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Study Abroad Scholarships


Take advantage of these scholarship opportunities. Research them well, start working on them far in advance of their deadlines, and seek the help of others to review your drafts so that you submit the best application possible. There are many donors and organizations that want to support your goals to study abroad: take them up on it!


UTSA-Based Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

International Education Fund
UTSA offers scholarships to students studying abroad on UTSA-approved programs.
Award Amount: $300-$2,500
  • UTSA student on an approved study abroad program for academic credit
Application Requirements:
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA; minimum 3.0 for graduate students
  • Fall = March 15 - Fall 2020 deadline has been extended to April 20th, 2020
  • Spring = October 15
  • Summer = February 15

External Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
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.

Award Amount: up to $5,000; supplemental award for critical language study up to $3,000
Eligibility: US citizen, Federal Pell Grant recipient
Boren Scholarship
Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Eligibility: U.S. citizen
Award Amount: Semester: $10,000 | Full academic year: $20,000 | Summer: $8,000 (STEM students only, 8 weeks minimum)

Critical Language Scholarship
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.
Award Amount: Full cost of program
Eligibility: U.S. citizen
Gilman-McCain Scholarship
The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is a congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and named after the late Senator John S. McCain from Arizona. With the support of the U.S. Congress, this scholarship honors Senator McCain’s legacy of public service by enabling undergraduate children of active duty military to develop the leadership and career readiness skills and global perspective to pursue careers of service and contribute to preserving the principles and alliances that are critical to an international order based on the rule of law, human rights, and democracy.
Award Amount: $5,000
Eligibility: US citizen, Recipient of any type of Title IV federal financial aid, Dependent child of an active duty military member(s),

Ashley Soulé Conroy Study Abroad Scholarship
Each term, the foundation awards up to three scholarships.To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be participating on a program lasting 14 weeks or longer
Award Amount: $4,000
Eligibility: U.S. citizen, at least 30 undergraduate credit hours completed, minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, program length 14+ weeks

The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program's goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States.
Award Amount: Semester: up to $5,000 | Full academic year: up to $7,000 | Summer: up to $3,000
Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs.

Award Amount: Semester: up to $5,000 | Full academic year: up to $10,000 | Summer: at least $1,250
Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant
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. Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Applicants do not have to be Society members.
Award Amount: $1,000
Eligibility: Cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher

Study Abroad in Japan: Bridging Scholarships
The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. The Bridging Project awards 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.

Award Amount: Semester: $2,500 | Full academic year: $4,000
Eligibility: U.S. citizen

For any questions or assistance in regards to Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship , Boren Scholarship, Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), or Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant please contact:

Andrew Chapman, Ph.D.
Director of Nationally Competitive Awards and Fellowships

Third-Party Provider Funding

The University of Texas at San Antonio works with many providers who provide financial assistance to students. Funding options below are applicable only to programs provided by the third-party. The below providers may offer more funding options than just the ones listed! Click on the links to find more opportunities!

AIFS - American Institute for Foreign Study API - Academic Programs International
  • Diversity Scholarship - To provide a diversity scholarship in order to support participants on our programs who hail from a variety of backgrounds
    • Semester/Year/Summer: $250 - $750
  • API-Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Awards - Students participating in an API program who have been awarded a Gilman scholarship will be eligible to receive up to $1,000 in matching contributions from API for a study abroad program, or up to $500 in matching contributions from API for an intern abroad program
    • Semester/Year/Summer: Up to $1,000

Arcadia University: The College of Global Studies
  • Approximately 70% of study abroad students who apply for aid from Arcadia receive some form of award. Typical awards are as follows:
    • Semester scholarship awards range between $500-2,500 with an average award of $1,400
    • Summer scholarship awards range between $250-1,000 with an average award of $700

CEA - Cultural Experiences Abroad
  • Diversity Scholarship - Open doors for students from diverse backgrounds and for students with disabilities
    • Semester/Year: $500 - $2,000 | Summer: $400 - $1,000
  • Financial Need Scholarship - Need-based scholarships to ease financial and economic barriers to studying abroad
    • Semester/Year: $500 - $1,000 | Summer: $500
  • UTSA Program Voucher - All UTSA students receive program discounts through CEA
    • Semester/Year: $1250 - $2,500 | Summer: $750

CIEE - The Council on International Educational Exchange
  • CIEE GAIN Travel Grant - Guaranteed to students eligible for Federal Pell Grants. Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis
    • $350 - $2,000
  • Gilman Go Global Grant - Qualified applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship are eligible for a CIEE Go Global Grant, regardless of whether they are selected as a Gilman Scholar
    • Semester - $2,500 | Summer - $1,000
  • Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Grant - CIEE offers grants to help students attending MSIs to study abroad
    • Semester: $2,000 | Summer - $500

IES - Institute for the International Education
  • Boren & Gilman Scholarship Support Grant - IES may award additional funding to each student who receives a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship or Boren Scholarship and uses it toward an IES program.
    • Semester/Year: $1,000 | Summer: $500
  • Need-Based Aid - Need-based scholarships to ease financial and economic barriers to studying abroad
    • Semester: Up to $5,000 | Summer - Up to $1,000

IFSA-Butler - Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University
  • IFSA First Generation College Student Scholarship - achievement-based scholarship program offers first generation college students significant financial, academic and preprofessional support for study abroad.
    • Semester: Up to $2,500 | Summer: $1,500 toward airfare only
  • IFSA State School Grant - State school students (regardless in-state and out-of-state status) will automatically receive a grant for any IFSA semester program. There is no application process; students automatically receive the discount.
    • Semester: $2,000

ISA - International Studies Abroad
  • Affiliate Partnership Grant - Automatically given to all UTSA students upon acceptance into their ISA program and applied directly to their program cost.
    • $200
  • Diversity Scholarship - Open doors for students from diverse backgrounds and for students with disabilities.
    • Semester/Year/Summer: $1,000 - $2,000
  • Freeman-Asia Supplemental Scholarship - Awards up to $500 for ISA students awarded the Freeman-Asia Scholarship
    • Up to $500
  • Michaela Farnum Memorial Scholarship - To students studying abroad in an ISA Summer program; scholarship is both merit and financial need-based.
    • Summer: Up to $1,000
  • Short Program, Big Impact Scholarship - Offered in an effort to increase scholarship opportunities for students who choose to participate in short-term (2-3 weeks) education abroad programs.
    • 2-3 Week Programs: Up to $1,000

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