Cost, Fees and Financial Aid

Financing study abroad is possible!

Study abroad is not as expensive as you think.  Programs exist for every budget, and many scholarships for study abroad are available. Search the internet, ask professors, check with local organizations. You may be eligible for federal and/or private loans which can be used to cover the additional cost of a study abroad program. All students issued acceptance letters will be enrolled in the program for which they have been accepted and will be responsible for paying tuition and fees for the program. 

How financial aid works for each program category

CLU Programs
  • Student pays regular tuition and fees to Cal Lutheran.
  • Student retains Cal Lutheran financial aid package, including State/Federal aid, grants, loans, as well as Cal Lutheran-specific scholarships, awards, and grants. 
  • Work-study does not apply while abroad.
Partner/Affiliate Programs
  • Student pays program tuition and fees.
  • Cal Lutheran processes financial aid. Federal/State aid and loans can be used toward program costs, but Cal Lutheran grants and scholarships cannot.  
  • Federal/State aid is not available for summer and January terms.
External Programs
  • Student pays provider directly.
  • Cal Lutheran does not process financial aid for external programs, so student must apply for assistance through the particular program.

Study Abroad Registration Fee

A $200 enrollment fee is applied to your student account on April 15 for summer and fall terms, and November 15 for the spring term. This administrative fee confirms your participation in your chosen program and facilitates the study abroad process.

Withdrawal/Deferral Policy

Students who wish to withdraw or defer must complete the Cal Lutheran Study Abroad Center Withdrawal/Deferral form which must be signed by the Study Abroad Director. Students who withdraw or defer their participation after April 15 for summer and fall terms or November 15 for the spring term will not be refunded the $200 Study Abroad Registration Fee.

Program Scholarships

Cal Lutheran Study Abroad Scholarship (Deadline is March 15 for summer and fall programs)

CLU Program to Austria-FH JOANNEUM (Covers the full cost of a semester)

AIFS Affiliate Grants (Cal Lutheran students applying to AIFS automatically receive an affiliate grant)

Arcadia University

Augsburg CGEE

Ciee Scholarships 

DIS-Study Abroad in Scandinavia

IAU College | France, Spain, Morocco

IES Abroad (Cal Lutheran has been granted a $3,000 scholarship for the IES South Africa program)

ISA Scholarships

SACI College of Art & Design

Semester at Sea

School for Field Studies

SIT Study Abroad

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN)

Links to additional study abroad scholarships

Asian Pacific Fund

Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant for study in France as French minor/major

Bridging Scholarship

Boren Scholarship -Funding for Language Study & Research Abroad

BUTEX Scholarship for study in the UK

DAAD Scholarship for study in Germany

Fund for Education Abroad

Freeman-ASIA (deadline late February/early March for fall and mid October for spring)

Funding for US Study

Fulbright Program

Generation Study Abroad Excellence & Travel Awards to New Zealand

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad (For Pell Grant recipients-the deadline is March 6 for summer and fall)

Go Overseas Scholarship to New Zealand

IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants

IIE Passport: Study Abroad Funding - Video Contest

Norwegian American Scholarships

Pride Foundation Scholarships

Rotary District Grants

Transitions Abroad

Whitaker Grants for Overseas Biomedical Engineering Study or Research

Other online resources


Int'l Education Financial Aid (IEFA)