Study Abroad Resources and Scholarships

Making the choice to study abroad can feel effortless and overwhelming, exhilarating and terrifying, inspiring and discouraging all at the same time.


  • International Student Identity Cards
  • Passports
  • Students Abroad
  • Mobility International USA
  • AT&T Study Abroad Package
  • Travel Vaccine Information

The International Student Identity Cards

The International Student Identity Card is the only internationally accepted, UNESCO-endorsed proof of bona fide student status. An ISIC is your passport to fantastic benefits (Including insurance benefits!) and services the world over. Did you know that KCAI’s International Studies Office is the only ISIC issuing office in the Kansas City area? Curious to know what an ISIC can do for you? Explore the benefits of an ISIC.


So, you want to study abroad but you don’t have a passport? Step-by-step instructions on applying for your passport (or renewing your passport) are just a click away!

Students Abroad

When traveling abroad, you need more than just your backpack and flip-flops. That’s where Students Abroad comes in. They’re here to make sure you’re ready. Visit Students Abroad.Gov

Mobility International USA

For 32 years, MIUSA has been empowering people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development. Learn the basics of going abroad with a disability, including strategies for finding, funding and preparing for your international exchange experience. Visit MIUSA.

AT&T Study Abroad Package

With the convenience of your current device, content and mobile number, you can stay in touch with family back home and the new friends you will meet on your journey.


  • Available for study abroad lasting three months or longer
  • Package applies in more than 150 countries

Find out more about AT&T’s Study Abroad Package.


  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
  • IIE Study Abroad Funding
  • Travel Video Contest
  • Study Missouri International Education Day Photo Contest
  • Critical Language Scholarship Program
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program
  • Mawista Scholarship for Extraordinary Personalities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. More than 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000.

IIE Study Abroad Funding

The IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding directory features detailed descriptions of hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships!
Learn more. Travel Video Contest hosts the annual Travel Video Contest, offering students the chance to win the $4,000 grand prize and some fantastic runner-up prizes. The rules of the contest are very eas:, in under five minutes you need to tell them why you want to study abroad. If you are already studying outside of your home country, the video can describe any trip you would like to take. If you are still in your home country, the video must describe your proposed study abroad. Other than that simple rule, you have full creative license to do what you want with your video. The contest is annual, so entries are only accepted once a year, usually in October, so make sure you plan ahead if you are interested in this study abroad funding opportunity. Learn more.

Study Missouri International Education Day Photo Contest

Each February, Study Missouri celebrates International Education Day in Jefferson City, Missouri. As part of this annual celebration, Study Missouri runs an annual photo contest that international students who are studying in Missouri and students who attend school in Missouri but have studied, or are currently studying, abroad may enter for a cash prize and the opportunity to have their photograph displayed in the capital building’s rotunda.

In 2013, KCAI Graphic Design student Brittany Hand won 2nd place in the Study Abroad category of Study Missouri’s International Education Day Photo Contest.

Check out the other 2013 photo contest winners.

Want Further Information?

For more information about any faculty-led travel opportunities, contact Bambi Burgard, vice president for academic affairs (816-802-3455), Julie Metzler, director of special programs (816-802-3357) or Nancy Noble (816-802-3438) in the academic affairs office.