Scholarships for Study Abroad

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Studying abroad can be an exciting but expensive opportunity. In this article, we will show you a list of places that offer scholarship opportunities that could alleviate some of the stress that comes with financing your trip.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Institute of International Education is responsible for this program which provides up to $5,000 for college students who will be spending at least four weeks in a foreign country, and those who demonstrate financial need. Students need to already be recipients of Pell Grants, and the amount of the scholarship will go toward tuition, books, airfare and insurance, among other expenses.

Fund for Education Abroad

Open to U.S. college undergraduates, this scholarship program awards up to $10,000 and is designed for students who typically wouldn't be able to study abroad due to financial or other reasons, such as attendance at community colleges. Along with the general scholarship, The Fund awards scholarships to student athletes, LGBTQI students and students from specific states. Applicants must submit an online application and an essay.

Reach Cambridge

Designed for high school students who would not otherwise be able to afford the trip, the Reach Cambridge contest offers a first prize in the form of a three-week program with room and board. Winners will be selected from essay entrants at the end of each year, and the programs will run in July or August, with second prize winners also receiving a one-week admission.


This program allows college students to choose from Costa Rica, Ghana or Thailand for their study abroad destination. The winners receive room, board, meals and airfare and will be asked to record a continuous blog about their trip during their studies. Entrants are asked to submit a video about how they have already contributed to community service in their area.


Freeman-ASIA provides funding to undergraduate students of all levels who have already been accepted to a program to study abroad in Asia. The winner of the award will be asked to share info about their time abroad with their school or community. They'll also need to complete a survey and a service project by the end of the semester that follows their arrival back in the U.S.

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