Funding Study Abroad

Scholarship Programs

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

This program, administered by the Institute of International Education, provides grants for students who have financial need to study or intern abroad. The program encourages students to study languages, especially critical need languages (languages deemed important to national security). Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded for semester and year-long programs, depending on the program length and student need. Applications open to U.S. Undergraduate students who are receiving the Federal Pell Grant. Veterans are also encouraged to apply, and preference is given to veterans when other factors are equivalent. Students who are applying must consult a Gilman campus representative - at Wittenberg, please contact Michelle Kempf at CLICK HERE for more information for the application process.

Gilman Go Global Grant and Gain Travel Grant

Qualified applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship are guaranteed a CIEE Go Global Grant and a GAIN Travel Grant, regardless of whether they receive the Gilman Scholarship. That’s a program cost reduction and funding toward airfare! Students must submit their Scholarships Application by October 15 for spring programs, or April 1 for summer and fall programs to be guaranteed a grant. CLICK HERE for more information.

Boren Awards for International Study (Full Year)

Boren Awards are funded by the National Security Education Program within the Department of Defense. Boren Scholarships offer support for U.S. undergraduates to study critical languages and in countries that are underrepresented in study abroad such as Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East. Students may apply to study in any country outside of the United States, Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. Students who have applied previously have been on 1 year programs. Applicants need to consult a Boren representative on campus before applying - at Wittenberg, please contact Michelle Kempf at CLICK HERE for more information for the application process can be found here.

Bridging Japan Scholarship

The Bridging Scholarship program is sponsored and funded by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation, through contributions from a number of corporations, private foundations, and individual donors. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad. Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs). Students studying in Japan on summer programs are not eligible to apply. CLICK HERE for more information on the application process.

CIEE Program Scholarships (Only for CIEE programs)

CIEE offers two types of scholarships: need based grants and merit based grants. The need based grants provide support for students facing financial barriers that impact their ability to study abroad. Merit scholarships are available for CIEE summer and semester programs. Award amounts vary by program. CLICK HERE for more information.

Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS)

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is provided by the U.S. Department of State and is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate students. The CLS Program offers cultural immersion for thirteen critical need foreign languages including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. CLICK HERE for more information.

Freeman-Asia Japan Scholarship

The Freeman-ASIA award is for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Applicants must have applied or have been accepted to a study abroad based program in: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam. Applicants must have little or no previous experience in the country in which they plan to study. A semester or an academic year term applicant must not have spent more than 6 weeks in the proposed country of study within the last 5 years. Must not be a previous Freeman-ASIA award recipient. CLICK HERE for more information for the application process.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

The Fund for Education abroad provides scholarships to students of traditionally underrepresented populations in study abroad. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. Applicants who apply for a FEA scholarship are automatically considered for all available scholarships. Several scholarships are available in awards of up to $10,000. CLICK HERE for more information on the application process.


Go Overseas Intern or Study Abroad

Go Overseas offers a bi-annual scholarship to students who are planning on studying or interning abroad. Any student currently enrolled in an American institution who wants to study or intern abroad. The program does not have to be a Go Overseas sponsored study/intern abroad program. Applicants must submit a photo essay and quick survey to enter. The award of $500, to go to any part of your study or intern abroad trip, is given to the most creative entrant. CLICK HERE for more details on the application.

Go Abroad Internships

Find internship scholarships and grants! Browse dozens of internship abroad scholarships and get advice on how to win them. CLICK HERE for more information can be found here.

Scholarship Databases

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

At Diversity Abroad, you can apply for more than $400,000 worth of scholarships. The database includes a variety of scholarships that target minority, low-income and first-generation students. CLICK HERE for more information.

Institute for International Education Study abroad Funding (IIE)

IIE provides an extensive database of scholarships and grants organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education.

Study Abroad 101 Scholarship Directory

To help with the funding of your study abroad, this website compiled this list of scholarship opportunities offered by providers of study abroad programs and foreign host universities. In this directory you will see information from these organizations, which may help you fund your dream of study abroad. CLICK HERE for more information.

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