Whether you want to learn a new language or explore a different culture, studying abroad during college is an experience like no other. With thousands of programs to choose from, you could soon be strolling down the streets of Paris or hiking the slopes of Machu Picchu.
But even as more U.S. undergraduate students study abroad – upward of 313,000 in the 2014-15 academic year, according to the Institute of International Education – many worry about the costs of living in another country.
Fortunately, a number of organizations recognize how valuable going abroad can be, and they want to help you pay for it. Below are just six of the many scholarships that can help you finance your study abroad experience, whether that’s for a semester or a year.
If you’re angling for a Gilman Scholarship, prepare early – the deadline for the fall is March 6.
2. Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships: FEA is a nonprofit with a mission to increase the diversity of U.S. college students studying abroad. To that end, the organization awards scholarships of up to $5,000 for a semester abroad and $10,000 for a year.
All applicants who apply by Jan. 10 are considered for all of FEA’s available scholarship awards.
Boren scholars may study in locations around the world, except for the countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Winners receive up to $10,000 for a semester or $20,000 for six to 12 months. STEM students can get $8,000 for a summer program that is at least eight weeks long.
In addition to submitting a competitive application by the Feb. 8 deadline, you must commit to working in a national security role within the federal government for at least one year after graduation.
4. Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship: The creators behind Tortuga backpacks are passionate about exploring the globe. To encourage college students to study abroad, the company offers $1,000 Tortuga Scholarships – and a Tortuga backpack – twice a year.
Application requirements and deadlines vary by scholarship, as do award amounts, which typically range between $500 and $5,000. Interested students should contact their school’s study abroad director to see what AIFS awards they may be eligible for.
6. CEA Study Abroad Scholarships: CEA offers 20 study abroad programs to more than 4,000 students every year who choose to study through a CEA program.
CEA’s awards fall into three main categories: need-based, merit-based and diversity. Each has its own application requirements, and award amounts range from $400 to $3,000. While students pursuing CEA study abroad programs are eligible for earning academic credit, they must confirm the transfer process with their undergraduate institution.
If you want to study abroad, work with your school’s financial aid office to learn about your funding options and apply to as many scholarships as you can. With careful planning, you can turn your dreams of living internationally into a reality.