The Office of International Education and Development, in conjunction with the ACCESS program, are committed to making international experiences an affordable opportunity for students who demonstrate high financial need.

More than 16% of persons living in the state of North Carolina during the 2015 census year were at or below the poverty line. The mission of ACCESS at Appalachian State University is to offer a select number of students a four-year education free from student loans with the potential of obtaining a work-study job on campus.  For more information about the ACCESS program, visit

The role of the Office of International Education and Development is to work directly with ACCESS to advise these students on programs that meet the financial stipulations set out by the university for their educational expenses. The most common types of programs ACCESS students participate on are Appalachian Exchange Programs. These programs fall into one of three categories:

  1. Basic: Students will pay tuition and fees directly to Appalachian State University but will pay housing and meal costs to an overseas partner.
  2. Partial: Students will pay tuition, fees, and housing directly to Appalachian State University but will pay meals to an overseas partner.
  3. Full: Students will pay tuition, fees, housing, and meals directly to Appalachian State University.

ACCESS students who participate in either a basic or partial exchange program can expect to receive a refund, comparable to the cost of on-campus housing and a meal plan, from the university in order to offset the cost of housing and meals not billed through Appalachian State University.

To cover additional costs associated with overseas travel, such as a passport or an airplane ticket, the Office of International Education and Development and ACCESS have identified further funding resources for students who choose to apply.

  1. ACCESS Passport Scholarship: The program provides scholarships of up to $165, an amount intended to equal the application cost for a United States Passport, to all first-year students who intend to study abroad and are applying for a passport for the first time.  Students will be responsible for paying for the passport picture and any associated postage fees.  Offered each Fall, the deadline for this scholarship is typically in October.
  2. ACCESS Study Abroad Scholarship: ACCESS and the Appalachian Board of Visitors support the efforts of ACCESS students to become global citizens through studying abroad.  The scholarship program provides $500-$1500 awards to ACCESS students studying abroad through an ASU-sponsored or endorsed program.  Scholarships are communicated through the ACCESS Program to students and the deadline for Spring/Summer typically falls at the end of October.  Scholarship funds may also be available for Fall/Winter study abroad programs.  
  3. OIED Scholarships: Scholarships range from $500 to $2000. Students will be considered for all of the scholarships for which they are eligible, however they can receive one scholarship per academic year (August-July).
  4. Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship: Over 2,800 scholarships of up to $5,000 are awarded in any given academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad; award amounts vary depending on the length of study and student need.

Even though ACCESS students cannot borrow money for educational expenses, with careful, well thought out planning it is possible for ACCESS students to study abroad. When in doubt, speak with an ACCESS or Study Abroad advisor to help determine which program is right for you!