Free money for study abroad comes in tw...
·Apply for grants directly from your school or from the federal government
·Your school might have specific grants available if you enroll in a study abroad
program sponsored by your school
·Apply for grants or scholarships for study abroad early; you’ll have excellent
opportunity to obtain a grant or a scholarship for the desired study abroad program.
Minority/Low Income Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants
General Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants
Minority/Low-Income Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
Established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, the Benjamin A.
Gilman International Scholarship Program offers a competition for study abroad
awards. The competition is open to U.S. citizen students who are receiving federal
Pell Grant funding at a two- or four-year college or university. Recipients are
awarded up to $5,000.
Pell Grant (en español)
The Federal Pell grant was established to offer extra assistance to lower income
students. As a needs-based grant, the eligibility is determined by your financial
position. Certain requirements must be met:
·Applicant must be an undergraduate student
·Student must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
· Students must have a high school diploma, GED or show the ability to benefit
from the program
If the eligibility requirements for the Pell Grant are met, up to $4,050 (2005-06
school year amount) is awarded to be used toward your education--including study
HACU-Laureate International Scholarship Program
Laureate International and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
have teamed up to offer scholarships to students who study abroad with Laureate
International and who attend a school that is a member of HACU (for listing of
member schools see www.hacu.net).
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Scholarship
IES offers $2,000 scholarships to students who are attending Historical Black
Colleges and Universities (HBCU), and plan to study abroad with IES. An amount of
$1,500 is awarded toward the program and $500 is awarded for students’ airfare
IES (Institute for International Education of Students) Minority Scholarship
IES offers merit-based scholarships from $3,000 to $5,000 for minority students
participating in an IES study abroad program.
IES Berlin Minority Scholarship
IES, in collaboration with the German Ministry of Economy and Technology, offers a
scholarship up to $7,900 for minority students (non-Caucasian) who study abroad in
Berlin with IES.
AIFS Minority Scholarship
AIFS awards two full scholarships to minority students who study abroad with AIFS.
The full scholarships cover all program costs and roundtrip airfare. In addition to
the full scholarships, AIFS offers three minority scholarships valued at $2,000
Robert B. Bailey Scholarship
The Robert B. Bailey Scholarship is administered by CIEE. The purpose of this
scholarship is to encourage study abroad among groups who have traditionally been
underrepresented in study abroad programs. Scholarships are available to
participants of CIEE’s programs.
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General Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants
One of the most extensive grant programs is the Fulbright Grants sponsored by the
U.S. Department of State. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers opportunities
for recent graduates, postgraduate candidates, and developing professionals and
artists who conduct career-launching study and research abroad. Visit more
information about this amazing opportunity.
Freeman Asia Grants
The Freeman-Asia award offers grants to students that demonstrate financial need and
who will study in East or South East Asia. Funds are used assist students with the
cost of the study abroad program and other expenses such as airfare, additional
living costs, books, etc. Students will be award up to $3,000 for summer programs,
$5,000 for semester/quarter programs and $7,000 for year long programs.
John E. Bowman Travel Grants (CIEE)
These scholarships are administered by CIEE to provide assistance for individuals
who choose to study abroad or volunteer to go abroad with CIEE in a non-traditional
Boston University International Programs Grants and Scholarships
Scholarship and grants are available for students participating in one of Boston
University’s International programs. Scholarships and grants are based on merit and
need, and range from $300 to $3,000.
Butler University, Institute for Study Abroad
Scholarships ranging from $500 to $3,500 are available for students participating in
study abroad programs through the Institute for Study Abroad. Travel grants are also
available to cover airfare costs on Butler IFSA group flights.
Rotary Foundation International Ambassadorial Scholarships
The Rotary Foundation offers grants and scholarships to “further international
understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries.” Depending
on the length and type of study, grants range from $12,000 to $26,000.
David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship
The U.S. government administers the National Security Education Program (NSEP)
scholarships. Such scholarships are offered to undergraduates who will specifically
pursue the study of languages and cultures currently under-represented in study
abroad. Languages and cultures emphasized by NSEP are those critical to the U.S.
national security. Science, political science, history, business and economics
majors are especially encouraged to apply.
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