Undergraduate Study Abroad

Financial Aid

Financial aid can be applied toward the cost of a semester or year-long study abroad program if all financial aid application requirements are met.

You will be eligible for scholarships, grants, and loans as if you were on campus. Federal Work Study (FWS) and Student Employment cannot be earned while studying abroad. The normal work component of an aid package may be covered with additional loan funds, upon request. Please note that the amount of Brown scholarship awarded for your semester(s) abroad will not be increased, even for a higher cost program.

You must follow all the normal Financial Aid Guidelines and fill out all forms as you normally would each year at Brown.

Regular Financial Aid requirements must be completed on time to be eligible for aid. If additional information is needed, you will receive an email from the Office of Financial Aid as to what is required. Please consult the Office of Financial Aid for further information and read through their Study Abroad & Financial Aid page.

While you are away, it is important to pay close attention to any communication coming from the Office of Financial Aid or Student Financial Services. Students who are abroad are not exempt from complying with application deadlines and requirements to determine eligibility for financial aid.  Your financial aid application requirements for the upcoming academic year should be posted on Banner Self-Service in January, and the university's deadline to apply for financial aid is usually in early May. Additional application information can be found on the Office of Financial Aid's website

Visiting students are not eligible for Brown financial aid and should check with their home institutions on eligibility. Visiting students may wish to consult the external scholarship list below for outside funding resources.


If you have financial aid in excess of your charges on your Brown student account, keep in mind:

• Refunds are issued  7–10 business days after the start date of your study abroad program. In order for your refund to be processed, all financial aid study abroad application materials must be submitted.

• Since the refunds will not be issued until 7–10 days after your program begins, you will need to make plans to cover your expenses until your refund has arrived. Be sure to discuss possible funding options with a financial aid advisor well in advance of the start of the semester.

• You may also need to contact your study abroad program and request that the bill due date be deferred until your refund is received. Most study abroad programs will work with you to defer your bill until you receive your refund; the program may ask you to provide copies of your financial aid award letter or other documentation from the Office of Financial Aid. 

• For questions regarding your Brown student account and/or the refund process, please contact Student Financial Services at studentfinancialservices@brown.edu or (401) 863-2484.

The Airfare Assistance Program is intended to assist Brown students with demonstrated financial need who do not have the immediate funds to cover the costs of airfare for their study abroad program.  
In addition to your financial aid package, there are funding sources both within and outside the University. Below you will find a sampling of available funding resources. For further information please speak with your study abroad advisor.
Information on payments and additional costs associated with study abroad.