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Funding Study Abroad

General Cost of Study abroad

The cost of attending Millersville and living on campus for one semester: $14,500
This cost is based off of Millersville University's official Cost of Attendance supplied by the Financial Aid Office.

The average costs for study abroad programs are between $12,000 - $20,000
This costs depends on length, location, term, cost of living in location, and included activities and excursions. 

Cost of Attending Millersville 1 Semester - Updated for 2020-2021 Academic Year:

Tuition & Fees (In-state) $6,125 (15 credits) $10,195 (15 credits)
On-Campus Housing (Double Suite) $4,390 Included (Homestay)
On-Campus Meal Plan (Default) $2,100 Included (3 Meals a day)
Books & Supplies $500 (estimated) $200 (estimated)
Personal Expenses $875 (estimated) $875 (estimated)
Transportation $400 (estimated) $1,200 (flight)
$300 local transportation (estimated)
Immigration N/A $145 (passport) $160 (visa)
Other   Included: Cultural activities,
excursions, insurance
TOTAL: $14,390 $13,075

Budget Worksheet

During Study Abroad Advising, students meet with a Study Abroad Peer Mentor where they review the program and cost information in detail. The Budget Worksheet is an itemized list of costs for the program which typically include a breakdown of tuition, fees, housing, meals, and other expenses. 

Budget Worksheet

Financial Resources: Use the website resources below to complete the budget worksheet. These resources will help you to estimate expenses for housing, meals, personal spending, and transportation. Study abroad requires a student to plan for both academic costs and personal travel expenses. IPS staff does not provide estimated costs for additional personal travel and activities. It is important to keep in mind the differences between cost of living and currency exchange rates when compared to living in Millersville. For example, living in a large city like New York City or Paris will be more expensive than living in Millersville or other areas of the world where cost of living may be less. Traveling around while you are already abroad is an additional expense for which you must also plan for realistically. Always keep your additional travel plans in financial perspective.

Exchange Rates (You can view current and historical exchanges rates within the last 6 months)
State Department Foreign Per Diem Rates (The M&IE Meals and Incidentals rate provides a daily estimate for food and living expenses)
Kayak Flight Search (Can be used to estimated general costs of flights)
CIBT Visa Services (Can estimate cost of visa, as well as provide information on the visa application)
Budget Your Trip (Cost of living estimates)
Date Calculator (Used to calculate the # of weeks you will be abroad)

Using Financial Aid

Millersville University students are able to use their financial aid towards their study abroad experience depending on a few factors such as term, length of program, and credit earned. The Office of International Programs & Services (IPS) recommends that you make an appointment with the Office of Financial Aid to discuss your specific financial situation, regardless if you plan to use federal or state aid towards your program

Complete a Budget Worksheet and review the Financial Policies and the suggested questions below prior to your meeting with the Financial Aid Office. 
  • How much is your current aid? Is that expected to be the same next year?
  • How much can be applied to study abroad?
  • How much will financial aid cover towards your total expenses?
  • When will your financial aid get disbursed? (Before you leave, or after you are already in-country?)
  • How much will you need to save out-of-pocket?
  • How much money will you need up-front vs. at a later date?
  • Is study abroad affordable for you now, vs. a later term?
Note: Occasionally when students do not meet with the Financial Aid Office, they are forced to withdraw or defer when they realize they cannot afford to participate. DO YOUR FINANCIAL PLANNING BEFORE YOU APPLY TO STUDY ABROAD! 


If you are interested in applying to National/State scholarships, government or other organizational scholarships, they typically have an earlier deadline than the deadline to apply for study abroad through Millersville. You must start your scholarship research and applications early. It is recommended that you begin researching scholarships at the same time you are researching programs.

Check out the following web page to get you started: Scholarships