Tulane study abroad programs operate using a home school tuition model. While abroad, the student continues to pay the academic support fee and tuition and fees at the full-time Tulane student rate via Accounts Receivable just as they would during a normal semester on campus. The fees for the current academic year are listed on the Accounts Receivable website. In the semester prior to departure, students are asked to register in a 12-credit hour placeholder course in Gibson. As such, they remain registered as full-time Tulane students while abroad. This placeholder course triggers billing of tuition costs through Accounts Receivable.
While students may see quoted prices for "educational costs" or "tuition and fees" on the website of their provider or host university, this does not mean that they are responsible for payment of both Tulane tuition and program tuition. Under the home school tuition model, the NTC Office of Study Abroad pays the program tuition and fee cost to the provider or host university on behalf of the student while students pay tuition and fees at the full-time Tulane rate via Accounts Receivable.
All financial aid and scholarships - including the Dean's Honor Scholarship, Presidential Scholarships, Posse Scholarships, etc. - are applicable toward tuition while abroad. In the semester prior to departure, students are asked to register in a 12-credit hour placeholder course in Gibson. As such, they remain registered as full-time Tulane students while abroad. This placeholder course triggers disbursement of financial aid through Accounts Receivable.
Students who have tuition waivers should check with the awarding office or entity (for example, H.R. for employee tuition waivers) regarding eligibility. Most tuition waivers are applicable on approved Tulane study abroad programs. Waivers specific to housing will likely not transfer over but students should contact the awarding office for further information.
With the exception of a few select programs* students can expect to be billed for and pay housing costs directly to their study abroad provider or host university. Housing is not included in the tuition and fee cost billed via Tulane Accounts Receivable. Students are responsible for being aware of housing bills, due dates, and policies as outlined by their program.
*Note that some Tulane-run programs will bill you directly to your Tulane accounts receivable for program housing and/or insurance (EDUCO/Sciences Po, Reunidas WIP Madrid, Bologna BCSP, Semester in Havana)
Students should make a financial plan for their study abroad semester or year in consultation with their Financial Aid Counselor if necessary. Details about meeting with your counselor are available on the Tulane Financial Aid website.
When studying abroad on an approved program, students remain classified with their class year and semester cohort, and are thereby able to preregister for courses, participate in on-campus housing selection from abroad, and otherwise prepare for the upcoming academic year at the same time as their cohort. Course titles taken abroad, in all cases, are reflected on their transcripts.
All students, regardless of when they enter Tulane or which approved program they attend, receive administrative support throughout the study abroad cycle. This support includes:
Additional activities for students include grant workshops and presentations throughout the year from program representatives and former study abroad participants.
In addition to Tulane tuition and fees, students are responsible for the cost of room and board, flights, insurance, and personal expenses abroad. OSA recommends that students prepare budgets based on cost of living in the host city along with student habits and lifestyles. Our staff has created a spreadsheet to assist students based on feedback from study abroad alumni.
The NTC Office of Study Abroad recognizes that planning financially for a semester abroad can be stressful, and that many students may need to identify additional funding options to cover the cost of flights, excursions, and other expenses abroad. Below are some scholarship options to help you as you begin your search. Need help finding funding opportunities? Contact an OSA advisor or peer advisor!
NTC's Office of Study Abroad offers several donor-funded awards to students studying abroad on approved programs during the semester, academic year, and on Tulane-run summer programs. In order to be considered for internal OSA scholarship funding, students need only complete a Tulane study abroad application for an approved program by the deadline and complete the Need-Based Scholarship questionnaire within their application portal. Students interested in being considered for funding should answer "YES" to the following questions:
In addition to scholarship-specific eligibility requirements, all scholarship applications will be considered based upon the strength of personal statement, academic performance, appropriateness of the student's chosen study abroad program to the student's course of study at Tulane University, and demonstrated financial need.
Students should also research funding opportunities available through their program or host university abroad. Many program providers (CIEE, CET, IFSA, SIT, IES, Middlebury, Temple, etc.) may offer internal scholarships, flight grants, or Federal Pell grant matching to qualified applicants. You can research available funding options on the website of your program or host university.
The Gilman and Boren awards offer funding for study abroad programs. GoAbroad also offers a comprehensive study abroad scholarship search engine you can use to find funding relevant to your chosen program.
Tulane departments on campus may also offer grants or scholarships for study abroad programs or research abroad. This is by no means a conclusive list, but here are some ideas of departments to check with regarding potential funding for study abroad:
The NTC Office of Study Abroad does not pay application fees or program deposits on behalf of the student, nor are they covered by your Tulane tuition. The deposit is paid to the provider or university abroad and essentially acts as a guarantee that you will attend the program while ensuring that the program will hold your space once you have been admitted. If you do not attend the program, the deposit will generally not be refunded, although this depends on the provider. In most cases, this deposit will ultimately be applied to your study abroad housing fee. Check with your provider or host university directly regarding deposit refund policies.
The Tulane study abroad application fee is non-refundable but may be transferrable to subsequent semesters should a student opt to defer or reapply. In cases of demonstrated financial hardship, the NTC OSA may choose to waive the application fee or a Tulane summer program deposit. Such requests should be directed to a Study Abroad Advisor and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Students should contact their provider or host university directly regarding policies on secondary application fees.