International Programs

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.


Eligibility Note: Must be a Pell Grant Recipient.

Deadline for Spring 2018 or Early Decision Summer 2018: October 3rd, 2017.

Deadline for Fall or Summer 2018: Early March, 2018.

The Doe Thornburg Scholarship from IWA (International Women Associates)

Value: $1,000 (to be used for tuition or course-related expenses)

Note that this scholarship is a unique opportunity only available to a small pool of students who attend one of the few Chicago-based partner schools of the IWA, which includes Columbia College!

Eligibility Note: Must be a female student who is a US citizen or US permanent resident, with a minimum GPA of 3.0, studying abroad on an exchange program in the Fall semester.

Instructions and the application form are available at

Application deadline: Early May, 2018. Exact deadline TBA.

Application requires a completed application form, resume, and recommendation letter.  Applicants may be contacted for an interview.

In putting together your application materials, you are strongly encouraged to read over their website to get a clear idea of the mission of the IWA, so that you can better present your candidacy.  Contact our office ( for assistance.



Eligibility Note: For graduates and graduate students.

Deadline: Campus deadline for 2019-2020 applicants is Monday, September 3rd, 2018.

E-mail Mark Chakoian, Campus Fulbright Program Adviser ( to make an appointment.

For information, learn more!


Eligibility Note: For students considering a career with the federal government.

Deadline: Campus deadline for 2018-2019 applicants is early January, 2018.


Deadline: For all 2018-2019 awards, deadline is early January 2018.

Hostelling International

Eligibility Note: Available to Chicago residents.