Office of Student Financial Aid that you are studying abroad & they will use the costs of attendance for your program abroad when calculating your aid for that term.
You can find cost estimates, as well as detailed information about each program, on the program page under the “Cost” tab. You can find all available programs through the program search page.
The program fee is what you will be billed from the UW Bursar’s office. The Estimated Additional Expenses are what you will need to be prepared to pay out-of-pocket and are estimates for these expenses.
Fill out the Study Abroad Budget Worksheet
You should compare the cost of living and attending classes on-campus with the cost of your prospective study abroad program. The budget worksheet below can assist you with these calculations
Study Abroad Budget Worksheet
After you have the calculations come up with a strategy for funding your time abroad.
You will be billed for your program fee through the Bursar’s Office according to the billing schedule found on your program cost sheet. You will have access to the program cost sheet in your My Study Abroad account once you are accepted to the program.
IAP General Study Abroad Scholarships
- Must be enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin Madison
- Must be applying to or accepted to study abroad on an IAP study abroad program
- Other criteria may apply based on the donors who provide the funding. Criteria can include major, academic achievements, financial need, what program you are applying to, and many other factors
The IAP General Study Abroad scholarship incorporates all of the following awards. If you apply to the IAP General scholarship, you will be considered for any of these awards should you meet the full eligibility criteria and if the award was renewed: Cerk Family Scholarship, IAP Merit-Based Scholarships, Joe Elder Scholarship, Julie and Michael Gerend Fund, Laurent A Makward Memorial Scholarship, NAVE, and Study Abroad Alumni Scholarship.
How to Apply/Deadlines
To apply for the IAP Study Abroad Scholarship, go to Scholarships@UW to create a profile and submit an application. The IAP Study Abroad Scholarship has the following deadline, regardless of when your program application deadline is:
Summer/Fall/Academic Year - March 1
Spring/Calendar Year/Winter Break/Spring Break - October 15
Scholarship awards are highly competitive and applications are carefully reviewed and evaluated by the scholarship committee. A student's financial need is often part of the awarding decision, so be sure to fill out the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA).
Awardees will be notified by email if you have received a scholarship from IAP. Notifications are typically sent within 3-4 weeks after the deadline. Alternate awards may become available due to various factors. If you receive an alternate award, you will be notified by email.