UT offers help for students who study in other countries, from preparation and financial resources to assistance when they return home.
You may receive financial aid for a study abroad program if you meet these conditions:
- The program is recognized by UT (find programs using the Programs Abroad Office’s Program Finder).
- The credits earned while you are abroad are eligible to be transferred back to UT and will count toward your degree program.
- You are registered in the Study Abroad course through the Programs Abroad Office.
The Programs Abroad Office offers programs for all budgets. Your existing financial aid and most of your scholarship money can be applied to approved study abroad programs. You can also apply for additional study abroad scholarships.
You can download budgeting tools to help you compare costs for study abroad programs during the semester and summer/mini-term to the estimated costs for studying at UT.
Apply for Summer Study Abroad Aid
To apply for financial aid for summer Study Abroad programs, you should complete the FAFSA as if you will be attending UT. UT’s federal school code is 003530.
As you work with the Center for Global Engagement on summer Study Abroad programs, make sure you complete the “Request for Transfer Credit” form they will provide as part of your checklist.
You cannot receive your financial aid in advance to pay for your program fees.
Federal regulations prohibit an institution from disbursing financial aid until the beginning of the semester. Please check the calendar for each semester’s disbursement date.
You should check with your program coordinator about postponing program fee payments that will be covered by financial aid until the funds are available.
For Tennessee residents, the least expensive programs are most often exchange programs, although they require the student to have a great deal of independence. There are also many affordable direct and third-party programs that are not much more expensive than UT Knoxville tuition and room and board and offer great benefits.
Out-of-state students should consider direct or third-party provider study abroad programs, instead of exchanges. These programs are frequently less than the cost of attending UT.
Summer or Mini-Term Programs
The Programs Abroad Office offers many shorter programs during mini-term or summer. However, scholarships and other financial aid often do not apply to programs that are shorter than a semester. This frequently makes summer programs more expensive in out-of-pocket terms, compared to semester programs.