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.
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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. In 2012-13, Gilman Scholarships worth over $750,000 total were awarded to 194 UCEAP participants. 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)
Diversity Abroad.com 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 five scholarships worth $2,000 each to students of diverse backgrounds who will be studying abroad in Summer or Fall 2016. 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
GoOverseas.com 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 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
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.
Women in International Trade - Los Angeles
There are two scholarships of $1,500 available for undergraduate students at an accredited Southern California institution of higher education actively pursuing an academic discipline leading to a career in international trade, business, law or related international field. 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 Germany
Arnold Heidsieck Scholarship Fund
The Arnold Heidsieck Scholarship Fund provides 1-4 awards of $2,000 each to students studying in Germany through UCEAP for an academic year. All applications for this award must be submitted through UCEAP's online scholarship application system as part of the $1 Million Scholarship Initiative.
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 two travel grants of €2,000 to students studying abroad in 2016-2017. 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 Study Abroad Scholarship
There are six scholarships of €1,500.00 each available to students spending a full academic year abroad at Trinity College Dublin. Eligible applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.3. Find out more.
Study abroad scholarships for Israel
Study in Israel.org List
Study In Israel.org has a list of airfare and tuition scholarships from $400 - $21,000 available for study in Israel. Find out more.
Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship Fund
for students pursuing traditional Jewish studies
Study abroad scholarships for Japan
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 2018-19 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)
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
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