STEP 5: Tools to Afford Study Abroad

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You can raise funds online to help pay for your program costs. There are many platforms you can use, so you do your own research to find the one that suits you. Here is one example: Fund My Travel.

Additionally, there are other fundraising ideas that have been used as successful methods for getting some extra cash to help pay for study abroad:

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Host Institution Scholarships

If you are studying abroad at a host institution, whether through UCSC Exchanges or UCEAP, your host institution may have scholarships for international students, like you! Inquire with your host institution's international office to find out if there are any opportunities for funding.

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Working Abroad

Some countries, depending on the visa restrictions, allow international students to work a part-time job while abroad. For UCEAP, see your Program Guide for more information on whether working in your host country is allowed.

While this might be an option for you to earn some additional pocket money, keep in mind that you should give yourself enough time to complete your coursework and enjoy your study abroad experience! Many students use their free time while studying abroad for independent travel, entertainment, and spending time with new friends. 

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Affordable UCEAP Programs

Want to know which UCEAP programs are the most affordable as compared to UCSC? See our list of Most Affordable Programs

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STA Travel 

UC Students can take advantage of STA Travel’s Book Now Pay Later to book airfare (for either study abroad or personal travel) to lock-in an airfare rate. You will pay a deposit upfront and then pay the remaining balance closer to departure. If you rely on Financial Aid or other funding sources, you may find this program very useful as you can delay paying the full cost of your flight.

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 Live Abroad for Less

Want to know how you can save money while abroad? See our How to Live Abroad for Less guide.

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