USAC provides more than $4 million in scholarships and discounts annually. Scholarships and discounts are awarded three times a 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 Team at email@example.com.
Recognizing study abroad as one of the best ways to promote both cultural understanding and cultural exchange, USAC alumnus Sean Mullen established the Globe Trotter Series Scholarship to support students pursing international education within each of the following global regions:
This scholarship is available in the fall and spring semesters to all degree-seeking students who meet their program minimum GPA.
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 degree-seeking students with a minimum 2.5 GPA are eligible.
For the Regional Scholarships, USAC programs are divided as follows:
As a non-profit, university-based organization, we are committed to providing students with affordable and accessible opportunities to study abroad. The following scholarships have been designed to positively benefit students from historically underrepresented backgrounds and to further increase the financial accessibility of our programs.
Any degree-seeking student with a minimum 2.5 GPA who is considered underrepresented in study abroad. USAC defines “underrepresented” according to the following categories established by Diversity Abroad:
Any degree-seeking student with a minimum 2.5 GPA whose parents/guardians did not graduate from a 4-year college or university.
Any degree-seeking undergraduate student with a minimum 2.5 GPA who is currently attending a community college is eligible for this scholarship.
All degree-seeking U.S. Military Personnel (active or veteran status) and their dependents (child or spouse) with a minimum 2.5 GPA are eligible for this scholarship.
All degree-seeking students with a declared STEM major or minor and a minimum 2.5 GPA are eligible for this scholarship. STEM majors may come from a variety of academic disciplines but are generally referred to as degrees that confers a Bachelor of Science.
Eric Herzik was a professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Reno for 31 years prior to his retirement in 2020. His goal has always been to encourage the next generation of thinkers and leaders — and part of that is through his advocacy of international education.
Although Eric developed a severe fear of flying in the late 1990s and has been unable to leave the country, he has always supported his children’s aspirations to better themselves through international experiences. In fact, four of his six children are USAC alumni, having traveled to China, India, Ireland, Italy, and Spain.
This scholarship is meant to urge students to conquer their fears so they can study abroad as a path to personal growth and a global mindset. The following criteria apply:
This scholarship does not have a GPA requirement.
The LinYL Foundation was created by five siblings: Cisco, Daniel, Becky, Vana, and Tony Lang. In 2020, they established their Foundation to honor their mother, 林月君 Lín Yuèjūn, by supporting education, as she supported them. This Foundation has since founded the Lin Yuejun Lang Asia Scholarship, which helps aid diverse students across the U.S. interested in studying abroad. The Foundation chose to partner with USAC because it aligns with the vision and values of making study abroad both affordable and centered around culturally-authentic academic experiences. Furthermore, Daniel is an alumnus of the summer 2017 USAC Shanghai program. Vana also intends to study abroad with USAC in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The LinYL board has indicated they wish students to receive scholarships based on numbers of significance within Chinese numerology, so students will be awarded scholarships with the numbers 6 or 8 included in the award amount.
Dr. Marianne Cooley is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Houston who has served as a USAC Visiting Professor on both the Chengdu and Shanghai, China programs. Degree-seeking 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. Preference will be given to yearlong students.
USAC's partner university, London Metropolitan, is offering a number of diversity scholarships to study abroad applicants who are able to demonstrate that they represent a background of underrepresentation.
Interested students will be asked to submit a 500-word essay, showing how they represent diversity in study abroad, evidence of commitment to their program of study, an explanation of how they will engage with and contribute to the London Met community, and how the award will benefit them financially. Each scholarship will be a reduction of £1500 on semester tuition fees (USAC will deduct that amount in USD from the awardee’s program fee).
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. Degree-seeking 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. Preference will be given to students with high financial need.
Jade Wright, USAC Haifa Summer 2013 and Fall 2013 alumnus, created this scholarship to allow more students to experience firsthand the challenges and growth of studying abroad in a non-traditional region that is often unfamiliar to and misunderstood by those in the U.S. Degree-seeking students with a minimum 3.0 GPA attending the Haifa, Israel program are eligible for this scholarship, which will be awarded each summer, fall, and spring semester. Preference will be given to students with little to no previous background and exposure to the Middle East.
Colin Proctor, USAC Torino alumnus of Fall 2010, founded this scholarship with his sister, Megan Proctor, in memory of their late mother, who encouraged and supported their desires to study abroad. Colin majored in Accounting and Finance at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and his time in Torino and traveling throughout Europe inspired him to continue traveling and pursuing his goals after graduation. He has traveled to more than 50 countries and is a Certified Public Accountant and entrepreneur. Megan studied abroad in Singapore while pursuing her law degree at the University of British Columbia and has visited more than 30 countries. Both Colin and Megan continue to use the skills they learned abroad in their personal and professional lives.
Frank and Carol Nota, the parents of USAC CEO, Alyssa Nota, were educators for over 35 years – touching the lives of thousands of students—and both were deeply committed to education, travel, family and their Italian heritage. They embodied and instilled in their 3 children the development of integrity and character that come from education – at home, abroad and in every part of one’s life.
Degree-seeking students with a declared major or minor in English, history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, Italian language/cultural studies, or education and a minimum 3.0 GPA attending a summer, fall, or spring Italy program are eligible.
USAC’s partner university in Gwangju, Korea, Chonnam National University (CNU), is offering a merit-based scholarship to fall or spring semester incoming exchange/visiting students. The scholarship would cover dormitory and meal plan expenses on-site.
Students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA to be eligible for this scholarship. There is no additional application as recipients are selected by the CNU Office of International Affairs based on information submitted during the host university application process, such as transcripts, self-introduction essay, and study plan. Selected recipients will be contacted about one month prior to the program start date.
Massey University, USAC's longtime partner in hosting students in New Zealand, is offering scholarships of ~$1,500 NZD (~$1,000 USD) to help USAC students make their dreams of studying in New Zealand come true. Degree-seeking students 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.
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 is available each semester to degree-seeking students with a minimum 2.75 GPA attending the San Sebastián or Bilbao program, and preference is given to yearlong students. University of Nevada, Reno students must also have completed their MyNevada General Scholarship Application by Feb. 1 to be eligible.
Sean Mullen is a Reno native and USAC alumnus who studied on the Santiago, Chile program and named this scholarship in honor of his Chilean host family. This scholarship is available in the fall and spring semesters to degree-seeking University of Nevada, Reno students who meet their program minimum GPA.
This scholarship funded by the Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation and is available to degree-seeking University of Nevada, Reno students who hold a minimum 3.0 GPA, graduated from a Carson City, Douglas, or Washoe County high school, are first-generation and/or demonstrate high financial need (EFC under $8,000), and have completed their MyNevada General Scholarship Application by Feb. 1.
This scholarship is available to current UNR TRiO Scholars and current/former UNR First in the Pack participants who are degree-seeking at the University of Nevada, Reno, have not previously studied abroad in college, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Interested students must also attend a study abroad workshop prior to the application deadline in order to be considered for an award, and recipients must complete a give back project within six months of the end of their program.
This $500 scholarship was created in memory of Richard John "R.J." Simcoe. R.J. was a student at the University of Nevada, Reno who studied in San Sebastián. Degree-seeking 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 Feb. 1.
Students who complete a USAC semester/year program abroad are eligible for a $500 discount towards a future semester/year Specialty Program or $300 discount for a future on-site summer/January Specialty Program. Students who complete a USAC summer or January program are eligible for $300 discount towards a future on-site semester/year Specialty Program or $100 discount for another summer or January Specialty Program.
This discount may not be applied towards our online courses or virtual internship programs. However, students who complete a USAC online course or virtual internship are eligible for a $300 program fee credit towards a future Semester Specialty Program abroad or a $100 program fee credit towards a future Summer Specialty Program abroad.