There are many opportunities for funding study abroad, but you will have to start your search very early, and be creative and persistent. Many scholarships have a certain requirements, or must be used at specific schools or for specific programs, so be careful to read the “Requirements” section of each scholarship carefully.
The deadlines for submitting scholarship applications usually occur far in advance of the time you will go abroad. Some scholarships have only one deadline a year, but others have more than one, allowing greater flexibility to coordinate applications with the time of year you want to study abroad.
Some scholarships are connected to your cultural or racial heritage e.g., Italian-American, Native American, Hispanic-American, African-American, etc. On a search engine, type in words such as—Your heritage American Scholarships—and see what happens. There are many cultural organizations supporting students of various backgrounds.
Explore the possibility that your place of worship, your parents’ club, or their
employer(s) may offer scholarships. Ask everyone about scholarships—your family,
your friends, your friends’ older siblings who went to college, anyone who may be of
help to you!
Here is a short list of some of the places you can search for scholarships. But this is only
the beginning—keep looking!
This is a website that offers information about many scholarship opportunities. It allows
you to search by country or subject to find study abroad funding information.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen
undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. The program aims to encourage students to choose nontraditional study abroad
destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia. The Gilman
Scholarship aims to support students who have been traditionally underrepresented in
study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community
college students, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering,
students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, students with disabilities, and students of
The Association of Teachers of Japanese (ATJ) Bridging Project offers scholarships to
American students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. Funding from
private foundations and major U.S. corporations has made it possible for ATJ to award
100 scholarships annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will
incur while studying abroad in Japan.
Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these
scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S.
citizens and be enrolled in a college or university in the United States.
You are eligible for a Boren Scholarship or Fellowship if you are an undergraduate or
graduate student who is a citizen of the United States at the time you submit your
application; and a matriculated student in a degree program at an accredited U.S. college
or university located in the U.S.
With a Boren Scholarship or Fellowship, you can study in and about areas of the world
critical to U.S. national security where most U.S. students do not study—such as Africa,
Asia, Eastern and Central Europe, Latin American and the Caribbean, and the Middle
East. The grants do not fund study in Western Europe, Australia, Canada, or New
Zealand. These scholarships are aimed at students who are interested in language
training and working for the U.S. government upon graduation.
SACI is an art school in Florence, Italy that offers a wide variety of scholarships for
study at SACI. Please see the school’s website.
Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the fine or
commercial arts, design, or architecture. Though not a requirement, minority status is a
significant factor considered in jury decisions.
The Foundation grants approximately 200 awards each year to undergraduate and
graduate students. Awards are based on demonstrated financial need and may be sued for
The National Italian American Foundation offers scholarships to U.S. citizens who are of
Italian-American heritage—area of study is open.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German national agency for the
support of international academic cooperation, offers scholarships to undergraduates to
enable them to study at a German university. The scholarships are for college
sophomores and juniors and are for 4-10 months in duration.
This scholarship program has a strong focus on cultural experience and is designed to
give participants an understanding of life, education, and professional training in
Germany. It is intended primarily for young adults (ages 18-24) in business, technical,
vocational, and agricultural fields. Seventy-five Americans and one hundred Germans
participate in the program each year. For American participants, the twelve-month
program begins in late July, and consists of two months of intensive German, four
months of classroom instruction at a German university or college of applied sciences,
and a five-month internship.
Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students, sophomore or higher. Students
studying subjects related to Finnish culture receive special consideration. Individual
scholarships in the past have generally been in the $500 to $3,000 range.
SIT Study Abroad, a program of World Learning, located in Brattleboro, Vermont, offers
study abroad programs in nearly 50 countries. A student who is enrolled in one of SIT
Study Abroad’s programs may apply for a scholarship.
The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is a nonprofit organization
that administers study abroad programs in 40 countries. A student who is enrolled in one
of CIEE’s programs may apply for a scholarship.