The key is to begin early! The first step is to select a program that meets both your academic needs and your budget limitations, keeping in mind that there are numerous scholarships available to help reduce the cost. You may wish to consult with a study abroad advisor as you are making this decision. Next, develop a financial plan, drawing from all available resources such as scholarships, financial aid and personal funds.
Federal financial aid may be able to be used on USD study abroad programs. Students must be sure to submit their FAFSA in a timely manner and meet with the USD Financial Aid Office and complete their USD study abraod application as soon as possible to receive the maximum aid available. Often times, since the cost of studying abroad can be more expensive than attending USD, the amount of federal financial aid students may receive is increased.
External scholarships and grants offer an opportunity for students to offset the costs of studying abroad. They are highly competitive, therefore students should take the process seriously and plan ahead. The information below outlines the on-campus scholarships and criteria, as well as the nationally competitive scholarships and country-specific funding opportunities.
Students who receive USD Scholarships including, the Mickelson, the Presidential Alumni, Ullyot, Coyote Commitment or South Dakota Opportunity, will want to go on either a USD direct or USD sponsored program since these allow scholarship funds to be applied toward the cost of the study abroad program.
Students may use USD-specific scholarships, including Coyote Commitment, Presidential Alumni, S.D. Opportunity, and Ullyot Mickelson toward the cost of direct/exchange programs and USD sponsored programs.
Germany & Austria