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Finding Scholarships

There are many resources to find scholarships that can be applied to your study abroad program. First be sure to explore the many UCEAP Scholarships available to you. Other study abroad scholarships and funding may also be available from your campus, community organizations, companies or your host institution. Be resourceful in your pursuit of other funding sources. In addition to UCEAP scholarships, funding may also be available from your host institution and other public and private organizations. After you've been accepted for a UCEAP study abroad program, contact your host institution to inquire about additional scholarship opportunities.
Talk to your campus advisor and use the websites below to investigate your scholarship options.


Popular Search Websites

Links to external websites are for your convenience and do not constitute an official endorsement or approval by the University of California Education Abroad Program of any website, product, or service.

Study Abroad Scholarship Programs 

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

This congressionally funded program annually provides more than 2,300 scholarships of up to $8,000 each for US undergraduate students receiving federal Pell Grant funding. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Applications are accepted two times per year. Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship Program.

Boren Awards for International Study

These awards, funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security, broadly defined. Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to US undergraduate students to study abroad; Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for US graduate students to study overseas. Learn more about Boren Awards.

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) offers scholarships for students attending CIEE-affiliated UCEAP programs in Botswana, Russia and Tanzania. It also offers a number of both academic merit and need-based scholarships. Find out more.

Diversity Overseas Ambassador Scholarship 

Diversity Abroad, in cooperation with the AIFS Foundation, will offer $500 scholarships for fall and spring semester study abroad students. Five scholarships are available each semester. Economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities and students from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Find out more. 

​Diversity Network & CISI Planning Scholarship 

Diversity Abroad and CISI are offering two scholarships worth $1,500 each to students of diverse backgrounds who will be studying abroad in Fall 2019. The scholarship can be used to cover expenses for which financial aid is not readily available, such as passports and visas, flights, etc. Eligible applicants must have demonstrated financial need, and preference will be given to students who have not studied abroad before. Find out more. ​

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)

Freeman-ASIA provides financial support to American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need to study abroad for academic credit during the summer, semester, or academic year in one of 15 countries/regions in East and Southeast Asia. Eligible countries are Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, & Vietnam. Award amounts vary from $3,000–7,000 depending on the length of study. The program’s goal is to increase the number of Americans with firsthand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Find out more.

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad provides general scholarships of up to $10,000 each, and four dedicated scholarships: the Hiliary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship, which awards up to $5,000 to a student demonstrating a love of Vietnam and other cultures, the Rainbow Scholarship for LGBT students studying abroad, the Jane Gluckman & Carol Rausch Go Global Scholarship for students on programs in Mexico, Central America, South America, France or Germany, and the Athletes Abroad scholarship for student-athletes (club, intramural, or varsity) studying abroad. Find out more.


Go Overseas Study & Intern Abroad Scholarship offers two $500 scholarships on a biannual basis. The application deadline for students participating in spring or summer programs is in December. Find out more​

Hostelling International

Hostelling International USA awards an annual travel grant of $1,000 to support world exploration and experiential learning. Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years of age and live in the greater San Francisco, San Diego or Los Angeles areas (including Santa Barbara and Ventura counties). Find out more.   

Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation supports students studying in any country where there are Rotary Clubs. Contact your local Rotary club to learn more about Rotary's scholarship opportunities.

​​Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship

Tortuga Backpacks offers a biannual study abroad scholarship to passionate students embarking on an accredited study abroad program. The award includes $1,000 and a Tortuga or Tortuga Air backpack. Applications are due in May and December for fall and spring programs, respectively. Find out more​

WSA Cultural Bridge Scholarship

Weekend Student Adventures will award up to $500 in scholarships to students going on programs in Europe. Recipients are selected based on financial need and demonstrated passion for study abroad and international education. Find out more​

Scholarships Available by Country


Study abroad scholarships for China

Chinese Ministry of Education Scholarships

The Chinese government provides scholarships for US students to study at many of the country's top universities. They are offered by the China Scholarship Council under the U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE). These scholarships cover all in-country costs, including tuition, housing and an appropriate stipend. Find out more.

Study abroad scholarships for Denmark

The Upper Midwest Rebild Scholarship

The Upper Midwest Rebild Scholarship Corporation offers scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 for U.S. students studying in Denmark. There are two scholarship rounds each year, for the Fall and Spring terms. Applications for Spring 2019 are due by October 15, 2018. Find out more.​

Study abroad scholarships for Germany

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship to Germany

The publicly funded German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a wide range of funding opportunities to support undergraduates and graduates studying at German universities. Each year, DAAD provides financial support to more than 55,000 people. The program aims to promote international academic relations and cooperation. Find out more.

Delta Phi Alpha Scholarship to study in German-speaking countries

A prize of $1500 is available to help defray costs of study abroad in a German-speaking country. Applicants, who must be members of Delta Phi Alpha, should present a plan for study abroad with the application. Find out more.

Study abroad scholarships for Ireland

​UCD Generation Study Abroad Scholarship

University College Dublin is partnering with the Institute of International Education's Generation Study Abroad initiative to offer a €1,000 scholarship to American students who spend an academic year at UCD. Find out more​ 


​Go Overseas Ireland Scholarship

In partnership with Education Ireland, Go Overseas is offering several scholarships of up to $6,000, as well as the possibility of winning a free flight to Ireland. Find out more.​


​​​Trinity College Dublin Travel Grant

In partnership with Generation Study Abroad, Trinity College Dublin is offering a travel grant ofIn partnership with Generation Study Abroad, Trinity College Dublin is offering a travel grant of €​2,000. This scholarship can be used to fund airfare and other travel-related expenses. Students must qualify for federal Pell Grants to be eligible for this award. Find out more.​


Trinity College Dublin Global Study Abroad Excellence Scholarship

An annual award of  €​2,000 is available for those participating in a semester of yearlong program studying abroad at Trinity College Dublin who have a history of academic excellence. Eligible applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.3. Find out more.​


Study abroad scholarships for Israel

Study in List

Study In has a list of airfare and tuition scholarships from $400 - $21,000 available for study in Israel. Find out more.
The Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies Scholarship Fund List
American Jewish League for Israel Scholarship Application
Ben Gurion University Ginsburg-Ingerman Scholarship Program for financial need students

Study abroad scholarships for Japan

There are dedicated scholarships for students studying in Japan.  See the information below and refer to this article: Top 10 Study Abroad Scholarships for Japan

Freeman-Asia Scholarship

Need-based funding up to $3,000 for summer, $5,000 for single term, and $7,000 for academic year. Find out more.​​

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

The US-Japan Bridging Foundation awards 100 scholarships annually to US undergraduate students for study in Japan. The scholarships provide $2,500 for one semester or $4,000 for the academic year to cover travel and living expenses. In 2017, two UC students were awarded.  Applications are due in April for fall/year programs and October for spring programs.  Requirements include an application, transcript, short essay, and letter of recommendation.  Find out more.
The U.S.-Japan Council Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship
Awards financial assistance to undergraduates/graduate students for a semester or year-long study abroad program. The scholarship will support up to the full cost of attendance to the study abroad program of the applicant’s choice. The scholarship program grants awards to recipients in amounts determined by financial need and other qualifications.  Find out more.​ 

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarships

JASSO offers scholarships for international students who are accepted by a Japanese university, junior college or college of technology. Find out more.

Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan

Morgan Stanley Japan offers two $7,500 scholarships to US students with an interest in policy, economics, or international finance who will study abroad in Japan. The scholarships are co-sponsored by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese.  Applications are due in April.  Find out more.

American Association of Japanese University Women (AAJUW)
AAJUW was founded in 1970 to promote the education of women, as well as to contribute to the better U.S.-Japan relations, cultural exchanges, and development of leadership.  AAJUW's scholarship award $2,000 and the deadline is in October.


Study abroad scholarships for Mexico


Mexico Initiative Scholarship

Up to 25 scholarships awards of $1,000 for summer programs and $2,000 for spring and fall programs are available for undergraduate students studying in Mexico. In support of the UC-Mexico Presidential Initiative, UCEAP is proud to announce that $50,000 in scholarships will be set aside in 2019-20 for students studying abroad with UCEAP in Mexico. To apply for a Mexico Initiative Scholarship, complete the UCEAP Promise Award application.  Your application will be considered amongst the applications of other students going to Mexico for the Mexico Initiative Scholarship.  If you do not receive a Mexico Initiative Scholarship, your application will be considered for a UCEAP Promise Award. You cannot receive both a Mexico scholarship and a UCEAP Promise Award for the same term.​​​

Study abroad scholarships for Morocco


AMIDEAST is offerring $1,000 scholarships ​for students participating in the summer Intensive Arabic program in Rabat. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and students are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. Find out more.​

Study abroad scholarships for New Zealand

Education New Zealand

The Education New Zealand Study Abroad Travel Awards (ENZTA) provide $2,000 scholarships to help students pay for their flight to New Zealand. Find out more.

​Generation Study Abroad

​The Generation Study Abroad New Zealand Universities Excellence Awards (NZUEA) provide $500 toward a study abroad program at a New Zealand university. Find out more.​

Study abroad scholarships for Russia 


Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) offers scholarships for students attending CIEE-affiliated UCEAP programs in Botswana, Russia and Tanzania. It also offers a number of both academic merit and need-based scholarships. Find out more.

Study abroad scholarships for Sweden


American Women’s Club in Sweden

The American Women’s Club in Sweden annually awards a travel grant to an American woman studying in Sweden. Find out more.

Standard Filter Corporation: Swedish Educational and Cultural Honorarium

This honorarium is offered to students studying in Sweden (and to students studying Swedish educational and cultural activities in the US) and provides one $4,400 award annually, although in exceptional cases, the amount may be split between two equally worthy applicants. Find out more.

Study abroad scholarships for Turkey


Turkish Coalition of America (TCA)

The Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) has established a diverse array of scholarship programs that support its educational mission. A wide range of scholarships are available for American minority students and Armenian-American, Bosnian-American, and Macedonian-American students wishing to study in Turkey. There are no deadlines and scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis. Find out more.

Study abroad scholarships for United Kingdom (England & Scotland)


AASAP Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship

The Association of American Study Abroad Programs in the UK offers a merit-based scholarship of £500 & £1000 for study abroad in the United Kingdom.  Find out more.

BUTEX North American Scholarship Program

The British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) awards scholarships to undergraduates from the USA or Canada to study at a BUTEX-affiliated UK university for a semester or year. Scholarships provide £500. Find out more.

Snowdon Awards Scheme for Students with Disabilities

This program provides funding for students with a physical or sensory disability who are studying at a college or university in the UK. Grants of up to £2,500 are awarded to help cover disability-related costs. Find out more.

Resources on Your Campus

Other study abroad scholarships and funding may be available from your campus, so check the scholarship information provided by your campus EAP office:

UC Berkeley
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC Los Angeles
UC Merced
UC Riverside
UC San Diego
UC San Francisco
UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Cruz