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Scholarships and Discounts

USAC awards over $1.5 million in scholarships and discounts each year to assist students with their study abroad expenses. We have a variety of funding opportunities available for students enrolled in USAC programs. We also encourage students to research online for other financial aid and scholarships resources that are available to students studying abroad. If you have questions regarding scholarships, feel free to contact the USAC Scholarship Coordinator at scholarships@usac.unr.edu.

Applying for a USAC Scholarship

How to Apply

  1. Apply to a USAC Study Abroad Program (if you have not already)
  2. Log in to your USAC Student Gateway Account and complete the Optional Scholarship Application in the "7+ Months Before Program Start " section under your documents tab
    • If you are eligible for a USAC Affiliate University Scholarship you will apply directly through your home university

Scholarship Deadlines:

  • April 1 (Summer and Fall Programs)
  • November 1 (January and Spring Programs)

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USAC Scholarship Opportunities

First Generation Scholarship

Any student with a minimum 3.0 GPA and whose parents did not graduate from a 4-year college or university is eligible for this scholarship. Multiple awards will be given in the amount of $750-$1,000.

Military Service Scholarship

All U.S. Military Personnel (active or veteran status) with a minimum 3.0 GPA are eligible for this scholarship. Multiple awards will be given in the amount of $750-$1,000.

Regional Scholarships

We pride ourselves on providing well-rounded, academically sound and credible programs in non-traditional locations or in unique parts of more traditional places. Scholarships are available for each of the five geographic regions with USAC programs (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Oceania). All students with a minimum 3.0 GPA are eligible. Multiple awards ranging from $500-$1,000 will be awarded each semester.

For the Regional Scholarships, USAC programs are divided as follows:

  • Africa: Israel, Ghana, South Africa, Turkey
  • Asia: India, China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand
  • Europe: Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Spain, Sweden
  • Latin America: Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Uruguay
  • Oceania: Australia, New Zealand

Affiliate University Scholarship

Students attending a USAC Affiliate University, consult your home university's study abroad office for details whether USAC scholarships are available. If you are eligible, you will apply directly through your home university.

Explorer Scholarship

If you do not attend a USAC Affiliate University and have a minimum 3.0 GPA, you will be eligible for the Explorer Scholarship. In some instances, we may have scholarships specifically allocated to your university as well.

USAC Legacy Scholarship

To honor USAC's long history in international education, Legacy Scholarships are available to the children, siblings, and spouses of alumni (a paying participant who previously attended a USAC Program) who have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Awards will be given in the amount of $300 for summer session or $500 for semester.

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USAC Academic Scholarships

Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering (STEM) Scholarship

All students with a declared STEM major or minor and a minimum 3.0 GPA are eligible for this scholarship. Multiple awards will be given in the amount of $750-$1,000.

Dr. Meira Fields Study Abroad Scholarship

As a scientist Dr. Fields had a distinguished international career that lasted more than four decades. She worked in Canada, England, Israel and the United States. This scholarship was established to commemorate her research and academic work in STEM fields around the world. Students Boise State University, the University of Idaho, the University of Florida, the University of Missouri, or the University of Nevada, Reno who have a declared STEM major or minor are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Students should consult their home university's study abroad office for application deadlines and details.

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USAC Program-Specific Scholarships

Dr. Marianne Cooley Study Abroad Scholarship (Chengdu or Shanghai, China)

Dr. Marianne Cooley is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Houston who served as a USAC Visiting Professor in Chengdu, China on two separate occasions. Students attending the Chengdu or Shanghai, China programs with a minimum 2.5 GPA are eligible for this scholarship, which will be awarded each semester.

Florianópolis Scholarship (Florianópolis, Brazil)

Students attending the Florianópolis program during the Summer 2017, Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 terms with a minimum 2.75 GPA are eligible. Multiple awards will be given in the amount of $500.

Montevideo Scholarship (Montevideo, Uruguay)

Students attending the Montevideo program during Spring 2018 with a minimum 2.75 GPA are eligible. Multiple awards will be given in the amount of $500.

Frank and Thu Triplett Study Abroad Scholarship (France)

Dr. Frank Triplett is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Mount Union who served as a USAC Visiting Professor in Pau, France on three separate occasions. Students with a minimum 2.5 GPA attending the Lyon or Pau, France programs are eligible for this scholarship, which will be awarded each fall and spring semester.

Massey University Scholarship (New Zealand)

Massey University, USAC's longtime partner in hosting students in New Zealand, is offering $400 scholarships to help USAC students make their dreams of studying in New Zealand come true. Applicants with a minimum 2.75 GPA who will study at any of Massey's campus locations in New Zealand—Palmerston North, Auckland, or Wellington—are eligible.

Félix Menchacatorre Memorial Scholarship (San Sebastián or Bilbao, Spain)

Dr. Félix Menchacatorre taught on and directed the Spain programs for 25 years, building programs in San Sebastián, Bilbao/Getxo, Madrid, and Alicante. Additionally, he was instrumental in developing other programs and shaping what USAC is today. This $500 memorial scholarship available each semester to students with a minimum 2.75 GPA attending the San Sebastián or Bilbao programs. University of Nevada, Reno students must also have completed their MyNevada General Scholarship Application by February 1 to be eligible.

Kody Bressman Memorial Scholarship (San Sebastián, Spain)

Kody Bressman was an honors student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a focus in Accounting and Spanish. While in college, Kody studied abroad in San Sebastián, Spain and lived with a Basque host family for six months. During his time on the USAC program he made many friends and became extremely close to his host family.

Kody's passion and throttle for life was dynamic. He loved and cherished his family and friends as a caring son, a loving brother, an inspiration, and a friend to everyone he met. Students participating in a San Sebastián program with a minimum GPA of 2.75 are eligible. Multiple awards ranging from $500-$2,500 will be awarded each semester.

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USAC/University of Nevada, Reno Scholarships

Mullen, Hidalgo, Sandoval Scholarship

Sean Mullen is a Reno native and USAC alumnus who studied on the Santiago, Chile program. This $1000 scholarship is available in the fall and spring semesters to University of Nevada, Reno students who meet their program minimum GPA.

Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship funded by the Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation and is available to University of Nevada, Reno students who hold a minimum 3.0 GPA, graduated from a Carson City, Douglas, or Washoe County high school, and have completed their MyNevada General Scholarship Application by February 1. Multiple $1000 scholarships are awarded each fall and spring.

R.J. Simcoe Memorial Scholarship

This $500 scholarship is available each semester in memory of Richard John "R.J." Simcoe. R.J. was a student at the University of Nevada, Reno who studied in San Sebastián. University of Nevada, Reno students who are Nevada residents, hold a minimum 2.75 GPA, and are attending any Spain program are eligible. Eligible students must also have completed their MyNevada General Scholarship Application by February 1.

Diversity Excellence Scholarship

This scholarship promotes diversity on USAC programs and is available to University of Nevada, Reno students who hold a minimum 3.0 GPA. Award amounts range from $500-$1000 and are available in every term.

Honors Program Scholarship

This scholarship is available to University of Nevada, Reno Honors Program students. Honors Program students must be in good standing, participate in a program of at least 3 weeks in length, have completed at least 15 Honors credits and 32 total credits at the University of Nevada, Reno, and be pursuing Honors credit through the study abroad experience. Eligible students must complete the USAC Scholarship Application and Honors/USAC Study Abroad Scholarship Application.   

Passport Scholarship

This scholarship encourages study abroad at the University of Nevada, Reno. University of Nevada, Reno students with a minimum 2.75 GPA are eligible, and awards ranging from $500-$750 are available every term.

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USAC Discounts

Returning/Extending Student Discount

This discount applies to all USAC students with no outstanding balance who return or extend to a USAC Specialty program. Students who return from or are currently participating on a USAC semester/year program are eligible for $500 discount for a semester/year Specialty program or $300 discount for a summer or January Specialty program. Students who return from or are currently participating on a USAC summer or January program are eligible for $300 discount for a semester/year Specialty program or $100 discount for another summer or January Specialty program.

Consortium Faculty, Staff, and Their Dependents

Current full-time permanent faculty and staff (or their dependents), employed for at least one year in a USAC office or at a USAC Affiliate University International Office, are eligible for a discount on USAC Specialty programs: a $300 discount for a summer or January program or a $500 discount for a semester or year program.

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External Scholarships

The Ashley Soulé Conroy Foundation Scholarship

In hopes that a tragedy can enrich the lives of others, the Ashley Soulé Conroy foundation has been created to provide scholarships for travel and study abroad.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students with limited resources. All students who receive a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad program are strongly encouraged to apply. Award amounts will vary based on student's ranking during the selection process, their financial need, and length of program; however, the average award is $4,000.

For more information about the Gilman Scholarship program click here or talk with your Study Abroad Advisor.

Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan

The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers 100 scholarships annually to American undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. USAC students attending the Hiroshima, Nagasaki, or Osaka/Kobe programs are eligible.

Boren Awards for International Study

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide funding for US undergraduate and graduate students to study in world regions critical to the future security of our nation and underrepresented in study abroad.

BUTEX Scholarships

USAC students attending the Brighton, Bristol, London, Reading, or Stirling programs are eligible for this award.

Delta Phi Alpha Study Abroad Scholarships

Delta Phi Alpha offers several scholarships to recognize high-achieving Delta Phi Alpha undergraduate students who plan to study abroad in Germany.

Education New Zealand Scholarships

Education New Zealand manages an number of outbound scholarships for student who wish to study abroad in New Zealand.

Freeman-Asia Awards for Study in Asia

Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. 

For more information about the Freeman-Asia scholarship program click here or talk with your Study Abroad Advisor.

Fund for Education Abroad

FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Undergraduate Scholarship

The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities.

Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarship

This scholarship assists Golden Key Members who participate in a study abroad program.

Go Overseas Study & Intern Abroad Scholarship

Students applying to any study abroad program are eligible to apply for the Go Overseas Study & Intern Abroad Scholarship.

The Jane Gluckmann and Carol Rausch Go Global Scholarship

This scholarship was created in loving memory of two wonderful mothers, who inspired their children to travel the globe and engage with other cultures, ultimately leading to our commitment to the field of international education. The scholarship will be awarded to a student accepted to study abroad in Mexico, Central America, South America, France, or Germany, regions which held special significance to these two amazing women. 

JASSO Scholarship

Available to qualified students attending the Hiroshima or Nagasaki programs. Additional details will be provided once students have been approved.

KAHAL Student Grant Application

This application is intended for any Jewish student studying abroad. Students may apply for programming grants, subsidies to attend educational programs, and on invitation travel subsidies.

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

USAC students who are Italian American or majoring in Italian studies or a related field are eligible.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.

Sons of Norway Foundation Scholarships

USAC students attending the Oslo program are eligible.

Turkish Coalition of America

USAC students attending the Istanbul program may be eligible.

University of Haifa Scholarships

USAC students attending the Haifa program are eligible.

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Scholarship News

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Report Examines the Impact of National Study Abroad Scholarship Program for Low-Income Students

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Scholarship Databases

Study Abroad Scholarship Databases

General College Scholarship Databases

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