Scholarships for Study Abroad: General

A common myth people believe about studying abroad is that it’s not affordable. In certain situations, that may be true, but for many it is not the case. A lot of programs match tuition and board at the student’s home institution. Additionally, for many of these institutions that tuition match is basing it off in-state tuition. To put that in perspective, if you are paying out-of-state tuition at your home university, but pay in-state abroad, it could actually be cheaper to study abroad versus domestically. To help pay for tuition and board, there are hundreds of study abroad scholarships. We have compiled a list of generous awards for multiple location scholarships. Check back for lists of area specific study abroad programs!

National Security Education Program / David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

These scholarships are presented to US students pursuing an undergraduate degree that study abroad in an area critical to the United State’s affairs. These areas include Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East, Latin America, and Caribbean. Students must agree that in exchange for award money, you must work in the federal government one year after graduation. The application includes an online application, two essays, and two letters of recommendation. Last year’s deadline was February 9th. Award amounts vary based on the length of program:

  • $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum)
  • $10,000 for a semester
  • $20,000 for a full academic year

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Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

This award is designed to help students pursuing a degree at a 2 or 4 year college who receive Federal Pell Grants to fund their study abroad experience. The program must be 28 days and is based on financial need and strength of application. The goal of the program is to diversify the type of students who study or intern abroad by providing them financial assistance to pursue this opportunity. The deadline varies based on program timeframe, be sure to check the website for a detailed timeline for submittal. Amounts vary depending on program:

  • Average $4,000 award for spring or fall semester
  • Average $3,000 award for summer
  • Up to $8,000 for critical need language award

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CIEE Scholarships

CIEE is a study abroad program widely recognized and attended by thousands. They have 267 programs in 45 countries.  A perk of being a well established program is that they have a large amount of awards to give out. There are many academic excellence awards that recognizes high caliber students in their designated area of study. They also have access scholarships and grants that aim to help students who face financial or social hurdles study abroad.

  • $2,500 per student for academic excellence
  • $1,500-$10,000 for underrepresented student awards

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USAC Scholarships

USAC is another large study abroad program provider. Their programs extend to 26 countries and have a fit for almost anyone. They award over $500,000 in scholarships each year. They have general scholarships, program specific, and discounts. Focus varies from financial need to academic excellence.
Amounts vary:

  • $300-$2,000

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Critical Language Scholarship Program

If you haven’t decided on a program and are considering studying a language, this Critical Language Program is fully funded. It is funded by the US Department of State and sends American undergraduate and graduate students abroad for a summer to be immersed in language learning and cultural appreciation. They seek students from a variety of backgrounds, but have interest in learning a critical language.
Their languages offered include:

  • Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.
  • Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.
  • Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.

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In addition to these national scholarships, be sure to browse what your home university has to offer. The study abroad office most likely has scholarships, as well as your specific major, and chosen program. The options are endless if you do your research!

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