Study Abroad Scholarships

Everything you need to know about applying for and getting study abroad scholarships.

Studying abroad will change your life. Just ask anyone who’s done it.

There’s no denying that it’s a fantastic experience, but study abroad programs are also expensive. In fact, many are far more expensive than your regular college tuition. Don’t worry, though. There are plenty of scholarships and grants to help you pay your way.

There are lots of private endowments for students studying abroad, but the best place to look is often within your own school.

2011/2012 Study Abroad Scholarships

There are lots of private endowments for students studying abroad, but the best place to look is often within your own school. Colleges realize that study abroad programs are hard to pay for, and most institutions provide significant financial assistance for students. We’ve put together some examples of scholarships and grants for studying abroad, so you have a place to start.

  • Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Overview: Diversity Abroad offers 20 of these scholarships to community college and university students interested in studying abroad.

Requirements/eligibility: You must be a full-time student and US citizen to apply. Additionally, your study abroad program has to be on the list of approved organizations.

How to apply: The application deadlines vary based on the study abroad semester: October 15 for spring, April 1 for summer, and May 2 for fall. You can download the study abroad application online.

  • Natural Sciences Study Abroad Scholarship

Award: $3,000

Overview: This particular scholarship, one of many scholarships provided by the University of Texas, Austin, goes to natural science majors studying abroad. Three awards are available.

Requirements/eligibility: Only natural science majors at UT-Austin can apply, and preference for one award is given to biology and chemistry majors. The study abroad program must be year-long and not in your native language. A minimum GPA of 3.5 is required.

How to apply: Applications are online on UT’s Global Assist system. The deadlines are March 1 and October 1, depending on the semester you plan on studying abroad.

  • MSU Office of Study Abroad Scholarships

Award: Varies ($250 to $2,000)

Overview: Michigan State University’s Office of Study Abroad awards many scholarships to MSU students studying abroad. The amount varies from as little as $250 to as much as $2,000, and most of the scholarships are designed for specific programs.

Requirements/eligibility: All MSU undergraduate students studying abroad are eligible. The awards are very competitive, so a high GPA (above 3.7) and a strong application are key.

How to apply: The scholarship application, along with a description of each individual award, is available online.

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Award: Varies ($4,000 on average)

Overview: The Gilman International Scholarship is a great source of financial support for students studying abroad at any college. Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the scholarship is awarded to over 2,300 students each year.

Requirements/eligibility: You must be receiving a federal Pell Grant to apply. The program is mainly geared toward underrepresented students (minorities, those with disabilities, etc.), though all students are encouraged to apply. You’re also more likely to win the award if you’re studying at a non-traditional country (outside of Western Europe, New Zealand and Australia).

How to apply: The summer and fall online application will be available in January, with a deadline of March 1.

  • SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

Award: Varies ($300 to $10,000)

Overview: The School for International Training (SIT) provides a number of scholarships for international study.

How to apply: In addition to the most recent copy of your Student Aid Report, complete the Financial Assessment and Scholarship Application forms. The summer and fall applications will be available in online in January, with a deadline of March 1. The deadline for fall programs is May 15 (May 1 for Brazil and Czech Republic). For spring programs, the deadline is November 1 (October 1 for Czech Republic), and April 1 for summer programs.

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