45 Scholarships for Study Abroad Around the World

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There’s a reason the word “money” is used more frequently than any other word in rap songs. It’s important. And whether you agree with the likes of Eminem, Jay Z, and Tupac or not, we can all agree that money can be a major deciding factor when you are choosing where to study abroad (or if to study abroad at all).

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With steeping increases in the costs of undergraduate education, many students are caught between an (empty-wallet) rock and a (lacking-savings-account) hard place. The truth is, there are funds available for all kinds of students to study abroad. And you’re not alone: most students are hoping to find a way to study abroad for cheap. Besides, who wouldn’t want to offset semester tuition bills to instead bulk up the wine and cheese budget?!

If you just-so-happen to be a student seeking a learning experience that’s more internationally flavored, then you’ll be pleased to know that there are study abroad scholarships and grants offered by many governments, organizations, and specific universities just for you!

The following are a diverse selection of study abroad scholarship opportunities for 2019 to get you started, whether you are a minority, graduate student, or the plain, ol’ run-of-the-mill college student:

Summer, fall 2019 and spring 2020 study abroad scholarships

1. Boren Scholarships 

Deadline: February 8th, 2019

Awards: 

  • $8,000 (summer program, available for STEM students only)
  • $10,000 (semester program)
  • $20,000 (academic year program)

Degree Level: Bachelors

The annual scholarships of the National Security Education Program provides fundings to undergraduate students from the U.S. to study less popularly studied, minority world languages. Promoting linguistic and cultural immersion, this award program aims to support students focusing on language studies that are critical to U.S. national security. Boren Scholars can choose to study abroad  in their country of choice, excluding nations within Western Europe as well as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In exchange for funding, scholars must commit to working in the federal government for at least a year after graduation.

2. Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Deadline: Varies

Awards:

  • $3,000 (summer program)
  • $4,000 (fall and spring program)
  • $5,000 (academic year program)

Degree Level: Bachelors

Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program offers grants to U.S. undergraduates with limited financial means, in order to diversify the population of students going abroad. This annual competitive award is given to a limited number of recipients interested in studying or interning abroad.

3. Robert B. Bailey Scholarship

Deadline: TBA

Award: Up to $2,000 per student

Degree Level: Bachelors

Offered through the Council on International Educational Exchange, the Bailey Scholarship is aimed at providing ethnic minority students from the United States with the financial means to study abroad. Applicants are required to submit a range of application materials, such as an outline of academic achievements, proof of financial need, a personal statement essay, and letters of recommendation.

4. USAC Scholarships

Deadline: TBA

Award: Varies

Recipients: Bachelors

The University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) awards students who demonstrate significant financial need with scholarships to support their study abroad aspirations annually. To be eligible for these study abroad scholarships, students must enroll in USAC study abroad programs. USAC’s scholarship offerings include General Scholarships for Non-Consortium Affiliate Students, Legacy Scholarships, and Program-Specific Scholarships.

5. The Intern Group Global Leadership Grants

Deadline: February 2nd, 2019

Awards: $2500

Degree Level: Any

In order to promote global leadership, The Intern Group is offering four $2500 grants for students and recent graduates interested in interning abroad in Dublin, Latin America, Australia, or Shanghai during the summer or fall of 2018. The Intern Group offers incredible six week internship programs in each destination, giving participants the opportunity to gain essential work experience and a renewed global perspective.

6. CEA Study Abroad Scholarships

Deadlines: 

  • April 10th (summer)
  • May 10th (fall)
  • November 15th (spring)

Awards: 

  • $500 – $750 for short term programs
  • $1,000 – $3000 for year-long programs

Degree Level: Bachelors

CEA is committed to changing students’ lives by providing them with essential financial aid needed to study abroad. More than two million dollars is given to students for study abroad programs each year by CEA. CEA Study Abroad scholarships are divided into three categories: merit, need, and diversity. To be eligible for these study abroad scholarships, students must enroll in CEA Study Abroad Programs.

7. Sol Education Abroad Scholarships

Deadline:

  • March 1 (summer)
  • July 1 (fall and academic year)
  • October 1 (spring and winter)

Awards: Varies

Degree Level: Bachelors

Sol Education Abroad’s annual scholarship is open to students of any ethnicity and cultural background. The objective of the 50+ scholarships they distribute annually is to give back to the international communities where their participants come from, while also creating opportunities for more students to explore new cultures and improve their Spanish language skills.

8. AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants

Deadline: Varies per scholarship

Award: $400 – $1,000; Varies per scholarship 

Recipients: Bachelors

The American Institute for Foreign Study awards deserving students with more than $800,000 in financial aid for study abroad annually. These funds are available for students seeking both summer and semester study programs.

9. SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

Deadlines: 

  • April 1st (for summer programs) 
  • May 15th (for fall programs) 
  • November 1st (for spring programs)

Award: Ranges from $500 to $5,000

Degree Level: Bachelors

The School for International Training (SIT) offers scholarship funding to qualified students interested in participating in one of SIT’s many study abroad programs around the world. SIT offers a wide range of scholarships and grants that can be applied toward the costs of tuition and housing accommodation for students during their time abroad.

10. Critical Language Scholarship

Deadline: November 15th, 2019

Award: Varies

Degree Levels: Bachelors & Masters

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs provides American students with the opportunity to enjoy fully-funded overseas summer language and cultural immersion programs through the awarding of Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) each year. Applicants are selected based on their commitment to studying non-traditional languages abroad, including Arabic, Japanese, Swahili, and Russian. The Critical Language Scholarship is only open to American undergraduate and graduate students.

11. Golden Key Scholarships

Deadline: Varies Per Scholarship

Award: Varies

Degree Level: Bachelors & Masters

The Golden Key Scholarship is an education-based scholarship awarded to qualified individuals with outstanding academic, leadership, and service achievements. Each year, the Golden Key International Honour Society offers $1,000,000 of scholarship awards to both undergraduate and graduate students. The objective of this scholarship is to give students the opportunity to develop their professional skills in an international environment.

12. American Association of University Women Fellowships & Grants

Deadline: Varies Per Award

Award: Varies

Degree Level: Bachelors

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has a long history of empowering women, not only in the United States, but all over the globe. AAUW is one of the biggest funding sources for graduate women all over the the world, providing more than three million dollars in funding to outstanding women through more than 200 fellowship and grants annually.