Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Step 1. Requirements for Study Abroad or away on a Clark-approved program

Step 2. Financial Aid, Billing and Scholarships

Step 3. Choosing a Program

 

Step 2. Financial aid and billing for Clark approved programs

Studying away does not have to be more expensive then a semester here in Worcester if planned early. This page is designed to help you navigate the costs involved with a study abroad experience.

Billing:

  • Students pay tuition to Clark each semester away. Clark then pays programs tuition and academic fees on students behalf. Costs listed on program pages are NOT actual.  Students will pay current Clark tuition for all Clark credit received.
  • A $100 fee is due at the time of application

  • A one-time $1000 fee will be applied to your tuition bill.

  • Students will be billed by the program directly for non-tuition fees.  While this is usually only housing, it may also be meal stipends, local travel, or other fees.

  • The exception is the CAPA London program, where students pay one International Program Fee to Clark and Clark pays tuition and housing to the program and students receive a meal stipend.
  • Students are also responsible for all personal expenses and pocket money while away. There might be fees for using a gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available.

 

Financial Aid:

  • Clark has chosen to allow students to study away on Clark-approved programs with all Clark awarded, federal and state financial aid (with the exception of work study). This policy aims to avoid the situation whereby only financially independent students can afford to participate.
  • It is critical for students to talk to the Office of Financial Assistance and Student Accounts to see how and when this is distributed, and whether there will be any changes to your overall financial aid package.  If you receive a Stafford Loan, be sure to check with the Office of Financial Assistance about the length of time needed to process any paperwork.
  • International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs.
  • Study Abroad provides Budget Sheets that you can use as a tool when planning your semester financially.

 

Student Accounts:

  • You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July fall and mid-December for the spring. The exact due date will appear on your bill. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program.
  • Failure to satisfy your financial obligations to your host institution may result in no transcript being issued for your participation in their program.
  • Under NO circumstances will Clark University be responsible for independent travel you choose to participate in, which is not an official part of the Clark program. Clark will not assist in any personal travel arrangements.

 

Non-Clark & Summer programs: Students can NOT access Clark-awarded aid or scholarships for unapproved and summer programs.

 

 

Study Abroad Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students studying abroad for a semester, year or summer.  Note that many deadlines are for the following academic year, so it is ALWAYS wise to research early - even before you've applied to your program!

 

External Scholarships

Government and community organizations as well as host institutions or program providers may offer scholarships. While most are need-based, there are many academic scholarship opportunities available. Here is a list of some resources the Clark Study Abroad staff is familiar with. We encourage students to look for other department or community scholarships that might be available.

Scholarship Databases and Web Search Engines

Clark University Sponsored

  • The Marshall Geer McKim Memorial Fund (generally ranging from $750 - $1,000) is awarded annually to students studying abroad with a demonstrated financial need.  Students must be accepted to an overseas Clark-partner program at the time of application.  Deadline to apply: May 1.
  • The University of East Anglia (UEA) Exchange Scholarship is awarded each semester by the English Department. This award is merit-based and you must be an English major planning to study at either the School of American Studies, School of Film and Television Studies, or School of Literature and Creative Writing of the University of East Anglia for a semester or the entire year.
    To apply, contact Professor James Elliott jelliott@clarku.edu, English Department, Anderson House, x7152.

  • The Zenovia Sochor Memorial Fund ($500) is awarded annually by the Political Science Department to declared Political Science majors or minors studying abroad in spring, preferably in an Eastern European country, but programs like the London Internship and Namibia, etc are also acceptable. Note: you must have a 3.40 GPA or higher to be eligible.


    How to Apply:  You must submit a 1-2 page typewritten essay, which includes: your reasons and goals for studying abroad when and where you plan to study abroad. Include a cover page with your name, box number, email, and cell phone number.  Please attach an unofficial transcript to the essay (web version accepted). Applications are due by 5:00 p.m., October 30, and should be sent to Professor Valerie Sperling, Department of Political Science, 406 Jefferson Academic Center, or emailed to vsperling@clarku.edu. If you have any questions, please email her or call her 508-793-7679.

Clark Partner Program Scholarships

Miscellaneous Scholarships and Award Opportunities

Summer Study Abroad Scholarships

Students may also wish to contact the Student Academic Success office for more resources and assistance applying for scholarships.

 

 

Step 3: Choose a best fit program