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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!

1. UTSA Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

International Education Fund
UTSA offers scholarships to students studying abroad on UTSA-approved programs. The scholarships are funded by fees assessed to UTSA students.
Eligibility: UTSA undergraduate or graduate student on an approved program
Award Amount: $300-$2,000
Deadlines: Spring = mid October; Summer = mid February; Fall/AY = mid March

David Bowen Memorial Endowment for Study in Europe
For UTSA students with majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts that will study abroad on a program in Europe.
Eligibility: UTSA student in COLFA; program at least two weeks
Award Amount: Depends on fund availability and number of awards
Deadlines: Spring = early November

2. External Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants
Institute for International Education Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants will be made available for U.S. students from a broad range of backgrounds to make it possible for them to participate in academic, internship or service-learning experiences abroad. The scholarship program is intended to diversify study abroad and to encourage students to go abroad who would otherwise not participate in an international experience as part of their college education, especially in support of high-achieving, low-income students. The Travel Grants can be used not only for travel to and from the country of study, but also within the region, enabling students to make the most of their international experience.
Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Award Amount: $2,000
Deadlines: Spring = mid October; Summer and Fall/AY = early March
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.
Eligibility: US citizen, Federal Pell Grant recipient
Award Amount: up to $5,000; supplemental award for critical language study up to $3,000
Deadlines: Spring = early October; Summer = early March; Fall/AY = early March
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. Students who meet our eligibility requirements may participate on any international education program that meets their academic objectives.
Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Award Amount: Semester = up to $5,000; AY = up to $10,000; Summer = at least $1,250
Deadlines: All terms = mid January

Critical Language Scholarship
The U.S. Department of State's Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Over the summer, students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 14 critical languages.
Eligibility: U.S. citizen
Award Amount: Full cost of program
Deadline: Summer = mid November

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.
Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Award Amount: Semester = up to $5,000; AY = up to $7,000; Summer = up to $3,000
Deadline: Spring = mid October; Summer = pending; Fall/AY = pending

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, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. 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; AY = $20,000; Summer = $8,000 (STEM students only, 8 weeks minimum)
Deadline: All terms = early February

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