Financials and Scholarships

Understanding the costs

Understanding all the costs associated with studying abroad can help you calculate the price of your ideal study abroad experience. Each of the programs offered through the ACES Study Abroad Office and the University of Illinois have budget sheets associated with their program application to help you estimate overall costs. Don't forget to figure in any additional expenses that may add to your overall study abroad budget. 

Your costs fall into two categories: those billed by the University of Illinois to your Student Account ("billable costs") and those paid by you directly at the point of purchase ("non-billable costs").Student inside phone booth

Billable costs are billed to your University of Illinois student account and may include: study abroad application fee, ACES Study Abroad administrative fee, tuition, and applicable fees, International Insurance and Safety Fee. For complete details, refer to the budget sheet for the program you are interested in.

Non-billable costs require payment directly to the entity that bills you. The cost items may include: program provider or host university fees, accommodation, meals, books and supplies, round-trip flight, local transport, passport, visa/supporting documents, immunizations, and additional personal expenses.  Please note you may need to pay for many of these charges in advance, while others may be due upon arrival. 

When you study abroad, you will continue to receive E-Bills from Illinois at the beginning of each month. Payment procedures for study abroad charges on your Illinois student account are the same as when you study on campus.

Study abroad scholarships

ACES Arlys Conrad Study Abroad Scholarship

College of ACES students participating in any University of Illinois sponsored study abroad program are eligible for the ACES Arlys Conrad Study Abroad Scholarship. The scholarship amount will depend on the duration of the program. Below are sample guidelines, but the final amounts vary based on the applicant pool and available funding each term. 

  • $250 for a study tour (one to two weeks)
  • $500 for a faculty led program (two weeks or longer)
  • $700 for a summer program or internship (four weeks or longer)
  • $1,000 for a semester abroad
  • $2,000 for an academic year abroad

The application deadline for winter break and spring semester programs is September 15. The application deadline for summer and fall semester programs is February 15. 

This scholarship also has specific requirements that must be fulfilled after it is rewarded. 

Arlys Conrad Scholarship Application

Campus scholarships

You can apply for campus-level study abroad scholarships. Be sure to check with your academic advisor to see if you qualify for any department scholarships.

Additional scholarships

You also can explore outside scholarships, which are not limited to:

  1. The federally funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding and
  2. The Fred S. Bailey International Service Travel Scholarship through the University YMCA.
  3. You also can find independent study abroad scholarships through private donors and organizations.

Financial aid

The amount of financial aid applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. We encourage all students planning to study abroad to consult with an advisor at the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA). For further questions about how your financial aid package works with study abroad, please email