It is possible to apply your financial aid package towards the cost of a study abroad program, including tuition, program fees, and out-of-pocket expenses, such as airfare, meals, and books.
Berkeley Summer Abroad, Berkeley Global Internships, UCEAP, and programs sponsored by UC campuses (issuing UC credit) are currently eligible for federal, state, and institutional financial aid. Affiliate and independent programs are not currently eligible for financial aid, however, may offer scholarships or discounts for participation. Students who receive scholarships or grants from outside organizations should contact those organizations to confirm that the awards may be applied to study abroad.
Financial aid is based on academic credit, so you must earn a minimum of 12-semester units (18-quarter units) during Fall and Spring terms, and a minimum of 6 number of semester units (9 quarter units) during the summer term to be eligible for financial aid.
Financial aid packaging for Berkeley Summer Abroad, Berkeley Global Internships, and UCEAP programs is based on the comprehensive student budget. For Berkeley Summer Abroad and Berkeley Global Internships, this is the combination of tuition and program fees and estimated out-of-pocket expenses. For UCEAP, this is the combination of UCEAP fees, Berkeley required fees (e.g. campus fee, non-resident tuition if applicable), SHIP insurance, and estimated personal expenses.
Berkeley Study Abroad notifies the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office that you are participating in a Berkeley Summer Abroad, Berkeley Global Internships, or UCEAP program. Your financial aid package (including grants, scholarships, and loans) will be adjusted based on the cost of your program and is applied automatically to your tuition and program fees. Timing and process can vary by program provider, so details will be provided after selection to a program.
Visit the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office website for details, including types of financial aid available, how to apply for financial aid, and the disbursement process. You will also receive additional information from your program provider as you prepare for departure.
General questions about the financial aid process can be answered in drop-in advising (Peer Advising and General Advising). Once you have identified a program of interest, you are encouraged to meet with a financial aid counselor to review your estimated financial aid package based on the program budget. Make sure to bring your program’s detailed budget and your Cal ID for this service. Check the advising schedule for this week’s financial aid advising hours.