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Financial Planning

There are many ways to reduce the cost of study abroad. One key area is to plan ahead and select a program that makes the best use of credits towards graduation requirements. Smeal International Program Coordinators are available to meet with students to help them select the best program to meet their academic goals. We are also willing to assist with the decision about whether to study abroad for a summer or a semester.

Summer study abroad programs charge in-state tuition for all students. Exchange programs are a lower cost alternative for Pennsylvania residents. Penn State charges lower in-state tuition for third-party programs like IES, Arcadia and CIEE to out-of-state students. Scholarships are available for many programs. Make an appointment to talk about your unique concerns. BA students may use  the online scheduling system. DUS may call 814-865-4264 to schedule an appointment.

Planning Resources

Ryan Dickson proposes to Kerry Deutsch at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy. Ryan Dickson Photographer.


Ryan Dickson, IST '10 proposes to Kerry Deutsch, Marketing
'10 at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy.
Ryan Dickson, photographer

Smeal College of Business

Smeal International Programs Coordinators

Smeal Community Engagement  and Development Program Grant

Penn State University

Penn State Office of Student Aid

Keeping it Affordable

Determine Your Education Abroad Budget

Cost Comparison and Cost Effective Programs

Employment on campus

Out of State Students: Note that the lower In-State Tuition rate is charged to all students for PSU programs by IES, CIEE, and Arcadia. Compare programs by these providers when Choosing a Program.

IES Tips

Career Benefits

Scholarship Resources

Smeal International Internship Scholarship - Students may apply for this scholarship to support an international summer experience. It may be either an internship abroad or a service oriented study abroad experience.

Smeal International Study Scholarship

Education Abroad Scholarships

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Arcadia Scholarships and data base of additional scholarships

CIEE Scholarships

IES Scholarships - including a need-based aid decision in 5 days and merit-based and country specific (list in the left margin)

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange (Germany)

Critical Language Scholarship Program - fully funded language intensive

PaCIE and The Asia Institute - study or intern in Asia

Freeman-ASIA Scholarship - study in Asia

100K Strong - study in Asia and Southeast Asia

100,000 Strong in the Americas

University Fellowships Office - Visit the University Fellowships Office website for more information about the following scholarship opportunities. You will also find many more scholarship and grants available for graduate studies abroad.