Education Abroad

Financing Study Abroad

Scholarships and Loans

There are many scholarships and loans designed specifically for study abroad. We strongly encourage you to consider applying. UR students have won these scholarships or used this aid in the past. Even if you can easily afford to pay for your semester or year overseas, you should still consider these scholarships. Some of them are merit-based and represent an academic honor that would serve you well on your resume.

Below is a list of the most important scholarships and financial resources for study abroad. Meet with a study abroad adviser to find out how to apply. Application deadlines vary and some may be up to a year in advance of your study abroad semester(s). Also, be sure to check with a financial aid counselor to discuss how these scholarships would affect your aid package.


The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship enables students who have limited financial means to participate in study abroad opportunities worldwide. To be eligible, students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a US Department of State Travel Warning, or in Cuba.

Read Tips for Applying for a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

The Dante Scholarship is a scholarship for students of Italian descent who are legal residents of, or from the greater Rochester area. The deadline for application is April 1, 2017.

The National Security Education Program is a US Government program to promote study in certain non-western countries. The program involves a national competition, and UR students have won scholarships in recent years.

In addition to the Gilman Scholarships and the National Security Education Program, the Institute for International Education sponsors a variety of other scholarship programs.

The Danish Institute for Study Abroad offers four different types of scholarships for students to study with DIS in Denmark. 

The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and be enrolled in a college or university in the United States.

Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship is a long-standing scholarship program for study abroad. Students apply through the local Rotary club. Application deadlines are extremely early, so this requires advanced planning.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers scholarships for students who are interested in studying in Germany.

The Burton Fellowship, which is offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, applies specifically to students who are interested in summer study abroad to study language.

The Council on International Educational Exchange offers scholarships and grants, including the Bowman Scholarship, which is for minority students. These are only for students who are applying to participate in a study abroad program sponsored by CIEE.

The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) also offers scholarships for students who are applying to IES programs. Among its other scholarships, IES recently announced a new diversity scholarship. Named in honor of David Porter, a member of the IES Board of Directors since 1995, this scholarship will award up to $5000 towards an IES semester or academic year program and is open to students who have been traditionally under-represented on study abroad programs. This includes, but is not limited to, students of color, the GLBT population, students from under-represented religious and ethnic groups, students from low income families, first-generation college students, students with physical disabilities, and students with a demonstrated history of overcoming adversity.

Scholarships for students of color are available to encourage minority students to pursue overseas study opportunities. Michigan State University maintains a website listing available scholarships.

The Institute for International Public Policy is a national scholarship competition to encourage underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in international diplomacy. It includes funding for study abroad during the junior year.

The US Department of State and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers sponsor Critical Language Scholarships for intensive summer study of certain "critical need" languages, such as Arabic, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu. No prior study of the language is required.

Students who are members of the Golden Key International Honor Society may apply for a study abroad scholarship offered by the society.

Students who are members of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars may apply for special scholarships through that organization.

Hebrew University offers a variety of need and merit-based scholarships for students who plan to study abroad at their Rothberg International School. Scholarships are up the full amount of tuition.

FEA scholarships were designed by professionals in the field of Education Abroad to meet the growing need for financial resources to enable more students to go abroad.  Scholarships will be up to $5,000 per semester and are not limited to specific programs, destinations, or fields of study.

The Study Abroad Scholarship for Future Engineers was established by an anonymous donor to encourage more engineering students to have the enriching, life changing experience of study abroad.

The Hajim International Experience Scholarship funded by The Hajim Dean’s Office offers grants for undergraduate students to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented and research internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare Hajim students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. 

Increasingly, students are finding non-traditional ways to finance their overseas experience.  Crowdfunding is defined by Merriam-Webster as “The practice of soliciting financial contributions from a large number of people, especially from the online community”.  Following are some resources.

Other general websites for study abroad scholarships: