Studying abroad is more affordable than you might think, and in some cases, it can even cost less than spending the semester at Lehigh.
Students who study abroad for a semester or year continue to pay their tuition and fees to Lehigh, which means they can apply their existing financial aid package to their international experience. Program fees, travel costs and living expenses depend on the program and location. For help planning, review the Study Abroad Budget Worksheet (pdf) or work with your study abroad advisor to develop a budget.
There are many grants and scholarships available and your study abroad advisor can help you.
Study Abroad Tuition and Fees
Registration fee: $50
Program cost: $3,000-$7,000
The program cost varies by program and generally includes tuition for three to six academic credits, housing, some meals and group excursions.
Please note that when a student registers for a Lehigh-led program, he or she is financially committing to the program and will be billed for the full cost of the program.
The $250 deposit is non-refundable, except in the case that the student is not accepted into the program or the program is canceled due to insufficient participation.
Federal and institutional financial aid does not cover these programs.
Lehigh University will bill participants directly for tuition and the program costs.
By registering online, the student is enrolled in the program pending acceptance. To withdraw, he or she must notify the Study Abroad Office in writing. The student will forfeit the $250 deposit as well as any non-recoverable costs that Lehigh University has committed, which may include the program fee of $3,000-$7,000 and airfare.
Students must remain in good disciplinary standing to participate in study abroad program. If a student’s conduct leads to disciplinary probation after he or she enrolls in a program, he or she will be dismissed from the program. The student will forfeit the $250 deposit as well as any non-recoverable costs that Lehigh University has committed, which may include the program fee of $3,000-$7,000 and airfare. If a student is dismissed after the program starts, he or she will be billed for the full cost of the program.
Semester and Year Programs
Tuition: Students continue to be enrolled at Lehigh University and pay Lehigh tuition. Federal and institutional financial aid that covers tuition continues to apply.
Additional costs: Students pay additional costs directly to the program university or provider. These costs vary and may include program deposits, lodging, meals and activity fees. Financial aid that covers room and board continues to apply. It is typically dispersed in a refund check 10 days after the start of the Lehigh semester.
Study Abroad Budget Worksheet
Students are responsible for any costs incurred by withdrawal from a study abroad program. Lehigh will adhere to the policy of the U.S. or overseas sponsor, and students are advised to consult individual program materials for details.
Grants and Scholarships
Lehigh University Grants and Scholarships
Faculty-Led Travel Grant a need-based grant for students who receive financial aid during the academic year provided by College of Arts and Sciences and the Study Abroad Office
College of Arts and Sciences Study Abroad Grants: The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences has established a fund to provide financial support for CAS students. Funds support students in credit-bearing study abroad experiences. These are typically "off-cycle" experiences during Winter break, Spring break and Summer. Funds may also be used for "on-cycle" (Fall/Spring semester) study abroad experiences as well.
Exchange Partner Scholarships are $2,000 scholarships to students who attend one of the 13 universities from which Lehigh both sends and receives students. Students do not need to apply—all Lehigh students participating in an exchange program receive $2,000 toward their expenses.
Tauck Scholars Program (College of Business and Economics)
Lehigh University Loans - Summer and Winter
In addition, the Office of Fellowship Advising helps students apply for nationally competitive scholarships.
There are many scholarships and grants available for study abroad. Some popular ones include:
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for Pell Grant recipients
Diversity Abroad Network Summer Scholarship
Education New Zealand for study abroad in New Zealand
FlipKey Study Abroad Scholarship
IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants
International Travel Video Contest
Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship for four to six weeks of research abroad, with some type of UNESCO theme
Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarships
You can find more at these scholarship databases.
GoAbroad.com Scholarship Search
Diversity Abroad Scholarships and Grants
Semester Partner Scholarships
Several of the semester or year study abroad programs that Lehigh partners with offer their own funding. Students can apply for funding with their study abroad application. Some of Lehigh's program partners that offer scholarships include:
Boston University Study Abroad
Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)
IES Abroad - Cape Town & Berlin Travel Grant
School for Field Studies (SFS)