Study Abroad

Notre Dame graduate and professional students are encouraged to explore the study abroad opportunities offered through their college of study. As every program is different, we have compiled some general financial aid information and policies for students who are studying abroad.

Financing Your Study Abroad Program

The estimated cost of attendance to study abroad is determined by the individual department. The cost of attendance is the maximum amount of loan assistance you may obtain for that program.

Once you have confirmed participation in the program, the department contacts our office to increase your cost of attendance. By increasing your cost of attendance, we are accounting for the expenses you may incur while abroad, e.g., housing and transportation.

If you would like to borrow loan funds to cover your study abroad expenses, you will need to contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Please note the following:

  • Financial aid is typically divided equally between the fall and spring semesters. If you are participating in a one-semester program and would like the additional loan amount during that semester, contact the Office of Financial Aid to make arrangements.
  • Students should be aware that federal student loan funds are typically disbursed 10 days before the start of classes each semester; however, you will not have access to refunds until after the first day of your program’s classes. You should plan ahead accordingly.
  • If you have additional Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan eligibility we will automatically increase your loan to the $20,500 annual limit.

Federal Direct PLUS Loan

If you typically borrow the Federal Direct PLUS Loan up to the cost of attendance during the academic year and plan to use the loan to cover your study abroad expenses:

  • Selecting "the maximum Direct PLUS Loan amount" instead of "specify a loan amount" will allow us to process your initial loan application for the additional amount.

  • If you select "specify a loan amount" you will have to complete a second loan application to cover your study abroad expenses.