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External Study Abroad Scholarships & Databases

Funding your study abroad requires some research and applying for as many available scholarships as you can. Find various external scholarship opportunities and resources below, that can help you keep your study abroad costs affordable.

If you have questions regarding scholarships, feel free to contact the USAC Scholarship Team at

External Scholarships

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.

Find out more about the Gilman Scholarship program, 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 or Nagasaki 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.

Diverse International Women of Color (DIWC) Scholarship

The Diverse International Women of Color Study Abroad Scholarship is a nonprofit organization intended to assist women of color who are exceptional in their studies and in need of financial assistance to study abroad. DIWC awards scholarships to women of color who have been accepted to an in-person study abroad program.

Education New Zealand Scholarships

Education New Zealand manages several 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.

Find out more about the Freeman-Asia scholarship program or talk with your Study Abroad Advisor.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

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USAC is proud to join the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) as an Access Partner in the shared commitment to increase the number of underrepresented American undergraduates studying abroad through the provision of scholarships!

Students with financial need who are participating on USAC programs may apply for FEA-USAC Access Scholarships of up to $5,000 and will also be considered for FEA’s general scholarships.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Undergraduate Scholarship

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

Gilman-McCain Scholarship

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for undergraduate children of active-duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. The scholarship honors the late Senator John McCain's legacy of public service by enabling undergraduate students to develop the leadership, career readiness, skills, and global perspective to pursue careers of service and contribute to preserving the principles and alliances that are critical to an international order based on the rule of law, human rights, and democracy.

The Going Abroad Scholarship

The mission at Going is to help people travel and experience the world. Since 2017, they've helped young travelers get out there and get going. Twice a year, two outstanding students will win $1,500 scholarships towards their upcoming study abroad program.

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.

IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants

This scholarship program is intended to diversify study abroad and to encourage students to go abroad who would otherwise not participate in an international experience as part of their college education, especially in support of high-achieving, low-income students.

ItaliaRail's Italy Study Abroad Scholarship

Students applying to any study abroad program in Italy are eligible to apply.

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 MEXT Scholarship

Since 1954, the Government of Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT or Monbukagakusho) has provided scholarships each year to assist students interested in studying at Japanese universities through the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program. As of the 2015 Japanese academic year, some 102,000 students from approximately 160 countries and regions around the world have studied in Japan as Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship students. And, as of May 1, 2015, there were 9,223 MEXT Scholarship recipients studying in Japan.

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.

Rotary International Scholarships

Rotary clubs offer scholarships for undergraduate studies that can often be used for study abroad. Follow the link to find your local Rotary club.

The U.S.-Japan Council Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship

USAC students attending a program in Japan may be eligible.

University of Haifa Scholarships

USAC students attending the Haifa program are eligible.

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