Finding Funding

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.

Funding Resources in CUNY

CUNY undergraduate students planning to participate in programs or independently organized experiences abroad may apply for Scholarships for International Resume-Building Opportunities for CUNY Students (SIROCS).  Applicants must demonstrate a clear connection between the proposed program or independently organized experience and her or his career objectives.  Most awards will be made for opportunities that take place during the summer and winter intersessions, but the SIROCS Awards Committee will also consider applications for funding of fall and spring opportunities. Scholarship amounts vary, but will not exceed 80% of program costs. The SIROCS Awards Committee bases its decisions on two criteria: the benefit to the student’s professional goals and financial need.  Please consult pre-screened SIROCS Qualified Programs and student and program eligibility criteria for more details.

Some CUNY colleges offer scholarships for international projects, internships and study programs.  You are only eligible to apply for these awards at your home campus.  Brooklyn College, for example, offers the Tow Undergraduate Stipend and Furman Fellows Program as well as the Student Affairs Study Abroad Scholarship (SASA). Baruch offers students based there the C.V. Starr Fellowship for Study Abroad.  Queens College also offers an internal study abroad scholarship.  Check with the study abroad and scholarships offices at your home college to find out what funding opportunities are available on your campus.

Funding Sources outside of CUNY

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Awards are made in all fields.

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.

Bridging Scholarships The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in Japan.

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 Foundation for Global Scholars awards over 200 scholarships each year to US citizens studying abroad. Awarded scholarships are between $1,000 and $2,500. Award amounts vary. Most awards are $1,000.

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.  They offer general awards as well as ones targeted to specific groups: students majoring in Art, Film, Foreign Language, Photography, and Tourism & Travel, Pell Grant recipients, veterans, STEM and ethnically diverse students.

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 Global Studies Grant for Student Travel and Study Abroad is 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. 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. They are particularly interested in funding the study of strategically important countries and languages (as defined by the US Departments of State and Defense).

Hashi.org awards one $1000 dollar scholarship to an American student for study in Japan each year on the basis of need and overall intent for usage as expressed in the application essay. The scholarships could be used for a variety of overseas programs, including but not limited to home stays, student exchange, volunteering, work, etc.

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.

MASA provides grants to students of Jewish descent who study in Israel.  They also provide a list of additional funding sources.

The Kosciuszko Foundation offers multiple scholarships for study in Poland including the Tomaszkiewicz-Florio Scholarships for summer study as well as full year funding for certain programs.

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.