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Study Abroad

CSULB offers numerous opportunities for study abroad through programs at universities throughout the world. For more information on the programs available, visit the Study Abroad web site or drop by the Center for International Education in Foundation Building Suite 230 to pick up pamphlets and brochures about the various programs.

Money Matters. Do not rule out studying abroad because of cost. Many programs charge the same tuition and fees as CSULB. There are additional costs, of course, associated with studying abroad with any of the programs. Carefully read through the program material and assess what personal resources you may be able to draw upon for a study abroad semester or year. We recommend you see a Financial Aid Counselor (via Join the Queue) the semester before studying abroad.

Scholarships for Study Abroad

A number of scholarship opportunities exist for students wishing to Study Abroad, including opportunities from CSULB as well as other outside organizations.

The following sources have information on the variety of scholarship options available:

Scholarship Opportunity for Pell Grant Eligible Students:
The Gilman Scholarship Program is an undergraduate grant program for U.S. citizens of limited financial means to enable them to study abroad, thereby internationalizing their outlook and better preparing them to thrive in the global economy.  The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Financial Aid & Study Abroad

Financial aid may be applied to the costs of study abroad programs associated with CSULB through the Study Abroad Office. Students who previously have not applied for financial aid may consider applying in order to be eligible for federal student loans to help cover the costs for Study Abroad.
 

Financial Aid Availability for Study Abroad

Type of Aid

CSU System
(IP Programs)

Direct Exchange

London / Florence Semester

Independent Programs

Federal Pell Grant

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cal Grant Fee Awards

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Cal Grant Stipend

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

State University Grant

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Middle Class Scholarship

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Federal SEOG

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

EOP Grant

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Federal Work-Study

No

No

No

No

Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loans

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Direct PLUS Loans

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Private Loans

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Scholarships*

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

* Subject to individual scholarship criteria

Application Process

  1. Follow all standard steps for applying for Financial Aid (submitting the FAFSA  or DREAM Application).
  2. Award offers will be made starting in late June for the following academic year. Initial awards will be based on CSULB costs.
  3. After you have been accepted into a study abroad program, you may have your cost of attendance (COA) adjusted. Cost of attendance adjustments may increase your eligibility for additional loan funds.
  4. Meet with a representative from the CSULB Study Abroad Office and complete the appropriate Study Abroad Financial Aid Form
  5. Meet with a Financial Aid Counselor to go over the impact on your financial aid as well as when aid will be released

How Financial Aid is Released – Study Abroad

Financial aid is typically released 10 days prior to the start of the CSULB semester.  If your Study Abroad program begins on – or before – the CSULB semester start date, your funds will be released to Student Financial Services on the date reflected in MyCSULB.

Many Study Abroad programs begin after the semester start date for CSULB.  In these instances, your financial aid will be released to Student Financial Services on the actual first day of classes for your program

Arrange for direct deposit of your financial aid refund to your checking account. Be sure to enroll in e-Refund through your Student Center by clicking on "Enroll in e-Refund" under the Finances section.  This will minimize delays in your receipt of your funds while studying abroad.