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Understanding the Costs

Understanding all the fees and other costs for studying abroad can help you calculate the price of your ideal study abroad experience and plan accordingly. Each of the programs offered through the ACES Study Abroad Office and the University of Illinois have budget sheets associated with their program application. These budget sheets are not always all-inclusive, but do give a good estimate of how much your program cost. Don't forget to figure in any additional expenses such as travel that may add to your overall study abroad budget. 

Your costs fall into two categories: those billed by the University of Illinois to your Student Account through UI-Integrate ("billable costs") and those paid by you directly at the point of purchase ("non-billable costs").

Billable Costs are billed to your Illinois student account and include: study abroad application fee, ACES administrative fee, University of Illinois tuition and applicable fees, International Insurance and Safety Fee (for complete details, refer to the budget sheet for the program you are interested in).

Non-Billable Costs are paid directly by you and are not billed to your Illinois student account.  In other words, you will need to make payment for these costs directly to the entity that bills you.  The cost items could include some of the following: costs billed directly to you by your program provider or host university, accommodation, meals, books & supplies, round-trip flight, local transport, passport, visa/supporting documents, immunizations, additional personal expenses.  Please note that you may need to pay for many of these charges in advance, while others may be due upon arrival.  If you are relying on financial aid or scholarships to pay for these items, you will need to use other sources of funds before your financial aid and/or scholarships are credited to your Illinois student account.

When you study abroad, you will continue to receive E-Bills from Illinois at the beginning of each month.  Payment procedures for study abroad charges on your Illinois student account are the same as when you study on campus.


Study Abroad Scholarships

There are campus-level study abroad scholarships that you can apply to when you apply to your study abroad program. Always check with your department advisor to see if you qualify for any department scholarships. Independent study abroad scholarships can also be found through private donors and organizations.

There are also outside scholarships you can explore including, but not limited to (1) the federally funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding and (2) The Fred S. Bailey International Service Travel Scholarship through the University YMCA.

ACES Arlys Conrad Study Abroad Scholarship

College of ACES students participating in any Univeristy of Illinois sponsored study abroad program are eligible for the ACES Arlys Conrad Study Abroad Scholarship.  The scholarship amount will depend on financial need and on the duration of the program. Guidelines:

  • $250 for a study tour (1-2 weeks)
  • $500 for a faculty led program that is longer than 2 weeks
  • $700 for a summer program or internship (4 weeks or longer)
  • $1,000 for a semester abroad
  • $2,000 for an academic year abroad

The application deadline for winter break and spring semester programs is September 15.  The application deadline for summer and fall semester programs is February 15. Applicants will be notified of the award decision via email. Arlys Conrad awardees usually cannot also receive any of the other ACES study abroad scholarships.

This scholarship also has requirements that must be fulfilled after it is rewarded.

Arlys Conrad Scholarship Application


AYRE International Research and Learning Fellowships

Through the generous support from the Robert and Barbara AYRE farm income, funding is now available to support graduate students travelling to a conference and undergraduate students to do research independent of an existing study abroad program. AYRE awardees usually cannot also receive any of the other ACES study abroad scholarships.

The amount awarded depends on the duration of the experience, but also on the actual cost of the planned experience as documented in the budget. As a guideline the amounts will be:

  • 2 to 4 weeks: $1,000
  • 4 to 8 weeks: $2,000
  • 8 to 12 weeks: $3,000
  • 1 semester or longer: $4,000

Financial support in the order of $300-500 for attending conferences abroad may also be requested but such proposals will be given lower priority than longer periods abroad.

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Financial Aid

The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. We encourage all students planning to study abroad consult with an advisor at the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA). For information on how financial aid works with a study abroad program visit the Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange website. For further questions about how your financial aid package works with study abroad email,