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Scholarships and Finances

Studying abroad may be less expensive than you think. It takes careful financial planning, so start early.

As you compare program options, take care to note the costs associated with the program as well expenses not included, such as airfare. Financing a study-abroad experience requires careful consideration of the type, term, and location of the program.

There are many scholarships are available to UCF students to cover the cost of study abroad programs. Some are available from UCF Abroad, individual colleges national organizations and international organizations. Be sure to explore every source of funding you can find. You may be surprised at the number of opportunities available to you.

First Steps

  1. If you have not already, apply for financial aid. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). 
  2. Make an appointment with the Office of Student Financial Assistance to discuss your anticipated award amount and how it can be applied to education abroad. For all study abroad financial aid inquiries please email:
  3. Check the Office of Student Financial Assistance website for a complete explanation of the financial aid process.
  4. Set up a direct deposit authorization in myUCF so that your funds can be deposited electronically around the world.

Plan Ahead

Make sure you know your payment deadlines and how you plan to pay for your program. You may need to pay some expenses—such as application fees, program deposits, airfare, passport, visa, etc., before your financial aid is disbursed.
UCF programs such as short term and exchange programs (students who registered their courses in their UCF portal) are eligible for Bright Futures, Federal, and Florida financial aid. Partner Programs are only eligible for Federal and Private financial aid. 

Please note that students must be registered for at least 6 or more credit hours and there is additional paperwork that student's must complete with the Office of Student Financial Assistance in order for  financial aid to be disbursed.