Ways to Raise Money to Study Abroad

by Erin Schreiner ; Updated July 27, 2017
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Studying abroad is a dream for many, but it remains just that for some because these eager-to-see-the-world students just don't have the funding necessary to take their trip. Instead of allowing a shortage of cash to stop you from seeing the wonders of the world, dedicate yourself to fund-raising. In doing so, you can make it possible to realize your dream and experience the world as a student.

Extra Time On The Job

One of the easiest ways to raise the funds necessary for studying abroad is to spend more time on the job. Depending upon the heaviness of your school schedule, this may or may not be a possibility for you. If you would like to spend more time on the job but can't get the hours necessary to do so, consider picking up a second part-time job so you can get the hours you seek to make your study abroad plans a reality.

Friends and Family Help

Appealing to friends and family is an option worth exploring when seeking the funds to study abroad. Make your desires known to those closest to you, asking them to give you cash in place of presents for several upcoming holidays to help you pay for this study abroad experience you so desire. By making this simple request, you can not only build your bank account, but also potentially stop yourself from getting those hideous sweaters that Aunt Gertie so enjoys presenting.


Many schools offer scholarships specifically for study-abroad students. Speak with your office of international studies or your academic adviser to find out if your school offers such scholarships. Because these scholarships are only for students who are studying abroad, they may be easier to acquire than some other scholarships open to all students.

Student Loans

If all else fails, student loans are still an option. Even if you are going to attend classes outside of the United States, you can still get federal or private student loans to fund this education. If you opt to go with student loans, you may need to speak to your loan officer about giving the money specifically to you, in the form of a check, instead of sending it right to your educational institution, allowing you to disperse the funds as necessary.

About the Author

Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been actively freelancing since 2008. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. Her work appears on eHow, Trails.com and RedEnvelope. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.

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