This page is designed to give a general overview of the most common ways that students fund their study abroad experiences. Do not be dissuaded from studying abroad due to financial reasons: if you are worried about funding a study abroad program, please make an appointment with the Study Abroad Office to discuss your options in more detail.
Many students opt to use personal savings, or ask for financial support from parents. It's not a bad idea to ask grandparents or othe relatives for a few extra dollars! Many students will also use their 529 accounts to pay for study abroad. If you need proof of acceptance to access money in your 529 account, please contact the Study Abroad Office.
For semester programs*: Your regular semester financial aid can be used for your study abroad program. Your financial aid goes towards tuition first and program fees second; if any financial aid remains after the program fees have been paid, you will be issued a refund check.
For summer programs*: You must be taking at least six credit hours in the summer to be able to access your financial aid package. If the study abroad program you are applying for is less than six credit hours, you will need to take another course to make up the difference. You may register for courses at Geneseo, at a community college, online, etc., just as long as your are registered for a total of six credit hours for that summer. Summer financial aid will pull from your overall yearly package; any extra financial aid you may need will come in the form of alternative loans.
*Upon acceptance into a study abroad program, students who intend on paying with financial aid will need to make an appointment with the Financial Aid Office, to complete the blue Financial Aid for Study Abroad form. This form can be found on the Forms and Downloads page of our website. Students who are paying with financial aid may deviate from the payment installment plans as long as they inform the Study Abroad Office that they will be using financial aid.
For more detailed information on using your financial aid to study abroad, please visit the Financial Aid section of the Accepted Students webpage.
Many students opt to use private loans to pay for study abroad. If you need proof of acceptance to receive a private loan, please contact the Study Abroad Office. If you are using a private loan and need to deviate from the payment installment plan for the program, please inform the Study Abroad Office right away.
The Study Abroad Office offers a number of scholarships specifically for Geneseo students on Geneseo study abroad programs. Students must apply to be considered for scholarships; in addition to the application forms, scholarship applicants must include a written statement (addressing the prompt on the scholarship application form) and two academic letters of recommendation. We recommend that students submit their scholarship applications with their study abroad program application. Below is a concise list of scholarships available through SUNY Geneseo. For mroe detailed information about scholarships, or to download an application, please visit the Scholarships section of the Accepted Students webpage, or stop by the Study Abroad Office.
Geneseo Study Abroad Scholarships:
Scholarship Name Amount How Many Given Deadline Criteria Ambassador Apartments: Ambassador World Citizen $500.00 1 November 25 Awarded to one Spring Semester Study Abroad Program participant. Ellis Greenfield Memorial Scholarship $500.00 1 November 1 Awarded to one Humanities II in Oxford program participant. Geneseo Short-term Scholarship $500.00 1 April 15 Awarded to one summer study abroad program participant who demonstrates financial need. Geneseo Short-term Scholarship $500.00 1 November 1 Awarded to one intersession study abroad program participant who demonstrates financial need. Italian Studies Scholarship $500.00 1 per year April 15 Awarded to one summer study abroad program participant who is on a Geneseo sponsored program in Italy. Jo Kirk One World Scholarship $500.00 1 per semester November 15/April 15 Awarded to one spring and one fall program study abroad program participant who demonstrates financial need. Geneseo-Rhodes University Scholarship $1000.00 1 per year November 15/April 15 Awarded to one student who will be studying at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa for the semester. Siena Italian Studies €2000 1 per semester October 28/May 10 Awarded to a student participating in the Siena Italian Studies program for a semester. Geneseo-Sogang University Scholarship $500.00 1 per semester November 15/April 15 Awarded to one student studying at Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea for a semester or summer. Student Association Scholarship $1000.00 5 per year November 15/April 15 Awarded to a) one fall semester study abroad participant; b) one spring semester study abroad participant; and c) three summer study abroad participants. Geneseo Study Abroad World Scholarship $500.00 1 per semester November 15/April 15 Awarded to a student participating in a Geneseo fall or spring semester program outside of Western Europe, Australia, or New Zealand.
In addition to the Geneseo scholarships listed above, there are a number of scholarships and fellowships funded by outside sources that are available to study abroad students, such as Boren, Gilman, and Freeman-Asia awards. For more information on these scholarships please visit the Scholarships section of the Accepted Students webpage or stop by the Study Abroad Office.