The most common question we get from students is “how much does it cost to study abroad?” and “Do you have scholarships for international study?”
Money is a legitimate concern if you’re looking to study abroad, especially as a college student. However, don’t let the thought of funding your study derail your dreams of having one of the best experiences of your life.
Many students do not realize the myriad of scholarships for international study that are available to them. Not only do most universities offer scholarships that carry over into study abroad programs, but there are tons of opportunities through individual entities and study abroad organizations for students to receive extra funding for their experience.
Below we discuss 35 of the most common scholarships for international study available to students who study abroad through USAC.
There are plenty more scholarships available to students and we provide some additional places you can find scholarships for international study at the bottom of this article.
How to Apply
- Apply to a USAC Study Abroad Program (if you have not already)
- Please note that it can take 3-5 business days after submitting your application to receive access to your USAC Student Gateway Account
- Log in to your USAC Student Gateway Account and complete the ‘Scholarship Application: Optional Form’ in the ‘7+ Months Before Program Start’ section under your documents tab
- Your scholarship application will be processed so you are considered for as many of the below USAC Scholarships as possible
- If you are eligible for a USAC Affiliate University Scholarship, you will apply directly through your home university
- Summer/Fall 2019 Programs: March 15
- January/Spring 2020 Programs: October 15
USAC Scholarships for International Study
First Generation Scholarship
Any student that will be the first individual in their family to graduate from college is eligible to apply for this scholarship. Multiple awards will be given in the amount of $750-$1,000.
Military Service Scholarship
All U.S. Military Personnel (active or veteran status) are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Multiple awards will be given in the amount of $750-$1,000.
Regional Scholarships (Available to ALL students)
We pride ourselves on providing well-rounded, academically sound and credible programs in non-traditional locations or in unique parts of more traditional places. Scholarships are available for each of the five geographic regions with USAC programs (Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Oceania). All students with a minimum 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply. Multiple awards ranging from $500-$1,000 will be awarded each semester.
Affiliate University Scholarship
Students attending a USAC Affiliate University, consult your home university’s study abroad office for details whether USAC scholarships are available. If you are eligible, you will apply directly through your home university.
If you do not attend a USAC Affiliate University, we have scholarships available just for you. In some instances, we may have scholarships specifically allocated to your university as well.
USAC Legacy Scholarship
To honor USAC’s long history in international education, Legacy Scholarships are available to the children, siblings, and spouses of alumni (a paying participant who previously attended a USAC Program). Awards will be given in the amount of $300 for summer session or $500 for semester.
USAC Academic Opportunities
Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering (STEM) Scholarship
All degree-seeking students with a declared STEM major or minor and a minimum 3.0 GPA are eligible for this scholarship. Multiple awards will be given in the amount of $750-$1,000.
USAC Program-Specific Scholarships for International Study
Discover Middle East Scholarship (Haifa, Israel)
Jade Wright, USAC Haifa Summer 2013 and Fall 2013 alumnus, created this scholarship to allow more students to experience firsthand the challenges and growth of studying abroad in a non-traditional region that is often unfamiliar to and misunderstood by those in the United States. Degree-seeking students with a minimum 3.0 GPA attending the Haifa, Israel program are eligible for this scholarship, which will be awarded each summer, fall, and spring semester. Preference will be given to students with little to no previous background and exposure to the Middle East.
Dr. Marianne Cooley Study Abroad Scholarship (China)
Dr. Marianne Cooley is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Houston who served as a USAC Visiting Professor in Chengdu, China on two separate occasions. Degree-seeking students attending the Chengdu or Shanghai, China programs with a minimum 2.5 GPA are eligible for this scholarship, which will be awarded each semester.
Dr. Frank Triplett is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Mount Union who served as a USAC Visiting Professor in Pau, France on three separate occasions. Degree-seeking students with a minimum 2.5 GPA attending the Lyon or Pau, France programs are eligible for this scholarship, which will be awarded each fall and spring semester.
Janice Proctor Memorial Scholarship (Torino, Italy)
A USAC Torino alumnus of Fall 2010, Colin Proctor founded this scholarship with his sister, Megan, in memory of their late mother, who encouraged and supported their desires to study abroad. Colin majored in Accounting and Finance at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and his time in Torino and traveling throughout Europe inspired him to continue traveling and pursuing his goals after graduation. He has traveled to more than 50 countries and is a Certified Public Accountant and entrepreneur. Both Colin and Megan continue to use the skills they learned abroad in their personal and professional lives.
Degree-seeking students participating in the Torino, Italy program in the fall, spring or full academic year are eligible, and preference will be given to students with high finanical need. A $1000 award will be given in the fall and spring semesters.
Frank and Carol Nota (Italy)
Frank and Carol Nota, the parents of USAC CEO, Alyssa Nota, were educators for over 35 years – touching the lives of thousands of students—and both were deeply committed to education, travel, family and their Italian heritage. They embodied and instilled in their 3 children the development of integrity and character that come from education – at home, abroad and in every part of one’s life.
Degree-seeking students with a declared major in English, history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, Italian language/cultural studies, or education and a minimum 3.0 GPA attending a Summer 2018 or Spring 2019 Italy program are eligible. Two $500 awards will be given in Summer 2018 and one $1000 award will be given in Spring 2019.
Carmelo Urza (San Sebastián or Bilbao, Spain)
Dr. Carmelo Urza is the USAC founder and CEO Emeritus. His early life was greatly influenced by the North American Basque Organizations (NABO) and helped to inspire the creation of USAC, with the inaugural program starting in 1983 in the Basque Country. Degree-seeking students who hold a 3.2 GPA or above and are participating on the San Sebastián or Bilbao program are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students who show active and ongoing participation in the North American Basque Organization (NABO) and/or their local Basque community, or who have pursued previous Basque studies. An award of $2,000 will be granted each fall and spring.
In addition to completing the USAC Scholarship Application in your USAC Gateway Account, eligible students must complete the Carmelo Urza Scholarship Application Form by the appropriate USAC Scholarship Application deadline listed at the top of this page.
University of Bristol (Bristol, England)
The University of Bristol, USAC’s longtime partner in hosting students in England, is offering £2,000 scholarships to help USAC students make their dreams of studying in England come true. Degree-seeking students with a minimum 3.25 GPA who will study at the University of Bristol for a semester or year are eligible, and preference will be given to STEM and yearlong students. Funds will be awarded on-site.
Massey University Scholarship (New Zealand)
Massey University, USAC’s longtime partner in hosting students in New Zealand, is offering $400 scholarships for international study to help USAC students make their dreams of studying in New Zealand come true. Degree-seeking students with a minimum 2.75 GPA who will study at any of Massey’s campus locations in New Zealand—Palmerston North, Auckland, or Wellington—are eligible.
Félix Menchacatorre Memorial Scholarship (San Sebastián or Bilbao, Spain)
Dr. Félix Menchacatorre taught on and directed the Spain programs for 25 years, building programs in San Sebastián, Bilbao/Getxo, Madrid, and Alicante. Additionally, he was instrumental in developing other programs and shaping what USAC is today. This $500 memorial scholarship available each semester to degree-seeking students with a minimum 2.75 GPA attending the San Sebastián or Bilbao program. University of Nevada, Reno students must also have completed their MyNevada General Scholarship Application by February 1 to be eligible.
Kody Bressman Memorial Scholarship (San Sebastián, Spain)
Kody Bressman was an honors student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a focus in Accounting and Spanish. While in college, Kody studied abroad in San Sebastián, Spain and lived with a Basque host family for six months. During his time on the USAC program, he made many friends and became extremely close to his host family.
Kody’s passion and throttle for life were dynamic. He loved and cherished his family and friends as a caring son, a loving brother, an inspiration, and a friend to everyone he met. Degree-seeking students participating in a San Sebastián program with a minimum GPA of 2.75 are eligible. Multiple awards ranging from $500-$2,500 will be awarded each semester.
Shangchu Zhang Posthumous Scholarship (Shanghai, China)
This one-time $1,500 Spring 2020 scholarship will be granted in honor of Shangchu Zhang, who passed away in 2019. Mr. Zhang taught the Chinese Calligraphy class for the USAC Shanghai Program since 2014 and was extremely passionate about teaching USAC students. He believed that learning is fun, and his unique approach to teaching Chinese calligraphy had a long-lasting impact on many USAC graduates. Calligraphy, this art form that even Chinese think unapproachable, became easy and fun. His motto was “teaching others teaches yourself”. To USAC students, what Chinese culture really meant was not only represented in the symbolic calligraphy art but also fully articulated by his teaching philosophy, his beliefs, and his personality.
Degree-seeking students with a minimum 3.0 GPA attending the Shanghai, China program in Spring 2020 are eligible for this scholarship.
Returning/Extending Student Discount
This discount applies to all USAC students with no outstanding balance who return or extend to a USAC Specialty program. Students who return from or are currently participating in a USAC semester/year program are eligible for $500 discount for a semester/year Specialty program or $300 discount for summer or January Specialty program. Students who return from or are currently participating in a USAC summer or January program are eligible for $300 discount for a semester/year Specialty program or $100 discount for another summer or January Specialty program.
Consortium Faculty, Staff, and Their Dependents
Current full-time permanent faculty and staff (or their spouses or dependents), employed for at least one year at a USAC Affiliate University and returning to the university after the term abroad, are eligible for a discount on USAC Specialty programs of $300 for a summer or January program or $500 for a semester or year program. Before applying to a program, individuals who are eligible for this discount should inform their Study Abroad Office of their plans to study abroad with USAC at this discount and ask the Study Abroad Office to notify their USAC University Relations Coordinator to ensure the discount is applied properly.
External Scholarships for International Study
In hopes that a tragedy can enrich the lives of others, the Ashley Soulé Conroy foundation has been created to provide scholarships for travel and study abroad.
The Gilman Scholarship is an undergraduate grant program that is available to students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two or four-year university or college. The Gilman Scholarship awards more than 2,800 students of up to $5000 each academic year. Students who are studying a critical language will automatically be considered for the Critical Need Language Award for a total of $8,000.
Deadline: April 10
The Bridging Scholarships for international study are available to students who are participating in a study abroad program in Japan. The foundation awards approximately 100 scholarships each year. The student must be studying abroad for at least three months and earn credit that will transfer to their home campus in the US.
Maximum Award Amounts:
- $2,500 for students on semester-long programs
- $4,000 for students on academic year programs
Deadline: February 5
The Boren Scholarship provides an opportunity for students to study less commonly taught languages in different regions throughout the world. The scholarship represents students who want to work in the federal national security arena and students must commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.
Maximum Award Amounts
- $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum)
- $10,000 for a semester
- $20,000 for a 6 – 12 months
Deadline: June 15
The BUTEX Awards are open to all undergraduate students who are affiliated with a BUTEX Full Member institution. Students must be studying abroad in a place that is not eligible for a ERASMUS grant. Students must also be studying abroad in the UK for a minimum of one semester.
Deadline: March 15 for Fall/Winter
November 15 for Spring/Summer
The Delta Phi Alpha Scholarship is available to undergraduate students who are members of Delta Phi Alpha. The funding is available for students who plan to study abroad in Germany.
Education New Zealand manages a number of outbound scholarships for student who wish to study abroad in New Zealand.
Deadline: March 1
The Freeman-ASIA is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents that are studying at a two or four-year undergraduate level and plan to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The funding can be used to cover study abroad program and related costs such as airfare, living costs, local transportation, books, etc.
Deadline: January 17
FEA specializes in providing funding for underrepresented students. Students with financial need who are participating on USAC programs may apply for FEA-USAC Access Scholarships of up to $5,000 and will also be considered for FEA’s general scholarships.
USAC is proud to join the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) as an Access Partner in the shared commitment to increase the number of underrepresented American undergraduates studying abroad through the provision of scholarships!
Go Overseas offers scholarships for international study to any student that is enrolled in an American institution. The scholarships are available at various times of the year, so students should check the website to stay up-to-date. Winners are selected based on their creativity, enthusiasm, and social media posts.
Award Amount Maximum: $500
Deadline: October 1 and November 15 for Winter/Spring
ItaliaRail is committed to helping students study abroad in Italy and immerse themselves in the country’s rich and dynamic culture. Students applying to any study abroad program in Italy are eligible to apply. Applicants must be enrolled in a program for a full semester (12-16 weeks).
Award amount: Two scholarships of $1,000 each, plus a 3-day Italy Rail Pass
Deadline: March 1
The National Italian American Foundation awards scholarships to 60-70 students each year. Students must be a member of the NIAF or have a parent/grandparent/guardian who is a member. Students must also have a GPA of at least 3.5 and have at least one ancestor who has immigrated from Italy.
Deadline: March 15
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.
Award amount: $1,000
Rotary clubs offer scholarships for undergraduate studies that can often be used for study abroad. Follow the link to find your local Rotary club.
Deadline: Late March and October
This scholarship was created to help more students learn, travel, and explore the world through study abroad.
Award amount: $1,000
Deadline: March 1
Scholarships are available to current members of the Sons of Norway or children/grandchildren of current members. The membership must be in effect at least one year prior to application. Students must have completed high school and be enrolled in post-secondary training, vocational/trade school or college.
Deadline: April 15
The Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded biannually to students who are wanting to explore the world. The scholarship is open to full-time undergraduate students that are in good academic standing with their college or university and must be accepted into a study abroad program that is eligible for credit by their college or university.
Maximum Award Amounts: $1,000
Deadline: April 15 (Fall 2020), May 15 (Summer 2020), November 15 (Spring 2021)
The Haifa Scholarship is available to students who will be studying abroad in Haifa, Israel. Scholarship awards are based on financial need.
Additional Scholarship Databases
- GoAbroad.com Scholarships
- GoOverseas.com Scholarships
- International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search
- International Scholarship Search
- StudyAbroad.com Scholarships
- StudyAbroadFunding.org Scholarships
- University of Minnesota Scholarships and Funding Search