Study Abroad


Studying abroad requires commitment, perseverance, and careful planning, especially with respect to finances. If you are currently receiving financial aid for your college education, in many cases you can use it to study abroad. If you are uncertain, we recommend that you speak to your financial aid counselor about what can and cannot be applied to study abroad.  We offer the following information regarding program costs, financial aid and scholarship funding as an aid to all current and prospective study abroad students in planning and financing their international experience.

Please note that a student’s enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by Hofstra University may be considered enrollment at Hofstra for the purpose of applying for assistance under Title IV, HEA federal financial aid programs.

Cost Information for Hofstra Programs

All Hofstra short-term and semester programs have two costs:

(1) Program cost which includes roundtrip airfare, transfers, housing accommodations, meals, excursions, medical/accident insurance and

(2) Standard Hofstra University tuition/fees for either three or six credits.

Since short-term programs take place in the January and summer sessions institutional funding does not apply, as institutional funds are awarded as fall/spring awards.  Generally loans are the only financial aid available for short-term programs.  Any student interested in taking out a loan for a short-term program is requested to stop by the Office of Study Abroad Programs and complete a Financial Aid Form.  Students are requested to itemize the costs associated with the study abroad program which include: program cost, tuition/fees for three or six credits, travel, personal and books.  Once costs are totaled and the form is signed by either the Assistant Dean for Study Abroad Programs or the Program Director, the form is submitted to the Office of Financial Services as early as possible to ensure that the loan comes in well in advance of the desired program.  Note: Students must be at least half-time in courses required for their degree for Federal loans and only Private loans are available for January programs.

  • Hofstra University semester-length programs
    Hofstra University charges students a program cost and standard Hofstra University tuition/fees for the designated number of credits.  Financial aid is available, including institutional funding you have already been awarded.
  • Non-Hofstra University semester-length programs
     Hofstra University charges students the cost of the Host program which generally includes tuition/fees, room and board and other miscellaneous fees such as insurance. In addition to the cost of the Host program, Hofstra University charges an Administrative Fee. This administrative fee covers the costs associated with administering study abroad programs, including advisement, study abroad registration, study abroad transfer credit, foreign transcript evaluation, and other related administrative costs of operating various study abroad programs for our students. Financial aid is available for Host programs*. Note: If a student is already an institutional award recipient and registered full-time, that award may be applicable up to the tuition-only cost of the Host program.

    *Certain conditions apply. Students are encouraged to meet with both the Office of Study Abroad Programs and the Student Financial Services Office prior to enrolling in a Host program.

Program-Specific Scholarships

The Hofstra in Venice January Program

Hofstra alumnus Daniel Spahr ’02 has generously contributed $3,000 a year toward a scholarship as financial assistance to a worthy Hofstra in Venice student.

About Daniel Spahr

As an undergraduate, Dan was an active and engaged student at Hofstra and took advantage of many study abroad programs.  The Montepulciano summer program was his first international experience at Hofstra University.  Dan continued with three other study abroad programs during his undergraduate residency, including the Spain, Australia and Venice Programs.  Dan fell in love with travel and the experience of self discovery through study abroad at Hofstra University.  Inspired by his first study abroad experience, Dan published a memoir, The Montepulciano Mob, after his graduation which details Dan’s first time being away from his family and outside the country as he learned about himself, his peers, and the world away from his home on Long Island. Proceeds from the sale of Dan’s memoir: The Montepulciano Mob, benefit a scholarship he has established for the Hofstra in Venice program.  In Dan’s words “I created the scholarship to help other students have the experience that I did.  I created it particularly for that program because Venice has always been my favorite city.  If I had to live anyplace outside America, I would choose Venice.”

The Venice Program is thankful and appreciative to Dan for his generous gift to the program and hopes that many students will be inspired by Dan’s story and his giving  back to study abroad.

Please note that due to the ever-changing circumstances surrounding the impact of Coronavirus in our community and around the world, Summer Abroad 2020 has been canceled. We will provide information for future Study Abroad programming as soon as possible.

For further information about the program or to obtain an application, please contact the Provost’s Office at 516-463-5400 or via email at

The Hofstra in Berlin Summer Program

Thomas Hetzel Endowed Memorial Award in German Studies:

This award is given to a deserving student studying abroad in Germany through a Hofstra-sponsored program or other accredited American university program ap­proved by the Director of the German Program. The recipient will be selected based on the following criteria: (1) GPA in German courses, (2) cumulative Hofstra GPA, (3) potential for success in the field of German Studies (4) demonstrated financial need, or (5) demonstrated commit­ment to public service. If for any academic year, no student elects to study abroad, the award will be presented as a tuition scholarship to the most outstanding student selected from the following pool of candidates – German majors, German minors, and students taking German classes based on the same criteria as stated above. The award will be granted upon the recommendation of the Director of the German Program in con­sultation with the Chairperson of the Comparative Literature and Lan­guages Department. 

Non-Hofstra semester programs

Independent study abroad providers such as the American Insititue of Foreign Study (AIFS), Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Semester at Sea, etc. offer need and merit scholarships for their own sponsored programs. Check Academic Abroad and Short Term Study Abroad published by the institute of International Education for study abroad programs which offer scholarships or work-study assistance.

Outside Scholarships

The Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Gilman International Scholarship program offers study abroad scholarships of up to $8,000 for U.S. undergraduate students receiving the Federal Pell Grant.  Scholarships available for Fall, Spring, or Academic year.  For further information, please go to their website:

DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education to go to and from Germany.  For further information, please go to their website:

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to become more proficient in the cultures and languages of world regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.  Maximum awards are $20,000 for the Boren Scholarship and $30,000 for the Boren Fellowships.  In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.  For further information, please go to their website:

The following online source is very useful for students who would like further information:
This site allows you to search by country or subject to find the study abroad funding information that you need.

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HCLAS Transformative Learning Grant

HCLAS Transformative Learning Grants can be used to help defray costs associated with Study Abroad.

Learn More About Transformative Learning Grants