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Many of these scholarships have early deadlines--to secure this funding, you'll need to plan ahead!
When seeking scholarships for study abroad programs, keep in mind that most scholarships that would apply to a regular semester of school will also be applicable towards a semester of classes abroad!
There are, however, a few scholarships that are geared specifically toward study abroad. These have a range of deadlines and eligibility requirements: see the individual websites for details.
Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting students of color, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs.
One online application leads to many opportunities. Applicants are considered for all of the FEA scholarships they meet the criteria for, along with the FEA General Scholarships, including The Rainbow Scholarship.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
Applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of their study abroad program or internship. All program lengths are eligible as long as the study abroad program meets the other eligibility requirements.
Awards of up to $5,000 are made for up to one academic year of undergraduate study abroad. Award amounts will vary based on student’s recommendation group in the selection process, their financial need and length of program. Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, international airfare, passport and visa fees.
Diverse International Women of Color Study Abroad Scholarship
CONNECTING WOMEN OF COLOR WITH FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITIES TO STUDY ABROAD.
Diverse International Women of Color’s mission is to inspire, encourage and promote opportunities for women of color to travel abroad, experience different cultures and broaden their horizons beyond the United States.
Awards $500 scholarships to women of color completing an in-person study abroad program in Fall, Spring or Summer.
The Doe Thornburg Scholarship from IWA (International Women Associates)
The International Women Associates (IWA), founded in 1978 by Doe Thornburg, is a 501(c)(3) Chicago cultural and educational organization whose members engage in cross-cultural exchange, community service, dialogue and friendship. By creating connections among people of diverse international backgrounds through our programs and with other organizations, IWA works toward establishing a more just and peaceful world. IWA has a membership of over 500 women with diverse international backgrounds representing 58 countries.
In keeping with IWA’s vision to promote understanding and cooperation among people of all nations, IWA offers a scholarship to help support a female undergraduate student who is studying abroad. Scholarships are awarded annually to each of the IWA Partner Institutions.
Scholarship value: US $1,000.00 (applicable only to tuition and course-related expenses).
HI USA Scholarship
At HI USA, we think travel should be as much about making a difference in the world as it is about seeing it. That’s why we’ve created Explore the World Travel Scholarships. Recipients receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip that includes an educational or service component.
Our mission at Going is to help people travel and experience the world. Since 2017, we've helped young travelers get out there and get going. Twice a year, four outstanding students will win $1,500 scholarships toward their upcoming study abroad program.
Young people deserve to experience the world beyond their college campuses, but not everyone can afford to travel, especially if you’re on a student budget. The Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world. At Tortuga, our mission is to make travel easier, including for study abroad and gap year students. Winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship for studying abroad. The scholarship may be used for tuition, room and board, books, or travel. Funds will be sent directly to the winner's study abroad program or university, if possible.
The iVisa Annual Scholarship was created in 2017 to help students while promoting their love for travel and the different cultures around the world. The founders created the annual iVisa Scholarship in the hope of promoting among young people the importance of knowing different cultures and understanding and respecting them.
Butex Scholarship - UK
BUTEX brings together universities, colleges and other HE institutions across the UK that have a shared interest in learning abroad. Each year BUTEX awards a number of scholarships to students studying abroad for a semester or a whole academic year, and students undertaking an overseas work/internship/traineeship placement of varying lengths of time.
The Scholarship is open to all undergraduate students who are affiliated to a BUTEX Full Member institution. You may be affiliated as an incoming or an outgoing study abroad student. The value of each scholarship is £500.
DAAD Scholarships - Germany
Every year, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports well over 100,000 German and international students and researchers around the globe – making it the world's largest funding organisation of its kind.
DAAD scholarships are aimed primarily at graduates, doctoral students and postdocs and are awarded for study and research visits to universities and non-university research institutions in Germany. In some programmes, internships and bachelor students are also funded.
Bridging Scholarship - Japan
The Bridging Scholarship is a life-changing opportunity to study abroad in Japan in a credit-bearing semester or academic-year program. Each year 75-100 academically outstanding, financially deserving U.S. undergraduate students are selected as Bridging Scholars. In addition to receiving a cash stipend, Bridging Scholars participate in cohort programming designed to assist students build a future as a global citizen with a lifelong connection to Japan.
Bridging Scholars come to the program from disparate academic backgrounds and interests, often from traditionally underrepresented communities. Each class of scholars represents students from large public universities, small liberal arts colleges, and community colleges across the U.S. Scholar majors range from biochemistry to fine arts but all students share a common interest in Japan, its society, and its language and culture.
Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for Bridging Scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Semester scholarships are valued at $3,500.
Tanaka & Green Scholarship - Japan
In 2014 JASWDC established the Tanaka and Green Academic Scholarships to support short-term academic study (one semester or one academic year) at colleges and universities in Japan. The scholarships are made possible thanks to the Society’s H. William and Lily Tanaka Scholarship Endowment and the Marshal and Lispenard Green Educational Endowment.
The Society will give up to $5,000 for one academic year and up to $4,000 for one academic semester. The scholarship may be used for any combination of tuition and other academic fees, room and board, travel and transportation (including travel within Japan), and other approved expenses.
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program’s goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States. Awards are up to $3,000 for Summer, and up to $5,000 for a semester.
First Trip Scholarship - Non-Traditional Locations
First Trip values the philosophy of global citizenship and promotes travel to non-traditional study abroad destinations. In recent years, international educators have begun challenging students to consider more meaningful international experiences over cliche Western European excursions. First Trip proudly participates in this initiative. First Trip may provide funding for individuals traveling to countries ranked lower than Very High on the United Nations' annual Human Development Index (HDI).
The Boren Awards fund the intensive study of language and culture abroad by U.S. undergraduate or graduate students. All eligible applicants have the option to either apply for a Regional Flagship Language Initiative or select/design their own study program.
The Boren Awards promote long-term linguistic and cultural immersion. Proposed programs of two or more semesters are strongly encouraged. Preference will be given to Boren Awards applicants proposing overseas programs of at least 25 weeks’ duration. The minimum duration of an eligible program is 12 weeks for most Boren Awards applicants.
Boren Scholarships Maximum Award Amounts:
Critical Language Scholarship Program
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion group-based program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 14 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.
Most languages offered by the CLS Program do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages. The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of the United States. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.
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