Scholarships & Grants

You may be surprised by the large number of scholarships that are available that help make studying abroad affordable.  Scholarships and grants may be needs-based, merit-based, or determined by your essay submission.  Below are links to various scholarship and grant opportunities.

CIEE Scholarships & Grants

Summer & Fall – April 1,

Spring – October 15,

Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship – February 14

Need-based scholarships can cover up to $2,500.  Merit-based scholarships can cover up to 100% of your study abroad program cost.

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AIFS Scholarships & Grants

AIFS Diversity Achievement Scholarship

Fall Semester: $5,000/up to 3 awards

Spring Semester: $5,000/up to 3 awards

AIFS offers multiple scholarships including, special scholarships for high achieving students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in education abroad. Each semester, AIFS offers up to three $5,000 scholarships to applicants who demonstrate high academic achievement and/or participate in community service activities.

Deadlines: Completed scholarship and program applications must be postmarked or sent via email by the following deadlines:
Spring Semester: November 1
Fall Semester: April 15
Spring Semester: October 1


IES Scholarships & Grants


Summer Internship Programs – March 15
Summer Standard Programs — April 1
Fall/Academic Year — May 1
Spring/Calendar Year/J-Term — November 1

IES offers need-based scholarships, merit-based scholarships, and grants including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Tuition & Travel Grant.

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CET Scholarships & Grants

CET offers multiple scholarships including a diversity scholarship awarded to first-generation college students and students from racial/ethnic minority groups studying with CET. Priority will be given to students who also demonstrate financial need. Two awards will be given each term: $2,000 for fall/spring programs and $1,500 for summer programs. 



IFSA Scholarships & Grants

Application DeadlinesPriority DeadlineFinal Deadline
Fall semester / Academic yearMarch 1April 1
Spring semester / Calendar yearOctober 1November 1
SummerMarch 1April 1
WinterOctober 1November 1

DESIGNED TO: Help more students overcome financial challenges to study abroad
AWARDS: $500 for summer programs, $1,500 for semester programs, $2,500 for full-year programs

These need-based scholarships take into account that your study abroad program might cost more than tuition at your home college or university.

Scholarships & Financial Aid


SIT Scholarships & Grants

Semester scholarship awards generally range from $500 to $5,000, and summer awards typically range from $500 to $3,000. It is possible that students receiving special SIT scholarships and who are using their Pell Grant for a summer program may receive a partial match award.

Learn more at Financing Your Study Abroad


Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarships

The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population.

FEA’s Access Partners join in the shared commitment to increase the number of underrepresented American college students studying abroad through the provision of scholarships.

FEA scholarship applicants participating on programs hosted by providers in our Access Partner program may be eligible for financial support of up to $5,000.

Good Colleges Study Abroad Award

The Study Abroad Award essay competition is open to current and future college students who are interested in studying abroad. To enter, write a 150-250 word essay on this round’s theme. Good Colleges scholarships are designed to be easy to apply for and to promote positive study attitudes.

Deadline: November 1 each year
Award: $2,000
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Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship

The Overseas Ambassador Scholarship was formerly known as the Blogging Scholarship. Diversity Abroad, in cooperation with the AIFS Foundation, will offer $500 scholarships for fall and spring semesters as well as summer term. Five scholarships are available for each semester and two scholarships are available for summer. Students going abroad for the full fall, spring or summer terms are eligible to apply. Economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities and ethnic and racially diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply. Click “request information” above, or visit for application details and additional information.

Gilman-McCain Scholarship

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is a congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and named after the late senator John S. McCain from Arizona.

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. Applicants must be recipients of any type of Title IV federal financial aid during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving Title IV federal financial aid during their study abroad program or internship.

Gilman-McCain Scholarship


Boren Scholarship

Fund study abroad by U.S. undergraduate students in world regions critical to U.S. interests. 

Maximum awards are determined by duration abroad:

Up to $25,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)

Up to $12,500 for 12-24 weeks

Up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only)

University Summer Course Grant

This program provides scholarships to attend a broad range of three- to four-week summer courses at German universities which focus mainly on German language and literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany.

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