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Paying for Study Abroad

CSU Faculty-Led Programs Payment Process

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The CGE now offers online payments for study abroad programs! Once you have completed your online application, you will receive an email with the link to make the deposit payment. Please give at least 24 hours for the link to be sent from the time you finish your online application. Should you request it sooner OR it has been longer than 48 hours, you can email

After you've paid the application fee and been accepted into the program, you can begin making your 1st and 2nd program payments directly within your online study abroad application (coming soon).

Many departments have funding set aside for those studying abroad (Honors College, Servant Leadership, Classical & Modern Languages, etc). Make sure you let your academic advisor, organizations/clubs, family, and community know of your decision well in advance. You can often use your Financial Aid and Veteran Educational Benefits or Tuition Assistance during study abroad programs as well as long as you're taking courses that directly fulfill your degree requirements.

CGE Scholarship Guidelines & Grant Application Process 
Columbus State University offers grants and merit-based scholarships. Also, check out information on non-CSU options for funding your study abroad program.

Your Financial Aid & Study Abroad
Your financial aid package can often be applied toward study abroad costs, including HOPE, Pell, federal loans, etc. Visit the Financial Aid webpage for some tips or contact your Financial Aid Counselor. It is recommended that you check with Financial Aid and your Academic Advisor before applying to a study abroad program.

We recommend you use the following budget templates when deciding which program to participate in:
Study Abroad Template Budget (decide between multiple programs)
Study Abroad Program Budget Template

Fundraising is another option to assist with costs. Check out some helpful resources on how to get started and success tips.

Refunds and Withdrawals

For information on refunds and how to formally withdraw from a program please click here for the Withdrawal Form. For more information about the strongly encouraged Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) Insurance please request a quote here within 21 days of acceptance into the program.

Columbus State University and the Center for Global Engagement can not guarantee a full refund of program costs paid. Any coverage and cost options will be updated upon confirmation from the provider and distributed to you via your CSU email. Columbus State University is not the underwriter of the CFAR insurance plan.  This plan is optional and in addition to the CSU study abroad program fees.  Any claims or grievances regarding the CFAR policy must be done directly with the insurance company.