Finances for Semester and Short-Term Study Abroad

We are committed to making international experiences accessible to all students. Students are also encouraged to apply for scholarships to help finance their semester abroad. Please contact us with any questions.

  • These scholarships can be need-based or merit-based.
  • Some scholarships are directly from departments at Lehigh and some are external or national scholarships.
  • Some study abroad programs also offer their own scholarships at the time of students' study abroad application.
  • Application deadlines for scholarships can be very early (sometimes up to a year in advance!) so students are encouraged to start planning early.

Short-term Study Abroad Finances

Short-term Funding


By submission of the registration online, the student is enrolled in the program pending his/her acceptance.  To withdraw from the program, the student must notify the Study Abroad Office in writing.  Since Lehigh must often undertake substantial financial commitment on behalf of students prior to the beginning of the study abroad programs, the student will be charged for all non-recoverable costs that Lehigh University has committed on the student's behalf (this could include the $3,000-$7,000 program fee plus any airfare costs if applicable).  Please note that the $200 program deposit submitted at the time of application is non-refundable. 


If a student's conduct after application to the program leads to disciplinary probation, the student will be dropped from the program and will forfeit the deposit as well as any unrecoverable money Lehigh has committed on behalf of the student up to the date of dismissal (this could include the $3,000-$7,000 program fee plus any airfare costs if applicable).  If a student is dismissed from the program at any point after the program starts, the student will automatically be billed for the full cost of the program.


  • For the Lehigh-led study abroad programs that are run off-term (meaning Summer, Winter, or over Spring or Fall breaks) by Lehigh staff and faculty, students pay Lehigh directly for the costs.
    • At the time of registration, students pay a $50 registration fee and a $200 deposit.  The only instances when the deposit would be returned would be if the student is not accepted to the program or if the program is cancelled due to an insufficient number of participants.
    • Please note that as soon as students register in Banner for a Lehigh-led program, they are FINANCIALLY committing to attending the program (pending their acceptance) and will be billed by the Bursar for the FULL COST of the program.
  • The costs of these programs usually include payment for 3-6 credits, housing, some meals, group excursions, and other items depending on the program.  These programs generally cost anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000.
  • Because these programs are run off-term, federal and institutional Financial Aid that students receive during fall and spring semesters does not apply.
  • Students will be billed directly by Lehigh for the tuition and program fee.  Please review each program's individual website for what is included in the program fee.
  • If interested, students are responsible for purchasing their own trip interruption/cancellation insurance.

Semester Study Abroad Finances

Semester Scholarships

Semester Withdrawal

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.

Semester Payments

  • Tuition
    • For semester study abroad, students continue to be fully-enrolled Lehigh students and pay Lehigh tuition directly to Lehigh at the normal time.
    • Any Financial Aid that students receive toward tuition will also apply the same for their semester abroad.
  • Non-Tuition Costs
    • Students pay all non-tuition costs directly to the university/program they will be attending.  Some of these payments may be due as early as the time of program acceptance.
    • These costs can include program deposits, room, board, any activities fees, and generally the same types of costs students incur living on campus here at Lehigh.
    • The price for these non-tuition costs can vary dramatically by location and by the type of housing that students choose.  This gives students and their families some flexibility in choosing what program and university are right for them.
    • Any Financial Aid that students receive here at Lehigh toward room and board will also be available to them for their semester abroad.  This aid is typically dispersed in the form of a refund check sent out 10 days after the Lehigh semester starts.  Students should review their financial aid package and program costs with their study abroad advisor and financial aid counselor.
    • If interested, students are responsible for purchasing their own trip interruption/cancellation insurance.
  • This Semester Study Abroad Budget Worksheet can be helpful as students are planning for their time abroad.