Scholarships for Study Abroad

Various scholarships are available for study abroad, but you can’t get them if you don’t apply!  Students can apply to more than one scholarship.

Read about our recent scholarship recipients in Summer 2017 and Summer 2019. As you”ll see, BMCC students are competitive in earning study abroad scholarships.

BMCC Association Scholarship

No application necessary! BMCC offers its students the unparalleled opportunity to have 60% of their Study Abroad Program Fee covered. This includes the flight, housing, meals and excursions. The scholarship is already included in current program fees. All BMCC students are eligible and can only receive the award once.


Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

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.

Campus Advisors:

Amount: Up to $5,000

Eligibility: Open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing. Must be a 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 two weeks in one country.

Application Deadlines:

  • early October for Spring or Summer
  • early March for Summer and Fall

See the specific deadlines and application instructions.


CIEE Scholarships

CIEE is a study abroad organization that aims to make study abroad more accessible to students who face financial challenges to study abroad. Learn more about need-based scholarships below. CIEE also offers various merit scholarships.

Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship
This fellowship covers 100% of tuition, program fees and travel costs for 10 students from Minority Serving Institutions (including BMCC). The group will travel to South Africa in summer 2020 for an intensive 4-week, 3-credit course designed to enhance leadership and intercultural skills. The fellowship is made possible by CIEE and the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions. Awards are based on a combination of financial need, academic achievement, and nominations.

All qualified applicants who do not receive a Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship are guaranteed a $1,500 grant toward summer 2020 programs; they may also receive a GAIN Travel Grant to help cover their airfare.

Amount: Covers 100% of program fees and travel costs

Eligibility: Open to current undergraduate freshman or sophomores attending a Minority Serving Institution. Must be Pell Grant-eligible and have a minimum GPA 3.00. Must reside in the U.S. with student status or be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident.

Application Deadline: Early February (students must request nominations and have them submitted by the application deadline)

See the specific deadlines and application instructions.

GAIN Travel Grant
Students eligible for a Federal Pell Grant are guaranteed a GAIN Travel Grant for their airfare to a CIEE study abroad program (summer, fall, spring). The CIEE Scholarships and Grants application must be completed by their published deadlines – GAIN Travel Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Amount: $350 – $2,000; award amount depends on CIEE program location

Eligibility: Pell Grant recipient; applicant to CIEE study abroad program

See the specific deadlines and detailed application instructions.

Gilman Go Global
Students who apply to the Gilman Scholarship for study abroad are eligible to receive the Go Global Grant (they are also guaranteed a GAIN Travel Grant!).

Amount: Summer programs: $1,000 toward program costs; fall/spring programs: $2,500 toward program costs

Eligibility: Gilman Scholarship applicants; students who do not receive the Gilman Scholarship are eligible for the Go Global Grant. Students must upload proof of Gilman application submission and submit their CIEE Scholarships and Grants application by the published deadlines.

See the specific deadlines and detailed application instructions.

Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Grant
BMCC students qualify for CIEE’s Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Grant, which offers a discount for their study abroad programs (up to $500 for summer; up to $2,000 for fall/spring).


Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply.

Campus Advisor: Chun-Yi Peng, cpeng@bmcc.cuny.edu

Amount: Covers 100% of program fees and travel costs

Eligibility: Open to U.S. citizens currently enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting program. Must have completed at least one year of full-time undergraduate study before the start of the program. Must be at least 18 years-old by May 15, 2020. Students must have started, or plan to start, studying one of the following languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu.

Application Deadline: early November

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See the specific deadlines and application instructions.


CUNY Chancellor’s Global Scholarship (CGS)

The CUNY Chancellor’s Global Scholarship provides partial funding on a competitive basis to CUNY students planning a study abroad experience.

Amount: Up to $1,750

Eligibility: Open to all undergraduate students at a CUNY community or senior college. Study abroad program must be credit-bearing and fit into the student’s degree plan. Student must have a completed FAFSA application on file for the academic year they intend to study abroad.

Application Deadlines:
October for Winter Intercession and Spring
March for Summer and Fall

See the specific deadlines and application instructions.


David L. Boren Scholarship and Fellowship Awards

As an initiative of the National Security Education Program, Boren Scholarships provide funding to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad – see here for a list of preferred countries. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government, such as the national security area, for at least one year after graduation.

Amounts:
Up to $8,000 for summer (STEM students only; minimum 8 weeks abroad)
Up to $10,000 for semester
Up to $20,000 for 6 – 12 months

Eligibility: Open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates; Study abroad program cannot be in Western Europe, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

Application Deadline: early February for all semesters

See the specific deadlines and application instructions.


Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia provide need-based scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Award recipients are required to share their experiences with the 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.

Amounts:
Up to $3,000 for summer
Up to $5,000 for semester
Up to $7,000 for academic year

Eligibility: Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents studying at a two-year or four-year college or university; must have a FAFSA on file for the academic year they intend to study abroad.; must have minimum 2.8 GPA and pursuing first associate’s or bachelor’s degree; must have applied or been accepted to study abroad program that lasts at least 8 weeks in the summer and 12 weeks in the fall/spring; must have little or no previous experience in country of study abroad program

Application opens early January for coming academic year (Summer, Fall, Spring)

See the specific deadlines and application instructions.


Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad is committed to increasing opportunities for dedicated U.S. based students to participate in rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through grants and scholarships. Scholarship applicants will automatically be considered for all available scholarships based on answers provided in application. Preference is given to first-generation college students, underrepresented students and community college students.

Amounts:
Minimum $1,250 for summer
Up to $5,000 for semester
Up to $10,000 for academic year

Eligibility: Open to all U.S. citizens and permanent residents currently enrolled in an undergraduate institution; study abroad program must be at least four weeks (28 days) in country/countries; must have a completed FAFSA application on file for the academic year they intend to study abroad

Application Deadlines: 
September for Spring
January for Summer and Fall

See the specific deadlines and application instructions.


Gilman-McCain Scholarship

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is a congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and named after the late senator John S. McCain from Arizona. This scholarship provides awards for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs.

Amount: $5,000

Eligibility: Open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing. Dependent child of an active duty military member(s) during the time of application in one of the following branches: Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard. Recipient of any type of Title IV federal financial aid during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving Title IV federal financial aid during their study abroad program or internship. 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 two weeks.

Application Deadline: Oct. 1 – March 3 (See more scholarship details.)

See the specific deadlines and application instructions.


HI USA: Explore the World Travel Scholarships

Funded by Hostelling International (HI), the Explore the World Travel Scholarship is for aspiring global travelers who want to give back while they experience another culture. The study abroad program must include an educational or service component.

Amount: Up to $2,000

Eligibility: Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled in an undergraduate institution; must be 18 – 30 years of age at time of application; must be resident of New York City; must be a current or former recipient of a Federal Pell Grant or show an income level that does not exceed 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (reach out to HI USA to find out if you’re eligible)

Application Deadline: early March for coming academic year (Summer, Fall, Spring)

See the specific deadlines and application instructions.


Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship

Tortuga Backpacks believes students deserve to experience the world beyond their college campuses, but realize not everyone can afford to travel. Their scholarship is awarded biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world.

Amounts: $1,000 (plus a travel backpack!)

Eligibility: Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents or those currently studying in the U.S. on a student visa; full-time undergraduate student at a two-year or four-year college or university; have applied or been accepted to a credit-bearing study abroad program that takes place in the fall or spring semester (summer/winter scholarships not currently available)

Application Deadlines:

  • December for spring
  • May for fall

See the specific deadlines and application instructions.

Study Abroad

199 Chambers Street, Room S-750A
New York, NY 10007
Email: jlevin@bmcc.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 776-6429

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday
9 a.m.–5 p.m.