Most study abroad program providers offer separate scholarships to students who have applied to their programs. These funds are often either academic merit, diversity, or financial-need based. However, keep in mind those terms are often defined generally and therefore include a wider array of financial and cultural backgrounds. You should read the eligibility requirements very closely before applying to ensure you are eligible. Please examine the various websites below in your search for additional funding sources.
Alliance for Global Education
Alliance scholarships are only awarded to students who attend Alliance programs in India and China. The maximum amount that students can receive is $4,500 per student for the fall and spring terms and $2,500 per student for the summer term. Students from non-traditional majors or minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Award decisions are based on financial need. To be eligible for an Alliance scholarship, you must have applied for financial aid through your home school. Scholarship applications and supporting materials must be submitted by the same deadline as your Alliance program applications.
American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)
Each year, more than $600,000 in scholarships will be given to summer and semester students who submit application materials demonstrating high academic achievement. Scholarships are available for both summer and semester programs.
- Semester Program Grants - AIFS often offers grants to students attending specific programs each summer and semester term. To find out which programs are currently offering scholarships, visit the Program Grant Page.
- AIFS International Scholarships - Each semester AIFS offers 40 scholarships of $1,000 to students who demonstrate high academic achievement and write an essay addressing “How study abroad will impact my academic and personal growth.” Download the AIFS International Scholarship application.
- Study Again with AIFS Grants- If you studied abroad on an AIFS summer program, you will receive a $1000 grant to study abroad on an AIFS semester or academic year catalog program, or a $500 grant toward a summer catalog program. If you studied abroad on an AIFS semester or academic year program, you will receive a $500 grant toward a summer catalog program or a $1000 grant toward a semester program in a different academic year. Download the AIFS Study Again Grant application.
- Gilman Scholarship Bonus – $500 Grants - AIFS will award an additional $500 to each student who receives a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and uses it toward an AIFS semester or academic year catalog program. More information about Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships is available at www.iie.org/gilman.
- Diversity Abroad Achievement Scholarship – Each semester, AIFS offers up to 10 semester scholarships of $1000 to outstanding students from under-represented groups. Applicants must demonstrate high academic achievement and/or participate in community service activities.
The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University is committed to an extensive scholarship program awarding more than $2 million annually. Eligibility is based on financial need and aims to help students for whom financial assistance can mean the difference between participation in an Arcadia program and staying home. Award amounts are from $250 - $2500 for semester or year program, and $250 - $750 for summer programs.
CEA Global Education
CEA offers competitive scholarship opportunities available to all CEA Global Education students. These scholarships are open to program participants who meet the eligibility requirements in order to aid you in subsidizing the cost of your study abroad program.
- Global Career Scholarship - for students who are interested in pursuing a career with global ties.
- Scholarships with Distinction - a competitive award chosen from Global Career, Diversity, Academic Merit and Global Education Scholarship applicants highlighting excellence and exemplary effort for select candidates
- Diversity Scholarships - for students from diverse backgrounds and/or for students who have had a personal experience with diversity.
- Need-Based Scholarships - for students who demonstrate a high need for additional funding.
- Academic Merit Scholarships - for students who have excelled academically and have earned a GPA of 3.7 or higher.
- Global Education Scholarships - for all students seeking a global learning experience who have earned a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- Summer & Short-term Scholarships - for all students who have applied to a program 4-10 weeks in length.
- Chris Towns Memorial Scholarships - for students who have applied to a semester long program in France, and who are involved in co-curricular activities centered on multi-cultural or international issues at their home campus.
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
CIEE is committed to helping students from diverse backgrounds fields, and fields of study overcome traditional obstacles to study abroad. They offer a variety of merit and need-based scholarships that can be applied towards or defray program fees, and travel costs.
- GAIN Scholarship - the GAIN Scholarship was developed to aid in diversifying study abroad by providing opportunities for students who are economically challenged, from diverse backgrounds, or underrepresented fields of study. Awards range from $1000–$5000, depending on duration of study and financial need.
- CIEE International Study Programs (CIEE-ISP) Scholarships - in an effort to make study abroad opportunities available to the widest possible audience, CIEE offers scholarships each year to CIEE Study Program participants who demonstrate both academic excellence and financial need. Award amounts are $2,000 for semester or yearlong programs, and $1,000 for summer programs.
- Jennifer Ritzmann Scholarship for Studies in Tropical Biology - this scholarship is to be awarded each semester, in the amount of $1000, to a qualified participant on either the Monteverde, Costa Rica Tropical Ecology and Conservation semester-long program or the Sustainability and the Environment semester-long program. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a creative Scholarship Essay as part of their scholarship application.
- John E. Bowman Travel Grants - the Bowman Travel Grants were established in memory of John E. Bowman, Executive Director of CIEE from 1952 to 1979. These awards provide assistance to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs in non-traditional locations. All awards are $1,000 and are intended to help defray the cost of travel.
- Kathleen McDermott Scholarship - the applicant must have demonstrated financial need, and be either a Public Health or Nursing major, and/or participating in a CIEE Community Public Health study abroad program. Awards range from $1000–$2500, depending on duration of study and financial need.
- Michael Stohl Scholarship - the applicant must be self-identified as a 1st generation college student, demonstrate financial need, be a non-traditionally aged student, have a non-traditional background, and/or be planning to conduct research as part of the study abroad program. Preference is given to students from public institutions of higher learning. Awards range from $1000–$5000, depending on duration of study and financial need.
- Peter Wollitzer Scholarships for Study in Asia - applicants must fulfill the following criteria participate in a CIEE Study Center program in Asia. One award is granted each semester in the amount of $2,000 and two awards of $500 each are granted for summer programs.
- Robert B. Bailey Scholarship - the applicant must be self-identified as belonging to an underrepresented group in study abroad and must demonstrate financial need. Award amounts are $1,500 for semester or yearlong programs and $1000 for summer programs.
Danish Institute for Study Abroad
These study abroad scholarships are offered by DIS:
- DIS Scholarship – need-based up to $5,000 per semester; $250-1,000 per summer depending on course/program selection
- Work-Study Scholarship – up to $500 per semester (limited number)
- Diversity Scholarship - DIS seeks to promote a diverse student body by providing need-based financial support to academically excellent students from populations traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. Such students may have diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, economic, sexual orientation and educational backgrounds and experiences. First generation college students (meaning neither parent has a college degree from any country) are also encouraged to apply. Funding is available up to $5,000 per semester, $250-1,000 per summer depending on course/program selection.
GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Scholarships
Foundation for Global Scholars - The Foundation for Global Scholars is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Denver, Colorado whose mission is to create global citizens and leaders by assisting students in achieving their personal and professional goals of obtaining cultural and academic experiences abroad. The Foundation will support this mission by awarding scholarships to help enable students to obtain an international experience. Students who are from underrepresented populations in international education are a priority. More information about these awards can be found at www.foundationforglobalscholars.org.
IES Abroad now offers up to $2.3 million in scholarships and financial aid each year because we firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad program.
- Diversity Scholarships - for students from diverse backgrounds, including first generation college students.
- Summer Scholarships - scholarships for summer study.
- Merit-Based Scholarship - scholarships by area of interest or major and academic achievement for students from schools that are members of our Consortium.
- Partner Universities Abroad Scholarships - scholarships for IES Abroad students offered by several of our partner institutions abroad.
- Public University Grants - students from public universities that are members of our Consortium receive an automatic $1,500 credit.
IFSA - Butler University Scholarships
IFSA - Butler believes that study abroad should be within the reach of every student, so we offer a wide range of scholarships and financing opportunities for our students.
International Studies Abroad (ISA)
ISA awards $60,000 in scholarships each year to students who are participating in ISA's programs. ISA offers the following scholarships to assist students with the cost of studying abroad: The Dr. Carlos E. Castaneda Memorial Scholarship, The Michaela Farnum Memorial Scholarship, and ISA Diversity Scholarship.
School for Field Studies
The School for Field Studies (SFS) awards over $300,000 in need-based scholarships each year with roughly one third of SFS students receiving some type of aid. For most of these students study abroad would not be possible without financial assistance. SFS greatly appreciates the support of our alumni and other generous donors who make this possible through their contributions to the SFS general scholarship fund and endowed scholarships.
SFS also offers a zero-interest, revolving loan program. SFS aid is awarded on a first come, first serve basis and is subject to the availability of funds. The quality of the information provided by a student is critical to the proper assessment and subsequent award of any aid. Financial aid applications must be complete and are not reviewed until a student has been accepted to an SFS program; however, students should apply for financial aid as early as possible.
School for International Study (SIT)
Every SIT Study Abroad applicant who completes the SIT scholarship and grant application process prior to their program application deadline will be considered for the following awards. There is no separate scholarship application.
- SIT Pell Grant Match Award - SIT matches Federal Pell Grant funding for all study abroad programs.
- The Compton Fund - for students enrolled in SIT programs with environmental, peace studies, or sustainable development themes.
- SIT Engineering Scholarship - for students enrolled in undergraduate engineering programs who have demonstrated financial need.
- The Houston International Scholarship - for undergraduate students in any field or major from Houston, Texas, and surrounding areas.
- IHP Grant - need-based grant assistance for students participating on an IHP comparative program.
- The Lewy Family Global Health Scholars Fund - for women scholars who plan to undertake a health-related Independent Study Project.
- The Middle East and Islamic Studies Scholarship - for students participating in programs with significant Middle Eastern and/or Islamic studies content.
- Sally Bragg Baker Scholarship - for a female participant in any semester program who demonstrates international awareness and a desire to create a more peaceful world through international exchange.
- SIT Bonner Scholar Award - for students participating in this community service program.
- SIT Fund - for students with demonstrated financial need who enroll in any SIT Study Abroad program, to help promote study abroad opportunities worldwide.
- The Workum Fund - for SIT Study Abroad students studying on programs in the Indian subcontinent (India and Nepal), including the Tibetan and Himalayan Studies program.
Semester at Sea
Semester at Sea and the Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) provide $3.25 million in aid to students each year. ISE offers a broad offering of awards to assist as many students as possible. It is ISE's mission to make sure that all qualified students interested in Semester at Sea are able to sail regardless of financial resources.
General Scholarships for any region
Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship (for Pell Grant recipients)
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is made available through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State. This scholarship provides funds of up to $5,000 for undergraduates who are Pell Grants recipients to pursue study programs outside of the United States for up to one year. An additional $3000 may be available to students studying critical languages.
Fund for Education Abroad
FEA scholarships were designed by professionals in the field of Education Abroad to meet the growing need for financial resources to enable more students to go abroad. Scholarships will be up to $5,000 per semester and are not limited to specific programs, destinations, or fields of study. FEA will award funds for students planning to study abroad on academically rigorous programs with a preference for underrepresented students.
Go Overseas Scholarship
This scholarship is available to undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in or in the process of applying to study abroad. The largest scholarship is $1000.
Critical Language based Scholarships
Boren Awards for International Study sponsored by the National Security Exchange Program (NSEP)
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. We focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security, broadly defined, and underrepresented in study abroad.
Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS)
A program of United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes overseas in thirteen critical need foreign languages. The institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. students.
The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.
Study in The United Kingdom
British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX)
BUTEX offers eight scholarships for students currently registered at an institution in the U.S. or Canada. To be eligible to apply you must have been offered a place as a study abroad or exchange student at a UK university which is a member of BUTEX. The value of each scholarship is £500 (approximately $1000) and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university.
ESTA Scholarship Fund
Study in Asia
Foundation for Asia Pacific Education
The Foundation provides scholarships for students studying abroad in the Asia Pacific region of the world, including Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. In each academic year, the Foundation awards more than $200,000 in scholarships and grants to help students who may otherwise be unable to study abroad and ensure that students have an affordable international experience in the Asia Pacific region.
The foundation may award funds to students who are from specific academic majors, who demonstrate diverse backgrounds or participation, and/or who are from specific universities or colleges. The Foundation may also have a general pool of scholarship funds available to qualified students. Details of applying for this Foundation's scholarships will be available to participants upon acceptance.
Studying in Asia before graduating can give students a competitive advantage in their professional careers, especially when collaborating with international peers. More than half of Freeman-ASIA alumni report being employed in a position related to Asian affairs or requiring knowledge of an Asian language. As more employers seek new hires with meaningful and substantive experience in Asia, it is critical that more Americans learn about and engage with Asian economies, political systems and cultures.
Every year, up to 200 students from around the world are selected to be Schwarzman Scholars. This scholarship program is designed to develop leadership skills and professional networks though a one-year Master's degree in Global Affairs on the campus of Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Candidates are selected on the basis of leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to anticipate and act on emerging trends and opportunities, exemplary character, and desire to understand other cultures, perspectives and positions. Those selected will receive a comprehensive scholarship that include tuition fees, room and board, travel to and from Beijing, an in-country study tour, course books and supplies, Lenovo laptop and smartphone, health insurance, and a personal $3,500 stipend.
Students pursuing an undergraduate degree as well as those who have completed an undergraduate degree are encouraged to apply. Applicants must demonstrate strong English skills.
Study in Germany
DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service
DAAD offers a wide range of opportunities to students, scholars, and universities of the United States and Canada, from undergraduate students to post-doctoral scholars, for study and research in Germany. Scholarships may be granted for a minimum of 4 (one semester) and a maximum of 10 months (one academic year). Recipients will be awarded a monthly stipend of 650 Euros (approximately $800), plus additional funds to help defray travel and research expenses as well as health insurance.
Golden Key International Honour Society is an internationally recognized, nonprofit organization with over 350 chapters throughout the United States and across the globe. Golden Key invites only the top 15% of juniors and seniors and high-achieving graduate school students to be members. This scholarship assists Golden Key members who are currently enrolled in a study abroad program or will be enrolled the academic year immediately following the granting of the award. The study abroad program cannot have been completed prior to the application deadline date. Award recipients will be expected to contribute an article about their study abroad experience to CONCEPTS, Golden Key's annual magazine. Ten $1,000 awards will be presented each year (three for the October deadline, seven for the April deadline).
The National Italian American Foundation Scholarships
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) awards scholarships and grants to outstanding students in the summer for use during the following academic year. The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit and divided between two groups of students: Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements; students from any ethnic background majoring or minoring in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies or a related field, who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. Scholarship awards range from $2,500-$10,000.
Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year.
Glimpse Correspondents Program
The Glimpse Correspondents Program is for talented writers and photographers with a passion for storytelling and a knack for finding truly unique stories. The program is open to anyone who will be working, volunteering, or studying outside of their home country for at least 10 weeks. Correspondents receive the following benefits: $600 stipend, support from a team of professional editors, career training in writing and photography, and guaranteed publication on Glimpse.org and the Matador Network.
Diversity Abroad and CISI Planning Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who come from a diverse background that plan to study abroad the following summer or fall. Students do not have to be committed to a program at the time they apply or receive the scholarship. It can be used for passports, visas, flights, program deposits, etc.
Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship
Students participating in the Overseas Ambassador program are eligible for this scholarship. Five scholarships are awarded for both spring and fall semester programs.
Diversity Abroad and China Institute Scholarship
Diversity Abroad and the University of Dayton's China Institute are offering five $20,000 scholarships each semester. Funds will be applied toward the total program cost, which includes tuition, housing, meals, airfare, visas and excursions. Applicants must use the funds to study at the China Institute through the University of Dayton.
Diversity Network Summer Scholarship
Diversity Abroad is offering $1,000 scholarships to students attending any member institution. Applicants must be a full-time undergraduate student and have a minimum GPA of 2.75. Additionally, applicants must be willing to share their experience through articles and blogs.
Diversity Abroad AIFS Achievement Scholarship
Each semester, AIFS offers $5,000 scholarships to outstanding students from under-represented groups. Applicants must demonstrate high academic achievement and/or participation in community service. This scholarship can only be applied to an AIFS program.
Diversity Abroad and Semester at Sea Scholarship
Four scholarships are offered for both the fall and spring semesters to students participating in a Semester at Sea program. Each award includes a $5,000 tuition credit and covers the cost of the student's flight.
Semester at Sea Financial Need Grant
The Institute for Shipboard Education offers grants ranging from $500 to $10,000. Award offerings are based on information included in a student's FAFSA. Students must be admitted and confirmed before applying for the scholarship.
DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship
Any American and Canadian sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply for a scholarship toward study, research and/or internships in Germany. A program can either be independently designed or part of an organized program. Students must get academic credit for their experience abroad.
API/JCU Diversity Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to outstanding minority students participating in an API program at the John Cabot University in Rome.
API First Generation Scholarship
This scholarship supports students who are the first in their family to attend a college or university. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and able to demonstrate financial need in order to apply.
API Diversity Scholarship
Students participating in an API program that come from a diverse background are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must be one or more of the following: a U.S. military veteran, a non-traditional student (30 years old or older), a student with a disability, a minority student and/or a LGBTQ student.