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Study Abroad

Costs, Scholarships & Financial Aid

The cost of studying abroad varies greatly by destination and the duration of your stay. Consider cost are you are choosing a program, and make sure to consult the UNO Study Abroad fee schedule at right.

There are several ways to offset the costs of studying abroad, making it an affordable opportunity for most students. Check here frequently for new scholarship programs and other opportunities.

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Please consult the following table for fees charged by UNO's Study Abroad office. These fees support the development of Study Abroad opportunties and support for students as they prepare to travel, study overseas, and return home.

Type Summer Semester Year
Exchange* $200 $300 $350
Third party $150 $150 $300
Direct enrollment $50 $100 $150
Faculty-led trips $175 $300 na

*For ISEP programs, this fee is included in the total program cost.


Scholarships are competitive so applicants need to do their best in completing forms and writing essays. Follow these tips:

Be thorough: Read the application thoroughly before you begin responding to the questions. This will give you a chance to come up with ideas for each section and to make a plan for addressing all of the application criteria.

Be neat: Write a rough draft before submitting your scholarship. Grammar, spelling, and overall appearance are important. Whenever possible, type your answers even if it means attaching your responses on separate pieces of paper. A tidy, well organized application will please the reviewers.

Focus: Stay focused on the topic of each question. Rambling or straying into other topics will distract the reviewers and give them a negative impression.

Shine: The application is the only way the reviewers have to learn about you. This is your time to shine. See this as your opportunity to show the committee who you really are and what you value most. Tell them how your values align with the specific criteria they have asked for.

Give it your all: The form should be filled out completely. References to "see resume or statement of purpose" will not be accepted as complete. The application should look like you gave it a lot of effort.

Be thoughtful: Unless instructed otherwise, do not feel limited to the space provided on the application form. If you run out of space, include more information on a separate piece of paper. But don't stray off topic. An effective response will answer the question fully and succinctly.

Financial aid

UNO students may use Federal Student Aid for studying abroad on both UNO and other approved programs. Please visit UNO's Office of Financial Aid, located in Eppley Administration Building Room 103, after selecting a Study Abroad program. Students should prepare a tentative budget to share with the financial aid counselor. Incoming freshman and graduating high school seniors: Make sure you have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

UNO scholarships

You can inquire about these scholarship opportunities in the Study Abroad office, Arts & Sciences Hall Room 220B. Soon, these scholarship programs and others will be available through your Study Abroad Profile.

Delta Phi Alpha German Scholarship: For students pursuing either a major or minor in German and interested in studying in Germany.

FUSE Grants: The Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experiences (FUSE) grants of up to $2,500 support faculty-mentored undergraduate research and creative activity. Learn more about FUSE Grants.

Nene Field Ambassador: The Nene Field Ambassador program gives outstanding UNO students the opportunity to study abroad each summer. Students are chosen for outstanding academic achievement, leadership skills, community and campus engagement, and intercultural sensitivity. Past recipients have studied in the Netherlands, Estonia, South Korea, Vietnam, and Cameroon.

Semester in Norway: UNO's College of Information Science & Technology offers scholarships of up to $2,000 for semester-long studies at the University of Agder. Read more on IS&T's Study Abroad page.

University of Nebraska Summer Abroad: The office of NU President James B. Milliken and the University of Nebraska Foundation will sponsor a study trip to India in the summer of 2014. Each trip will take an interdisciplinary approach to critical issues in that country. Check out the India flier for more information.

Other scholarship opportunities

Many private organizations and governments offer scholarships and fellowships to U.S. students for studying abroad. Many UNO students have has success in applying for the following opportunities. Also, browse scholarship opportunities by destination at the Scholarship Times.

American-Scandanavian Foundation Grants: The Foundation offers fellowships and grants to U.S. students who pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree prior to departure. ASF Fellowships and Grants

Atlantis Project: Information Science & Technology students and Business Administration students can receive $5,000 for studying Global IT Project Management in Germany and Austria. The Atlantis Project

Blakemore Foundation Language Grants for Asian Languages: Supports the study of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer, and Burmese. Blakemore Foundation

Boren Awards: The Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. Work with Your Study Abroad Advisor to have draft application materials ready by Jan. 14. The Boren Awards

Critical Language Scholarship: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) support intensive summer language institutes overseas in thirteen critically needed foreign languages. CLS: Critical Language Scholarship Program

DAAD German Academic Exchange Service: This agency supports study and research in Germany by U.S. and other international students. Study and research in Germany

Darmasiswa Indonesian Scholarship Program: The Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, in cooperation with The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, is offering this non-degree scholarship program to study Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia), arts, music, and crafts in one of 45 different universities in Indonesia. Both a one-year program and a six month program are offered. Darmasiswa Indonesian Scholarship Program

Freeman-Asia Foundation Grants: The Institute of International Education (IIE) offers grant opportunities through the Freeman-Asia Foundation. Undergraduate students who chose to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia could be awarded up to $3,000 for a summer program, $5,000 for a semester-long program, or $7,000 for a full-year program. Freeman-Asia Foundation Grants from IIE

Fulbright Grants: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright grants and fellowships support many different study and service opportunities overseas for students who have completed a bachelor's degree. Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Gilman Scholarships: The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Work with Your Study Abroad Advisor to have draft application materials ready by Sept. 26. Read more about the Gilman Scholarship Program

JET: Japan Exchange and Teaching Program: Sponsored by the Japanese government, JET recruits students to come to Japan and contribute to local internationalisation and experience the Japanese way of life. Participants are appointed by local governments in Japan to be either Assistant Language Teachers, who provide language instruction in elementary, junior, and senior high schools; Coordinators for International Relations, who work in communities on international exchange activities; or Sports Exchange Advisors, who promote international exchange through sports. JET Programme

Killam Fellowships Program: The Killam Fellowships Program is an opportunity for Americans to spend either one semester or a full academic year studying at a university in Canada. The award carries a value of $5,000 per semester, and includes a health coverage allowance. Added benefits include two enrichment seminars held in Ottawa, ON and Washington, DC. There is also an opportunity to apply for our Cultural Awareness Program which provides funding to travel within Canada for an additional cultural experience. The application deadline is February 2, 2015. Killam Fellowships Program

Monbukagakusho Scholarship: UNO students interested in spending the academic year at UNO's sister university in Japan, Shizuoka University, may apply for the MEXT Scholarship or exchange program. Selected students will study Japanese language and culture at UNO's sister university in Shizuoka, Japan. Consulate General of Japan

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships: This scholarship program promotes international understanding and friendly relations among people of different parts of the world. The scholarships sponsor undergraduate and graduate students, as well as qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. The Rotary Foundation

Taiwan-U.S. Sister Relations Alliance: This organization offers students the opportunity to study Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese culture in Taiwan during the summer of 2012. A full scholarship is provided by the Ministry of education in Taiwan. The scholarship covers tuition, dormitory fees, excursions and incident insurance. Students study at the National Pingtung University of Education. This Mandarin Chinese immersion program emphasizes speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Taiwan-U.S. Sister Relations Alliance