Finances for Study Abroad

Learn How You Can Afford to Study Abroad!


Explanation of the Costs

JBU attempts to keep costs of our study abroad programs as affordable for students as possible. In general, semester-long programs are comparable in price to a semester of tuition, room and board at JBU. For a few programs—notably CCCU’s Oxford semester—the cost is somewhat higher than JBU’s cost. Occasionally, the costs are lower than studying a semester at JBU—for example, the Living and Learning in Quito, Ecuador program.

Although each program is different and you will want to check on the program page for specific details, the price of the program typically covers the following costs:

  • Tuition, room & board
    • Please note that many CCCU programs do not provide full board (meals)
  • Selected excursions
    • Please note that additional traveling is not covered by the program cost

The following costs are not provided by the program:

  • Passport and visas
  • Immunizations
  • Health and travel insurance (Note: JBU student health insurance is annual, providing coverage from August to August)
  • Holidays and personal expenditures

Textbooks and airfare may or may not be covered, depending on the program.


You will be billed for the cost of the program through the John Brown University Cashier’s Office and pay through your Student Account page on Eaglenet. If applicable, your financial aid will be applied to the bill. Upon acceptance, each program will charge your student account an administrative fee. For missions trips and summer programs, upon acceptance, you will be billed a non-refundable $130 administrative fee. Most semester-long study abroad programs have a $200 non-refundable administrative fee. The only exception is the Ireland Semester, which has a $400 fee that includes both the administrative fee and the cost of book rentals. Please note that all semester programs must be paid in full by August 5 for Fall and January 5 for Spring, with the exception of the Irish Studies Semester, where students can enroll in a monthly payment plan by August 5 or January 5. For specific payment plans and procedures, please see individual program applications found on this page.

For Questions About:

Making a payment:        University Cashier,, Cashier Window in Chapman Lobby, 479.524.7120

Amounts billed:              Student Financial Services,, Offices #34 and #36 in Chapman, 479.524.7398

Financial Aid:                  Financial Aid Advisor for Study Abroad,, 479-524-7427


If for any reason you need to drop out of a semester program before your departure, please let us know as soon as possible. Funds will be refunded as possible up to the prior month's payment. You may be charged a cancellation fee. Please note that there is no refund for mission trips.

Other Costs: Personal Spending & Travel Expenses

Although the basic cost of study abroad programs is similar to costs at JBU, the additional costs—personal spending money and travel expenses—will probably be quite different than what you have budgeted for living at JBU. Two factors influence the amount you will need to budget for these additional costs: your own spending habits and the cost of the host country.

Items generally included in additional costs are souvenirs, gifts for family and friends, purchases, eating out, and independent travel on weekends and breaks. If you are interested in traveling to other countries during fall or spring break, you will need to budget for airfare or transportation accordingly.

As a general guideline, returning students and staff suggest a budget of double what you spend on-campus. Additionally, remember that the cost of extra meals and travel in Europe is higher than the cost in South America or Africa. If you are on a restricted budget, you may be able to spend considerably less, as long as you restrict your souvenir purchases and independent travel plans.

Individual Program Costs

Please note that the following costs are provided as guidelines and are subject to change.

JBU Summer Programs

  • $5,000-$6,000

Semester Programs

  • Ireland Semester
    • JBU semester costs, plus $400 admin/book rental, and flight to & from Ireland
  • Belize Creation Care
    • JBU semester costs, plus travel expenses
  • Ecuador: Living and Learning
    • About $9,000
  • Lithuania Christian College
    • JBU semester costs, plus travel expenses
  • Seville Semester
    • About $16,000

CCCU Programs

  • Domestic Programs
    • $15,000-$17,000
    • Note that many CCCU programs require additional funds for food and local transportation
  • International Programs
    • $13,000-$18,000
    • Note that many CCCU programs require additional funds for food and local transportation

Graduate Programs

  • Check with the International Office; approximately $6,000-$7,500

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JBU Financial Aid

The amount of JBU’s institutional financial aid applicable to study abroad programs varies from the full amount (100%) of JBU financial aid to none for summer programs. Outside aid such as Pell Grants, loans, and outside scholarships apply to all programs. Only JBU's institutional scholarships are reduced. Check the list below to see how much financial aid is applicable to the program you are interested in. Any student wanting financial aid must apply by February 1st for the Fall semester or October 1st for the Spring semester to receive aid.

Note on Workstudy: Workstudy and outside employment positions are not available to students studying internationally. Students travel abroad under student visas, which explicitly prohibit students from seeking employment or earning money while in the country. The only exception to this policy is the Ireland semester, in which limited workstudy positions are available. For students studying domestically, outside employment may be possible, depending on each student’s situation and qualifications.

Please note that the following amounts are provided as guidelines and are subject to change.

Amount of JBU-specific institutional aid applied to study abroad programs:

  • 100% of JBU financial aid
    • Ireland semester
    • Seville semester (required for Spanish majors)
  • Up to 75% of JBU financial aid
    • CCCU international programs
      • Australia studies
      • China studies
      • Costa Rica: Latin American studies
      • India studies
      • Middle East studies
      • Oxford Semester
      • Uganda studies
  • Up to 50% of JBU financial aid
    • CCCU domestic programs
      • Nashville Music Center
      • LA Film Center
      • Washington American studies
      • Washington Journalism
    • Lithuania Christian College
    • Ecuador: Living and Learning in Quito
    • Belize Creation Care
  • Outside aid only
    • JBU Summer programs
      • China studies
      • European art tour
      • Irish family and human studies
      • Irish studies
      • Jordan studies
    • CCCU Oxford summer program

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Outside Aid

Databases for Study Abroad

Specific Scholarships

  • Boren Awards Applicable for students interested in studying in and learning the language of a non-Western country (i.e. not Europe, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada).
  • Gilman Scholarship Considers financial need, ethnic background, and non-traditional destinations. Also provides a language-specific scholarship.

Location-Specific Databases

Suggestions for Fundraising

  • Fundraising Excellent page of ideas and possible funding sources from St. Olaf College, as well as suggestions for how to approach people when asking for funding
  • Study Abroad Fundraising Ideas for fundraising and student experiences with asking for money to pay for study abroad trips

Other Financial Resources

  • Comparing Costs This page from the University of Arkansas offers a detailed document with estimated costs for various elements of studying abroad, as well as a comparison chart to compare the costs of two study abroad programs.
  • Scholarship List The University of Arkansas Study Abroad office has compiled several documents full of links to scholarships for undergraduates, underrepresented students, language studies, and creative funding ideas. The scholarships listed on the page are for U of A students only; however, clicking on any of the links at the top of the page will open several lists of scholarships that any student can apply to.

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For Questions About:

Making a payment:        University Cashier,, Cashier Window in Chapman Lobby, 479.524.7120

Amounts billed:              Student Financial Services,, Offices #34 and #36 in Chapman, 479.524.7398

Financial Aid:                  Financial Aid Advisor for Study Abroad,, 479-524-7427

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For More Information, contact:
Mindi Stevenson
International Education Coordinator
John Brown University

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