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Financing Semester Study Abroad

An international experience is an integral part of the UR experience! We are committed to providing opportunities abroad for UR students studying abroad for a semester or year on a Richmond program abroad by applying UR financial aid to the costs of approved UR programs, providing an additional travel allowance and providing insurance to all students abroad. Details about how the finances work are outlined below.

Students who apply and are approved for semester study abroad programs pay University of Richmond tuition for the semester. Financial aid is allowed to be applied to these programs.


UR tuition for study abroad covers the cost of tuition, orientation, pre-semester language courses (as applicable), travel and health insurance, other academic fees (such as required class excursions) related to the program abroad, local staff support in most locations, a $1000 travel allowance, and 24/7 emergency contact and support. Additional UR specialized advising, support and programming services particular to study abroad are also provided to students before, during and after their experience.

Housing and Meals

Housing and meal costs vary by location and program; check the program’s brochure page in GatewayAbroad [is there a better link for this?] for details.

Travel Allowance

Every Richmond student approved to study abroad on a UR semester-or year-long program receives a $1,000 travel allowance for each semester abroad. The travel allowance is provided as a tuition credit (applied 10 days after the start of the program) each semester to committed students.The travel allowance demonstrates the University’s continued commitment to study abroad by making semester study abroad more accessible for all students. Students do not need to submit any paperwork to receive the travel allowance. Students on financial aid from Richmond may contact the financial aid office for information on how this additional allowance will be factored in to existing financial aid packages.

Students with need-based financial aid who have a self-help requirement (e.g., loan, work/study) will receive an additional $500 grant for semester study abroad. For questions about eligibility for this grant, students are advised to consult with the Office of Financial Aid.

Financial Aid

Students studying on a UR program who receive financial aid are eligible to apply their aid for a study abroad semester or year provided they meet application deadlines and eligibility criteria. University funding for study abroad is available for up to two semesters.

In order to be eligible for financial aid, students must be enrolled full-time while abroad. Full-time enrollment is defined as the equivalent of at least 3.5 UR units per semester abroad for undergraduates. Failure to enroll full-time will jeopardize your financial aid eligibility.

More information is available at the Financial Aid website for study abroad.

Outside Scholarships

Additional scholarship and financial assistance may be available from departments within the University as well as external sources. More information can be found on our Scholarships page.

Insurance While Abroad

The university provides travel health insurance to students studying abroad outside of their home country. This benefit is provided at no additional cost to all approved students on UR sponsored programs.

Additional questions?

Students and their families with questions are welcome to contact a member of the study abroad advising team or the staff of the Office of Financial Aid.