Education Abroad



There are many scholarships designed specifically for study abroad. We strongly encourage you to consider applying as Rochester students have won these scholarships in the past. Even if you can easily afford to pay for your semester or year abroad, you should still consider these scholarships. Some of them are merit-based and represent an academic honor that would enhance your resume. See our program costs and fees page for a list of expenses associated with education abroad.

General Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Description: Enables students who have limited financial means to participate in study abroad opportunities worldwide.
Eligibility: Students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a US Department of State Travel Warning, or in Cuba.

Read Tips for Applying for a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship.

Dante Scholarship

Description: This scholarship is for students of Italian descent who are legal residents of, or from, the greater Rochester area.
Deadline: April 1, 2017
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National Security Education Program

Description: This program is a US government program to promote study in certain non-western countries. The program involves a national competition, and University of Rochester students have won scholarships in recent years.
Eligibility: Must be a US citizen applying to a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.
: February 9, 2017

In addition to the Gilman Scholarships and the National Security Education Program, the Institute for International Education sponsors a variety of other scholarship programs.

Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)

The institute offers four different types of scholarships for students to study with DIS in Denmark:


Bridging Project

Description: The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American students participating in study -abroad programs in Japan.
Eligibility: 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 US citizens or permanent residents, and be enrolled in a college or university in the United States.

Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Description: This is a merit- based scholarship  for funding study, senior thesis research, and/or internships in Germany. 
Eligibility: Sophomores and juniors looking to study abroad in Germany next year who demonstrate an interest in contemporary German and European affairs.
Deadline:  January 31, 2017

The Burton Fellowship, which is offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, applies specifically to students who are interested in summer study abroad to study language.

The Hajim International Experience Scholarship (funded by The Hajim Dean’s Office) offers grants for undergraduate students to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented, and research internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare Hajim students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. 

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Program Specific Scholarships

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

CIEE offers several different types of scholarships for students who are applying to participate in a study abroad program sponsored by CIEE:

Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)

IES offers over 15 different scholarships and grants for students who are applying to IES programs.

Critical Language Scholarships

This is a fully funded summer abroad program to help students gain mastery over one of the following critical languages:

*Students must have at least one or two years of academic experience in these languages to be eligible.

Hebrew University

Hebrew University offers a variety of need-based and merit-based scholarships for students who plan to study abroad at its Rothberg International School.

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Society Member Scholarships

Golden Key International Honor Society and National Society of Collegiate Scholars offer study abroad scholarships for members.

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Additional Funding Resources

Increasingly, students are finding non-traditional ways to finance their abroad experience including crowdsourcing using:

Note: The money received through crowdfunding is considered taxable income. Before making a request, you need to consider how receiving such funds will affect you.

Other general websites for study abroad scholarships:

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