45 Scholarships for Study Abroad Around the World 

by Maima Faith Merin

There’s a reason the word “money” is used more frequently than any other word in rap songs. It’s important. And whether you agree with the likes of Eminem, Jay Z, and Tupac or not, we can all agree that money can be a major deciding factor when you are choosing where to study abroad (or if to study abroad at all).

With steeping increases in the costs of undergraduate education, many students are caught between an (empty-wallet) rock and a (lacking-savings-account) hard place. The truth is, there are funds available for all kinds of students to study abroad. And you’re not alone: most students are hoping to find a way to study abroad for cheap. Besides, who wouldn’t want to offset semester tuition bills to instead bulk up the wine and cheese budget?!

If you just-so-happen to be a student seeking a learning experience that’s more internationally flavored, then you’ll be pleased to know that there are study abroad scholarships and grants offered by many governments, organizations, and specific universities just for you!

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The following are a diverse selection of study abroad scholarship opportunities to get you started, whether you are a minority, graduate student, or the plain, ol’ run-of-the-mill college student:

1. Boren Scholarships 

Deadline: Annual (typically early on in the calendar year)

Awards: 

  • $8,000 (summer program, available for STEM students only)
  • $10,000 (semester program)
  • $20,000 (academic year program)

Degree Level: Bachelors

The annual scholarships of the National Security Education Program provides fundings to undergraduate students from the U.S. to study less popularly studied, minority world languages. Promoting linguistic and cultural immersion, this award program aims to support students focusing on language studies that are critical to U.S. national security. Boren Scholars can choose to study abroad  in their country of choice, excluding nations within Western Europe as well as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In exchange for funding, scholars must commit to working in the federal government for at least a year after graduation.

2. Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Deadline: TBA

Awards:

  • $3,000 (summer program)
  • $4,000 (fall and spring program)
  • $5,000 (academic year program)

Degree Level: Bachelors

Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program offers grants to U.S. undergraduates with limited financial means, in order to diversify the population of students going abroad. This annual competitive award is given to a limited number of recipients interested in studying or interning abroad.

3. Robert B. Bailey Scholarship

Deadline: TBA

Award: Up to $2,000 per student

Degree Level: Bachelors

Offered through the Council on International Educational Exchange, the Bailey Scholarship is aimed at providing ethnic minority students from the United States with the financial means to study abroad. Applicants are required to submit a range of application materials, such as an outline of academic achievements, proof of financial need, a personal statement essay, and letters of recommendation.

4. USAC Scholarships

Deadline: TBA

Award: Varies

Recipients: Bachelors

The University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) awards students who demonstrate significant financial need with scholarships to support their study abroad aspirations annually. To be eligible for these study abroad scholarships, students must enroll in USAC study abroad programs. USAC’s scholarship offerings include General Scholarships for Non-Consortium Affiliate Students, Legacy Scholarships, and Program-Specific Scholarships.

5. Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

Deadline: September 15th, 2016

Award: $1,000 

Degree Level: Bachelors

Phi Kappa Phi supports U.S. undergraduates who wish to seek wisdom, experience, and academic excellence through study abroad by awarding 50 scholarships to aspiring study abroad students annually. Students who wish to apply must have an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter at their home university.

6. CEA Study Abroad Scholarships

Deadlines: 

  • April 10th, 2016 (summer)
  • May 10th, 2016 (fall)

Awards: 

  • $500 - $750 for short term programs
  • $1,000 - $3000 for year-long programs

Degree Level: Bachelors

CEA is committed to changing students’ lives by providing them with essential financial aid needed to study abroad. More than two million dollars is given to students for study abroad programs each year by CEA. CEA Study Abroad scholarships are divided into three categories: merit, need, and diversity.

7. Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: November 8, 2016

Award: ranges from $50,000 to $60,000 

Degree Level: Masters

Started in 1963, the Churchill Scholarship provides funding for American students interested in enrolling in a master’s degree programs in science, engineering, and mathematics at the University of Cambridge. Fourteen applicants are awarded with this scholarship annually.

8. AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants

Deadline: Varies per scholarship

Award: $400 - $1,000; Varies per scholarship 

Recipients: Bachelors

The American Institute for Foreign Study awards deserving students with more than $800,000 in financial aid for study abroad annually. These funds are available for students seeking both summer and semester study programs.

9. SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

Deadlines: 

  • April 1st (for summer programs) 
  • May 15th (for fall programs) 
  • November 1st (for spring programs)

Award: Ranges from $500 to $5,000

Degree Level: Bachelors

The School for International Training (SIT) offers scholarship funding to qualified students interested in participating in one of SIT’s many study abroad programs around the world. SIT offers a wide range of scholarships and grants that can be applied toward the costs of tuition and housing accommodation for students during their time abroad.

10. Critical Language Scholarship

Deadline: TBA

Award: Varies

Degree Levels: Bachelors & Masters

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs provides American students with the opportunity to enjoy fully-funded overseas summer language and cultural immersion programs through the awarding of Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) each year. Applicants are selected based on their commitment to studying non-traditional languages abroad, including Arabic, Japanese, Swahili, and Russian. The Critical Language Scholarship is only open to American undergraduate and graduate students.

11. Golden Key Scholarships

Deadline: Varies

Award: Varies

Degree Level: Bachelors & Masters

The Golden Key Scholarship is an education-based scholarship awarded to qualified individuals with outstanding academic, leadership, and service achievements. Each year, the Golden Key International Honour Society offers $1,000,000 of scholarship awards to both undergraduate and graduate students. The objective of this scholarship is to give students the opportunity to develop their professional skills in an international environment.

12. American Association of University Women Fellowships & Grants

Deadline: Varies

Award: Varies

Degree Level: Bachelors

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has a long history of empowering women, not only in the United States, but all over the globe. AAUW is one of the biggest funding sources for graduate women all over the the world, providing more than three million dollars in funding to outstanding women through more than 200 fellowship and grants annually.

13. Corinne Jeannine Schillings Scholarships

Deadlines: 

  • March 15th (academic year, spring, or summer)
  • October 15th (fall semester)

Award: $1,000

Degree Level: Bachelors

The Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation provides both Silver and Gold Scholarships to girl scouts who have a desire to study abroad when they reach university. This “Travel Study” scholarship award is open to girl scouts pursuing any undergraduate area of study, major, or minor courses.

14. Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant

Deadline: February 25th, 2016

Award: Up to $5,000

Degree Level: Bachelors

The Jerome Foundation offers Travel and Study Grants to millennial artists who are in need of funds to travel for the purpose of knowledge, inspiration, experience, and growth. Eligible applicants should be passionate and interested in the fields of dance, film, digital production, or literature.

15. Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship

Deadlines: 

  • May 20th, 2016 (fall semester)
  • December 20th, 2016 (spring semester)

Award: $1,000 & a Tortuga travel backpack

Degree Level: Bachelors

Tortuga Backpacks provides study abroad funding to students with a desire to take amazing extracurricular trips while studying abroad. This scholarship is awarded biannually to qualified American undergraduate students, as well as students who have a U.S. visa, who are interested in exploring more of the world during their international program.

16. Allianz Global Assistance Scholarship

Deadline: November 13th

Awards:

  • $50 Amazon Gift Card (for 30 finalists)
  • $2,500 (grand prize for six winners)  

Degree Level: High School Seniors & Bachelors

With a belief that international travel can help students grow and expand their horizons, Allianz Global Assistance has been dedicated to giving students the opportunity to travel the world for over a decade. American students enrolled in accredited high schools, colleges, or universities can submit a 60 to 90 second video OR a 500-word essay answering the question “How can international travel impact my life?”, to apply for Allianz Global’s ScholarTrip funding opportunity.

17. Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: October 31st

Award: Varies

Degree Level: High School Seniors

To commemorate the centennial anniversary of Coca-Cola, the company established the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, to carry out their mission to provide students with the opportunity to make a difference in the world and experience lifelong enrichment because of their international experiences. Administered by Phi Theta Kappa, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship is an achievement-based award available to graduating high school seniors in the United States with excellent academic performance and outstanding leadership who have had a significant impact on their local community.

18. Generation Google Scholarship

Deadline: March 3rd, 2016

Awards:

  • 10,000 USD (for study in the U.S.)
  •  5,000 CAD (for study in Canada)

Degree Level: High School Seniors & Bachelors

While continuing to break down barriers by inspiring and helping students to become the future of the technology industry, Google established the Generation Google scholarship in order to fund study abroad for American and Canadian students who aspire to become the best computer scientists of their generation. This award is open to all current high school seniors and university students from Canada and the U.S.

19. Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Deadline: TBA

Award: Varies

Degree Levels: Masters, Young Professionals, & Recent Graduates

The Fullbright U.S.Student Program provides grants to selected individuals to work, live, and learn for one academic year in a foreign country. There are two types of grants provided by the Fullbright U.S. Student Program: Study/Research and English Teaching Assistant. This Fullbright grant is open to graduate students, recent graduates, and young professionals in the United States. The total number of grants distributed each year depends on the availability of federal appropriated funds.

20. Rotary Foundation Global Scholarship Grants

Deadline: TBA

Award: $30,000

Degree Level: Masters

The Rotary Foundation has been a pillar in humanitarian activities, whether related to local service projects or global initiatives, for decades. The Rotary’s Global Grants program offers support to students pursuing graduate-level coursework or research in the fields of: Peace and Conflict Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Education and Literacy, and Community and Economic Development.

21. Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

Deadline: TBA

Grant: Varies

Degree Levels: Masters & PhD

Funded by the European Union, the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship is an exclusive award for masters or doctoral students of the EU. Its aim is to enhance the quality of higher education and promote understanding between diverse peoples and cultures across the globe.

22. Chevening Scholarships

Deadline: TBA

Award: Varies

Degree Level: Masters

The UK government established the Chevening Scholarship program in 1983 to support the development of future global leaders. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Chevening Scholarship provides recipients worldwide with the unique opportunity to develop their potential, both academically and professionally, at any UK university. This scholarship is open to graduate students working on their master’s degree in any subject.

23. Australia Awards Scholarships

Deadline: TBA

Award: Varies

Degree Levels: Bachelor, Masters, & PhD

Administered by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australia Awards Scholarship is a long-term development award that provides students from developing countries with the opportunity to undertake full-time study in any participating Australian institution at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate level.

24. Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

Deadline: TBA

Award: Varies

Degree Level: PhD

Through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), the Swiss government offers scholarships for foreign postgraduate students. The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship provides exceptional students with the opportunity to pursue doctoral research at one of Switzerland’s public or private institutions.

25. Swedish Institute Study Scholarships

Deadline: February 13th, 2016

Award: Varies

Degree Level: Masters

Funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and administered by the Swedish Institute, the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship (SISS) aims to develop global leaders. An estimated 300 scholarships are given to qualified graduate applicants each year. The scholarship covers tuition fees, living expenses, and insurance for all scholars.

26. VLIR-UOS Awards Scholarships

Deadline: Varies

Award: Various Expenses Covered

Degree Level: Masters

VLIR-OUS aims to make a difference by looking for innovative responses to global and local challenges. With this objective in mind, VLIR-UOS hopes to strengthen globalization of higher education institutions in Flanders, Belgium by awarding scholarships to foreign students and professionals. This scholarship program is open to applicants from 54 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Scholars will have the opportunity to participate in English-taught training programs or pursue master’s degrees at any accredited Belgian academic institution.

27. New Zealand Pacific Scholarships 

Deadline: April 30th, 2016

Award: Various Expenses Covered

Degree Levels: Masters & PhD

Funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme and managed by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), the New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) give international students an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and skills in specific areas of study in New Zealand, in hopes of assisting development of their home nation upon graduation.

28. The NextGen Scholarship

Deadline: Applications Open February 15th, 2016

Award: $1,000

Degree Levels: High School Seniors & Bachelors

The NextGen Scholarship was created to help international or American students, whether high school seniors or those pursuing undergraduate degrees, complete higher education degree programs in the United States. Every year, one scholar is awarded based on merit and financial need.

29. Ideapod Scholarship

Deadline: TBA

Grant: $2000

Degree Level: Any University Student

The Ideapod Scholarship was created as a way to support technological development, especially related to Artificial Intelligence (AI), the most exciting and talked about technology today. In partnership with the ADC Forum, the Ideapod Scholarship supports the imagination and creativity of university students, both undergraduate and graduate, all over the world. To apply, students must answer the question “What will Artificial Intelligence mean for work?”

30. Panrimo Scholarships

Deadline: Varies

Award: Ranges From $100 - $2,000

Degree Level: Bachelors

Panrimo was founded in 2007 and has been catering to student’s study abroad dreams ever since, inspiring many students to become more intelligent world travelers. Panrimo Scholarships are open to financially needy students who want to travel and study anywhere in the world through one of Panrimo’s many programs

31. Shanghai Government Scholarships

Deadline: Varies

Award: Varies

Degree Levels: Bachelor, Masters, & PhD

The Shanghai Municipal Education Commission aims to further develop international education and attract international students to Shanghai, China by providing them with financial resources. Therefore, in 2005, the commission establish the Shanghai Government Scholarship (SGS). Qualified international students interested in pursuing a higher education in an academic institution in Shanghai will have the opportunity to receive three different types of scholarships: Class A (full scholarship for graduate students), Class B (partial scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students), or Class C (Excellent Student Award) scholarship.

32. Korean Government Scholarship 

Deadline: TBA

Award: Various Expenses Covered

Degree Levels: Bachelor, Masters, & PhD

In order to increase ties and relationships throughout the world, the National Institute for International Education of South Korea offers foreign university students from countries with bilateral cultural agreements with South Korea the opportunity to study abroad in Korea. The Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) aims to support future global leaders by promoting real international education.

33. Japanese Government Scholarship

Deadline: Annual

Award: Varies

Degree Levels: Bachelor, Masters, & PhD

Established in 1954, the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship program has helped thousands of international students pursue higher education in Japan. Supporting students pursuing undergraduate as well as masters degrees, research, and various other training programs in Japan, this scholarship is open to students from around the world.

34. The Bridging Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: April 8th, 2016

Award: $2,500 - $4,000

Degree Level: Bachelors

The United States-Japan Bridging Foundation, through collaboration with the Bridging Project Clearinghouse at the American Association of Teachers of Japan, awards scholarships to U.S. undergraduate students who want to study in Japan for a semester or a full academic year. Approximately 100 scholarships are awarded to applicants demonstrating a strong interest in a higher education in Japan and a demand for financial assistance annually.

35. Asia Exchange Scholarships

Deadline: April 30th, 2016

Award: up to 500 €

Degree Level: Bachelors

Awarded twice a year, the Asia Exchange Scholarships offer students in target countries with the opportunity to pursue undergraduate study at a university or college in Asia. This scholarship program can be used for studying abroad at the following universities in Asia: 

  • Udayana University in Bali, Indonesia
  • Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Guangzhou University in Guangzhou, China
  • Prince of Songkla University in Phuket, Thailand
  • Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea

36. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship

Deadline: Varies

Award: Varies

Degree Levels: Bachelor, Masters, & PhD

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a wide range of scholarships for Canadian or American students who want to pursue study or research in Germany. Scholarships are competitive and range from support for short term programs to monthly financial support for the duration of a German degree program.

37. Eastern European Study Abroad Scholarships

Deadlines: 

  • March 1st, 2016 (fall semester)
  • October 15th, 2016 (spring semester)
  • April 1st, 2016 (summer semester)

Award: up to $2,500

Degree Level: Bachelors

Eastern European Study Abroad (EESA) offers merit and need-based scholarships to students interested in studying abroad with EESA who are financially disadvantaged. Applicants must submit an essay answering a required question and meet minimum GPA requirements to be eligible for EESA Scholarships.

38. Spanish Studies Abroad Scholarships

Deadlines:

  • May 15th (fall semester)
  • October 15th (spring semester)
  • April 15th (summer semester)

Award: Varies

Degree Level: Bachelor

Spanish Studies Abroad provides Spanish language focused study abroad programs in multiple Spanish-speaking countries around the world. Their scholarship programs provide financial aid opportunities for undergraduates interested in pursuing international programs in Spain, Argentina, and Cuba. The Spanish Studies Abroad scholarship program offers two types of awards: merit-based and diversity.

39. LIVFund Scholarship

Deadline: Monthly Selection

Award: $500

Degree Level: Bachelor

LIVFund offers financial assistance to students interested in participating in international programs based in Latin America. The scholarship is open to any student in college or university that meets various eligibility conditions and submits a creative response to application questions. Two scholarships are awarded each month to selected applicants.

40. Otago Polytechnic Scholarships

Deadline: Varies

Award: Varies

Degree Levels: Bachelor & Masters

Otago Polytechnic is the leading polytechnic institute of higher education in New Zealand. In order to achieve the Otago Polytechnic’s goal of becoming a leading academic institution on an international level, the school offers multiple scholarships to local and international students covering a wide range of fields.

41. The School for Field Studies (SFS) Endowed Scholarships

Deadline: Varies

Award: Varies

Degree Level: Bachelors

The School for Field Studies provides a range of scholarship opportunities thanks to numerous alumni and donors who have created lasting legacies through endowed scholarship funds. Six scholarships are offered to international students in need of financial support to attend the School for Field Studies.

42. American Research Center in Egypt Fellowships

Deadline: January 2017

Award: Varies

Degree Level: PhD

Fellowships provided by the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) offer pre-doctoral and post-doctoral applicants in the United States the chance to profoundly expand their knowledge of Egypt and the Near East through study and research in Egypt. The ARCE’s annual fellowships are made possible by partnerships with the Ministry of Antiquities and the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt. ARCE offers three types of fellowships that are awarded to more than 10 applicants annually.

43. Holland Scholarship

Deadline: May 1st, 2016

Award: € 5,000

Degree Levels: Bachelors & Masters

Study in Holland promotes international education programs to Dutch students while providing resources and guidance for incoming international students. The Holland Scholarship is provided by Study in Holland and financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science as well as multiple research universities based in the Netherlands. The Holland Scholarship offers funding for non-European Economic Area (EEA) students that wish to study in Holland. Applicants should be in their first year of undergraduate or graduate studies.

44. University of Bologna (UNIBO) Study Grant

Deadline: March 31st, 2016

Awards: € 11,000

Degree Levels: Bachelors & Masters

Forty international applicants are awarded with study grants by the University of Bologna each year. Study grants are awarded based on students’ SAT and GRE test scores and online application submission. Only students who wish to register for the university’s First Cycle, Second Cycle, or Single Cycle degree programs are eligible for the grants.

45. Monash International Merit Scholarship

Deadlines: 

  • March 15th
  • April 15th
  • June 12th
  • October 15th
  • November 15th

Award: $10, 000

Degree Levels: Bachelors & Masters

Monash University offers more than 30 annual scholarships to outstanding international undergraduate and graduate degree seeking students. Students from any country can apply for scholarships. Scholars are selected based on academic achievement and a 500-word application statement.

BONUS: 5 Tips to Help you Win Study Abroad Scholarships

1. One scholarship, one application. Avoid the temptation to mass-apply for multiple scholarships. You need to create individualized, unique cover letters for each and every scholarship that you apply for. Sure, you can reuse certain content or rearrange your resume in similar ways, but in general, make sure your application is unique each and every time.

2. Describe your life after study abroad. Many students fail to recognize their semester or summer of studying abroad as a smaller piece to their life puzzle; however, life will go on after you return. How do you anticipate being different? How do you plan to incorporate the lessons you learn while abroad onto your university campus or into your life in your home communities? Educators geek out over students that are willing to discuss bigger picture connections.

3. Connect it to your heritage. If you are going to a region or continent that is linked to your family history, why not use your study abroad experience as a way to get better acquainted with your second, third, and fourth cousins? These experiences are once-in-a-lifetime and add unique depth to your overall time abroad. 

4. You don’t have to be a pro-athlete or star of the decathlon team. Let’s be honest: study abroad scholarship judges were probably not the end-all, be-all of their college campuses. Average joe’s are welcome. The key is to highlight your best qualities and demonstrate your passion for cross cultural interactions.

5. Apply for multiple scholarships. It may be hard to stomach, but don’t count on a single application to score a fully funded study abroad program. Apply early, and apply often. The more times you throw your name into the ringer, the more likely you are to score a sweet, sweet study abroad scholarship.

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