Financial Aid and Scholarships

Study abroad financial aid and scholarships

Study abroad financial aid

There are a variety of study abroad financial aid assistance options available to undergraduate students interested in going abroad. If you plan to apply for or use your financial aid to pay for all or part of your GlobalEd program, you will have to speak with a financial aid advisor to determine whether your aid is applicable. Applying for financial aid early is advisable as this will enable you to receive proper notice about your award and make any additional financial arrangements if necessary.

Is financial aid applicable to international programs?

Most financial aid and scholarships can be applied to programs abroad that offer a full course load of study provided the courses are pre-approved by your academic advisor, transferrable and applicable towards your degree. A full course load means a minimum of 12 credits (or equivalent to four classes) for semester programs and a minimum of 6 credits (or equivalent to two classes) for summer programs. All of GlobalEd’s semester programs offer a full course load from accredited universities and should be fully eligible for financial aid. During the summer we have both credit and non-credit programs. Please contact GlobalEd before your appointment so we can advise you properly and make sure that the program you are interested in is eligible for financial aid.

There are a number of loans and grants offered by the U.S. federal government.

Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant

The Pell Grant is a need-based grant. To qualify, you must be a full-time undergraduate student with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) below the limit determined each year. Speak with your financial aid adviser for current information.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunities Grant (SEOG grant)

This need-based grant is awarded to those students demonstrating the greatest financial need. Students typically must qualify for the federal Pell Grant to receive an SEOG Grant. Speak with your financial aid adviser for current information.

Federal Loans

Federal Stafford Loan

The Stafford Loan is in your name and is available to all students, regardless of financial need. If the loan is subsidized, the government will pay the interest while you are in school. If the loan is unsubsidized, you have the option of capitalizing the interest or of paying the interest quarterly during the in-school period. Payment of the principle itself (for both subsidized and unsubsidized loans) does not begin until six months after graduation, provided you remain enrolled on at least a half-time (six credits) basis.

Federal Perkins Loan

The Perkins Loan is a low-interest loan (5 percent) awarded to those students demonstrating the greatest financial need. Speak with your financial aid adviser for current information.

Parent PLUS Loans for Undergraduate Students

PLUS loans are available to your parents—if you are a dependent undergraduate student—to help finance your education. Parents may borrow up to the full cost of your education, less the amount of any other financial aid you receive. There is a minimal credit check required for the PLUS loan, so a good credit history is required.

Federal Scholarships

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) provides scholarships to undergraduate students who wish to study languages and cultures considered to be important to U.S. national security. Students are not eligible to receive the Boren scholarship if they are studying in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

If you receive a federal Pell grant, you are eligible to apply for a Gilman Scholarship.

Study abroad scholarships

Any hesitation about studying abroad is typically related to the cost. However, what most students don’t know is that they can actually apply their current on-campus financial aid package to their study abroad trip in addition to scholarships. In fact, for some students, particularly those who pay out-of-state-tuition, studying abroad can sometimes be cheaper than a traditional on-campus semester. A study abroad scholarship is a monetary award for students to use toward the expenses of their program such as travel, course credits, books and lodging. Students must apply for scholarships and some can be very competitive while others are underutilized. There are several types of study abroad scholarships to apply for such as:

Merit-based: These awards are based on a student’s academic, artistic, athletic or other abilities, and often factor in an applicant’s extracurricular activities and community service record. It’s important to note that qualifications will vary based on the particular scholarship.

Student-specific: These are scholarships for applicants who initially qualify based on factors such as gender, race, religion, family and medical history, or many other student-specific factors. Minority scholarships are the most common awards in this category, but qualifications will vary based on the particular scholarship.

Destination-specific: These are scholarships awarded by a country to students planning to pursue a study abroad program in that particular country. They are awarded as an incentive to study in that country instead of elsewhere. Check with government-sponsored travel websites of the country where you wish to study to see what scholarships are available.

Program-specific: Program-specific scholarships are offered by individual study abroad programs and/or the colleges and universities where they may be associated to qualified applicants. These scholarships are often given on the basis of academic and personal achievement, but qualifications will vary based on the particular scholarship. Check with your study abroad program and university to see what scholarships are available. Subject-specific: Subject-specific scholarships are awarded by study abroad programs or institutions to students based on their particular major or field of study. These scholarships may require the recipients to enroll in subject-specific courses while abroad or conduct subject-specific research while abroad, but it’s important to note that qualifications will vary based on each scholarship.

GlobalEd Scholarships

Students applying to a GlobalEd program may also be eligible for specific scholarships

Affiliate School Scholarship ($300-$500)

Students attending universities with an affiliate relationship with GlobalEd may be eligible to receive up to a $500 scholarship for semester programs and $300 for summer programs in Seville, Spain based on the posted program fees on our website. Please contact us to determine if your university has an affiliate status with GlobalEd or visit your study abroad advisor.


BG Scholarship

The BG Scholarship is available to high school and college students. You must have a minimum 2.0 GPA to be eligible for this award. You must also submit an 250word essay about your academic goals and your contributions to your school and / or community. Please visit the sponsor’s Web site for additional information.

BrokerFish Scholarship

The BrokerFish 2013 Scholarship Program is offering you a chance to win a $1,000 study abroad scholarship! It’s open to any student enrolled in a study abroad program! To enter, BrokerFish asks that each student interested in applying submit an application and essay between 500-1000 words. The essay should be titled “What I Hope to Get from my Time Abroad” and should focus on how your experience overseas will positively impact your personal and professional goals for the future.

Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education. This program seeks to lower barriers to undergraduate study abroad by offering scholarships to students with financial need, and we encourage those underrepresented in study abroad to apply. The award is up to $5,000 for semester or academic year programs.

Applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad. 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. The applicant is studying abroad for at least four weeks in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least four consecutive weeks. The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State’s current travel warning list. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

Phi Kappa Phi offers forty-five $1,000 study abroad grants each year. Those eligible to apply include members and non-members of Phi Kappa Phi, but must have a Phi Kappa Phi chapter at their home institution and a minimum 3.5 GPA. For deadlines and further details visit their website. Study Abroad Scholarship

Diversity Abroad, in cooperation with the AIFS Foundation, will offer $500 scholarships for fall 2013, spring 2014 and summer 2014 study abroad. Five scholarships are available for the summer, and five are available for the fall and spring. Economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities and ethnic and racial diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships

The Fund for Education Abroad is an independent organization that is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high- quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of scholarships. FEA goals include increasing the number and diversity of students studying abroad, in particular underrepresented students. Up to $5,000 for a semester and $10,000 for a year.

GotScholarship Give Away

The GotScholarship $40K Give Away program is easy and free to enter and the scholarship is not awarded based on academic achievement or financial need. Instead, the winner is selected by a random drawing. Open to all fields of study, the US $40,000 must be used for “educational expenses”, this includes: tuition, fees, books, supplies, equipment required for study.

Rotary Foundation Scholarships

The Ambassadorial Scholarships Program of The Rotary Foundation is the world’s largest privately funded international scholarships program. Students can apply by contacting their local Rotary Club.

Global Studies Student Grant

Designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad, this grant provides supplemental funds for American students who already are studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution. As with our faculty grants, GSF seeks to support a formative experience abroad for the recipient, who also must share this experience with others upon his or her return – ideally, with multiple audiences and varied media. We are particularly interested in funding the study of strategically important countries and languages (as defined by the US Departments of State and Defense).

University Specific Scholarships

Castanoli Abroad Award- Auburn University Students

Ten awards in the amount of $1000.00 given annually to help foreign language students defray the cost of their participation in Auburn University Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures Study Abroad Programs or in external study abroad programs with a foreign language component

Beyond Boundaries Award- USC Students

The Beyond Boundaries Award is a financial award of $2000 or more to be used to help fund a Maymester/summer study abroad experience. The goal of this scholarship is to help students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in study abroad to make an overseas experience possible.

Carolina Global Study Scholarship- USC Students

The Carolina Global Study Scholarship is a financial award of $1000-$2000 to be used to help fund a semester, academic year, or semester equivalent summer study abroad experience. The goal of this scholarship is to help provide a study abroad experience for students with significant financial need. All USC students participating in semester, academic year, or semester equivalent summer programs are eligible to compete for this award. Students with circumstances that do not permit long-term study abroad are encouraged to ask a Study Abroad Advisor about this scholarship. The number of scholarships available varies from year to year.

The Spanish House Summer Travel Grant- USC Students

A competitive financial award of $500 to be used to help fund a summer study abroad experience to Spain or Costa Rica for undergraduate students who are current, active Spanish House participants.

The Passport Travel Grant- USC Students

The Passport Travel Grant is a financial award of $2000 to be used to help fund a Maymester or summer study abroad experience. Capstone Scholars and Honors College students are eligible to compete for this award. The number of grants available varies from year to year

Student Initiatives Stipend- UWLAX Students

The Academic Initiatives Stipend for International Education is a student funded program to facilitate a higher quality academic experience at UW-L. Stipends for UW-L students will be awarded in exchange for completing a service plan to promote international awareness and international education.

International Education Fee Scholarship- UH Students

All UH Students who have completed 12 Hours of course work for undergraduates with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and 9 Hours of course work for graduates with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible. The amount awarded is up to $500 for short term program and up to $1000 for semester program. Amount can vary depending on the number of applicants. All UH students planning to go abroad are eligible, as well as some international students.

Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce Scholarship- UH Students

Eligible are all UH Students who have completed 12 Hours of course work for undergraduates with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and 9 Hours of course work for graduates with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The amount awarded is comprehensive. At UH, it is open to students interested in participating in affiliated studies programs through consortia organizations

International Education Fee- Texas A&M Students

Awards funded by the International Education Fee, this primarily academic merit-based scholarship may vary depending on the length of the program. Applicant(s) selected must meet the following eligibility requirements: Only domestic students registered full time and having completed at least one semesters at Texas A&M University who pay the international education fee are eligible for this scholarship.

Students cannot be the recipient of this scholarship more than once in their current degree/non-degree program.Must be in good academic standing: minimum cumulative GPR for Undergraduates – 2.0. Minimum cumulative GPR for Graduates – 3.0Each applicant is required to enroll in an approved Texas A&M study or research abroad experience. This may be generally defined as an experience outside their country of citizenship.

Study Abroad Fellowship- Texas A&M Students

A need-based scholarship with funds contributed through the generosity of the Association of Former Students, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, and Global scholarships. Funding can vary depending on the length of program and consideration of financial need.

CIBS International Internship Scholarship- Texas A&M Students

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must be a Mays Business student, have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The internship could be (a) overseas, or (b) with an international organization (e.g. U.S. State Department, The World Bank, United Nations, etc.) And the internship should be for a minimum of six-weeks duration. The internship should be credit bearing. Undergraduate students must register for at least three credit hours of IBUS 484. Masters students could register for three to six credit hours of 684 with approval of their department head.

Global Education Travel Scholarship- Texas A&M Students

CEHD offers scholarships to any student participating in a global education experience. The award is typically $750 – $1,250 depending on need and program length. See the application for full eligibility requirements.

Globetrotter Grant- Texas A&M and Mt. Saint Mary Students

Its purpose is to encourage international understanding through travel. The grant funds are intended to help college students experience landscapes, languages, food and drink, government types, and economic and social policies different from those in the United States. Some applicants will want to see how others live or serve those in need; others will want to explore career fields or just set out on a great personal adventure. There are no restrictions on the reasons for travel. The $1,500 award for a student at each school is meant to supplement a planned trip to any country outside the United States. The money may be used for transportation to and from the destination, travel within the country(ies) visited, or for incidentals or indulgences that add to the pleasure of the trip or to the memories of it.

Associated Students Study Abroad Scholarship- San Diego State Students

The annual gift to support the Associated Students Study Abroad Scholarship was approved by San Diego State University students in the spring of 2008 as part of the Student Activity Fee Referendum. SDSU students who have applied, or have been accepted, to participate in a study abroad program outside the United States are encouraged to apply for the Associated Students Study Abroad Scholarship.$getScholarshipDetail?p_account_no=A21597&p_ss_year=2015&p_req_id=1
REQUIREMENTS: 2.5 GPA, applying or accepted to study abroad program

Scholars Without Borders Scholarship- San Diego State Students

The Scholars Without Borders Study Abroad Scholarship program has awarded approximately $34,000 since its inception in April 2009. Scholarship recipients have participated in diverse study and research opportunities. Funds for these awards come mainly from membership dues, along with generous donations from the SDSU Office of International Programs, the Charles Wei-Hsun Fu Foundation, and individual members who support this program.
REQUIREMENTS: must be a current member of scholars without borders

International Relations Education Abroad Scholarship- UC Davis Students

The scholarships are $500 per student and multiple scholarships are awarded each year. Applicants must be full time UC Davis International Relations student, be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and plan to apply or have been selected to an eligible study abroad or unpaid internship abroad program. Applications are accepted during the fall and spring quarters and applications are available at the beginning of those quarters on the IR website. Information and application questions can be directed to Katy Pattison in 464 Kerr Hall.

Study Abroad Office Travel Grant- ASU Students

This grant is primarily based on financial need and secondarily on academic performance. To be considered, submit the application before the grant deadline corresponding to your program term.
REQUIREMENTS: 2.5 GPA, FAFSA on file, degree-seeking

CLAS Alumni International Scholarship- ASU Students

The Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has one scholarship available for students who study and/or travel abroad during their academic career at ASU. The intent of these scholarships is to provide students with a better understanding of international relations through experiencing different cultures and other ways of living.

REQUIREMENTS: 3.2 GPA, undergrad full-time sophomore or older

International Programs Anniversary Scholarship- FSU Students

In honor of our 50th Anniversary in 2007, International Programs established a scholarship fund of $75,000 with the intention of increasing the number of Florida State students who study abroad. Florida State degree-seeking students who have an overall GPA of 3.5 or better may apply for this need and merit-based scholarship. Scholarships will be available fall, spring and summer sessions.

International Programs Achievement Scholarship- FSU Students

International Programs offers $20,000 annually to the creme de la creme of the FSU student body. Florida State degree-seeking students who have an overall GPA of 3.8 or better may apply for this merit-based scholarship. Scholarships will be available fall, spring, and summer sessions.

Winthrop-King Summer Undergraduate Scholarship in Spanish- FSU Students

This $6,500
award provides an opportunity for selected undergraduates who are declared Majors or Minors in Spanish to live and study on an approved summer program in a Spanish-speaking country in order to increase their knowledge of the language and people. Arthur L. Seymour Honor Fund Scholarships: 
Applicants who are unsuccessful for a full Winthrop-King award will automatically be considered for these awards of $1,750.

Bess Ward Honors Travel Scholarship- FSU Students

Florida State University liberal studies Honor students and Honors in the Major students may apply for a Bess Ward Honors Travel Scholarship. For more information see the Honors Blackboard site.

COS, CAMD and CSSH Study Abroad Scholarship- Northeastern Students

Study Abroad Scholarship is open to all students in good academic standing from these colleges, who meet eligibility requirements. International experience is critically important in the educational and career development of students, but it can also require a substantial financial investment. The COS, CAMD and CSSH Study Abroad Scholarship broadens the student population that studies abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. Funds will be awarded on the basis of financial need and essay.

The Iva Gibson Endowed Scholarship- Winthrop Students

Annual scholarship awarded to Winthrop University undergraduate/s participating in a semester or academic year program who demonstrate merit and financial need. For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office.

If you know of any scholarships that are not posted on this page, please let us know so we can add them.


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