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The cost of studying abroad varies considerably with respect to duration, location, institution, and the timing of your travel.  With careful research and planning, you can turn your study abroad dreams into reality.  Though the cost of studying abroad can be significant, the benefits far outweigh the expenditures.  SUNY College at Oneonta has cost effective exchange programs, as well as faculty-led programs, that are quite reasonable on a student’s budget.  Within the SUNY system, amidst 450 plus locations to choose from, you’re bound to find a site that matches your financial means. The Office of International Education encourages you to start saving and planning early in your academic career for the study abroad experience since there are a variety of factors that affect the cost of going overseas.

There are a variety of ways students fund their overseas experience:  personal savings, FAFSA, alternative loans, scholarships, grants. The earlier you plan, the more fiscally responsible you are, the more valuable overseas experience will be.

Several factors weigh in on the final costs of going on an exchange program or study abroad program:  the exchange rate, global economics, cost of living in a particular country, room & board, differential costs of the overseas university, internship vs. classroom, touring, and of course, your overall financial picture in going abroad and sustaining your time overseas.

Prior to your application and final selection of an exchange program or study abroad experience, consult your Financial Aid Officer first to see if you will qualify for sufficient funding to support your overseas journey.  This will help you narrow down your choices of programs and you will need to demonstrate sufficient funding to the overseas site and for immigration and acquisition of student visa purposes.  Unless you’re exclusively using personal savings, the Financial Aid counselor can give you the best advice on your financial aid eligibility.  Bring a cost sheet with you of the program, which is typically downloadable on any of the SUNY sites, including SUNY College at Oneonta’s. 

The Financial Aid Office is highly skilled in advising and preparing students for their study abroad experience, once they are accepted into the direct study abroad or exchange program.

Scholarships, Grants and Opportunities

SUNY students are encouraged to thoroughly review eligiblity criteria and program detail of each item listed and are responsible for the application process entirely. For SUNY awards listed, contact the program administrator at the respective SUNY campus directly.  For SUNY College at Oneonta award programs, contact Mrs. Kate Stanley, Assistant Director of International Education at 607-436-2461 or to make an appointment. 

The Office of International Education provides very limited assistance with national awards listed.  Students are advised to first investigate these programs on their own to determine suitability.

National scholarships listed are intended as productive guides for study abroad participants. The College and OIE neither specifically endorses nor validates any of this information as being guaranteed, authentic, or its contents up-to-date.  It is recommended that students research, investigate, and prepare early for any of these opportunities.

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College at Oneonta Foundation Scholarships:

Scholarships for Semester Abroad Programs

Scholarship for Summer Abroad Programs

Diversity Abroad Honors Scholarship

Chungnam National University Global Scholars Program Scholarship - Available to well qualified SUNY students.

Yonsei University at Wonju Global Village Stipends - Available only for YUW-SUNY College at Oneonta Exchange Program Participants

SUNY Fredonia Deming International Scholarship

SUNY Levin Institute for study in China Scholarships

SUNY Albany Santander/Sovereign Bank Spanish Teacher Training Partnership

SUNY Stony Brook’s Mario B. Mignone Scholarship for study in Florence, Italy

Norman Woodberry Scholarship for residents of Westchester County, NY

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

NSEP Boren Scholarship

Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan

Foundation for Global Scholars

Fund for Education Abroad Study Abroad Scholarships

DAAD: German Academic Exchange Scholarships

Sara’s Wish Scholarship Fund for Women

Freeman-Asia Award

“Go! Study Abroad Scholarship!”


ThinkSwiss Scholarship

Danish Institute for Study Abroad Scholarships

National Italian-American Foundation Scholarship

Walter Jensen Scholarship for Study Abroad (French)

“National Geographic: Glimpse Correspondents Program”

CLS Critical Language Scholarships

Rhodes Scholarship

Fulbright Student Program

BUTEX – British Universities Transatlantic Exchange

Freeman – Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program

GSF Student Grant

APA-AIA Minority Scholarship Program (archaeology)

Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan

King Olav V Norwegian-American Heritage Fund

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Scholarships (Israel)

Study Abroad Turkey Scholarship for Minority Students