Global Experience Program: Parents Information

Why Study Abroad?

Studying abroad provides students the opportunity to learn about themselves and their own and other cultures and to develop skills that can be very beneficial to their education and theirr career aspirations.

They can develop real competitive advantages over those who do not study abroad, such as

  • Increased fluency in another language.
  • A broader cultural perspective.
  • A better understanding of the thoughts and opinions of others.
  • A greater ability to achieve their goals on their own.
  • An enhanced resume that will set them apart.

How much does it cost?

UIS offers many differenct options for studying abroad and each has a different cost structure.

With careful planning and forethought studying abroad can be affordable and in some cases may not cost much more than studying on the UIS campus.

Short term summer programs will cost between $2500 and $4000, excluding tuition and university fees. These costs cover international airfare, room charges, most meals, and local travel and entrance fees.

Students studying for a semester or a year as exchange students with one of our partners will pay their tuition to UIS as the standard tuition rate for 12-18 credits depending upon their enrollment and their residency status. They will pay the host university for room, board and university fees. Most if not all of their financial aid should be applicable (please confirm with the Office of Financial Assistance).

Students studying on a non-exchange program will be assessed tuition, room and board by the host institution at their standard rate for international students. This usually means that tuition will be roughly two to three times that charged by UIS for residents of Illinois. It will be roughly comparable to the non-resident tuition charged by UIS. Room and board charges will be pretty close to those here at UIS. However, each program’s costs will vary.

Financial aid is availalbe for study abroad through a non-exchange program but there are some restrictions related to federal aid such as Pell Grants. It is important for students interested in studying abroad to talk with the Office of Financial Assistance early in their planning process.

There are many scholarships available specifically for study abroad but these can be applied for only once per year – February 15 is the annual University Scholarship deadline.