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The cost of study abroad can vary widely in cost and options. Programs can range anywhere from $2,000 to $40,000 depending on the program. Students should note that because they are still enrolled as full-time students at UCM, FAFSA may apply for semester and academic year study abroad programs. Additionally, any scholarships without criteria that students need to be attending classes on UCM's campus will apply as well. To view detailed costs of each specific program, please visit our program search site.

For some programs, the cost of studying abroad for a semester or academic year is actually less expensive than a semester or academic year at UCM. The estimated cost of a full-time student attending UCM and living in Warrensburg per semester is between $9,000 and $10,000. There are generally three main factors that influence the cost of a study abroad experience:

1. Program Inclusions

Generally, the more services and opportunities provided by the program or provider, the higher the cost of a program. For example, if a program includes the cost of housing, insurance, and excursions, then the program will generally be more expensive than a program that does not include the same amenities. All study abroad students should expect to budget for the following things for all programs, even if they are not included in the up-front program cost:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Insurance
  • Airfare
  • Passport/Visa needs
  • Meals
  • Travel money

2. Program Duration

In most cases, shorter programs are lower in cost. As the program length increase, the cost of the program will generally increase as well.

3. Location

Current exchange rates and large,high cost cities have a big impact on the cost of studying abroad. In general, larger cities in countries where the local currency is much stronger than the U.S. dollar are more expensive.

UCM Study Abroad Grants

UCM students may be eligible to receive financial support through the Center for Global Education to fund an approved study abroad program in the form of two available grants:

International Study Grant

  • Available to any UCM student on a program approved by the Center for Global Education
  • Amount determined year-to-year and subject to availability
  • No application process necessary
  • Students must be receiving academic credit in order to receive this grant

Other Available Grants

In addition to grants made available through the Center for Global Education, students can receive grants through other departments on campus.

Honors College Study Abroad Travel Grant

  • Up to $1,000 travel reimbursement after completion of program
  • Available only to members of the Honors College
  • Intended to help offset the cost of transportation to and from the host country
  • Travel grant can only be used once
  • Students should check with their academic departments for other grant opportunities


    UCM students have many avenues for study abroad scholarships. When applying for scholarships students should understand the scholarship requirements.

    Study Abroad scholarships vary often based on:

    • Area of study
    • GPA
    • Location
    • Duration

    UCM Scholarships

    UCM Foundation Scholarships

    • Funded by friends, family, and alumni of UCM
    • Vary in criteria
    • Visit the MoCents website and search "Study Abroad" to see applicable scholarships and qualifications

    Generation Study Abroad Scholarship

    • Scholarship in partnership with the Institute for International Education
    • Twelve scholarships of $2500 available each academic year
    • Must meet one of the following qualifications:
      • Pell Grant Eligible,
      • First Generation college student,
      • member of an underepresented racial/ethnic group in higher education
    • Click here for more information or Apply Now!

    External Scholarships

    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

    • Available only to Federal Pell Grant Recipients
    • Award amounts vary depending of length of study and student need
    • Emphasis is placed on non-traditional study and intern abroad destinations outside of Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand
    • Visit the Gilman Scholarship Program website for more information

    Boren Awards for International Study

    • Provides funding for undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world critical to U.S. interests
    • Students studying languages in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East are encouraged to apply
    • See the Boren Awards website for more information

    Bridging Scholarship

    • Offers scholarships to American undergraduates to study in Japan
    • Available only to U.S. citizens
    • Summer study programs are not eligible
    • Visit the Bridging Scholarships website for more information

    BUTEX Scholarship

    • For study abroad students studying in the UK
    • Students must be placed at an eligible UK institution for a minimum of one semester
    • See the BUTEX website for more information

    DAAD German Academic Exchange

    • Supporting several types of study and research in Germany
    • Interested students should visit the DAAD website for more information

    Fulbright Scholar Program

    Phi Kappa Phi

    • Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher are eligible to apply
    • Only available for accredited study abroad programs
    • See the Phi Kappa Phi website for more information

    Annette Kade Scholarship

    • For ISEP students studying German and French in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and French Antilles
    • Available for 2016 Fall and Spring Semesters
    • See the Anette Kade Scholarship Page for more information

    Sabe (San Andrés Building Excellence) Scholarship

    • Study Abroad at the Universidad de San Andres in Buenos Ares, Argentina in Latin American studies
    • Partial and complete tuition ($8000) will be awarded based on need and merit.
    • Fall and Spring Semester Options
    • For more information on the program and scholarship. please visit their website.

    Other Scholarships

    *only for students studying on an ISA program

    Financial Aid

    Students may be eligible to receive financial aid on approved UCM study abroad programs. Students must be aware of the following criteria for financial aid while abroad:

    • Students must maintain full-time enrollment while abroad
    • Failure to maintain full-time enrollment may jeopardize continued eligibility to receive financial aid
    • Full-time enrollment is defined as the equivalent to at least 12 UCM credits for fall and spring semesters

    Students receiving financial or who are interested in receiving financial aid for study abroad should follow these steps:

    1. Download the current version of Request to Receive Financial Aid for International Study form the UCM Student Financial Services website.
    2. Make an appointment with your study abroad advisor to discuss the costs associated with your study abroad program.
    3. Have your Request to Receive Financial Aid for International Study form signed by the study abroad coordinator.
    4. Make an appointment with Student Financial Services to discuss your study abroad financial aid needs.

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    Apply now for the Generation Study Abroad Scholarship, click here to learn more!

    Application priority deadlines:

    Summer 2019 programs: February 20th
    Fall 2019 programs:February 20th

    Spring 2019 programs: September 20th




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