Scholarships and Financial Aid
Studying abroad costs vary by program and location, but we strive to make these opportunities available to everyone.
There are various financial resources for students and studying abroad can be affordable. Keep in mind that the information for each of these opportunities has been collected from their respective websites; please be sure to verify that information is up to date with each donor.
Check out the Scholarship Eligibility Summary to find out which scholarships you might qualify for.
Students who receive financial aid can choose to apply to use it to help cover the costs of tuition for their study abroad program. To apply to use financial aid, please follow the steps below:
- Print and fill out the first page of the Study Abroad Financial Assistance Request Form.
- Bring the form into the Office of Study Abroad to have the second and third pages filled out.
- Visit your advisor to have the bottom half of the second page and third page filled out.
- Return the form to the Office of Financial Aid
LU Study Abroad Scholarships
Study Abroad Fee Grant
All currently enrolled LU students in good academic standing are entitled to receive the Study Abroad Fee Grant. It is available to all LU students traveling on LU programs. The award is approximately $300. There is an application to fill out and also the opportunity to apply for additional funding based on financial need.
Carter Innovation Fund Scholarship (College of Business)
The CIF Study Abroad Scholarship is made possible thanks to the generosity of a local businessman, Mr. Nick Carter. This scholarship provides eligible students with 80% of their study abroad trip expense as approved by the Office of Study Abroad. All LU students majoring or minoring in a program of study housed in the College of Business with a GPA of 2.75 or higher are encouraged to apply. Deadline for summer programs is March 1, 2017.
McMaster Grant (Honors College)
The Reaud Honors College provides Honors students with study abroad financial assistance under the McMaster Grant in Aid of Research, Creative Scholarship, or Study. Honors students should contact the Honors College directly for more information about this scholarship. Awards up to $1,000.
Steinhagen Global Fellowship (College of Business)
The College of Business provides MBA Study Abroad scholarships as well as the Steinhagen Global Fellowship for LU business students to study abroad. Graduate students (MBA/MSA), five-year BBA/MBA, and BBA/MSA students in the College of Business with at least a 3.5 GPA may apply. Steinhagen Scholars will receive $2,500 for China or $1,500 for Costa Rica and Panama. MBA Study Abroad Scholarships will be $2,000 for China or $1,000 for Costa Rica and Panama. Spring Break applications are due by November 5th and Summer applications are due by February 1st.
Other Study Abroad Scholarships
Ashley Soule Conroy Foundation Scholarship
Available for semester study abroad experiences. The mission is to create a permanent endowment and award scholarships to qualified students for the travel and study abroad, based on merit, personal qualities and/or financial need. For further details and to apply, please visit the provider's web site. Award amount is $3,000. Deadline: July 1 (for Fall) and December 1 (for Spring).
To support and increase the accessibility of international education opportunities for all students, the Asia Institute, through the One Yuan One Dream Foundation, is co-developing multiple scholarship programs, which are open to students studying in Asia and the United States. Scholarships available for Engineering students studying abroad in Asia for as little as 10 days to an entire year. Deadline: March 1, 2017.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Applicants must be studying or interning abroad for at least four weeks in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be in one country for at least four consecutive weeks.
The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support a diverse range of students who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad, including but not limited to:
- Students with high financial need
- Students studying in non-traditional countries, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand
- Students with diverse ethnic backgrounds
- Students from a diverse range of institutions including four-year, public, private, community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, Hispanic Serving Institutions and other Minority Serving Institutions.
- Students with disabilities
The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations.
Deadline for Summer 2017 is March 7, 2017.
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. We focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security, broadly defined, and underrepresented in study abroad. Deadline to apply is February 9, 2017.
Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan
The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. The Bridging Scholarship program is sponsored and funded by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation, through contributions from a number of corporations, private foundations, and individual donors. 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 U.S. citizens and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad. Their study in Japan must earn credit that will transfer to their home campus in the US.
Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs). Students studying in Japan on summer programs are not eligible to apply.
Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation Study Abroad and Foreign Language Scholarships
Two scholarships are available: Study Abroad and Foreign Language Study. This foundation supports undergraduate college/university Silver or Gold Award Girl Scouts who plan to study abroad, irrespective of major/minor. The Study Abroad Scholarship provides $1,000 directly to the awardee upon verification that they have begun their study abroad experience. The Foreign Language Study Scholarship provides $1,500 per academic year. Applications may be submitted for studying abroad during first semester, second semester, summer, or the full academic year. Awardees must maintain at least a “B” or higher grade point overall (3.0 on a 4.0 scale or 4.0 on a 5.0 scale). For more information on the Study Abroad Scholarship click on the Travel Study link and for information on the Foreign Language Scholarship click on the Academic Study link. Deadline: May 20, 2016 (for 2016-2017 programs).
Critical Language Scholarship Program
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.
- Advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels: Arabic and Persian
- Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels: Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu
- Intermediate and advanced levels: Chinese, Japanese, and Russian
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 Institutes page for more information.
DAAD German Scholarship
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. They offer a wide range of scholarships, grants, and fellowships for students. The DAAD Scholarship is available to a variety of students interested in pursuing studies or research in Germany. Undergraduates, Graduates, and international students are all eligible for one of the many scholarships offered. Award amounts vary and deadlines vary by scholarship. Check the web site for up-to-date information.
Di Yerbury International Scholar Award
Hosted by the National Society of High School Scholars, this award is given to NSHSS college students to participate in international study during college. The award amount is $1,000 and you must be a member of NSHSS to qualify. Deadline for summer 2017: Spring 2017.
FlipKey Study Abroad Scholarship
FlipKey values the importance of travel and cultural immersion as a way to learn about the world firsthand. To encourage this, they are awarding one student with a scholarship to put towards studying abroad. From tuition costs to plane tickets, the scholarship money can be used to cover the expenses associated with studying abroad. This scholarship is available to students participating on ANY study abroad program between November 15, 2015 and August 15, 2016. Short term programs and semester exchanges qualify for this scholarship. The award amount is $1,000. Deadline: August 15, 2017.
Foundation for Global Scholars: GRIT Program
The Foundation for Global Scholars (FGS) was established in 2006. Founders Cynthia Banks and Sheila Houston knew firsthand the value of study abroad and international perspective and understood that very few (less than 2%) of American college students studied abroad. Their vision was to open doors for as many college students as possible to have international study opportunities and become globally minded citizens. FGS awards scholarships to US citizens studying abroad, three times annually. GRIT Scholars must participate for no less than 28 days on a university-accredited program. Scholarships are valued at $3000.
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
The Freeman-ASIA award is provided to U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. It is sponsored by the Freeman Foundation whose major objectives include strengthening the bonds of friendship between the U.S. and countries of East Asia. The award amounts are up to $3,000 for summer study, up to $5,000 for Semester/Quarter study, and up to $7,000 for an academic year. Deadline: Early March (Summer programs), April (Fall and academic year).
Fund for Education Abroad
FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. Funding Amounts are $10,000 (Academic Year); $5,000 (fall/spring semester); prorated by number of weeks, minimum $1,250 (summer). There are also specific scholarships for athletes, LGBTQI students, and students studying in Central America, South America, France, Germany, or Southeast Asia. Deadline for Summer 2017, Fall 2017, and Spring 2018 is January 11, 2017.
Go Overseas Study and Intern Abroad Scholarship
This scholarship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of all majors. It is awarded twice a year: Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. There is no minimum length of program and everyone is welcome to apply. Deadline is December 2, 2016.
ItaliaRail Scholarship Program
ItaliaRail is committed to helping students study abroad in Italy and immerse themselves in the country's rich and dynamic culture. This scholarship is open to those who have enrolled din their university's Study Abroad program in Italy. Two scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 each, plus a 3-day Italy Rail Pass for each winner. Deadline to apply is December 15, 2016.
Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship
The fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO - using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad. Questions regarding the application process or receipt of applications can be directed to DCUNESCO@state.gov or by calling 202-663-0026.
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant
Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Study Abroad Grants: 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. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Deadline: February 15, 2017.
Rotary Foundation Global Scholarship Grant
The Rotary Foundation offers scholarship funding through the Rotary Foundation Global Grant scholarships. The scholarship funds graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years. Rotary Foundation Global Grants can be used to fund scholarships with sustainable, high-impact outcomes in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy, and Economic and community development.
Tortuga Backpacks Scholarship
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. The award amount is $1,000. The scholarship is only for Fall or Spring semesters. Deadline: December 20, 2016 (Spring 2017) and May 20, 2017 (Fall 2017).
Tripping.com Travel Lovers Scholarship
Tripping.com wants people all over the world to have incredible travel experiences. By writing an essay on a favorite travel spot, you can help finance your study abroad experience. Two winners will be chosen to receive $1,000.
U.S. Fulbright Student Program
"Fostering leadership, learning and empathy between cultures was and remains the purpose of the international scholarship program." – Senator J. William Fulbright Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Fulbright is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.
Whitaker International Summer Grant and Fellows Program
The Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program sends emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their own careers within the field. The goal of the program is to assist the development of professional leaders who are not only superb scientists, but who also will advance the profession through an international outlook. Along with supporting grant projects in an academic setting, the Whitaker International Program encourages grantees to engage in policy work and propose projects in an industry setting. Both the Summer Grant and Fellows program is focused on sending Master's and PhD students in biomedical engineering and bioengineering fields abroad. Deadline: Spring 2017.