Costs & Financial Aid

Students have many ways to fund their studies abroad. Below we have listed our most commonly used forms of financial aid, as well as the fees students can be expected to pay.

Application Fees

The following are paid to UNCA Study Abroad and are payable by cash or check only:

  • UNC Asheville Partner Exchange programs: US$200
  • All Non-Exchange Programs: US$325 + fee to outside program
  • Summer Programs: US$150

 These fees must be paid at the time your application is submitted

Application fees-ISEP

ISEP Exchange Application Fee - US$100; when applying for ISEP Exchange, a non-refundable application fee of US$100 is due with your application. Paid to ISEP.

ISEP Exchange Placement Fee - US$325; this non-refundable fee is due at the time when you accept your placement.  This fee covers the cost of customized matching and placement conducted by ISEP staff. Paid to ISEP.

ISEP Exchange Program fee - US$200; this non-refundable fee is paid to UNCA Study Abroad.  This is payable in cash or check (made payable to UNCA).

ISEP Exchange Placement Extension Fee - US$100; payable if you decide to extend your ISEP Exchange placement from a semster to a full-year placement.  The fee should be submitted with our request for extension documentation, which can be found in your student portal.

Academic Training Processing Fee - US$100 (for J-1 visa students only); payable if you decide to participate in Academic Training.  The fee is submitted with your Request for J-1 Academic Training Authorization form.



Financial Aid

Students participating in UNC Asheville's Exchange programs may use all types of financial aid for which the student qualifies, including Federal, State, and UNC Asheville grants, scholarships, and/or loans. Exchange programs are: UNC Asheville Exchange Partners, and ISEP-Exchange.

Students participating in summer or winter Faculty-Led programs may use all types of financial aid for which the student qualifies.

Students participating in programs other than the Exchange programs listed above may use Federal and State grants, scholarships, and/or loans. These non-exchange programs include ISEP-Direct or other outside programs. UNC Asheville institutional scholarships and grants may not be used for these programs.


Scholarships Information

The UNC Asheville Study Abroad Office is pleased to administer a number of awards for study abroad, made possible by generous donors who value the benefits of an overseas experience. 

To apply for a scholarship, complete the Scholarship Application and the appropriate Study Abroad Application. Students will be considered for any award for which they meet the criteria.

All award recipients must meet the following eligibility requirements:

• Minimum 3.0 GPA
• Maintain full-time status while on program (6 credit hours for Summer or short-term, 12 credit hours for Semester)
• Must be degree-seeking and making successful progress toward graduation
• Demonstrated financial need (for some scholarships)
• Applied and accepted into an exchange program or UNCA faculty-led program

UNC Asheville Grants and Awards for Study Abroad

International Experience Grant
Need-based grants to students who are receiving academic credit through any of our UNC Asheville faculty-led programs or semester/year exchange opportunities.

Janet Spreckels Study Abroad Award 
In memory of Janet Spreckels, a German exchange student to UNC Asheville from University of Heidelberg in 1996, an award has been established which will provide annual stipends to UNC Asheville students who will study abroad in Germany or German-speaking countries as well as a stipend for a student from a German-speaking country who will be studying at UNC Asheville. Applicants from any field of study may apply.

Jean Bennett Award
$500 scholarship awarded yearly to a student, preferably one who has never been outside of the U.S. previous to their upcoming study abroad program. Jean Bennett was a local teacher in the Asheville City Schools who was an inveterate traveler and loved to share this passion with her students; one of which was Dr. Dan Pierce in the UNC Asheville History Department.

International Education Initiative
Our Summer faculty-led programs, which have a service-learning element, also have received funds from the International Education Initiative to help reduce the program cost to students.

Other Funding Resources & Opportunities

The links below are other sources of aid you may apply for. Additional information is available in the Study Abroad Resource Library in 28 Ramsey Library. Although this is not a comprehensive list, it can help you begin your research and explore multiple resources to fund your study abroad experience.