Financial aid and scholarships

Many sources exist to help students in managing the costs of study abroad. Below is a list of some, as well as other funding ideas and resources. Please keep in mind that information is subject to change without notice, and information published by the aid sponsor will supersede the below.


Eligibility requirements vary according to the aid source. Some aid types may not be available for non-UA study abroad programs, for summer study or for part-time study. Students should always have a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file and consult with The University of Akron’s Office of Student Financial Aid to determine eligibility for federal, state and campus-based aid.

Even if students have never received federal or state financial aid grants or loans prior, they are strongly encouraged to consult with the OSFA and file a FAFSA. The costs of study abroad may raise students into a higher need bracket.

For scholarship eligibility requirements, students should consult the scholarship provider directly.

Budgeting and reasonable expenses

In determining award amounts, some aid types will factor in “reasonable expenses” of the student’s chosen program. These include tuition and related fees, housing and meals, books, supplies and transportation.

With any study abroad program, students should create a budget that includes the above, plus estimates of passport and visa fees—if necessary, insurance and personal costs, such as souvenirs and personal travel. This will help estimate the entire expected cost of the program.

Federal Pell Grant

Available almost exclusively to undergraduates and all eligible students will receive the award amount for which they qualify based on financial need. Estimated annual awards vary and these grants are prorated based on the number of enrolled credit hours. More information.

Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)

A grant offered to students who are Ohio residents. These grants are also prorated based on full or part-time enrollment status. More information.

Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Only awarded to students who meet the strict need guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education, and submit the FAFSA by March 1. Students must be Pell-eligible to receive this grant. Only applicable to UA-sponsored programs. More information.


Federal Direct (Stafford) Subsidized Loan

Awarded based on need as determined from information on the FAFSA. The U.S. Department of Education pays interest while the borrower is in school and during any grace and deferment periods. The student must be at least a half-time student and have financial need. The annual loan limit varies based on class standing.

Perkins Loan

The Perkins Loan is another need-based loan program. Students must have filed their FAFSA by March 1 to be considered for this program.  Only applicable to UA-sponsored programs.

Nursing Student Loan

The Nursing Student Loan programs provide long-term, low-interest rate loans to undergraduate students who have been admitted into the nursing program and have filed their FAFSA by March 1.  Only applicable to UA-sponsored programs.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

Non need-based loan. Students must complete the FAFSA to be eligible for this loan program. This loan is given in lieu of, or in combination with, Direct Subsidized Loans. Terms are the same as the Stafford Subsidized Loan, except the borrower is responsible for the interest from the date of disbursement.

Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

Non need-based loan. The applicant is the student's parent, who is responsible to begin repayment almost immediately upon disbursement. If a parent is denied for this loan, the student may be eligible for a Stafford Unsubsidized Loan. To receive the PLUS loan, no FAFSA is required; contact the OFSA for an application.

Alternative Loans

Non need-based loan. These are private loans that are generally in the name of the student; a FAFSA is not generally required for these loans. Often the student is the borrower, and may need to have a creditworthy co-borrower. Interest rates, repayment plans and deferment options vary widely among lenders. Be sure to "shop" for the option that is right for your situation since these are loans that are designed to bridge the funding gap when savings, scholarships, grants, federal loans, and other resources are not sufficient.

Students who qualify for UA merit-based scholarships may use them toward the cost of UA-sponsored study abroad programs. As always, students should consult the Office of Student Financial Aid for detailed eligibility criteria. May only be applicable to UA-sponsored programs.

Ad-Hoc Consortium Agreement

Students participating in non-UA sponsored study abroad programs must complete an Ad-Hoc Consortium Agreement in order to use aid earned through The University of Akron toward their study abroad program. This form is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid.

International College Ambassador Award/Scholarship

The University of Akron Women's Committee supports this award to help an undergraduate student cover the costs of international education experience. A selection committee makes the award to an undergraduate study abroad student whom it considers to be the best "international ambassador" for The University of Akron.

Any undergraduate student, in good academic and conduct standing, who has been accepted for at least a semester-long study abroad program at The University of Akron or other accredited academic institution is eligible.

How to apply:

Ohio International Consortium

The Ohio International Consortium (OIC) was established in 1991 in order to identify, develop, and expand beneficial international relationships that might contribute to the enhancement of Ohio’s global profile and the international expertise and activities of the state’s public four-year universities.

Donald N. Nelson Scholarship for Study Abroad

Ohio International Consortium Study Abroad Nelson Scholarship is for an Ohio resident who is a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate student. Be at least a rising sophomore with a minimum 3.0 GPA. The selected student must return to the home campus for at least one semester during which the follow-on project will be completed. Be accepted into an accredited study abroad program that has been approved by the home school. Programs must be at least one semester in duration. Preference is given to first-time study abroad applicants studying in a non-English-speaking country and taking courses in the native language of the host country.

Application Deadlines:

Fall or Spring Semester:

February 8

PLEASE NOTE: Application deadlines are specific to The University of Akron and are set one week before OIC deadlines to allow for review and submission.

Submit applications to:

The University of Akron, Education Abroad Office, Simmons Hall 205C, Akron, OH 44325-4724 or, using the subject line: OIC Nelson Scholarship

Visit the OIC Scholarship website for details on eligibility and the requirements of the application.

George C. Burke Scholarship for Summer Study Abroad

Ohio International Consortium Study Abroad Burke Scholarship is for an Ohio resident who is a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate student from an Ohio International Consortium member school. Be at least a rising sophomore with a minimum 3.0 GPA. The selected student must return to the home campus for at least one semester during which the follow-on project will be completed. Be accepted into an accredited study abroad program that has been approved by the home school. Programs must be at least four-weeks in duration. Preference is given to first-time study abroad applicants.

Application Deadlines:

Summer Semester:

February 22

PLEASE NOTE: Application deadlines are specific to The University of Akron and are set one week before OIC deadlines to allow for review and submission.

Submit applications to:

The University of Akron, Education Abroad Office, Simmons Hall 205C, Akron, OH 44325-4724 or, using the subject line: Burke Scholarship.

Visit the OIC Scholarship website for details on eligibility and the requirements of the application.

Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship Program

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. A Gilman Scholarship enables American students to gain proficiency in diverse languages and cultures, skills that are critically important to their academic and career development.

The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries and world regions. The program also encourages students to study languages, especially critical need languages (those deemed important to national security). Veterans of military service are encouraged to apply, and preference is given to veterans when other factors are equivalent. By supporting undergraduate students who have high financial need, the program has been successful in supporting students who have been historically underrepresented in education abroad, including but not limited to first-generation college students, students in STEM fields, ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, students attending HBCUs or other minority-serving institutions, students attending community colleges, and students coming from U.S. states with less study abroad participation.

Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, international airfare, passport and visa fees.

National Security Education Program/Boren Awards for International Study

Comprised of the Boren Scholarships and the Boren Fellowships, the Boren Awards for International Study offer significant grants to undergraduate and graduate students studying in destinations that are less common and deemed critical to US interests, with preference given to certain emphasized countries. Language study is a mandatory component of a Boren-funded program, with preference given to less-commonly taught languages. Boren Scholars and Fellows are subject to a government service requirement after graduation.

For more information, contact UA's Director of Competitive Fellowships, Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler, at

Third Party Affiliate Program Scholarships

AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships, Grants & Financial Support

Each year, more than $800,000 in scholarships, grants and financial support is awarded to deserving students & institutions. Funds are available for both summer and semester programs.

API Study Abroad and Intern Abroad Scholarships

College students may study abroad with API in over two dozen countries across Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Programs can be as long as a full academic year or as short as two weeks. API awards approximately $500,000 in study abroad scholarships annually typically ranging from $250 -$1,000 per student.

CAPA Study Abroad Scholarships & Financing

For 45 years CAPA The Global Education Network has worked with institutions of higher education to build programs that meet their goals for learning abroad. Each year, we award $1.5 million in study abroad scholarships, grants and affiliate benefits.

CEA Scholarships

Studying abroad will change your life, improve your employability, and enhance your global competence... not to mention all of those amazing new friends, new classes, and new foods you'll discover when you take your education international. In fact, study abroad is so awesome that we think more students should experience it! That's why we commit more than $2.0 million each year to our financial and scholarship programs.

CIS Abroad Scholarships and Grants

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? Between applying early, committing to blog while abroad or by your school being an affiliate of ours, there’s a good chance that you may receive some support from us.

IES Abroad, Study Abroad Scholarships & Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad program. That's why we commit $5 million in study abroad scholarships and financial aid.

ISA Scholarships and Grants

ISA awards over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. Students who are participating in ISA programs can apply for these scholarships directly through ISA.

KEI Abroad

Financing study abroad is a major concern for many students. The good news is that there are various sources of aid available for study abroad, including KEI grants and interest-free payment plans, federal aid, state aid, institutional scholarships and grants, and foundation aid.

Sant' Anna Institute Grants

Sant’Anna Institute provides undergraduate students with the best international experience. Students get to live in a foreign country while improving their linguistic and cross-cultural communication skills providing a perspective that encourages greater opportunities in the world community and enhances the student’s outlook in multiple ways.

Semester at Sea Financial Aid

Semester at Sea participants are selected for their desire to become educated and engaged global citizens. A typical semester voyage draws students from as many as 280 colleges and universities from the United States and around the world. ISE Awards $5 Million in Financial Aid Annually.

University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) Scholarships and Discounts

USAC awards over $2 million in scholarships and discounts each year to assist students with their study abroad expenses. We have a variety of funding opportunities available for students enrolled in USAC programs.

Other External Scholarships

American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships.

American Australian Association Postgraduate Education Scholarships

The American Australian Association launched its Education Fund in 2002 and is currently funded largely through monies raised at our Annual Benefit Dinners and through direct corporate sponsorship. The Education Fund was established to support post-graduate study and research between Australia and the United States and is the largest source of privately funded educational scholarships between the two countries.

Asher & Lyric Study Abroad Scholarship

Both Asher and Lyric Fergusson were fortunate to study abroad as students. In fact, they first met at their university because Asher (originally from Australia) received a scholarship to study in the USA for his undergraduate degree.

These experiences have lead to many great opportunities and they haven’t stopped traveling since.

This scholarship program aims to support current students wishing to experience new cultures and to broaden their perspectives.

Association of American Study Abroad Programs United Kingdom/ UK Lord Action Memorial Scholarship

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide a deserving study abroad student with financial support to pursue academic study in the United Kingdom. By offering the scholarship, AASAP/UK is fulfilling one of its purposes – the promotion and support of academic standards. The merit-based scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of the value of an international educational experience and who agrees to share with AASAP/UK members the ways in which the scholarship has helped to fulfill their academic and personal ambitions. The award will be £1,000 for a semester or full year abroad.

BRIC Language Systems/ Go Global Scholarship

BRIC Language Systems is committed to supporting language learning and education. As part of our passionate commitment to learning, we have created the BRIC Go Global Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to the student who has the best understanding of the importance of language learning and its place in society. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded directly to the student and can be used for tuition, books, language classes, etc.

BUTEX Scholarships

BUTEX brings together universities, colleges and other higher education institutions across the UK that have a shared interest in learning abroad. Their mission is to promote British education internationally, to facilitate collaboration and regular exchange of information between their members, to develop expertise and to influence the future of international education.

Each year BUTEX awards a number of scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year.

Cleveland Foundation Scholarships

Thanks to the vision and generosity of many donors, the Cleveland Foundation offers a variety of scholarships to eligible applicants with varied and diverse criteria.

Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation

The Foundation is dedicated to preserving the memory of Corinne Jeannine Schillings, who lost her life in the Baltimore Water Taxi accident on March 6, 2004. Corinne believed strongly in higher education for women and in learning about various cultures through the study of languages.

The Foundation supports undergraduate college women in the study of languages and learning about other cultures.

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst/German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

DAAD offers a number of scholarship and program options for undergraduate and graduate students interested in study, internships and/or research in Germany.

Diversity Abroad has partnered with several organizations to offer study abroad scholarships and grants.

Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia)

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast 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.

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 (FEA)

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) invests in promising students with financial need who wish to study abroad. Potential applicants who meet our eligibility requirements may participate on any international education program that meets their academic objectives.

General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts' International Study Abroad Scholarship

The General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts awards an International Study Abroad Scholarship of up to $600 to undergraduate or graduate students. To qualify the recipient must be a student maintaining legal residence in Massachusetts.

You must be an undergraduate or graduate student maintaining legal residence in Massachusetts.


US citizens and US permanent residents are welcome to apply for scholarships and travel grants to study in New Zealand.
The Mitchell Scholars Program offers a national competitive scholarship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance.

The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.

Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarship

This scholarship assists Golden Key members (undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate) who participate in a study abroad program.

Go Overseas Scholarships offers a variety of scholarships. Visit their webpage for details.

ItaliaRail Scholarship

ItaliaRail is committed to helping students study abroad in Italy—and immerse themselves in the country’s rich and dynamic culture. The ItaliaRail Scholarship is open to those who have enrolled in their college or university's Study Abroad program in Italy. We will be awarding two scholarships of $1,000 each, plus a 3-day Italy Rail Pass for each winner.


KAHAL provides the tens of thousands of Jewish students studying abroad each year the resources, tools, and connections they need to meaningfully engage with the Jewish community and deepen their Jewish identity during one of the most important, meaningful, and enduring experiences of their lives. More.

Masa Israel Grants & Scholarships

Masa Israel works to make it as easy as possible for Jewish young adults to come to Israel. We offer grants and/or scholarships to help make the experience more affordable, and collect information about other grants and scholarships available for long-term Israel programs from third party organizations. We provide every eligible participant a grant towards participating in a program in Israel. Grant amounts are determined by factors such as age, home country, length of program, etc. In addition, need-based scholarships are available.

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships

Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development. Fellowships support continuous full-time work for a period of six to twelve months.

Scott's Cheap Flights Study Abroad Scholarship

Many of the Scott’s Cheap Flights team members had their first international travel experience when they studied abroad. This inevitably led many of them to keep exploring the world and traveling whenever they could get the chance. They'd like to give others this same opportunity.

Sons of Norway Foundation Scholarships

The Sons of Norway Foundation awards approximately 25 scholarships to promising students each year. These programs promote cultural exchange and support higher education to help students follow their dreams.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

If you have ever considered a career serving the United States' interests abroad, the Pickering Fellowship offers a truly unique opportunity to impact the world. Upon successful completion of the program, you will have the opportunity to work as a Foreign Service Officer based on the needs of the U.S. State Department, serving in Washington, DC or at a U.S. embassy, consulate and diplomatic mission around the globe.

Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship

Young people deserve to experience the world beyond their college campuses, but not everyone can afford to travel, especially if you’re on a student budget. The Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world. At Tortuga, our mission is to help you live on your terms, including students studying abroad. When customers purchase luggage from us for their trips, they are “paying it forward” by funding scholarships for students like you. The winner of the Tortuga Scholarship will receive: $1,000 scholarship for studying abroad & 1 travel backpack

Turkish Coalition of America

The Turkish Coalition of America provides up to 100 scholarships per year for students of the following backgrounds:

  • African American
  • Armenian American
  • Bosnian American
  • Filipino American
  • Hispanic American
  • Macedonian American
  • Native American

These scholarships are awarded to eligible undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted to a language program or university study abroad program in Turkey, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), or Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

Scholarships for Language Study

Critical Language Scholarship Program

A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages.

The Blakemore Foundation for Asian Language Study

Since 1990, the Blakemore Foundation, with the support of The Freeman Foundation, has awarded over $17 million in grants to college graduates and young professionals for an academic year abroad in full-time intensive language study. The fellowships cover tuition and a stipend for related educational expenses, basic living costs and transportation.

GoAbroad.Com Scholarship Search Engine

Before the likes of Google and Expedia, an international program directory like GoAbroad only existed in print. With the birth of digital media, their founders realized this information could have a greater impact if it was made more accessible by bringing it online. Acting on this realization, they created, the original online resource for meaningful travel.

In addition to travel resources and program reviews, offers a customizable scholarship search engine.

International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search

IEFA is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find a comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings, plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad.