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

Scholarships & Grants

Purchase  College 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
  • Need-based scholarship 
  • Awards range from as little at $200 to as much as $2,000 for eligible students
  • Term(s) Available: Winter & Spring Purchase Faculty-Led Programs Only
  • Submit your complete application (form and written statement) to OIPS staff in the Student Services Building, 2nd floor, cubicle 216-F.
Purchase College Overseas Study Fall Scholarship
  • Merit Based
  • Potential Award: $1,500
  • Term(s) Available: Fall Only
  • Submit your complete application (form and written statement) to OIPS staff in the Student Services Building, 2nd floor, cubicle 216-F. 

SUNY Scholarship

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. Submission instructions are detailed on the cover letter of the application form.

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

External Scholarships (Not offered though Purchase or SUNY)

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. These scholarships have a service requirement upon graduation.

  • Eligibility Requirement:
  • Potential Award: Up to $20,000
  • Term(s) Available:
Fulbright Scholar Program

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

Search Engines

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.

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 Director) 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 Director.

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 will not be refunded).

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