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High Financial Need

One of the most popular myths surrounding studying abroad is that students with high financial need cannot afford it. However, MANY Northwestern students with high financial need DO study abroad! They study in a wide variety of locations (including Europe) and stay for terms ranging from a summer or a quarter to an entire academic year. The key to a successful experience abroad is planning. As you plan, consider how you will balance your goals for studying abroad with your financial situation.



  • Contact the Financial Aid Office to learn how your Northwestern financial aid will apply to study abroad, plan and budget for expenses abroad, and discuss scholarship opportunities.
  • Speak with your GLO adviser about your study abroad plans and questions you have.
  • Connect with GLO Ambassadors who identify as high financial need.
  • Contact returnees to ask specific questions about daily life and budgeting abroad.

Study Abroad Scholarships

Many scholarships are available for study abroad, especially for students with demonstrated financial need. We've compiled a list of scholarships to help you get started.

Study Abroad Scholarships