Study Abroad Scholarships

Office of Study Abroad Scholarship

Did you know that nearly 70% of students who apply for a scholarship through The Office of Study Abroad receive an award? Students who study abroad for at least two weeks and meet the requirements are eligible for:

  • $500 for faculty-led and summer study abroad programs, two to eight weeks in length
  • up to $750 for programs eight weeks and over in the summer
  • $500-$2,500 for semester or academic year study abroad

Scholarship awards are based on the student's GPA, financial need and scholarship essays.

You also may be eligible for various endowed and program-specific scholarships. Students who enroll in a CMU-approved study abroad program and complete the study abroad scholarship application are automatically considered for the other scholarships.

Application Deadlines:

  • March 1 – Summer term study abroad
  • March 15 – Fall semester or academic year study abroad
  • October 15 – Spring semester study abroad

Applications must be submitted to the Office of Study Abroad by the deadline above. More information about scholarships and the application process will be provided to you once you meet with your study abroad advisor.

CMU College/Department Scholarships

Many academic colleges and departments also offer scholarships specifically for their students who are studying abroad. We encourage you to talk to your department, faculty advisors and financial aid advisors about additional scholarship opportunities.

Below is a list of CMU departments and colleges that currently offer study abroad scholarships:

         College of the Arts and Media  

                  Department of Journalism

          College of Business Administration 

          College of Education and Human Services 

    • Includes: Fashion Design and Merchandising,  Interior Design, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Recreation Parks and Leisure Services Administration

           College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

                  Department of World Languages and Cultures

                  Department of History

                  Department of Political Science 

           College of Science and Engineering


There are also national organizations that offer scholarships to students who study abroad:

Scholarships by Financial Need

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship 

All students who currently receive a Pell Grant are strongly encouraged to apply. Selected by competition, recipients are awarded up to $5,000 to relieve the costs associated with studying abroad with the option to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Languages Supplement from the Gilman Program. For eligibility, application deadlines, critical need languages and application instructions, visit www.gilmanscholarship.org

Scholarships by Location

Bridging Scholarship for Study Abroad in Japan

Open to undergraduate students pursuing any field of study who are studying abroad in Japan. The awards provide $2,500 for students in semester long programs or $4,000 for students in academic year programs. More information is available fromhttp://www.aatj.org/studyabroad/japan-bridging-scholarships.

British Marshall Scholarship

The Marshall Scholarship is a highly competitive scholarship used to finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate or undergraduate degree in the United Kingdom. Each scholarship is held for two years. Go to www.marshallscholarship.orgfor application information.

British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association Scholarships

The British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) offers scholarships to North American undergraduate students studying at a BUTEX-affiliated university either a semester or for a whole academic year. For more information about eligibility, application instructions, deadlines and BUTEX-affiliated institutions, visithttp://www.butex.ac.uk.

Critical Languages Scholarship Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

CLS is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century's globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.  The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. State Department.  Go to http://www.clscholarship.org for application information. 

Freeman-ASIA Scholarship

Freeman-ASIA is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. For more information, visit http://www.iie.org/Programs/Freeman-ASIA

Scholarships by Program Provider

API Scholarships

API awards approximately $500,000 in study abroad scholarships annually ranging from $250 -$1,000 per student. Participants may apply for multiple API scholarships (though may only be awarded one) and are encouraged to refer to the list of additional scholarship and funding resources included below: https://www.apistudyabroad.com/students/financial-information/scholarships/ 

CEA Scholarships

CEA provides numerous scholarships to students applying for a summer, semester or year abroad through their program. CEA commits more than $2 million each year for scholarships and grants. For more information, visit https://www.ceastudyabroad.com/financial-options/cea-scholarships

CIEE Scholarships

Each year CIEE awards several scholarships and grants to students who plan to study abroad on CIEE programs. For more information, application instructions and deadlines, visit https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants

GEO Scholarships

GEO offers scholarship opportunities to students from partner universities who are planning to study abroad in GEO programs. There are scholarships based on financial need and academic merit. For more information, visit https://geo.uoregon.edu/scholarships/geo-scholarships

IES Scholarships

IES commits $5 million in study abroad scholarships each year. For more information, visit https://www.iesabroad.org/scholarships-financial-aid

ISA Scholarships

ISA provides numerous scholarships to students applying for a semester or year abroad through the ISA program. Program specific scholarships are due by the required deadline. For additional information, visit http://studiesabroad.com/admissions/document/scholarships

USAC Scholarships

USAC awards over $2 million in scholarships and discounts each year to assist students with their study abroad expenses. USAC has a variety of funding opportunities available for students enrolled in USAC programs. For more information, visit https://usac.edu/money-matters/scholarships-and-discounts

General Scholarships

Boren Awards for International Study Undergraduate Scholarship

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program and are designed to provide American undergraduates with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in countries and areas of the world critical to the future security of the United States. All recipients of the Boren Scholarship must enter into an agreement to work in a national security position with the federal government after graduation. For more information, including awards, deadlines and additional incentives, visit www.borenawards.org.

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

DiversityAbroad.com has partnered with several organizations to offer study abroad grants and scholarships for the summer, fall and spring terms. For more information, eligibility and application, visit http://www.diversityabroad.com/scholarships.

Fund for Education Abroad

Fund for Education Abroad awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled in U.S. universities or colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks. For more information, visithttp://fundforeducationabroad.org.

Scholarships for Graduate Students

Boren Awards for International Study Graduate Fellowship

Boren Graduate Fellowships provide American graduate students, both at the master's and doctoral levels, with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of the United States. All recipients of the Boren Fellowship must enter into an agreement to work in a national security position with the federal government after graduation. For more information about awards and deadlines, visit www.borenawards.org.

Fulbright Grants

Recent B.S./B.A. graduates, master's and doctoral candidates, young professionals, and artists may apply for a student Fulbright Grant. The applicants plan their own programs of study. For more information, visit www.iie.org/fulbright.

George J. Mitchell Postgraduate Scholarship

The George J. Mitchell Postgraduate Scholarship is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance. For additional information, eligibility requirements, and application instructions, visit www.us-irelandalliance.org

One additional general website:

A comprehensive listing of scholarships and grants compiled by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. There is a special section on scholarships for study abroad. Visit www.finaid.org.

Note: Park Library also has resources regarding grants and scholarships.