Concerned about the cost of studying abroad? Scholarships can help.
We're committed to making study abroad a reality for all students seeking academic opportunities beyond our main campus. Grants, scholarships, and financial aid can make your experience affordable and feasible. Learn more about your financial aid options.
The Global Engagement Office (GEO) recommends these study abroad scholarship resources:
Study Abroad Scholarships Offered by St. Edward’s
- The Ayako Isami Lawson Study Abroad Memorial Endowed Scholarship (Lawson Scholarship) is available to undergraduate students who are enrolled full-time; have at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average at the end of the Spring 2017 semester; have earned at least 12 SEU credit hours; intend to study abroad in Japan; and demonstrate financial need (as determined by the Office of Student Financial Services). If eligible, students will be prompted to complete the application after being approved for their program. For more information, please geo [at] stedwards.edu (email us).
- The Global Engagement Opportunities Programs Abroad Annual Scholarship (GEOPAAS) provides financial support to students participating in programs abroad through GEO to help offset the costs associated with programs abroad. Scholarship consideration is limited to students who: are enrolled full-time; have at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average (GPA); and demonstrate financial need (as determined by the Student Financial Services). If eligible, students will be prompted to complete the application after being approved for their program. For more information, please geo [at] stedwards.edu (email us).
Study Abroad Fellowships
Study Abroad Fellowships are study abroad scholarships and grants to be applied toward education abroad. The Fellowships Office on campus co-advises on these opportunities, so students should meet with GEO and Fellowships regarding these opportunities.
- The Benjamin Franklin Generation Study Abroad Scholarship Program offers $2,500 scholarships that are specifically designated for underrepresented students who have an interest in France. The funds can be used for the cost of tuition, books and travel related to study, and service learning or internships abroad.
- The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides need-based scholarships of up to $5,000 for Pell Grant eligible students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad.
- The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program provides fully funded intensive summer language institutes overseas in 14 critical languages.
- The Boren Award for International Study is an initiative of the National Security Education Program that provides funding for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.
- The Freeman-ASIA scholarships provide funding to undergraduate U.S. citizens and permanent residents to support them as they study abroad in East and Southeast Asia. The newly available awards will advance the Institute of International Educations's Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative aiming to double the number of U.S. students abroad by the end of the decade.
- The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program places recent college graduates in classrooms in 75 countries to help teach English and serve as cultural ambassadors.
- The Fulbright U.S. Student Program sends recent college graduates and early career professionals to live, study and conduct research abroad in 140 countries.
General Study Abroad Scholarships
- Amideast Education Abroad Need-Based Scholarships seeks to assist in funding under-represented students for their semester-long study abroad experience.
- Bridging Scholarships provides financial support to American undergraduate students wishing to study abroad in Japan for either one semester or full academic year. There are around 100 scholarships awarded annually.
- Bright! Tax Global Scholar Initiative provides scholarships to high-achieving students who seek to live or study abroad.
- College Board includes other offers for funding such as grants, research roles, and loans. You can narrow down results by demographic information or study abroad criteria.
- Department of State USA Study Abroad contains several scholarships that can be used for study abroad programs and purposes.
- Diversity Abroad Scholarships prepare the next generation of global leaders by connecting talented diverse and underrepresented students and graduates to international opportunities that will prepare them for leadership in an interconnected world.
- The Diversity Abroad: Overseas Ambassador Program is designed for students seeking to study, intern, volunteer or teach abroad. Ambassadors would represent Diversity Abroad by documenting their experiences and inspire diversity abroad.
- The Explore the World Travel Scholarship gives recipients $2,000 to help finance their international trip as long as they have an educational or service component to their itinerary. We give to you so you can give back.
- The Freeman ASIA Scholarship Program seeks to provide necessary funding for students traveling to East or Southeast Asia who exhibit financial need. Funds may be used to pay for program costs as well as other related expenses.
- The Fredrick Douglass Global Fellowship allows (10) recipients to participate in an intensive 4 week, 3 credit summer study program with all program fees and travel expenses paid for. The destination for the 2019 program is in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
- The Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad (minority students, first-generation college students, community college students, students with disabilities, student athletes, veterans, returning learners).
- The GAIN Travel Grant provides eligible students with $750-$2,000 to assist with airfare expenses on select CIEE programs. Pell-Grant recipients are highly encouraged to apply!
- The Gilman GO GLOBAL Grant offers $2,500 for a semester/$1,000 for summer towards CIEE program and airfare expenses. Students who qualified for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship are automatically qualified for both the GAIN Travel Grant as well as the Gilman GO GLOBAL Grant! (Even if you didn't receive the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship!)
- The GlobalAustin Study Abroad Scholarship offers (3) $1,000 scholarships for Central Texas students to study abroad. The application process starts February 1st and ends with all documents postmarked or e-mailed by end of day April 4th. Scholarships are awarded the month of April at our annual scholarship presentation where those from the previous year share their experiences.
- The Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides $500-$5,000 to Hispanic college students based on financial need. This scholarship can apply to both study abroad programs or home institution costs.
- The Hostelling International "Explore the World" Scholarship gives recipients $2,000 to help fund their study abroad program. The deadline for the scholarship application is March 2nd.
- IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants seek to diversify the process of study abroad by providing under-represented, high-achieving students $2,000 to assist with travel expenses.
- International Scholarships is a scholarship database that allows you to find study abroad scholarships by a variety of different criteria.
- The ISEP Founders Fellowship gives 2 scholarships of $2500 annually to high-achieving students who are dedicated to learning another language as part of their study abroad experience.
- The ISEP Community Scholarship gives $500 to an eligible participant from an ISEP serving institution. (That's St.Ed's!)
- The Lazante/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award Program provides 1-4 roundtrip tickets for students of Hispanic origin to travel to/from their US universities 200+ miles from their home location.
- The Language Flagship offers programs at 22 universities and colleges across the U.S combined with overseas study opportunities at 10 Flagship Overseas Centers.
- Semester At Sea Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Scholarship offers 4 scholarships of $5,000 in both the Fall and Spring semesters for students participating in Semester at Sea programs.
- Scholartrips is a scholarship program that awards creativity and the desire to learn through travel. Since its beginning in 2004, it has awarded over $100,000 to students across the United States — and this year it could be you!
- Study Abroad Funding is a website maintained by the Institution of International Education (IIE) and is devoted to finding you scholarships according to a variety of criteria. Here, you can search for study abroad scholarships by geographic location or region, academic major or keyword.
- Study Abroad Scholarships is another comprehensive study abroad scholarship database, similar to the one run by the IIE.
- Study Abroad in Japan: Bridging Scholarships award over 100 scholarships annually to students who plan to study abroad in Japan. Applications are accepted twice a year and are applicable to both semester and academic year programs.
- Study Abroad in Japan: Morgan Stanley Scholarships provides 2 US students annually a scholarship of $7,500 to cover expenses associated with their study abroad program in Japan.
- The Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world. The scholarship may be used for tuition, room and board, books or travel.
- TransitionsAbroad.com's 18th Annual Student Travel Writing Contest is an annual student writing contest that has been held over the past 16 years for all currently enrolled high school, undergraduate and graduate students, and student interns and volunteers (including Peace Corps). Students who have graduated within the past three years are also eligible, as well as students currently on leave from school, since many internships and working/living experiences occur after enrollment.
- Fastweb! is a general scholarship database that students can search and apply for a variety of scholarships, including study abroad scholarships.
- Unigo is a general scholarship database that students can search and apply for a variety of scholarships, including study abroad scholarships.
- The UVolunteer Travel Scholarship allows one student specializing in social media or digital marketing the unique opportunity to participate in a 3-week travel/volunteer program in Costa Rica. The program will be completely paid for and the student will receive a $500 voucher for their flight.
- Students frequently also create fundraising accounts to support their study abroad endeavors: GoFundMe or fundmytravel are two platforms to create fundraising campaigns.