Financing Your Study Abroad Experience
Typically, students (and parents!) feel some anxiety when thinking about financing a semester abroad. However, there are options through financial aid, or the special scholarship opportunities that exist to help finance this experience.
Canisius Study Abroad Finance Information
As a matriculated student at Canisius University, in most cases all scholarships, grants, and loans will be applied to the cost of the student's study abroad program. The Student Financial Aid Office will help determine expenses and present funding solutions. During the semester prior to going abroad, all study abroad students are required to meet with an associate in the Student Records and Financial Services Office located in Bagen Hall. Study abroad students must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who commute to college will have their financial aid packages re-evaluated to determine whether there is any additional eligibility for aid based on the room and board estimates for the semester abroad. While borrowing large amounts of private alternative loans or PLUS loans is not generally recommended as a financing strategy, studying abroad is seen as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Studies indicate that employers identify job candidates with study abroad experience on their resume as more desirable, truly making it an investment in your future.
Canisius Study Abroad Scholarships
The following scholarships are those offered to Canisius students only.
Jerry Neuner Scholarship Fund
Monies alotted from this scholarship fund will be directly applied to the student's Canisius account.
- Open to all Canisius study abroad students.
- Applicants must submit a 2 page maximum double spaced essay
- The essay will detail a recent international event and it's political, economic, environmental effects on the world.
Submissions are accepted through the Study Abroad Office, Student Center 003.
Lark and Pines Scholarship Award
A scholarship grant of $2,500 will be awarded annually in each of the next five years, beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year. All scholarship awards are for one year and will be paid directly to the recipients.
Applicants must be
- Full-time undergraduate students currently attending Canisius University
- Majoring in the field of Psychology
- Have completed at least 2 years of college credits by the time the award is received
- A completed application form. Only completed application forms will be considered.
- Two letters of recommendation with at least one from a faculty member in the Canisius University Psychology Department. These are to be e-mailed directly to both Dr. Larkin (@email) and Dr. Pines (@email). A copy of your college transcript (unofficial) including GPA. This is to be attached to your completed application.
- A 1500 word essay indicating why the student believes he/she should be the recipient of the Larkin-Pines Scholarship. This is to be printed and attached to the application material.
Submissions are accepted through the Psychology Department in Health Science 209.
Ray Harmann Scholarship
Awards will be alotted up to the amount of $2,700.
Applicants must be
- Accepted to study abroad at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia
- Studying abroad for one semester
- Applicants should submit a 2 page essay on the benefits of becoming a global citizen
Submissions will be accepted through the Center for International Education.
Julia R. L. Wescott, PhD Study Abroad Scholarship
Applicants must be
- Studying abroad in Oviedo, Spain, preference towards Spanish majors
- Full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing currently attending Canisius University
- Have a demonstrated financial need
Interested students should contact the Study Abroad Office for more information.