Education Abroad
Funding

Contrary to common belief, there are many funding opportunities available for those students who are ready take their education and resume to the next level by going abroad!  This page will highlight the different types of funding students use to pay for study abroad.  Funding opportunities may include:

  •  Financial Aid including Pell Grants, Bright Futures, loans, and more!
  •  FAU Education Abroad Scholarship
  •  Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships ( click here for a printable list)
  •  Savings from employment
  •  Contributions from community to which you may belong
  •  Veterans Benefits
  •  Personal fundraising and crowdfunding


Financial Aid

Many students do not realize that they can take some, if not all of their financial aid (including Pell Grants, Bright Futures, loans, tuition scholarships, and more!) and use it towards study abroad opportunities.  It is important to understand and realize that financial aid is an individual entity – what is available to one person may not be available to another. In addition, some financial aid may not be able to be used outside of FAU. As such, it is important that students make contact with the financial aid study abroad advisor early and remain in contact throughout the process.

The Offices of Financial Aid and Education Abroad have an online brochure to help you understand how the financial aid process works for study abroad students.  Please take a moment to review the guide:  www.fau.edu/finaid/getting-started/special-programs.php

Most important: You must have a current FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file in order to be considered for any financial aid through FAU. In addition to the FAFSA, students applying for summer financial aid need to complete the summer Financial Aid Application that becomes available online beginning February 1 each year. Summer financial aid is first come first serve, so complete the online application early.

 

Scholarships, Grants, & Fellowships

One of the best ways to fund study abroad experiences is through scholarships, grants, and fellowships which not only have financial benefits in that they are free money which does not need to be paid back, but can bolster your resume and academic profile.  Some funding programs like the Critical Language Scholarship or the Fulbright Student Program fund the entire experience!

Education Abroad has compiled a list of Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships that are applicable to study abroad and /or pursuing research abroad.  The list contains opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students and in some cases, options for post graduate study.  Click here to view the ever-growing list: http://www.fau.edu/goabroad/pdf/Funding

 

General Directories

A General Directory acts as a one-stop shop to search for funding opportunities such as scholarships, grants, and fellowships. Education Abroad and FAU do not manage or monitor the contents provided on these individual sites.  This information is made available solely as a possible resource.

http://www.studyabroadfunding.org is a comprehensive directory of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants to find funding for study outside the US at an undergraduate, graduate, or professional level of study.

Fastweb (http://www.fastweb.com) a popular, no-fee American college scholarship database. Registration required.

International Education Financial Aid (http://www.iefa.org) IEFA is an Internet resource for financial aid information for students wishing to study in a foreign country. At this site, you will find a comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist students in their pursuit to study abroad.

GrantNet (http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/funding) Funding Opportunities for Training in the Biological and Medical Sciences.

U.S. Department of Education:   A comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of student financial aid available through the Department's Student Financial Assistance office.



FAU Education Abroad Scholarship

The FAU Education Abroad Office offers various short and long-term education abroad opportunities through out the year for approved programs.  Awards range from $500-1000 and are available to FAU degree-seeking students.

Application materials for the 2017-2018 award cycle will be available for download in early August.

 

Affiliate Scholarships

Affiliate scholarships are offered by FAU's affiliate study abroad partners. FAU students accepted into an affiliate program are eligible for these opportunities.

American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)
http://www.aifsabroad.com/scholarships.asp
Each year, more than $600,000 in scholarships, grants and financial support is awarded to deserving students & institutions.  Funds are available for both summer and semester programs. Students from affiliate institutions may automatically receive $400 grants for semester programs and $200 grants for summer programs

Academic Programs International (API)
http://www.apistudyabroad.com/students/financial-information/scholarships/
API awards approximately $400,000 in study abroad scholarships annually ranging from $250 to $1,000 per student. Students may apply for multiple API scholarships.

Athena Study Abroad
http://www.athenaabroad.com/apply-now/scholarships
Athena provides students with many different opportunities to help reduce the cost of study abroad program fees,  Athena's individual scholarships range anywhere between $250 and $8,000, so make sure to apply for these awards.  Athena will also waive the semester application fee for any FAU applicant.  

CAPA International Education (CAPA)
http://www.capa.org/scholarships
Since FAU is an affiliate of CAPA, students from affiliate institutions automatically receive $600 grants for semester programs and $300 grants for summer programs. In addition to the affiliate discount, students will be eligible to apply for need, merit-based, and access scholarships. 

Central College Abroad (CCA)  
http://www.central.edu/abroad/finances/scholarships.cfm
There are two scholarships available for non-Central College students. They are the Vance Scholarship for students who have achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher from cooperating institutions who have been accepted to one of Central Colleges study abroad programs, and the Merit Scholarship for students who have achieved a 3.6 GPA or above, have excellent recommendations, and have a high motivation to study abroad.

CEA 
http://www.ceastudyabroad.com/financial-options/cea-scholarships

CEA offers two categories of scholarships. Students may only apply to one merit-based and one need-based scholarship . CEA also offers students up to $500 in travel grants, depending on program duration, and scholarships specially designed for our U.S. Academic Affiliates

CISabroad
http://www.cisabroad.com/finances-scholarships
CISabroad offers different types of scholarships and grants ranging from $100 to $1,000 per student.  Since FAU is an affiliate of CISabroad, students may automatically receive a $250 grant for a semester program, or a $100 grant for a summer or short-term program. 

International Studies Abroad (ISA)
http://studiesabroad.com/admissions/document/scholarships
ISA awards over $600,000 in grants and scholarships that range from $200 to $2,500 to participating students each year. In addition to those offered by ISA, scholarship o

opportunities are available through several host universities and outside organizations. Every student from FAU receives a $200 discount on all ISA programs.

Study Abroad Italy (SAI)
http://www.saiprograms.com/about/scholarships
SAI offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students, with awards ranging from
$500 to $5500 per student. 

Scholarships and Fellowships for Students with Disabilities
Mobility International USA maintains listings of many scholarships, fellowships and grants for students with disabilities interested in studying abroad. For more information and current offerings, please visit  http://www.miusa.org/ncde/financialaid and http://www.miusa.org/ncde/financialaid/usfellow.

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