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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Study abroad may mean additional costs to yourself and/or those who have already committed to helping you obtain a degree, so the decision to study abroad and for how long is both an academic and financial one. It is important for students to know that the option is available to use financial aid, and apply for scholarships. Please refer to the following informative points below.

Institute of International Education (IIE): Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

What: The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Number of Awards: Based on applicant pool.

Eligibility: Open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing. Recipient of a Federal Pell Grant. The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. Studying abroad for at least four weeks in one country.

Deadline: Refer to website for deadlines. Find more Information and the application online.

Institute of International Education (IIE): David L. Boren Scholarship & Fellowship Awards

What: Funding for U.S. students to study "critical", less commonly taught languages abroad (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Yoruba, etc.). See website for eligible destinations. Also for programs and fields of study that relate to national security and global society.

Amount: Up to $20,000 for undergrads; up to $30,000 for graduate students.

Number of Awards: Based on applicant pool.

Eligibility: Must have a high school diploma or GED, and be matriculated in a university. Student should not graduate before their research abroad ends. Preference given to students going on year- long programs. Recipients must commit to working in the federal government for one year.

Deadline: Late-January or early-February; Contact Boren Awards staff. For more Information and the application see the Boren Awards website.

Other Resources

General Scholarship Information The City University of New York

IIE Passport Study Abroad Funding

The Fund for Education Abroad

The Education Abroad Network

All Abroad US

American Association of Teachers of Japan Bridging Scholarship

German Academic Exchange Service DAAD

Critical Language Scholarship Program


NAFSA Association of International Educators

Go Overseas

Study Abroad Fundraising Sites


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