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Outside Sources for Study Abroad Funding

Students should discuss their study abroad plans with both the study abroad and financial aid advisors at Vassar. Students who receive scholarships/grants from non-Vassar sources must report those scholarships to the Office of Financial Aid.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

This program offers a competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. Selected by competition, recipients are awarded up to $5000 to defray the costs associated with studying abroad.

Boren NSEP Awards for International Study

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. View a complete list of countries.

Boston University Scholarships for Non-BU Students

Boston University offers grants and scholarships to non-BU students for any full-year, fall, spring, or summer program offered by Boston University Study Abroad.

Last year, Boston University Study Abroad awarded grants and scholarships to 190 students, helping to make their summer, semester, or year abroad possible. You may qualify, too. Get an application.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

The US-Japan Bridging Foundation offers 65 scholarships annually to assist undergraduate students to study in Japan. Undergraduate students, who are U.S. citizens, majoring in any field are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language is not a prerequisite.

BUTEX Scholarship for Study Abroad in the UK

The scholarship is open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled at an institution in the US or Canada. TO be eligible to apply, you must have been offered a study abroad or exchange place at a UK institution that is affiliated with BUTEX. Please see the BUTEX website for a full list of host institutions who participate.

CIEE

Each year CIEE awards scholarships and grants to students who plan to study overseas. Please read the eligibility criteria and the application procedures for each scholarship carefully. Competition for the CIEE scholarships and grants is keen and the quality of the materials submitted is very important.

Critical Language Scholarship (Summer Study)

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master ’s and Ph.D. students.

  • Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
  • Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu:
    Beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
  • Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Please visit the CLS Program page for more information.

Countries may include: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, or others where the target languages are spoken.

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarships

Provide funding to sophomores or juniors for a 4 to 10 month period in Germany for study, research or an internship during the German academic year

DIS Danish Institute for Study Abroad Scholarships

DIS offers need-based scholarships allocated from various funds including the Mary Dau Foundation to study abroad with DIS.

  • DIS Scholarship – need-based up to $5,000 per semester; $250-1,000 per summer depending on course/program selection
  • Work-Study Scholarship – up to $500 per semester (limited number)
  • Diversity Scholarship - DIS seeks to promote a diverse student body by providing need-based financial support to academically excellent students from populations traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. Such students may have diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, economic, sexual orientation and educational backgrounds and experiences.  First generation college students (meaning neither parent has a college degree from any country) are also encouraged to apply. Funding is available up to $5,000 per semester, $250-1,000 per summer depending on course/program selection.

Diversity Abroad Scholarship

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship

NOTE: The DiversityAbroad.com Overseas Ambassador Scholarship was formerly known as the DiversityAbroad.com/AIFS Blogging Scholarship. Diversity Abroad, in cooperation with the AIFS Foundation, will offer $500 scholarships for fall and spring semester. Five scholarships are available for each semester. Economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities and ethnic and racially diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply. Click on the following link  http://www.diversityabroad.com/overseas-ambassadors for application details and additional information.

Freeman Asia

A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc. 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.Fund for Education Abroad.

Interested students should apply to Freeman-ASIA in the academic term before their study abroad program begins.  Applications must also be endorsed by both the study abroad adviser and the financial aid adviser by the specified deadline.

Fund for Education Abroad

Fund for Education abroad is committeed to increasing study abroad opportunities to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. FEA offers both general and dedicated scholarships for study abroad, including the Rainbow Scholarship for LGBT students. Check their site for information about all of their scholarships.

Sub-Saharan Africa Fellowship for Study Abroad and Internships

This Vassar fellowship will support international travel to and study in Ghana for Vassar students in their junior year who are members of groups underrepresented in undergraduate international study; the students will be in good standing and enrolled full-time at Vassar College.

The Sub-Saharan Africa Fellowship for Study Abroad and Internships is funded through gifts from Paula Williams Madison '74 and Lynai Williams Jones '92, to provide Vassar students of African heritage, from across the African Diaspora, with the opportunity to study and work in Sub-Saharan Africa. The donors' intent is to encourage and support students who wish to learn firsthand about the continent and people of their ancestral heritage, while studying and working with projects and programs in their field of interest.  It is hoped that through this experiential model, the fellows will be better prepared to understand and contribute to solutions to the global, environmental, economic, health and social needs and priorities of the 21 century.

IES

IES offers merit-based scholarships of up to $3,000 to students enrolling in IES-sponsored programs.

IFSA-Butler Scholarships

IFSA-Butler annually gives over $1,000,000 in financial awards to students enrolling in Institute for Study Abroad Programs. In addition to the general scholarships, they offer four memorial scholarships.

IFSA-Butler Fill the GAP and First Generation Scholar Program

IFSA-Butler is delighted to offer two new scholarships to students:

Fill the GAP (Global Account Program) allows students to get a head start on study abroad by saving early for an IFSA-Butler program. Friends and family are also allowed to contribute to a student's Fill the GAP account. Participating students receive a matching scholarship up to $1,000.

The First Generation Scholars Program awards up to $2,500 for study abroad-related expenses for students who are first generation college students. Support services are also part of this great program.

National Security Education Program Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

Created in 1991, the NSEP awards Boren Scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the NIS, and the Middle East.

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships

Rotary scholarships support study abroad at a university in any country in which there is a Rotary Club. Students should contact their home town Rotary Club to determine application procedures.

SIT Study Abroad

SIT Study Abroad offers both need based and merit scholarships for students enrolling in their international programs.

SPFFA - Scholarship for Study in France

The Société de professeurs Francaise et Francophone d'Amerique offers a number of scholarships for undergraduate students enrolled in an American College who wish to study in France.Please check their website for details.

The Tanenbaum JYA Inter-Religious Peace Fellowship

This fellowship provides financial support to students who take on a project that focuses on inter-religious engagement as an agent for peacemaking and social change. Projects may include a field work experience or independent community-based research project, and may involve either religious or secular organizations. Up to $1,000 is awarded per student to support associated costs, such as travel expenses, conference fees, production costs, entrance fees, etc. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis during the fall and spring semesters.

World Learning - School for International Training

SIT Study Abroad awarded $750,000 in scholarships in 2009.  About one-third of scholarship applicants receive financial assistance to participate in our programs. Only SIT Study Abroad participants can be considered for SIT Study Abroad scholarships. Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs, and $300 to $3,000 for summer programs. Financial need is a primary consideration for all of our scholarship decisions.

Other Resources

The following web sites provide useful information about study abroad funding.