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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. Both merit and need-based scholarships are available, so even if you can easily afford to pay for your term abroad, you should still consider applying. See our program costs and fees page for a list of expenses associated with education abroad.

Application requirements: Scholarship application and eligibility requirements vary and researching and applying for scholarships will require time and effort on your part. Some applications require no more than a simple application form and a copy of your financial aid paperwork, while others may require these, a transcript, essays, and letters of recommendation. Scholarships represent an honor that will enhance your résumé and can be well worth the effort.

Recipient requirements: In order to promote education abroad opportunities, some University of Rochester and external scholarships require follow-up projects or other ‘give back’ by recipients. Students who do not complete the requirement by the stated deadline will have their scholarship rescinded.

For additional information, view the Fall 2018 Scholarships for Rochester Students Information Meeting presentation.

Special note for international students

Most national or federally sponsored scholarships (such as Gilman and Boren) are open only to U.S. citizens, and in some cases, to Permanent Residents. Therefore, your scholarship options are limited in comparison to U.S. citizens.

That said, many study abroad programs offer scholarships to participants, regardless of citizenship (CIEE and IES Abroad, for example). Students who participate in our exchange programs are automatically eligible for a $2000 scholarship. Engineering majors may apply for a Hajim International Experience scholarship for summer, semester or academic year research, study, or internships.

Spend some time perusing the resources below for options.

General Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Description: Enables students who have limited financial means to participate in study abroad opportunities worldwide.
EligibilityStudents must be U.S. Citizens 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 advisory of Level 3 or 4, or in Cuba.  Summer programs must be at least three weeks long.

  • Summer: Early October
  • Fall and Full Year: Early March
  • Spring: Early October

Read Tips for Applying for a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship.
Website: View Here.

Boren Scholarship

DescriptionThis program is a US government program to promote study, and the study of critical languages, in certain non-western countries. Boren Scholarship recipients commit to working for at least one year in the federal government.
Eligibility: Must be a US citizen applying to a study abroad program in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.  Summer scholarships are for STEM students only.
Early February for Summer, Fall, Spring, and Full year programs. The UR internal deadline is January 25, 2018
Website: View here.

Dante Scholarship

Description: This scholarship for $5,000 is awarded to 15 students toward their undergraduate education. The award may also be applied to an education abroad experience. 
Eligibility: Must be a full time University of Rochester Student of Italian descent that is a legal resident of the greater Rochester area, Nassau County, or Suffolk County. The student must also have at least a 3.0 GPA.
Deadline: Late February
Website: For Nassau and Suffolk County residents, view here. For great Rochester residents, view here.

Garden Club of America Scholarships

Description: Various scholarships for the study and research of Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science
Eligibility: Varies by scholarship
Varies by scholarship
Website: View here.

Go Global Scholarship

Description: 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.
Eligibility: Undergraduate students who are U.S. Citizens, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, are currently studying a foreign language, and are not on probation or suspension.
Deadline: End of June
Website: View Here.

TecEx Scholarship

Description: The TecEx Scholarship Opportunity awards a $1,500 USD Scholarship to one recipient every academic year. The sponsor (“TecEx”) offers the Scholarship to post-secondary students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. This is an opportunity for students to be a voice in the growing conversation about the impact of technology on international business.
Website: View Here. 

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Region Specific Scholarships

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.

  • Fall: Mid-April
  • Spring: Mid-October

Website: View here.

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 go abroad in Germany next year who demonstrate an interest in contemporary German and European affairs.
Deadline:  End of January
Website: View here.

Go Overseas Ireland Scholarship

Description: This is a scholarship offered to two U.S. students to study abroad in Ireland.

  • For the two grand prize scholarships (tuition waiver + stipend), you must be a U.S. citizen to win.
  • For the additional scholarships offered by universities and partner providers totaling over $50,000, you must be a citizen of the U.S., Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom to be eligible to win.
  • If you are not a resident of the countries listed above, you are not eligible to win in this year's scholarships, but you are still welcome to apply, and will receive additional information via email to help your Ireland study abroad dreams come true.

Deadline: End of February
Website:View here.

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Program Specific Scholarships

Ben-Gurion Universtiy Fall 2018 Study Abroad Scholarships

Description:The Overseas Student Program at BGU has several tuition scholarships available for students who will be studying with us for the Fall 2018 semester. These scholarships are in the amount of $7,200.
Eligibility: Must be studying at Ben-Gurion University in Fall 2018
Deadline: E-mail for deadline and more information.
Website: View here.

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Description: CIEE offers both merit-based and need-based scholarships for students who are applying to participate in a study abroad program sponsored by CIEE.
Eligibility: Varies by scholarship
Deadline: Varies by scholarship
Website: View here.

Critical Language Scholarships

Description: This is a fully funded summer abroad program to help students gain mastery over one of the following critical languages: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian*

*Students must have at least one or two years of academic experience in these languages to be eligible.
Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen and student can apply to one language only.
Deadline: Mid-November
Website: View here.

Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)

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

  • DIS Scholarship: Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need.
  • Diversity Scholarship: Awarded to support students from populations that are underrepresented in study abroad such as those from diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, sexual orientation, and educational backgrounds, including first-generation college students.
  • Pioneer Scholarship: Awarded $500 to $3,000 based on financial need, this award is available only to DIS Stockholm students enrolling in the fall 2017 semester; may be combined with above scholarships for an individual maximum of up to $8,000.
  • Jacob Buksti Memorial Scholarship: This merit-based award for political science, international relations, economics, or related majors looking to pursue a career in politics.

Eligibility: Varies by scholarship

  • Fall/Full Academic Year: Early April
  • Spring: Mid-October
  • Summer: Mid-March

Website:View here.

Diversity Abroad Sholarship for Study at the China Institute

Description: Apply today to receive one full scholarship or one of four $20,000 awards offered each semester towards your application to study at the China Institute through the University of Dayton. Students who are not recipients of a Diversity Abroad & China Institute Scholarship award will still be considered for up to $15,000 in scholarships upon successful completion of a program application. 

Eligibility: Students must match one of the following criteria to be considered

  • African-American/Black
  • Asian/Pacific Islander
  • Disabilities
  • First Generation
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Low-Income
  • Multiracial
  • Native American

Deadline: Early April
Website:View here.

Hebrew University

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

  • Merit Scholarships: This scholarship award is in the amount of $6,000 for one year of study, and $3,000 for one semester of study. 
  • Spring in Jerusalem Honors Program Scholarship: A limited number of merit awards are offered to highly qualified, motivated candidates participating in the Spring in Jerusalem Honors Program from universities throughout the United States.
  • Art Merit Scholarship: This scholarship award is in the amount of $6,000 for one year of study, and $3,000 for one semester of study.
  • RIS Levine Scholarship: The Louis Levine Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student with a keen desire to further scientific knowledge in our ever-changing world.

Eligibility: Varies by scholarship
Varies by scholarship
 View Here.

Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)

Description: IES offers over 15 different need based, donor-funded, and diversity scholarships and grants for students who are applying to IES programs.
Eligibility: Varies by scholarship
Deadline: Varies by scholarship
Website:View here.

Lisio Scholarship for Study in Arezzo and Procida, Italy

Description/Website: View here.
Eligibility: Participation in spring Arezzo or summer Procida program
Deadline: Program applications will automatically be considered for the scholarship and will be notified if they are chosen 

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Society Member Scholarships

Golden Key International Honor Society andNational Society of Collegiate Scholarsoffer study abroad scholarships for members.

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UR Funding Resources

UR Faculty Programs Scholarship

Eligibility: For students who participate in UR Faculty programs.  Program applicants will automatically be considered. Awards up to $2500.

Hajim International Experience Scholarship

Description: Offers grants for undergraduate Hajim students to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented and research internships abroad. 

Eligibility: Enrolled in a Hajim major; in good academic standing; have applied or intend to apply to a qualifying program; complete an application and statement of purpose essay. 
Deadline: Early November for spring programs
Website: Hajim International Experience Scholarship Application Spring 2018

Further Resources

RIG, REACH (Summer Internship) funding, and Discover Grants may be applicable to education abroad. Discuss with the fund/program advisors.

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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