Scholarships for Study Abroad Students

Once you’ve found the trip of your dreams, it’s time to figure out how to pay for it. We’re here to help with that.

First, we keep the cost of our programs as low as possible, and then we also offer scholarships.

Current Scholarships Available:

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Sponsor: The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State

Administered by: Institute of International Education (IIE)

Description: The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards for study abroad, for students who are U.S. citizens and receiving federal need based financial aid under Title IV. (Title IV student financial aid includes Pell Grants, Federal Work study, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants.)

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is intended to reduce the financial barriers to study abroad by providing assistance to undergraduates in 2 year and 4 year schools who demonstrate financial need.

Selection Criteria: Priority consideration for awards will be given to applicants of academic merit who receive Federal Pell Grants under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Award Amounts: Awards range from (a maximum of) $3,000 for a summer program to $5,000 for a semester or academic year study abroad program.

For additional information: Visit the Gilman Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship Program website at:

    • E-mail:

    • Telephone: (713) 621-6300 ext. 25

    • Toll Free: (888) 887-5939

    • Fax: (713) 621-7958

    • Mailing Address:

      • Institute of International Education

      • 515 Post Oak Blvd. Suite 150

      • Houston, Texas 77027

Sponsor: The Freeman Foundation

Administered by: Institute of International Education (IIE)

Description: The primary goal of the Freeman - ASIA Program is to increase the number of American undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia. Awardees will be expected to share their experiences with their home campus to encourage study abroad by others and to spread understanding of Asia in their home communities.

Award Amounts: Freeman - ASIA award benefits are determined by the length of the program (minimum of 4 weeks).

    • Summer Program $3,000

    • Semester Program $5,000

    • Academic Year Program $7,000

For additional information: Visit the Freeman - Asia Scholarship website at:

Sponsor: Local Rotary Clubs

Administered by: The Rotary Foundation

Description: Established in 1947, the Rotary Foundation's oldest and best known program is the Ambassadorial Scholarship.

Types of Rotary Scholarships and Award Amounts:

The Rotary offers several types of scholarships for study overseas by undergraduates at American colleges and universities.

    • Academic Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide funding for one academic year of study in another country. The award is intended to help cover round trip transportation, tuition, fees, room and board and some educational supplies up to $25,000 U.S. dollars. Academic year scholarships are the most common type of scholarship offered by Rotary.

    • Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships are for either three or six months of intensive language study and cultural immersion in another country. The award provides funds to cover round trip transportation, language training expenses, and homestay living arrangements (up to $12,000 for three months and $19,000 for six months respectively).

For additional information:

Visit the Rotary Scholarships website

Sources and Tips for finding Scholarships and other types of financial aid for Study Abroad.



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The International Education Financial Aid

  • IEFA is the premier Internet resource for financial aid information for students intending to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs and other information to help in your pursuit to study abroad.

  • Click here to go to the IEFA website.

The International Student Loan Program (ISLP)

  • The ISLP, developed by the International Education Finance Corporation (IEFC), offers Stafford and alternative loan programs. ISLP loans are funded by the Bank of Boston and Educaid and are guaranteed by the Educational Resources Institute.

  • Click here to go to the ISLP website.





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