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Funding Your Experience: Tips and Tricks

By far the most common question students have about studying abroad is “How much will it cost?” or “How am I going to pay for it?” There’s no doubt that study away and/or abroad programs have a heavy price tag. However, below I’ll be sharing Ohio University’s specific tips and tricks so that you can get the most value out of your study-away experience.  

First and Second Year Students can Skip the Residence Halls!  

Ohio University requires that students stay in resident halls for the first two years, but there is  an exception for students who plan to study abroad. By studying abroad on a semester or yearlong program, you can get out of this requirement during your time abroad. This is an excellent option for students who just really don’t want to stay in the dorm rooms or who want to study abroad early, so they don’t have to worry about their apartment rent while they’re gone. Depending on the program, your accommodations could end up being cheaper and/or nicer than the dorms at Ohio University.

Out-of-State Students Eligible for In-State Tuition 

If you’re an out-of-state student, then I’ve got some good news for you! When you study abroad at Ohio University, you will be charged in-state tuition rate for whichever program you decide to attend. If you’re currently paying out-of-state tuition, this will decrease the price of your study abroad, making it cheaper than it would be to stay semesterly at Ohio University.  

Exchanges on Exchanges  

Ohio University’s Office of Global Opportunities partners with several universities across the globe to host student exchange programs. Exchange programs are an excellent option for students looking to live independently for a semester, but also interested in saving tuition money. One of our exchange partners is the University of Southern Denmark, which offers free tuition! They specialize in humanities courses, so this could be a perfect opportunity for arts & science students!

Winter and/or Spring Break 

Many students think of studying abroad as a semester or yearlong commitment, but our office offers plenty of short-term programs. These opportunities are ideal for students with tight schedules who cannot study an entire semester away. Short-term programs are significantly cheaper since expenses are short-term, consisting of food and accommodations. The best part of it all, is that the tuition is applied to your spring semester. Meaning, if your spring classes and desired program are less than 20 credit hours, you won’t have to worry about tuition when budgeting for your program!