Study Abroad Scholarships and Financing

Elmhurst University is committed to making study abroad a more integral and viable opportunity for all students.

Home School Tuition Model

For our study abroad programs to be equally accessible for all students, the University must be able to provide financial aid to students who require this aid when they study abroad. As such, Elmhurst utilizes a Home School Tuition Model for study away.

With this policy, a semester or year abroad will mirror a semester or year on campus: Students will pay tuition costs associated with their enrollment at Elmhurst and the University will remit tuition payments due to the program or host institution. Elmhurst financial aid is portable for both semester- and year-long study abroad programs (which we call “study away,” because some programs are located elsewhere in the U.S.).

In addition, academic credits and grades earned on approved study away programs are treated as Elmhurst University credits and grades (not transfer credits). These courses, grades and credits are reviewed, approved and posted to the students’ academic transcript.

Billing Information

Students will receive two invoices for the study away semester or year, a summary of which is below:

  • Bill from Elmhurst University
    Unless a student has outstanding charges, students will find the following charges on their Elmhurst bill:
    • Elmhurst Tuition
    • International Health Insurance (students may petition to opt-out)
  • Bill from Program or Host Institution
    Elmhurst only pays the tuition costs associated with the program. If there are non-tuition expenses (see the “Additional Fees” section for more information), these will be billed directly to the students:
    • Housing
    • Meals
    • Additional Fees

Please note that the Home School Tuition policy does not apply for summer study away programs.

Additional Fees

Several study abroad programs include services and excursions in their fees that typically would not be covered by Elmhurst tuition. In this instance, fees are passed along to a student. Examples of additional fees include: an application fee, room and board, housing damage deposit, optional excursions, visa fees, and international airfare.

Financing Short-Term Programs

International education at Elmhurst is all about choice. This is why we offer programs that vary in length. Students may choose to participate in a short-term program which is typically defined as a credit-bearing course, taking place entirely abroad/away. These courses range from one to four weeks and occur during the January Term, Spring Break or over the summer.

January Term and Spring Break Courses

  • Students do not pay any additional tuition
  • Students only pay the cost of travel in the form of a program fee*

Summer Courses

  • Student pay reduced tuition to cover the cost of a summer course
  • Students pay the cost of travel in the form of a program fee*

*Program fees vary by program but typically include airfare, accommodations, transportation, meals and course activities.


In addition to financial aid, Elmhurst students can apply for both external and internal scholarships. Several Elmhurst scholarships are designated for students to study away, whether to obtain a new passport, complete service-learning abroad, or to be applied to the overall cost of studying away.

Some scholarships include the Barbara Smith Scholarship, Buck Alumni Award, Tiana Rust Escarcida Passport Scholarship, Swords Memorial Scholarship, and Savage International Service-Learning Scholarship. External scholarships, such as the Gilman Scholarship and the Fund for Education Abroad, are also available for most students looking to study away. Students are encouraged to speak with a member of the International Education staff about funding resources and opportunities.

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