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Finances for Study Abroad

Costs & Funding for Study Abroad


Explanation of the Costs

JBU attempts to keep costs of our study abroad programs as affordable for students as possible. 

Each program is different and you will want to check on the program page for specific details.  Be sure to determine whether the price of the program covers the following costs:

  • Tuition, room & board

Please note that many CCCU programs do not provide full board (meals)

  • Textbooks
  • Selected excursions

The following costs are not provided by most programs:

  • Passport and visas
  • Immunizations
  • Airfare
  • Health and travel insurance
  • Holidays and personal expenditures


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.  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. For specific payment plans and procedures, please see individual program applications found on this page.

For Questions About:

Making a payment:  University Cashier,, 479.524.7120

Amounts billed:  Student Financial Services,,  479.524.7398

Financial Aid: Director of Financial Aid,, 479-524-7427


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 food / travel expenses—will probably be quite different than what you have budgeted for at JBU. Three factors influence the amount you will need to budget for these additional costs: the provisions made by your chosen studies program, your own spending habits, and the cost of the host country.


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JBU Financial Aid

The amount of JBU’s institutional financial aid applicable to study abroad programs varies. Outside aid such as Pell Grants, loans, and non-JBU scholarships apply to all approved semester programs. Only JBU's institutional scholarships may be reduced. Check the list below to see how much JBU institutional aid is applicable to the program you are interested in. Any student wanting JBU institutional aid must contact Mindi Stevenson regarding participation by February 20th for the Fall semester or October 20th for the Spring semester to receive aid.

Note on Workstudy: Workstudy and outside employment positions are not available to students studying internationally except those who chose to join the Irish Studies semester. 

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
    • JBU's fall semester Irish Studies 
    • Seville semester (Spanish majors only)
    • Costa Rica: Latin American Studies (Spanish majors only)
  • Up to 75% of JBU financial aid
    • CCCU international programs
      • Australia Studies
      • Costa Rica: Latin American Studies
      • Middle East Studies
      • Northern Irish Spring Studies
      • Oxford Semester
      • Uganda Studies
    • Lithuania Christian College
    • Ecuador:  Living and Learning
    • Belize Creation Care
  • Up to 50% of JBU financial aid
    • CCCU domestic programs
      • Nashville Music Center
      • LA Film Center
      • Washington American Studies
  • Outside aid (grants and loans) only
    • JBU Summer programs
    • CCCU Oxford Summer Programme
  • Handong Global University has an exchange agreement with John Brown University.  For further details on financial considerations, please contact the Director of Financial Aid, David Burney,

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Outside 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.

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,, 479.524.7120

Amounts billed:              Student Financial Services,, 479.524.7398

Financial Aid:                  Director of Financial Aid,, 479-524-7427

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

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