Finances can appear to be a major obstacle when studying abroad, however, most of the time, it is the same amount or even less than a semester on campus. Institutional aid (scholarships, grants) are not available for study abroad programs. Federal and state aid do qualify for study abroad, but be sure to connect with your financial aid counselor to make sure all requirements are met.
There are several scholarships that are available to students desiring to study abroad, a few of which are listed below. In addition, check with your program to see if there are any internal scholarships for merit or need available.
Please click on the scholarship to find more information. Please check each site for eligibility, instructions and deadlines.
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
- Boren Scholarship (National Security Education Program)
- Go! Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship
- Foundation for Global Scholars
- Find Scholarships and Grants for Study Abroad
This is a great opportunity to get funding for any location you choose to study in. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. The program will provide up to $5,000 for American students to pursue overseas study for college credit and aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. The Gilman Scholarship Program accepts applications two times per year. Ideally, students should begin their application one full semester before their study abroad program or internship is scheduled to begin.
Created in 1991, the National Security Education Program (NSEP) focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Boren Scholarships for undergraduate students, provide up to $20,000 for an academic year to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. These countries include Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Boren Fellowships are for graduate students, provide up to $30,000 for language study and international research.
Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security. Boren Scholars also study less commonly taught languages.
Go! Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship
GO! Overseas is proud to support international education through scholarships available to students participating in study abroad programs. Scholarships are awarded twice each year in the amount of $500. The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions.
Foundation for Global Scholars
The Foundation provides a variety of scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students studying abroad. The majority of their support is directed to students and programs that are underrepresented in education abroad and which have a direct impact on the global and local workforce. For example the scholarships available target applicants from diverse ethnic backgrounds, science/math/engineering (STEM) majors, full-scale work internships, and students from Colorado.
This resource features detailed descriptions of hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, and professionals.