You don't have to have be wealthy to have an education abroad experience! Make sure to consider the following:
Planning ahead can save you money! You will have more time to save up, you may find less expensive plane tickets, you won't have to rush your passport application, etc. Start your education abroad planning one year prior to your intended term away. Complete your application by the following deadlines:
- September 25 (for J-Term and Spring study abroad)
- March 5 (for Summer and Fall study abroad)
Note: some programs may have earlier deadlines!
On UNH Managed and UNH Exchange programs, you pay the same tuition you would pay if you were on campus. On UNH Approved programs, you don't pay UNH tuition; instead, you pay the program price to the provider. The EcoQuest-UNH program is an exception: as a UNH Managed-partnership program all students are charged the same amount like UNH Approved programs.
Good news! UNH allows federal, state, and institutional aid — except work study — to be used for all UNH Global programs. You will be able to factor in airfare as an educational expense and consider the cost of living in your host country for your estimated expenses. The cost of studying abroad may be greater than attending UNH; if so, we will increase your cost of attendance which will allow for additional borrowing in either parent or student name. If the cost of your program is less than what you would experience at UNH, your financial aid may be reduced.
Contact the Financial Aid office at 603-862-3600 to learn how this applies to your individual aid package and check the UNH Financial Aid website for more information.
If you currently receive aid under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and are interested in studying abroad, please read this fact sheet and contact UNH Military & Veterans Services. Take note that items in the fact sheet are subject to change due to COVID-19.
The Budget Worksheet allows you to do a cost comparison and create a realistic study abroad budget. It is important to pay close attention to what is included in the program fees (food, housing, excursions, flight, etc.) and read the small print. What may seem expensive at first could be a good deal. Conversely, what may seem reasonable at first may add up when you factor in all the mandatory fees and costs that are not included in the base price.
Download the Budget Worksheet here:
Consider the costs of daily expenses, such as food, local transportation, and personal travel can vary greatly among countries and even between regions within the same country. You may be able to decrease your daily cost of living, depending on program location, which would make study abroad more affordable. Research how much it costs to buy average things like bottled water, coffee, a sandwich, local bus tickets, soap/toothpaste, and other daily essentials.
Study abroad doesn’t have to take place in an expensive, metropolitan city. Consider living in a smaller city or cheaper region and visit the big city on the weekend. Or, look at the many high-quality programs in countries where the cost of living is much lower. If Spain costs too much, for example, look into Costa Rica or the Dominican Republic.
Diversity & Identities Abroad
You may find that cultures vary widely in terms of how different identities are defined and understood, including nationality; race and ethnicity; religion; gender; sexual orientation; disability; and socioeconomic diversity. Check out the following resources to help you plan and prepare for your education abroad experience.
- Research countries on Diversity Abroad’s Destination Guides: “Diversity and Inclusion Climate” section for any country.
- U.S. State Department’s Country Information pages where there are dedication sections that talk about the diversity and the inclusiveness of each country.
- IES Student Diversity & Access
- GoAbroad’s Black student travel guide
- Study Abroad Tips for Black students as heritage seekers
- Study Abroad for Hispanic and Latinx Students
- Latinx Success Abroad
- Asian American/Pacific Islander Students Abroad
- IES Abroad Blog: AAPI Heritage Month
- Native American Students Abroad
- Indigenous Students Abroad
- U.S. State Dept. Travel Tips for Women: general tips for women travelers along with contact information for sexual assault
- Her Own Way-a Woman’s Safe Travel Guide: tips and advice for women travelers from the Canadian Government
- Sexual Harassment and Prevention in College Students Studying Abroad: an article by Nancy Newport, psychotherapist and consultant to the Peace Corps since 1992 for the SAFETI Clearinghouse of the Center for Global Education
- Solo Woman Traveler Guide: links to essays from fellow women travelers, compiled by Transitions Abroad
- Wanderlust and Lipstick: the leading women-focused travel site, providing tips, reviews, information, and inspiration written by women for women
- International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA)
- A trans* guide for staying safe while traveling
- CISabroad Support for LGBTQIA-Identified Students
- IES LGBTQ+ & Ally Resources
- Know An LGBTQ Student Itching To Study Abroad? Here Are Some Things To Think About
- NAFSA Rainbow Special Interest Group
- Outright Action International
- Six Students Share Their LGBTQ+ Study Abroad Experience
- US State Department's International Religious Freedom Report: This report describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations, and individuals.
- Religious Diversity Abroad: Must-ask questions about religion in your host country and tips about understanding religion while abroad
- Mobility International USA: works to empower people with disabilities to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development
- Study Abroad Guide for Students with Disabilities
- National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE
- A World Awaits You - Students with Disabilities Studying Abroad: US college and university students with disabilities who have successfully studied abroad in other countries and the strategies that were influential in their success
- Planes, Trains, and Canes
Part of the experience of studying abroad is exploring outside your host city, to other cities and countries in the region. We provide the following resources for you to research and explore.
In order to travel abroad you will need a passport. In order to study in your specific location, you may need a student visa issued by that specific country. Do not delay! If you do not have a valid passport, it is strongly recommended that you apply for one before you apply for study abroad; it can take a long time to get these documents in order!
Below are some helpful passport and visa sites with information on how to acquire these official documents.
All students must have access to an international phone number while they are abroad in order to utilize the required International SOS/Travel Tracker app. There are a few different options for students when it comes to having a cell phone abroad.
Option #1: Contact your current cell phone provider to learn more about their international travel plans. International travel plans can be on the pricier side but allows students to keep their current cell phone, U.S. number, and be able to make calls and use data while abroad.
Option #2: When arriving in your host country, seek out an international phone provider. There, they will be able to set you up with an international phone plan directly with them and give you a SIM card to put in your current phone. Just remember that you might need to get your phone unlocked before you leave the U.S. if you want this option.
Option #3: Like option #2, find an international phone provider in your host country but purchase an additional cheap phone with them that has a SIM card. With this option you will have 2 phones that you must carry with you at all times but will allow you to have your original phone from the US that you can still use when WiFi is available.
We know you'll want to travel during your free time. You will learn in our pre-departure orientation that you will need to register all travel outside your host city in our Travel Tracker App. Here are some resources that might be helpful in planning your excursions: