60 Study Abroad Grants and Scholarships

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Did you see the cost of your dream study abroad program and instantly cringe? You're not alone -- studying abroad can be expensive but there are some ways around those hefty price tags. You could of course fundraise, take on a side job, and spend your summer saving, but did you know there are also grants and scholarships specifically for students who want to study overseas?

Scholarships for study abroad are widely available from a variety of sources.

That's right, scholarships for study abroad are widely available from a variety of sources (including right here on Go Overseas with our study and intern abroad scholarship). Surprisingly, thousands of dollars worth of scholarships go unclaimed every year simply because no one applies for them (the horror!). Some of this money could be YOURS.

The trick is knowing not only where to look for scholarships, but also how to apply for them. Even though they may not fully cover your study abroad costs, they'll help decrease your expenses and make your study abroad experience more affordable. So read on for tips on how to apply for study abroad grants and scholarships, as well as a helpful list of scholarships and grants you should apply to.

Quick Tips for Getting Financial Aid for Study Abroad

We've compiled as many study abroad scholarships and grants as we could find right here, but it's not an exhaustive one. In addition to looking here, here are some tips for finding more study abroad scholarships and grants:

  • Explore financial aid options specific to your study abroad program.
  • Check with the government of the country you want to study abroad in -- some give financial support to international students.
  • Visit your financial aid office, study abroad office, and foreign language departments to ask about potential funding sources.
  • Ask your advisor if there are any scholarships specific to your major.
  • Check local organizations like Sons of Italy chapters, German clubs, Hispanic heritage groups, Chinese-American associations, etc.
  • Apply for federal financial aid -- many students don't realize that these government grants and loans may used toward study abroad. You can fill out the application, known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA, online at the US Department of Education FAFSA website.

Are you a high school student? Then you may want to jump ahead to our list of high school study abroad scholarships.

Free Scholarship Search Databases

The internet is an excellent resource for locating a large number of study abroad scholarships. Many of these scholarships will allow you to apply directly online; potentially, you can apply for dozens of scholarships in a few short hours. However, their one downfall is that a larger application pool will reduce your chances to be awarded aid, but remember, you have to be in it to win it! Some places to start:

  • Scholarship Portal: This website provides a comprehensive free search database system for scholarships available throughout Europe; you can search by region, country and discipline.

  • FastWeb: This website will not only help you find study abroad scholarships, but scholarships of all kinds that may help you get through the rest of college. The service is free but offers a number of extra benefits if you decide to register.

  • Mach25 Scholarship Search: This is a simple and free scholarship search database. In a Keyword Search, try entering the name of a language you are interested in and browse through the results to find anything you qualify for.

  • IIE Passport This database is a comprehensive search engine for all study abroad programs registered with IIE passport.

  • Grants.gov The great thing about grants is they're NOT loans, so you don't have to pay them back. Use this database to find money available to cover various costs of study abroad.

Now, down to the good stuff! A whole, huge list of study abroad scholarships you should apply for now:

Study Abroad Scholarships for Multiple Languages and Locations

1. Go Overseas Study & Intern Abroad Scholarship

Go Overseas offers a bi-annual scholarship to students who are planning on studying or interning abroad. Applicants must submit a photo essay and quick survey to enter. The award of $500, to go to any part of your study or intern abroad trip, is given to the most creative entrant. Read our full list of insider tips for applying to the Go Overseas scholarship to get ahead of the crowd!

  • Level: Undergrad and graduate students
  • Award: $500
2. National Security Education Program / David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships:

Scholarships to support U.S. undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in world regions critical to US interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East), in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: $2500 - $20,000
3. Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Provides awards for US undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Based on financial need. Sponsored by the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: up to $5000 (plus additional bonus funds available to Gilman Scholarship recipients only)
4. Robert B. Bailey Scholarship

The Robert B. Bailey Scholarship is intended to promote the participation in CIEE's International Study Programs of individuals or members of groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad, especially ethnic minority students. Applicants are asked to specify the group to which they belong and which they believe to be underrepresented in study abroad.

Applications are reviewed based upon the information provided including financial need, academic achievement, the Personal Statement essay, and recommendations. As part of the scholarship essay, students should also explain how membership in that group factored into the decision to choose the program/destination of study. Additionally, the personal statement should address how the applicant plans to integrate the international experience into future academic, community, professional, and extra-curricular activities.

  • Level: CIEE program participants
  • Award: Up to $2,000 per student.
5. CIEE International Study Programs (CIEE-ISP) Scholarships

Scholarships each year to students who demonstrate both academic excellence and financial need and who are applicants from an Academic Consortium member institution (list is here). Applications are reviewed based upon the information provided including financial need, academic achievement, the Personal Statement essay, and recommendations.

  • Level: CIEE program participants
  • Award: $1500- $2000 per student
6. Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs)

Selected participants work for one academic year in a school or university in a foreign country in Europe, Asia, or South America, assisting in the teaching of English language and American culture. Participants are integrated into the life of the host country. Program details differ from country to country, but participants receive a stipend, paid round-trip airfare, and other benefits. Applicants must have B.A. at time the award year begins.

  • Level: B.A. in hand
  • Award: Varies
7. USAC Scholarships

USAC awards more than $350,000 in scholarships each year to help students with their study abroad expenses. They have a variety of scholarships available for students enrolled in USAC programs, including general study abroad, Member University, and site/project specific scholarships.

  • Level: must be used on a USAC program
  • Award: Varies
8. Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships

The Rotary Club offers 3 different types of scholarship: Academic Year Ambassadorial Scholarships for 1 year of study abroad, Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships for 2 years of degree-oriented study abroad, and Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships for 3 or 6 months of language study and cultural immersion abroad. Applicants must be a citizen of a country that has Rotary Clubs and must have completed at least 2 years of college-level coursework or equivalent professional experience before commencing their scholarship studies.

  • Level: Undergrad or graduate
  • Award: $13,000 - $25,000

9. Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Scholarships

The national honor society for foreign language students awards scholarships for undergraduate study in programs abroad to its members.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: $1000
10. Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarships

Ten scholarships awarded annually for members of the Golden Key Honor Society for undergraduate study abroad. Awards will be made based on academic merit and relevance of study abroad program to major field of study.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: $1000
11. Institute for International Public Policy Fellowships

Applicants must have sophomore status and be enrolled full-time in a 4-year BA program, have a minimum 3.2 GPA, be an underrepresented minority and possess a strong interest in international affairs. The fellowship includes support for participation in junior-year study abroad, sophomore- and junior-year summer policy institutes, summer intensive language study, and internship placement.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: Varies
12. Fulbright Travel Grants

To pay round trip travel expenses to study abroad programs in Germany, Hungary, Italy in cases where the cost of travel is not covered by the program fees.

  • Level: All
  • Award: Varies
13. American Association of University Women Fellowships and Grants

One of the world's largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3 million in funding for more than 200 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2009-10 academic year.

  • Level: Graduate
  • Award: Varies
14. CEA Scholarships

CEA offers 8 unique scholarship opportunities available to those enrolled in CEA study abroad programs, based on need, merit, affiliation, and distinction.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: $500 - $750 for short term programs and $1000-$3000 for year long programs

15. Glimpse Correspondents Programs

The Glimpse Foundation and The National Geographic Society seek talented writers, photographers, and filmmakers to record their experiences studying abroad.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: Save $600 from one of their courses
16. Churchill Foundation Scholarship

At least fourteen Churchill Scholarships are offered annually. The Scholarship is tenable for nine, ten or twelve months, depending on the academic program.

  • Level: Graduate
  • Award: $45,000-$50,000
17. Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation

Travel Study Awards through the CJS foundation are available to Silver or Gold Award Girl Scouts who plan to study abroad.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: $1000
18. IIE Midwest Study Abroad Scholarships

There are seven study abroad scholarships applicable for a study abroad experience of any duration greater than 4 weeks in any part of the world.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: $1000
19. John T. Petters Scholarship

Scholarship awards for students interested in international business with diverse backgrounds looking to study abroad as part of their degree plan.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: Up to $5000
20. Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant Program

Awards grants to emerging creative artists with funds supporting periods of travel for the purpose of study, exploration, and growth.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: Varies
21. School for International Training (SIT) College Semester Abroad Scholarships

Awards are made on consideration of both merit and need. In addition, scholarship funds are used to ensure that a diverse group of students, from all regions in the U.S. and from a variety of colleges and universities can participate.

  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Award: $500-$4000
22. Youth Foundation Scholarship

Available to high school seniors seeking higher education at accredited four-year United States colleges or universities. Applicants must show a 3.5+ or better grade average and should document financial need.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: Varies
23. My Travel Bug

In order to help financially needy Americans travel abroad, My Travel Bug, Inc. awards a number of Fellowships each year. Prospective Fellows submit an application and are judged on educational merit, originality and writing quality.

  • Level: Undergrad, Graduate
  • Award: Varies
24. 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.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: Varies
25. Global Studies Foundation Student Grant

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.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: Varies
26. NSEP Language Flagship Fellowship

The Language Flagship offers a limited number of fellowships to qualified American students interested in receiving financial support to participate in one of the Graduate Flagship Programs in Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, and Persian.

  • Level: Graduate
  • Award: Varies
27. AIFS Study abroad Scholarships and Grants

Over $600,000 is given to deserving students for both semester and summer programs by the American Institute for Foreign Study.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: $200-$1000
28. Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship

Part of Tortuga Backpack's mission "is to help people take amazing trips" -- which is why they dedicate part of their proceeds towards a study abroad scholarship for full time students who have been accepted to study abroad trips. It's only open to U.S. citizens. To apply just complete an online application and 500-word essay.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: $1,000 and a Tortuga Backpack

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Asia

29. Department of Education Scholarship for Programs in China

Provides financial assistance to students who are participating in the Chinese language programs offered by the CIEE Centers at Peking University (Beijing), East China Normal University (Shanghai), Nanjing University, and National Chengchi University (Taipei). Based on merit, financial need, and previous language experience.

  • Level: Upperclassman undergrad or graduate
  • Award: $500 - $8000 toward program fee
30. Henry Luce Foundation: Luce Scholars Program

Stipends and internships for eighteen Americans under the age of 29 to live and work in Asia are available each year.

  • Level: Graduate
  • Award: $40,000
31. Freeman Asia

The Freeman-Asia scholarship provides American students to study abroad in one of the 15 Asian countries on semester or summer programs (at least eight weeks in length). Scholarships are first offered to student with no prior experience in the country where they plan to study.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: $3000-$7000
32. Japanese Studies Scholarships

The Japanese Studies Scholarships are for undergraduate students who wish to pursue Japan-related studies. This program offers students an opportunity to study Japanese language and culture for one year in Japan. Students must be currently enrolled in Japanese at a university outside of Japan at the time of application. Sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology (Monbukagakusho).

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: 139,200 yen/mo. + one-time sum of 25,000 yen upon arrival
33. Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

Scholarships for American students participating in study abroad programs in Japan to assist with travel and living expenses. Funding from private foundations and major US corporations has made it possible for ATJ to award 100 scholarships annually. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: $2500-$4000
34. Morgan Stanley Scholarships

For those students interested in economics and international finance who have been accepted for study in Japan are eligible.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: $7500
35. India Study Abroad Center

Available to deserving international students interested in studying abroad in India through an ISAC program.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: Varies dependent on length of program
36. Asia Exchange Scholarships

are awarded twice a year for students who are currently enrolled in a university/college. The scholarship is to be used for studying abroad via Asia Exchange at one of the following universities: Bali, Indonesia: Udayana University; Bangkok, Thailand: Kasetsart University; Guangzhou, China: Guangzhou University; Phuket, Thailand: Prince of Songkla University; and Seoul, South Korea: Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. The entire program fee for each of the above programs is $3,500.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: $500

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Europe

37. 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.

  • Level: Undergrad or graduate
  • Award: $1500
38. The Walter J. Jensen Fellowship For French Language, Literature, and Culture

Awarded by the national honor society Phi Beta Kappa for at least 6 months of study in France. Candidates must be US citizens holding a B.A. who can demonstrate that their career does or will involve the active use of the French language. They must demonstrate superior competence in French.

  • Level: Post-undergrad
  • Award: $10,000
39. 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.

  • Level: Any
  • Award: Varies
40. 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.

  • Level: High school diploma, undergrad, or graduate
  • Award: Varies
41. EESA-Eastern European Study Abroad

EESA provides merit and need-based scholarships of up to $7,000 per applicant. EESA offers individual financial advising to all students and ensures that each student is able to study abroad.

  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Award: Up to $7,000
42. Delta Phi Alpha Scholarship Awards

The national honor society for German awards scholarships to undergraduate student members wishing to further their German studies with research and study abroad in a German-speaking country.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: $1000-$2000
43. American Austrian Foundation

Offers numerous awards to support exchanges to Austria in the fields of medicine, science, communications and the arts.

  • Level: Varies by award
  • Award: Varies
44. Work Immersion Study Program (WISP)

Three-month work and study immersion program that pays for intensive 1-month language course and places students in a 2-month paid internship in a business or technical field related to their career plans in Germany.

  • Level: Community college only
  • Award: Varies
45. Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbuttel Fellowship

Applicants for long- and short-term fellowships at the Newberry may also ask to be considered for this joint fellowship providing an additional two-month fellowship in Wolfenbuttel, Germany.

  • Level: Undergrad, graduate
  • Award: Varies
46. Kosciuszko Foundation Year Abroad in Poland Scholarship

Financial support from the Polish Ministry of Education and Sport and the Kosciuszko Foundation for US students to study and live in Poland for a semester or year. Includes tuition waiver and stipend for living costs for study of Polish language, history, and literature at Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: Varies
47. King Olav V Norwegian-American Heritage Fund

Scholarship to support the study of American students in Norway or Norwegian students in the US.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: $250-$3000
48. UniPlaces Scholarship

UniPlaces is a search engine for student accommodation, and while their scholarship is different than most others on the list, applicants will have the chance to win accommodation for a full semester of their study abroad -- which we all know can be a major expense! Applicants can be any nationality. To enter, submit a video of you doing something random and kind for another student.

  • Level: Undergrad and Grad
  • Award: Accommodation for a semester

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Latin America

49. Center for Cross-Cultural Study Scholarship Program

The Center for Cross-Cultural Study Scholarship Program is open to all students enrolled in CC-CS study abroad programs in Spain, Argentina, and Cuba.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: $100-$1000
50. 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).

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: $500
51. Hispanic Study Abroad Scholars (HSAS)

The HSAS Scholarship is available to students of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) attending Global Learning Semesters programs.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: $1000
52. Expanish Short Term Argentina Scholarship

Expanish offers two scholarships during January term, and two during May sessions, equal to the equivalent of 25% of the student's program fees.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: Varies

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Africa

53. American Research Center In Egypt Fellowships

Over the course of five decades, ARCE's fellowship program has benefited more than six hundred scholars, whose research interests span the diversity of Egypt's periods and cultures.

  • Level: Pre-doctoral and post-doctoral
  • Award: Varies
54. School for Field Studies Scholarship

These awards are need-based and preference is given to those students participating in Kenya programs, where the cost of airfare is significantly higher than other SFS programs.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: $2000-$5000
55. Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award

An award that focuses unambiguously on excellence in scholarship; it has a long tradition of investing in education and related fields.

  • Level: Graduate
  • Award: Over $100,000
56. CGE's Heritage Scholarship - Namibia

Two scholarships are available each semester for students of Pan African descent who are committed to understanding the effect of racism/apartheid and resistance movements in the U.S. and in Southern Africa.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: Varies
57. Vance Scholarship in Ghana

For students attending Central College Abroad's program in west Africa.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: $1,000

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Oceania

58. 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.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: $2,000
59. Southeast Asian Fellowship Program

The East-West Center offers a wide variety of both short- and long-term programs for individuals. Academic scholarships and fellowships as well as educational exchange and professional development programs are available.

  • Level: Undergrad
  • Award: Varies
60. Fellowship Grant in Singapore

The Asian Civilisations Museum invites scholars to apply for fellowships in areas related to the museum's collections and topics of future exhibitions. The research fellowships support in-depth original study and writing on specialized aspects of Asian culture.

  • Level: Undergrad, graduate
  • Award: Varies
61. Scholarships for study in Australia

This database provided by the Australian government gives students easy access to the available funding for international students studying there.

  • Level: Undergrad, graduate
  • Award: Varies

Good Luck!

This is just a snapshot of the ample scholarship opportunities available to aid in funding your study abroad experience. While cost is an influential factor, it should not be a deciding factor (especially if the decision is leaning towards a 'no!'). We bid you good luck in your search for scholarships!


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