Finance and Scholarships

Please note that the totals for personal expenses and transportation are estimates and intended as a guide to assist in planning. Actual costs depend heavily on your style of living and will vary with individual habits, preferences, and travel choices. These fees and estimates are revised each academic year and are subject to change.

Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for any financial aid questions.

Strategy for Financing Study Abroad

Step 1: Plan Early

Funding sources are available to qualified students pursuing study abroad; however, students need to plan early. When applying for grants and scholarship, there are often requirements such as evidence of extra curricular activities, letters of reference, and writing samples which entail additional time to complete.

Step 2: Review Financial Aid Package

For students participating in a Saint Mary's-sponsored program, (most) of your financial aid package, loans, grants and scholarships can be applied to your semester/year abroad. Check out the "Would My Financial Aid Apply for Study Abroad" document. 

For students participating on non-Saint Mary's sponsored programs, (in most cases) only your federal aid can be applied. 

Other than Intercultural Learning Grants from the CWIL Office, aid from Saint Mary's College is not available for summer programs. Federal loans might be available to students who will be enrolled at least half-time in the summer. In addition, all students have the option of applying for alternative loans for summer study abroad programs.

For additional information on financial aid please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Step 3: Apply for an Intercultural Learning Grant

The CWIL Student Travel Grant provides funding to encourage students to participate in international education, a distinct goal of the Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership. Increasing intercultural understanding and knowledge through interaction and reflection is a key objective of CWIL and Saint Mary's College. By participating in an international program of study which emphasizes intercultural engagement, grantees will enhance their own learning and enrich the College environment with new connections and perspectives. Click on the grant you are interested in to find out more about eligibility and requirements.

Grant applications are due February 1. 

SMC Student Travel Grants

Donor Funded Study Abroad Scholarships

Susan McHugh Study Abroad Grant

Through the generosity of alumna Susan Bresnahan McHugh, Class of 1975, the Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Susan Bresnahan McHugh CWIL Study Abroad Travel Grant. This grant provides financial assistance to any Saint Mary's student participating in a short term (fall, spring or summer break) study abroad experience through Saint Mary's College. Funding is based on financial need determined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Michael Paige Study Abroad Grant

This is a study abroad scholarship designated for Saint Mary’s Black/African-American students in the name of Dr. Michael Paige. The purpose of this fund is an additional $1200 award, on top of an already received travel grant issued through the CWIL process, to support a Black or African American student choosing to study abroad. Dr. Paige was a professor at the University of Minnesota and a top expert in international education and intercultural training. His book/training material Maximizing Study Abroad has been adopted by many institutions for intercultural learning of study abroad students, including Saint Mary’s College. He was invited to Saint Mary’s College as an internationalization consultant in 2012. Dr. Paige died in November 2018, but he left a legacy behind him. He was selected as the Winner of the 2019 NAFSA International Education Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field. In 2016, he received the University of Minnesota Award for Global Engagement and was named as a Distinguished Global Professor.

First Passport Grant

The Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) offers a First Passport Grant for students who plan to study abroad but do not have a passport yet. The grant will cover the total cost ($145) for an adult U.S. passport. CWIL will offer 10 grants this year and give preference to underrepresented students in study abroad. Please contact the CWIL-Global Education Office at if you have any questions. Current Saint Mary's College students may click HERE for the application form and instructions.

Step 4: Apply for External Scholarships

The Global Education Office has gathered a list of some of the local, regional, and national scholarships available to students studying abroad. Feel free to stop by the our office in 117 Spes Unica for additional assistance in applying these opportunities.

Step 5: Complete a Budget Worksheet

“Study Abroad Budget Worksheet” is a general worksheet designed for students intending to studying abroad. It helps you plan your budget and spending abroad.