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When choosing your funding options, it's important to remember:


* Start early * Ask for help * Seek multiple resources * Plan * Save * Get creative! *


Finding funding to study abroad can be challenging. Scholarship sources for study abroad may be merit-based, student-specific, destination-specific, program specific, and/or subject specific. Plan ahead, as all scholarships have early application deadlines. In the interest of increasing who studies abroad, many scholarships aim to reach students traditionally underrepresented (i.e. men, students of color, non-traditional age students, STEM majors, students with disabilities, first-generation college students, LGBTQ students). Many scholarships also encourage students who choose to study in non-traditional study abroad destinations (especially those outside Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand).


Scholarship Opportunities for Study Abroad:

  • Benjamin A.Gilman: supports Pell grant recipients for non-traditional study abroad destinations (especially those outside Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand). Students traditionally underrepresented in study abroad are encouraged to apply

  • Blakemore Asian Language Fellowships This program funds a year of advanced study of an Asian language in Asia for American citizens and permanent residents of the United States who have a degree and who plan to use an Asian language in their careers.

  • Boren Awards  provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

  • Bridging Scholarship for study in Japan.
  • British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association Sixteen scholarships are awarded to North American students who study abroad at a United Kingdom University that is a member of BUTEX.
  • Congress - Bundestag Youth Exchange Program: Scholarship program that facilitates cultural exchange for American and German young adults in the business, vocational, technical, and agricultural fields. 75 Americans and 100 Germans are selected annually. 12-month program includes support for intensive language instruction, university classes, and a 5-month career-related internship. Funds round-trip airfare, language study and university classes, living stipend.
  • Critical Language Scholarships: The CLS Program is a U.S. government interagency 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.
  • DAAD Scholarships for graduate and undergraduate study in Germany
  • Diversity Abroad Scholarships: for students participating in approved programs who are traditionally underrepresented in study abroad and are participating in Diversity Abroad member programs
  • Foundation for Global Scholars awards scholarships to help enable students to obtain an international experience. Students who are from underrepresented populations in international education are a priority.
  • Fulbright Scholar Program for scholarly work and teaching assistantships abroad
  • Fund for Education Abroad for undergraduate students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad by reducing financial restrictions through grants and scholarships.
  • General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Scholarhip for graduate or undergraduate study for summer session, full semester, or full year program. Applicants must be residents of Massachusetts.
  • German Academic Exchange Service: Offers 9 different types of scholarships, grants, and fellowships for study and research in Germany. There are awards for undergraduate students to post-doctoral scholars in every field imaginable. Ranges from financial support for 3-week courses to full-year financial support for an academic year abroad.
  • Glimpse Correspondents Programs: The Glimpse Foundation and The National Geographic Society seek talented writers, photographers, and filmmakers to record their experiences studying abroad.
  • Global Studies Foundation for student travel and Study Abroad.
  • Go Overseas Scholarships are awarded each academic year. The award for each scholarship is $1,000. The Go Overseas scholarship is open to current students who will be enrolled in a study abroad program during the coming academic year. Recipients must be successfully accepted into a study abroad program

  •  Japanese Student Service Organization (JASSO) This program offers scholarships for international students who have interest in studying in Japan. There are many scholarships provided by various organizations that collaborate with JASSO.

  • LIVFund: The Learn, Intern, and Volunteer in Latin America fund offers scholarships to any student in need of financial assistance and planning to study or intern abroad in Latin America (including Argentina and Cuba).
  • Marshall Scholarships for graduate study in Britain. 

  • Monbukagakusho Scholarships for Study in Japan This program offers scholarships to international students, providing hundreds with the opportunity to live and study in Japan. There are five types of Monbukagakusho scholarships offering awards to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as teachers.
  • Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan Co-sponsors of the scholarships are the US-Japan Bridging Foundation and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese, which will coordinate the collection of applications and the initial selection process. The final selection of scholarship recipients will be made by Morgan Stanley management in Tokyo. Eligible students include juniors and seniors at US universities with an interest in policy, economics, or international finance who have been accepted for study in Japan.
  • New England - China Scholarship Program: The NECSP is a competitive scholarship award managed by the New England Board of Higher Education in collaboration with the Beijing Municipal Education Commission (BMEC) and is available to students currently enrolled in public or private New England colleges and universities who plan on studying in China for up to one academic year. Students must apply and be accepted to one of 49 Beijing area institutions, including UIBE and Tsinghua University.
  • NSEP David L. Boren Scholarship awards for undergraduates or NSEP David L. Boren Fellowship grants for graduate students who are planning to study under-represented languages or other disciplines deemed critical to U.S. security. These scholarships have a service requirement upon graduation
  • Pacific Prime will award $1000 scholarships to international studdents who are enrolled for at least one semester of study in an overseas tertiary education insitution in Asia. The aim of the scholarship is to facilitate diversity through exposure to foreign cultures and nations by encouraging international study in the Asia Pacific Region.
  • Pescosolido Family Scholarship Foundation, Inc.: scholarships for study at accredited and acceptable educational institutions in Italy. Applicants should be residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and have exhibited ability and serious interest in, or commitment to, the study of the Italian language along with the civilization, culture and history of Italy.
  • Rotary International & Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship offers several worldwide scholarships that vary in length and focus.

  • The Snowdon Awards Scheme Every year, grants are provided to students who have a physical or sensory disability and will be studying at a university in the UK. Grants range from £250 to £2,500 and help cover additional costs, like computers, mobility equipment or human help that push up the already high costs of being a student.

  • Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship: program provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need.
  • US Indonesia Society Grants: USINDO Travel Grants are open U.S. and Indonesian citizens seeking to travel to Indonesia or the United States to conduct field research or other professional projects, including conferences.
  • Walter Jensen Scholarship for Study Abroad: Awarded to a future teacher of French to help pay for a semester or a year studying French abroad in an accredited program in any Francophone country. Student must be currently enrolled in an established teacher education program in French and must be sponsored by a member of the American Association of Teachers of French. Awards are based on financial need and can be used to cover tuition, fees, travel, or housing costs.

  • Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation This foundation offers scholarship information for students interested in pursuing Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State. It also offers scholarships for teachers who want to get involved in high-need schools.

Other great resources for searching for study abroad funding, scholarships and grants are:

Institute of International Education - IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding

Diversity Abroad - International Scholarships and Fellowship Directory
Scholarships for Multicultural Students – a resource for multicultural students interested in studying abroad. 
Scholarships  & Additional Resources / Information for Non-US Citizens

There are several funding options when it comes to financing your study abroad trip. In addition to scholarships, you can often apply your current financial aid package to your time abroad as well as student loans. See the Financial Aid page for further detail about Financial Aid & Study Abroad.

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