Planning Ahead

Begin your financial planning when you start researching various programs abroad—EARLY. Remember that program costs may list only part of your expenses; you may have additional travel costs or other expenses you may not normally have in the U.S.A.

A good place to start is to calculate all of your current on-campus costs, starting with your Purchase College Cost of Attendance. Think about your Purchase annual budget: add up your rent, meals, tuition and fees, travel expenses, entertainment, trips to the city, books, supplies, etc. Use this calculation as a baseline for comparison of costs abroad and begin to fill out a Study Abroad Budget Template.

Important things to remember about program costs and study abroad:

  • Tuition and fees for study abroad vary from what you pay at Purchase College
  • Prices are influenced by local economies, type of program, location, length, cost of living, excursions, and more
  • Exchange programs and SUNY Study Abroad Programs tend to be more affordable than other options
  • Nearly all programs cost more than a semester at Purchase College when calculating total cost

Purchase Scholarships

Purchase College offers two scholarships for Purchase students; the International Study Assistance Scholarship and the Study Abroad Fall Scholarship. Both scholarship awardees are required to complete (2) volunteer opportunities with the Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS) before they graduate.  Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Writing a letter of thanks to the donors who fund the Study Assistance Scholarship
  • Attending Study Abroad 101, the Fall Study Abroad Fair, or the Spring Study Abroad Fair to share your overseas experience
  • Blogging about your experience (2 post per month) on the OIPS website while abroad
International Study Assistance Scholarship (ISAS)
  • Need-based scholarship 
  • Awards range from as little as $200 to as much as $2,000 for eligible students
  • Term(s) Available: Winter & Summer Purchase Faculty-Led Programs Only
  • Submit your complete application (form, written statement and budget worksheet) to OIPS staff in the Student Services Building, 2nd floor, cubicle 216-F.
Purchase Exchange Program Scholarship (PEPS)
  • Merit Based
  • Potential Award: $1,500
  • Term(s) Available: Fall and Spring
  • Submit your complete application to OIPS staff  in the Student Services Building, 2 floor, cubicle 216-F. 

SUNY Scholarship

NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE: Please check back periodically to see whether the scholarship has been reinstated. For SUNY undergraduates participating in a SUNY sponsored study abroad program (summer, fall, winter, summer and academic year). 

Diversity Abroad Honors Scholarship Program (DAHSP)

DAHSP supports students from a broad range of backgrounds who might not otherwise be able to study abroad. There is an on-campus review committee that nominates one student from Purchase, to receive the award from SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Application and submission instructions are detailed on the cover letter of the application form, which includes a reference form (attached in application)

  • Eligibility Requirement: 3.25 GPA
  • Potential Award: Up to $2,000
  • Term(s) Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

 External Scholarships & Grants

Gilman Scholarship

Supports Pell grant recipients for non-traditional study abroad destinations (especially those outside Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand). 

  • Eligibility Requirement: Pell Grant recipients
  • Potential Award: Up to $5,000
  • Term(s) Available: fall, winter, spring, summer
NSEP David L. Boren Scholarship

For undergraduates who are planning to study under-represented languages or other disciplines deemed critical to U.S. security. Students are encouraged to study two or more semesters with this scholarship. These scholarships have a service requirement upon graduation.

  • Eligibility Requirement: A U.S. citizen at the time of application, select a program that meets home institution standards
  • Service Requirement: commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation
  • Potential Award: Up to $20,000
  • Term(s) Available: Summer (STEM only), Fall, Spring, Academic-Year 
Fulbright Scholar Program

For scholarly work and teaching assistantships abroad; open for U.S. students and recent graduates.

Fund for Education Abroad: The Jane Gluckmann and Carol Rausch “Go Global” Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to one student each year planning to study abroad in the countries and regions listed below.  The scholarship is established in memory of mothers, Jane Gluckmann and Carol Rausch, whom had an enthusiasm for travel and passion for other cultures. Students who are curious about the world, and seeking their own educational adventures are encouraged to apply. 

  • Mexico
  • Central America 
  • South America
  • France
  • Germany

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Region Specific

East and Southeast Asia
Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe 
New Zealand 
Language Study

Crowd Funding Resources

Financial Aid

If you currently receive financial aid, you may be able to apply this award to Purchase, other SUNY schools, and approved provider programs. It is important to discuss with Student Financial Services how your individual award can be used to fund study abroad opportunities and how it may affect your financial aid needs to pay for subsequent semesters.

While overseas programs during the Winter and Summer semesters that are less than 6 credits tend to be lower in cost, they do not meet the minimum number of credits to apply for financial aid. Students must have a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file in order to be eligible for Financial Aid.

 Payment Instructions - Purchase Faculty-Led & Exchange Programs

 Students should familiarize themselves with their Faculty-Led Program’s Cost Sheet and Payment Breakdown sheet. These can be found on the Program Pages.

Faculty-Led Cost Sheets are broken down into three sections:

• Cost paid to Purchase College
• Cost paid directly to a travel agent for airfare (Total Tours)
• Estimated additional expenses

Deposit Instructions

• Students must make two separate deposits: 1. $200 with Purchase College to confirm their enrollment directly to OIPS by 5pm on the deadline date and 2. the deposit cost to the travel agent to reserve a seat on the flight.
• To deposit with the travel agent, students need to first register for the flight on the travel agent’s website. This will trigger the travel agent to contact the student via email with payment instructions.
• To deposit with Purchase College, students must submit a personal check or Credit Card Authorization form directly to OIPS. Once deposit deadline is reached, this payment will be charged. If for any reason the program does not meet the minimum number of participants to run, this deposit will be returned or, if instructed, destroyed.
• These payments must be made by the deadline outlined on the Payment Breakdown sheet.
• These payments must be made up-front; meaning that even if a student is eligible for financial aid/scholarships, these payments cannot wait to be paid when aid/scholarships are disbursed (often while students are on program, or even after they return). If you have aid that will cover your total program cost, plus deposit/flight costs, you will receive a refund check from Student Finical Services (SFS) to essentially “pay yourself back.” Approved aid/scholarship is NOT directly disbursed to the travel agent, and cannot be used to make the Purchase College $200 deposit.

Payment Instructions

Payments to both Purchase College and the travel agent (for airfare) are broken down into multiple payments. These amounts and deadline dates are listed on the Payment Breakdown sheet.

Cost paid directly to a travel agent for airfare must be made up-front and are due on the date listed on the Payment Breakdown sheet. While students can inquire with Student Financial Services about their financial aid options, approved aid is NOT directly disbursed to the travel agent.

Students are responsible for paying ‘out-of-pocket’ cost to Purchase College. If students are not using approved financial aid/scholarships, then this cost is what is listed on the cost sheet. For students using approved financial aid/scholarships, to determine this ‘out-of-pocket’ cost:

• They should review the program cost sheet
• Speak with SFS about their aid options and understand what their approved aid/scholarships will be. Please note, some scholarships decisions may not be made until after deadline dates, and this is not consider “approved aid” at time of payment.
• Students should then deduct approved aid from the program cost sheet (and specifically what is due to Purchase College) for this ‘out-of-pocket’ cost. Students can use the Study Abroad Budget Template to assist with this.
• Please note, a student’s e-bills in MyHeliotrope may reflect the total Purchase program cost while different types of aid (federal, state, scholarship) disbursements ‘come-in’ at different points in time.

Once a student has determined what their ‘out-of-pocket’ cost is, this is due to Purchase College according to the payment schedule outlined on the Payment Breakdown sheet.

Payment Instructions - Other SUNY Programs


Payment Instructions - SUNY Community College Programs


Payment Instructions - Non-SUNY Programs


Withdrawing & OIPS Refund Policy

Payment, withdrawal and refund terms are not subject to regular semester/term policies and procedures. More often than not, study abroad programs require vendor payments well in advance of program start. Because of this, OIPS has a strict refund policy after the deposit deadline. The $200 program deposit is non-refundable and signifies your financial commitment to the program.

After a student has deposited, OIPS requires timely written notification (dropped off in-person or emailed to the OIPS Dean for Global Strategy and International Programs) to withdraw. After deposit, full program fees will be assessed if a student withdraws because Purchase College will still be required to pay vendors on your behalf. Once program has begun, tuition, college fees and, in some cases, health insurance are non-refundable.

Payments made directly by students to vendors (airfare) are subject to that vendor’s refund policies. Any program fees and tuition listed on the final cost sheet assessed to your account, pursuant to this refund policy, will be subject to the Student Financial Services holds policy.

Students are highly encouraged to purchase their own individual trip insurance to cover unforeseen events that would prevent a student from participating in the program (such as student/immediate family members sudden health issues or change in financial situations; please consult with the insurer you have chosen regarding coverage). If for any reason OIPS cancels a program, a full refund will be awarded or credited to another eligible program within the same term if so chosen by the student. Any questions or concerns should be addressed to the OIPS Dean for Global Strategy and International Programs.

What Will Be Refunded

From the time of deposit until just prior to trip departure: With written notification, tuition, college fee, transcript fee and health insurance fee will be refunded (program fee, including room & board will not be refunded).

After trip departure: With written notification, in some instances, health insurance will be refunded (tuition, program fee including room & board, college fee, and transcript fee will not be refunded).