Some study abroad programs can be covered by financial aid. If you are a student with a fellowship or scholarship your program may cover part or all of the cost of studying abroad. Below are other resources you should investigate. Many students pay for study abroad with a combination of different types of financial aid, scholarship and fellowship money. The earlier you begin planning, the more opportunities for funding you will find. Keep in mind that many of the application deadlines for these programs are up to a year in advance.
Undergraduate students participating in short-term (summer and winter intersession) CUNY study abroad programs may apply for scholarships for Study/Travel Opportunities for CUNY Students (STOCS). Applications are reviewed by a committee of CUNY faculty and administrators. Grants range from $1,000 to $1,650. Judges base their selections on two main criteria: the benefit of the program to the student’s studies and career plan and financial need. Students with a family income of more than $75,000 are not eligible.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduate students who are federal Pell Grant recipients at a 2-year or 4-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs of at least 28 days to any country not under a Department of State travel warning that takes place during the Fall or Spring semester. Check the following website for the timeline: http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program/Apply#Deadlines-and-Timeline. CUNY Baccalaureate Students should apply through their home college (except in rare cases where a campus doesn’t have an approver in place, in which case students can apply through CUNY Baccalaureate but only after careful consultation and advanced planning. You can read more about this here.
The Boren Awards for International Study provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The Boren Awards program was designed to provide American students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of the United States, in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government. Awards are up to $20,000 for undergraduates and $30,000 for graduate students depending on cost and length of program.
Critical Language Scholarship Program, a United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, provides scholarships for U.S. citizen undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. students to participate in beginning, intermediate, and advanced level intensive summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers.
DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauch Dienst, or German Academic Exchange Service) offers scholarships for undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, and faculty members to study in Germany.
Diversity Abroad is the leading global education organization which targets non-traditional students for international education opportunities. Click here for their link to scholarship and financial aid resources.
The Freeman-ASIA Program, generously supported by the Freeman Foundation and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), aims to increase the number of U.S. undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia by providing them with the information and financial assistance they will need. Award amounts vary from $3,000 for a summer program to $5,000 for a semester/quarter program to $7,000 for an academic year program.
The Fund for Education Abroad 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 grants and scholarships.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for U.S. students to individually design research or teach English for one academic year in a country outside of the U.S. Recent BA/BS graduates, Masters and Ph.D. candidates, young professionals including writers, journalists, and those in business, law, and professional fields, as well as artists and musicians are eligible. Fulbright is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Applicants currently enrolled at a U.S. college or university must apply either through their home college. Alternatively, non-matriculated students may apply as at-large applicants. Click here to read about how to apply through CUNY Baccalaureate.
The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) has partnered with Global Learning Semesters to increase the number of Hispanic students engaged in study abroad. Their study abroad funding opportunities are available here.
The Institute for International Education (IIE) is a private nonprofit which, in collaboration with governments, foundations and other sponsors, creates programs of study and training for students, educators and professionals from all sectors. IIE maintains a thorough database of study abroad funding opportunities at IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding
International Education Financial Aid is a site that has financial aid information for students who wish to study in a foreign country.
NAFSA: Association of International Educators is a member organization promoting international education and providing professional development opportunities to the field. As such, they have a page dedicated to providing information on financial aid for study abroad.