Study abroad


Pre-departure Links


Meet with Financial Aid

Marquette students should meet with an advisor in MU Central (Zilber Hall) to better understand their personal financial aid package and how it may apply to a specific study abroad program.

Cost of Living Abroad

The cost of living in your host country will likely be different than here in Milwaukee. This means you will pay more or less for similar products and services relative to what you usually pay at home.

It important for you to budget appropriately for daily items such as food, clothes, and local travel. You will also be using a different form of currency in your host country. Becoming familiar with currency conversion rates will help you understand how much you are paying for things and allow you to build a more accurate long-term budget. Currency conversion knowledge will be especially important during your first few weeks abroad. Most students find their first month’s expenses are higher due to costs of “settling in”.

A good resource for currency conversion is:

Notify Your Bank

You must notify your bank of your plans to travel abroad before you depart. You should provide your bank with your travel dates and all country destinations. You should also notify your bank of any travel arrangements made after you are abroad, to places other than your host country.

Don’t forget to:

Debit and Credit Cards

In general, debit and credit cards are by far the most common means of spending and/or accessing money while abroad – either by direct payment or by withdrawing money from a cash machine.

It is recommended to have a second debit or credit card with you abroad. This will give you a “back-up” means of accessing funds. In case of emergencies, or if something happens to your primary card, it can take weeks to replace your card and to have someone mail it from home.

Much of Europe (as well as some other countries) has started implementing a chip-and-PIN system, using debit and credit cards that are embedded with a microchip and also require a Personal Identification Number (PIN code) to complete transactions. Most U.S. cards have not, historically, had this chip. Be aware that the magnetic-stripe credit cards won't be accepted at some automated chip-and-PIN payment locations.

In that case, this means you will need to find alternate means of payment – e.g. cash is always accepted, or obtaining a card with a chip (in the U.S.) prior to departure. Many larger domestic banks are moving to the chip-and-PIN system though you will need to inquire about availability.

Paying for Program Expenses Prior to Departure

You may have program expenses (e.g. housing, meal plans, or program fees) that are required to be paid the semester before your program begins. These payments are often made directly to your program by credit card or bank transfer. You will need to personally coordinate with your bank to make any required, program-related international payments prior to your departure.


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Office of International Education

OIE works to promote the internationalization of Marquette University by recruiting and advising international students and scholars, developing vibrant partnerships with international institutions and providing innovative study abroad opportunities.
Office of International Education