Don't let a perceived lack of funds spoil your goal of studying abroad. We're here to help!

Make an appointment today to discuss the many scholarship opportunities available to help make your study abroad dream a reality. From small grants available through your local Rotary Club, to nationally-competitive scholarships, to aid and assistance from your chosen study abroad program, there is money out there!

common study abroad scholarships

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship - Funding up to $5,000 for students who are recipients of a Federal Pell Grant. Preference given to students who study in non-traditional locations. For more information, contact Abi Cavazos (, the Gilman Advisor at Siena College.

    • Since 2011, 41 Siena students have received Gilman awards for a total of $130,000 in scholarship funds!
  • Boren Scholarship for International Study - Funding up to $10,000 to study in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, in exchange for the student's commitment to seek work in the federal government. Boren promotes long-term linguistic and cultural immersion; therefore, proposals for two or more semesters are preferred.
  • Bridging Scholarships - Supplemental funding from the Association of Teachers Bridging Project for study abroad programs in Japan.
  • Foundation for Asia Pacific Education General Study Abroad Scholarships - Supplemental funding for study abroad programs in Asia or the Pacific Rim.
  • Freeman-ASIA Scholarship - Provides funding for U.S. students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
  • Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships - General and dedicated scholarships for summer, semester, or academic year study abroad.
  • Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan - Substantial funding for students with an interest in economics and international finance who will study abroad in Japan for an entire academic year. Application must be completed along with Bridging Scholarship application.
  • Rotary District Grants - Your local Rotary Club may have funds available to support your study abroad plans. Start at the above link, and then take the time to get in touch with the members of your local Club.

program-related aid and assistance

Certain study abroad organizations offer their own scholarships and aid to students engaging in their programs. Typically, students would apply for these at the same time they apply to their program. Take a look at our list below and speak to your Study Abroad Advisor about potential aid offered through your study abroad program.

Further resources

Take a look over our Study Abroad Budget Worksheet for Semester-Long Programs to help you prepare financially for your time abroad.

In addition, the University of Minnesota's Learning Abroad Center provides excellent resources on study abroad funding, including Creative Ways to Finance Learning Abroad and an extensive Study Abroad Scholarship Database. As always, speak with your study abroad advisor in the Center for Internship Programs to learn more.