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Financial Planning


For each program type, there are specific cost considerations that may be very important in your study abroad planning. Please read the information provided at each of the below links very carefully, and do not hesitate to reach out to the Office of International & Off-Campus Education should you have any questions.

Semester with Lafayette Faculty-Led Programs
For detailed cost information, please visit this page.

Semester Affiliated Programs
For detailed cost information, please visit this page.

Interim Programs
For detailed cost information, please visit this page.


Financial Aid & Scholarships

Semester & Academic Year
For study abroad for a semester or academic year, any financial aid that a student receives for studying at Lafayette (with the exception of a work-study job and RA benefits) will automatically be applied to the study abroad program; the amount is capped at Lafayette’s cost. If a student is receiving external scholarships (e.g., from the affiliated program or other external scholarship organizations), those scholarships may be used by the Financial Aid office to reduce or eliminate the job and/or loan components of the student's aid award. For questions regarding financial aid packages administered by Lafayette, or how receiving an external scholarship might impact one's financial aid package, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Under normal conditions, international students may apply their financial aid to a study abroad or off-campus study experience for only one semester. Exceptions may only be made in cases in which a student’s Lafayette curriculum requires additional study abroad (a petition with the Financial Aid Office, supported by relevant academic documentation, will be needed). Many of our affiliated programs offer their own scholarships and aid packages; typically these range from $500 to $3,000. However, see above for how receiving study abroad scholarships may reduce an international student's aid award.
Please see the following pages for more information on costs associated with semester and academic year study abroad:

For Lafayette-Led interim off-campus programs, every student who has successfully registered for one such program will be evaluated for interim financial aid. There will be a limited amount of financial support available for Off-Campus Interim programs, consisting of need-based grants that cover up to 75% of the cost of the program. Factors that are taken into consideration include the applicant’s demonstrated level of financial need, his/her availability of loans, GPA and previous study abroad experience. Applicants must be currently receiving financial aid to qualify for a need-based grant for interim programs. Note that international students studying at Lafayette College are considered to have “previous study abroad experience.” Decisions will be made by the Office of Financial Aid before the interim non-refundable deposit deadline, and students will be notified if they have been awarded a grant. No application is required.

For more information on costs and financial aid associated with interim programs, please visit the Interim Programs page.

Internal Scholarships & Awards
Lafayette College awards the following internal scholarships and prizes every year. Students are nominated by their faculty for some of these awards, while they must apply for others. For more information about each award, click the award titles below.

David A. Portlock Study Abroad Memorial Prize

Study Abroad Good Citizenship Award  

External Scholarships, Fellowships, & Awards
There are also a number of prestigious and competitive external scholarships, fellowships, and grants available to students who want to study abroad. Listed below are all of the awards the Office of International & Off-Campus Education is aware of. For more information about each award, click the award titles below.

Affiliated Program Scholarships  

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

The Critical Language Scholarship

The German Academic Exchange Service

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships

The National Italian American Foundation Scholarships Program

Whitaker International Program

The St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia Scholarship – Scotland Study Abroad

Fund for Education Abroad

Hostelling International USA Explore the World Travel Scholarship Study & Intern Abroad Scholarship

British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX)

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship

The Bridging Scholarship Program

The Scholarship Heinrich J.Klein Foundation  

For more information about scholarships and fellowships, please contact the Office of Scholarships and Fellowships.