What are some sources of study abroad funding?

Scholarships for study abroad are available, but can take a little digging to find. Many organizations offer scholarships for specific destinations, programs, or courses of study, so your scholarship search will be easier if you have definite ideas about where you want to go or what program you’d like to attend. Here’s a list of resources you should be sure to check:

  • Your home institution’s study abroad and financial aid offices will be most familiar with scholarships offered by your institution. Staff in these offices can provide advice on whether your existing financial aid will apply to a study abroad program.
  • As an applicant to a CET program, you are eligible to apply for a CET scholarship.
  • Freeman Awards for Study in Asia are available to undergraduates who demonstrate financial need and plan to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
  • The US State Department sponsors a number of scholarships. Many of these focus on foreign language training. Undergraduate students may wish to apply for a Gilman scholarship. Those who have completed their undergraduate study may want to investigate the Fulbright program. Fulbright also offers a Critical Language Enhancement Award for the study of certain foreign languages.
  • The National Security Education Program provides Boren Scholarships and Boren Fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages.
  • The Fund for Education Abroad offers scholarships specifically for study abroad. FEA provides grants and scholarships to US students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs. FEA’s priorities include:
    • Supporting students in programs in non-traditional destinations
    • Supporting students in programs with a sustainable service-learning or volunteering component
    • Supporting students that demonstrate financial need
    • Supporting students who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad