All students must complete a Budget Worksheet for their individual program, as part of the application for studying abroad. This worksheet will indicate both to our office and to the Office of Financial Aid your estimated cost of attendance at the institution abroad. Cost of attendance is calculated based on tuition and fees, room and board, travel, personal expenses, and books and supplies. Keep in mind that living costs abroad may be more or less expensive than those while at Rice, so cost will vary based on type of academic program, destination, length of program and other factors.
Please fill out the Budget Worksheet to the best of your knowledge and submit it by the application deadline as part of your Rice Study Abroad application. Your study abroad advisor can assist you if you have questions while filling out the worksheet.
All Rice students who study abroad will be charged following fees will be charged a Student Activities Fee (for semester and academic year students only) and a Rice Enrollment Continuance Fee. These fees will be charged to the student's account by the Cashier's Office. For inquiries regarding student accounts, please contact the Cashier's Office. Rice Study Abroad does not charge an application fee.
Students studying via an exchange program at one of our partner institutions will pay Rice tuition just as they would if they were studying on campus, and will be billed accordingly. All other fees will be paid directly to the host institution.
Students studying on direct enrollment or third-party provider programs will pay the host university/program provider directly for tuition and all fees, and will not pay tuition, room and board to Rice. Please consult the specific program for fees and billing details.
If you qualify for financial aid (federal aid, grants, loans, scholarships, etc.) through Rice, your aid is transferrable to a Rice-approved study abroad program (semester or full academic year). For those currently receiving aid, the usual procedures for renewal of aid will be in effect. For students who wish to pursue aid, you must complete the financial aid process listed on the Office of Financial Aid website. The Budget Worksheet described above serves as the basis for determining your financial need for the term abroad. Award amounts will be adjusted according to the cost of attendance (COA) at the host university, but only up to the cost of Rice's COA. If the program’s COA is more than Rice’s COA, you will be responsible for covering additional expenses. If the program’s COA is less than Rice’s COA, the Office of Financial Aid will modify your need-based portion of your financial aid package to reflect your new financial needs.
Note that students are not able to participate in federal work study while abroad. Please consult with the Office of Financial Aid to learn how this may affect you.
All Rice financial aid will be disbursed through the Cashier’s Office. The Cashier’s Office will only disburse funds after Rice Study Abroad grants approval to participate in a Rice-approved study abroad program for credit. The funds will be directly deposited to an account through the bill payment suite on Esther. Please be aware you are responsible for paying program fees directly to your provider by the required due date.
Note that financial aid will not disburse funds until one week prior to the start of the Rice semester. Most programs are flexible if payment deadlines fall before the disbursement date, but you must inform your program provider of your situation and when the funds will be available. Please provide the Office of Financial Aid ample time to complete any forms requested by your study abroad program.
If you have previously received financial aid at Rice, you can apply for loans to fund summer study abroad experiences through the Office of Financial Aid on their website here. Students must be registered for a minimum of 6 credit hours for the summer term. Please keep in mind that funds are extremely limited. Students should consult with the Office of Financial Aid to confirm remaining loan amounts/eligibility. Students may apply for limited summer financial aid by submitting a Summer Financial Aid Request Form to the Office of Financial Aid. The application deadline to be considered for summer financial aid is typically mid-May.
If a student withdraws from a program at any time, this withdrawal must be communicated to both Rice Study Abroad and the Office of Financial Aid so adjustments to the accounts may be made. Students are then required to resubmit a new budget to the Office of Financial Aid to maintain accurate records.
Students receiving outside scholarships should check with donors regarding continued eligibility while studying abroad. Students receiving study abroad grants/scholarships must declare their awards to the Office of Financial Aid to determine if those awards will affect their other financial assistance. Please consult with the Office of Financial Aid directly for individual financial advising.
The search for scholarships to help support your experience abroad will require some time, effort and attention. If you are going to apply for scholarships, plan ahead and apply early, giving careful consideration to the quality of your application.
Listed below are the Rice scholarships and eligibility requirements as well as a sampling of outside resources to begin your scholarship research.
Rice Study Abroad offers a limited number of internal scholarships ranging from $500-$1500. All approved study abroad students are considered for this award via their Rice Study Abroad application, under the following eligibility criteria:
In addition, the Center for Civic Leadership coordinates the Abraham-Broad Exchange Program Award, which supports a one-year exchange between students at Rice University and Trinity College, University of Cambridge. Please contact the CCL for more information.
IIE manages undergraduate and graduate level scholarships at accredited academic institutions throughout the world. IIE implements many of the world’s most prestigious scholarship programs (i.e. Fulbright) and manages global scholarships through a network of domestic and international offices.
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their education. Boren awards focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security and are typically under-represented in study abroad. Geographical regions include Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East; the countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are excluded.
Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) provides scholarships and is designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are studying overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.
Visit the IIE website for more information about these awards and other scholarship programs administered by IIE.
Students accepted or pending acceptance to many Rice approved direct enrollment or affiliate third-party provider programs can apply directly to the institution or organization for additional funding. Providers that may offer aid include:
Rice direct enroll universities often also have scholarship opportunities available to qualified students who have been accepted or are pending acceptance. Research and consult with host universities to learn more about scholarship opportunities.
The following links may also be helpful in your search for additional funding for your study abroad experience. Keep in mind these are not Rice University-sponsored awards. Many of these scholarships require your time for outreach or marketing of a company or organization (i.e. blogging while abroad, giving presentations on return, etc.).
BUTEX Scholarship awards a number of scholarships each year to students studying abroad at a university in the UK for either a semester or full academic year.
Cultural Vistas is a non-profit organization that offers funding for internship and study opportunities in Germany and select other countries.
DAAD-German Academic Exchange Service invites highly qualified undergraduate students to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in German.
Diversity Abroad scholarships encourage study abroad for economically disadvantaged students, African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino, Multiracial/ethnic or Native-American undergraduate students, as well as students who study in non-traditional locations (outside western Europe & Australia). Students must participate in a study abroad program offered by a Diversity Abroad.com partner organization (i.e. CIEE, DIS, IES, NYU & SIT programs).
The Foundation for Global Scholars provides scholarships three times per year to U.S. citizens studying abroad.
Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) awards $5,000 scholarships for study abroad. Applicants plan to study abroad for a minimum of 4 weeks in a foreign country. Applicants should be committed to supporting education abroad in their campus communities upon return through work with the FEA and the campus education abroad staff.
Go Overseas scholarships are available to students currently enrolled in, or in the process of applying to, study abroad programs.
The U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation's Bridging Scholarships offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in Japan.
The British American Foundation of Texas offers aid to study abroad for economically disadvantaged students in the UK for the fall semester. Students must be residents of Texas to be eligible.
Tortuga Backpacks awards $1,000 scholarships for study abroad. Applicants must have applied to or been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit.
Note: Students should never have to pay a fee to apply for a scholarship. Be alert for scholarships that sound "too good to be true". Your Study Abroad Advisor can assist you in assessing the authenticity of outside awards.