The thought of funding an experience abroad makes some students dismiss the opportunity altogether, assuming that it will be too expensive for their financial situation. But that’s not always true! Did you know that you could spend an entire semester abroad for nearly the same cost (or less!) as spending a full semester on campus at Texas A&M?

Funding Facts

  • $1.5 million available annually in university scholarships for education abroad programs. 
  • In the last five years, 144 Texas A&M students were awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship of up to $5,000 for their education abroad program.
  • 17.98% of Texas A&M students utilize some form of waiver/exemption for studies which could potentially be applied toward an international experience. Eligibility will depend on benefit terms, degree plan requirements, and/or program billing structure.
  • 4.32% of Texas A&M students utilize state prepaid tuition plans facilitated by Student Business Services, and we have a process that extends these funds toward credit-bearing international experiences.

Price Comparison - Semester at Texas A&M vs. Semester Abroad

Check out the breakdown below to compare costs of these example programs abroad with a semester at TAMU:

Type of Expense

Semester at Texas A&M*

Semester in Costa Rica with USAC**

Semester Exchange Osaka, Japan**

Tuition & Fees

$6,372 $6,980 $6,372

Housing & Meals

5,700 2,110 3,400

Books & Supplies

611 155 1,400


1,249 300 465

Personal Expenses/Admin Fees/Other

1,782 $1,800 2,259


N/A 1,000 1,500


N/A 500 210


$15,714 $12,845 $15,606
*TAMU Costs are based on the Financial Aid Cost of Attendance Estimation found here for Spring 2021.
**USAC & Osaka Costs are based on estimated prices provided by each respective organization for Spring 2021.

Affording Education Abroad – Attend a Live Presentation!

Have funding questions? Want to speak directly to staff from Education Abroad, Financial Aid, and Money Education? Attend our joint funding session and learn more about…
  • The Education Abroad financial aid process
  • Internal and external scholarship opportunities
  • Financial considerations for different program types
  • Money saving tips when traveling abroad

Understanding Program Costs

Don't let the perceived cost of an international experience prevent you from exploring the world while investing in your future. Participating in education abroad is an investment, and as with any investment, planning ahead is essential. The Education Abroad Team is here to help you identify a program that fits your personal, academic, and financial needs. Education Abroad will help you identify funding opportunities through scholarships and financial aid and provide guidance on payment deadlines to minimize your financial stress.


Education Abroad Fee Structure

Effective with Fall 2021 programs and beyond
Fee Description Program Types Fee Amount
Registration Fee Independent Travel for TAMU Credit; Independent Travel for No Credit; Independent Virtual Programs $25
Limited Service Fee Faculty-led Limited; Unit-led Limited; Field Trips; Student Groups; Virtual Standard Programs (customizing a virtual experience for a group of students and faculty); Independent Travel for Transfer Credit programs $200
Full Service Fee Faculty-led Standard; Unit-led Standard; Affiliate Provider Programs; Exchange Programs $500



There are many scholarships available specifically for students planning an Education Abroad experience! The key is researching your options, applying early, and putting in the effort.


Financial Aid

Financial aid refers to loans and grants that can be used toward education abroad program expenses. To receive federal, state, or institutional financial aid on an education abroad program, you must:
  • Be at least half-time enrolled for academic credit (TAMU or transfer credit abroad)
  • Have a completed FAFSA/TAFSA/ISFAA on file with Texas A&M
  • Submit an Education Abroad Financial Aid Request Form to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Review loan options, eligibility requirements, and the application at