funding study abroad

Information about scholarships and financial aid to help fund overseas study

Funding Study Abroad

One of the most common concerns that students have when considering studying abroad is: How will I pay for this? While the lifelong benefits of an international learning experience far outweigh the cost, the financial aspects are a legitimate concern for many. However, with a little research, students are often able to find the funding they need in order to study abroad. To help you begin this process, we’ve compiled helpful tips and links to financial resources.

Most students who require financial assistance in order to study abroad obtain it from their home institutions. Your first step should be to schedule a meeting with your school’s study abroad office to learn more about eligibility requirements and the first steps for applying for financial aid. If your school does not have a study abroad office, your academic advisor or financial aid office might be able to assist you.

If you are affiliated with certain groups or organizations beyond your university (which can be religious, ethnic, interest-related, service-oriented, community-based), you might inquire if they offer scholarships that can be used for study broad.


General Scholarships and Grants


There are hosts of scholarships and grants available for studying abroad. Below is a list of resources to get you started. 

Financial Aid Information Page is a free resource on financial aid and lists information about aid and advice about finding aid, with a special section for financial aid for study abroad. 

NSEP Boren Graduate Fellowships fund graduate study in those languages and cultures critical to U.S. interests:

Rotary International sponsors a variety of funding programs for study and teaching abroad as a part of its goal to foster international understanding and cooperation:  

The Thomas J. Watson Foundation gives college graduates of unusual promise the opportunity to engage in a year of independent study and travel abroad following their graduation. Note that you must apply for the Watson during your final year as an undergraduate: 

The Youth Foundation scholarship provides funding for an undergraduate's Junior Year Abroad. Selection is based on character, need, scholastic achievement, objective, motivation, potential for leadership and good citizenship: 

Protechlists offers a scholarship applicable to study abroad for students willing to write a technology-related essay as part of the application process:

STA Travel offers a scholarship for study abroad: as does

Allianz Global Assistance awards six Grand Prize Winners with a $2,500 scholarship towards their study or volunteer program abroad:

Undergraduates in all fields of study who attend an institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may apply for their study abroad grant. Each year fifty $1,000 grants are awarded:

Resources for Underrepresented Groups in Study Abroad


Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) offers scholarships of up to $10,000 to applicants from groups under-represented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations:

Affordable Colleges Online: Hispanic Student's Guide for Higher Education helps Hispanic students navigate the often-challenging world of college affordability, financial aid, and scholarships: 

The Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship Program encourages participation in education abroad programs by those students who have been traditionally underrepresented: 

Mobility International, USA offers a number of resources for scholarships, fellowships and grants for students with disabilities who wish to study or do research abroad: 

United Negro College Fund offers a number of scholarships and fellowships for African American individuals:

American Indian College Fund offers a number of scholarships to students of American Indian heritage:

Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers scholarships to high school-aged and college-aged individuals of Hispanic heritage:


Scholarship and Grant Resources for Study Abroad in Italy


The National Italian American Foundation administers 73 scholarships. To access a list of scholarships and other programs available, click on "NIAF Programs," then select, "Scholarships.":

The Order of the Sons of Italy (SIF) offers three different National Leadership grants as well as five different scholarships specifically for students studying abroad. Applicants must be U.S. citizens of Italian descent (at least one Italian or Italian-American grandparent) to apply.  For details on these scholarships, click on the "scholarships" link located in the middle of the homepage: