Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Financial Aid and Billing

Studying abroad does not have to be more expensive then a semester here in Worcester you plan early; a trip well-planned financially results in a less-stressful study abroad experience. This page is designed to help you navigate the costs involved with a study abroad experience.

Clark-partner programs only:

  • Clark has chosen to allow students to study abroad on Clark-Partner Programs with those financial aid awards provided directly by Clark. This policy aims to avoid the situation whereby only financially independent students can afford to participate.
  • You cannot access Work Study award while abroad, so consult with the Office of Financial Assistance in advance in order to apply for a different form of aid.
  • If you receive a Stafford Loan, be sure to check with Financial Aid 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.
  • 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.
  • Study Abroad provides Budget Sheets that you can download and use as a tool when planning your semester financially.

Billing

  • Your student account will be billed for Clark tuition each semester that you are abroad, and Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to your program.
  • You will be billed a one-time $1000 study abroad fee which will appear on your tuition bill.

  • You will be billed by your program directly for your non-tuition fees.  This can include housing, meal stipends, local travel, deposits or other fee. Books, additional non-academic fees, visa and travel expenses are your responsibility.

  • You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and pocket money while away. Remember that there might be a whole array of 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. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

 

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 non-Clark and summer programs
  • International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs.
  • 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.
  • Study Abroad provides Budget Sheets that you can download and use as a tool when planning your semester financially.

Billing

  • You will pay fees directly to your program
  • You will be billed a one-time $1000 study abroad fee which will appear on your tuition bill (excluding summer study)

  • Books, additional non-academic fees, visa and travel expenses are your responsibility.
  • You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and pocket money while away. Remember that there might be a whole array of 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. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

 

Study Abroad Scholarships

Clark University Sponsored

Clark University awards several scholarships to eligible students for study abroad. Please note that many of these deadlines are for the following academic year - including all fall, spring and year-long programs for that year and plan accordingly.

  • 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 planning to study abroad on a Clark-partner program in the upcoming summer, fall and spring academic year are encouraged to apply for the scholarship by 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 in Norwich, England 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. There are no official application forms, but you need to submit a 1-2 page typewritten essay, which includes the following information:
    • your reasons and goals for studying abroad
    • when and where you plan to study abroad
    • your box number, email, and cell phone number
    Please attach an unofficial transcript to the essay (web version accepted). Applications are due by October 30 (Fall only), and should be sent to Professor Valerie Sperling, Department of Political Science, 406 Jefferson Academic Center, or emailed to vsperling@clarku.edu. 508-793-7679.

Clark-Affiliated Program Scholarships

External Scholarship Opportunities

You may also be eligible for study abroad scholarships from organizations outside of Clark. Plan your program and apply for scholarships early. Scholarships are competitive and deadlines early.

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.

Summer Study Abroad Scholarships

Scholarship Databases and Web Search Engines

Miscellaneous Scholarships and Award Opportunities

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