1. Meet with the Financial Aid office
  2. If you receive financial assistance from family, etc… talk to them about helping out
  3. Consider taking a part-time job now to help with funding
  4. Research scholarship opportunities; keep in mind that many scholarships may be country or discipline specific.


Following are just a few scholarship opportunities for students planning to study abroad.


The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship 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.


The United States-Japan Bridging Foundation, in partnership with the American Association of Teachers of Japanese, offers an annual Bridging Scholars Program to support American undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. The deadline to submit completed applications is typically early May and award finalists are announced mid-June. Awardees join the Bridging Scholar community and gain access to their extensive alumni, donor, and supporter network. Foundation programming includes in-person and virtual mentorship opportunities as well as career and networking events. Academic-year scholarships consist of a $4,500 cash stipend; semester scholarships consist of a $2,500 cash stipend. Awardees are required to attend a pre-program orientation by Zoom prior to departure and submit progress reports with photos to the Bridging Foundation. The United States-Japan Bridging Foundation seeks to recruit a diverse cohort of students for its Bridging Scholars Program and has allocated a significant number of scholarships for students from underrepresented communities.

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INTERNATIONALSTUDENT.COM 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 easy: 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.


The Rainbow Scholarship awards deserving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) students who aim to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs. To be considered for the Rainbow Scholarship, applicants must self-identify on the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) scholarship application.


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.


There are hundreds of resources available online to research thousands of funding options for your study abroad experience. To help you get started, we have provided just a few resources below.


Visit AccreditedSchoolsOnline.Org to review their comprehensive Student’s Guide to Studying Abroad. In addition to financial aid and scholarship listings with filters to help narrow your search, you can also access useful advice and information to assist you in planning for your study abroad experience.


Offering free, in-depth resources, AffordableCollegesOnline.Org is committed to helping students find higher educational opportunities that are affordable and high quality. In addition to their numerous resources including guidebooks, student interviews, college rankings and other materials, they also provide a list of funding options for study abroad experiences. You can also read tips on choosing a study abroad program, finding housing while abroad, ways to reduce costs of study abroad, and more.


Boasted as the original online resource for meaningful travel, GoAbroad.Com provides a list of top scholarships as well as access their full international program directory. They also offer research tips, program selection tools, travel articles and more.

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The mission at is to provide students with world-class resources to help them investigate and pursue an international education, through relevant content, custom online tools and engaging websites. Use their scholarship search tool to find scholarship programs by country, field of study or university name. Programs available include the Fulbright Scholarship, Rotary Scholarships, Postdoctoral Fellowships, Merit Scholarships, College Loans and much more. Awards are available to international student and US study abroad students anywhere in the world.


For nearly a century, IIE has been a world leader in international education. Visit the IIEPassport directory to search thousands of study abroad programs and scholarships.


The NAFSA Scholarships and Grants List is a comprehensive resource for researching funding opportunities for study abroad.


Each year, The Simple Dollar publishes a list of scholarship opportunities for international students. They call it their “big list” and it has over 100 resources to explore including easy access to award amounts and deadlines for each listing.


Visit StudyAbroad.State.Gov when researching scholarship opportunities for your study abroad experience.