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Paying for Study Abroad

Most Financial Aid and scholarships can be applied toward study abroad. Exchange programs offer the most economical option for study abroad. With proper approvals, most financial aid loans, scholarships, and grants can be applied toward your study abroad experience. Your first step is to file a FAFSA online. Additional scholarships are also available.

Financial Aid Information

Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

WSSU Study Abroad Scholarships

There are two scholarships available to qualified students: the WSSU International Education Scholarship, available to all qualified students studying abroad, regardless of their area of study; and the WSSU Atkins, Gleason, Carew Fund for International Education, which is awarded only to those students studying a foreign language abroad. Students are eligible for only one of these two scholarships. Awards vary in amount from $500 to $3000 depending on a variety of factors and set criteria. There is no separate application for either of these awards; rather the standard WSSU Study Abroad Application (PDF) serves this purpose.

General Scholarships

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship - Funding for traditionally underrepresented students, including but not limited to: students with high financial need, community college students, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. Students must be Pell Grant eligible to apply.

    Students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad are now eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. Critical Need Languages include: Arabic (all dialects), Chinese (all dialects), Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek), Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajiki), Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi), Korean, and Russian.
  • Fund for Education Abroad - The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) increases opportunities for dedicated American undergraduates to study abroad by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of scholarships. Applicants may participate on any study abroad program of four weeks or more (in country) that conveys academic credit toward degree completion. FEA aims to increase and diversify the population of U.S. students studying abroad. All students are encouraged to apply, with preference given to students underrepresented in study abroad, and students destined for non-traditional locations. In addition to the General Scholarship, the FEA also offers several “Dedicated” scholarships, such as the LGBTQ Rainbow Scholarship and the Athlete Abroad Scholarship.
  • Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes Scholarship - Scholarships for U.S. citizen undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. students to participate in beginning, intermediate and advanced level intensive summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers.
  • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships - Sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups.
  • Blakemore Asian Language Fellowships - Language grants for advanced Asian language study.
  • Monbukagakusho Scholarships for Study in Japan – Scholarships from the Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology for students interested in studying in Japan.
  • Bridging Project for Study Abroad in Japan - Scholarships for American students participating in semester or academic study-abroad programs in Japan. Awards range from $2,500 to $4,000.
  • Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan - Junior and senior undergraduates interested in economics and international finance who have been accepted for study in Japan are eligible for awards of $7,500 (for 2007-8).
  • British Council - Funding Your Study in the UK - Information, including scholarships, just for US citizens who want to do a full degree in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.
  • George J. Mitchell Scholarships - For graduate study in Ireland or Northern Ireland.
  • Marshall Scholarships - Allows recipients with US citizenship to study for a period of two and in some cases three years at graduate or undergraduate level at any university in the United Kingdom, in any discipline leading to the award of a British university degree.
  • Rhodes Scholar Trust - Two years of post - baccalaureate study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar's behalf by the Rhodes Trustees.
  • Global Studies Foundation Student Grant - Designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad, this grant provides supplemental funds for American students who are already studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution. The foundation is particularly interested in funding the study of strategically significant countries and languages.
  • Grant recipients are expected to share this experience with others upon his or her return, ideally, with multiple audiences and varied media.
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Laureate International Scholarship Program - Scholarship program dedicated to encouraging US Hispanic students to participate in study abroad programs.
  • American Institute of Bangladesh Studies Fellowships - Junior fellowships, Senior fellowships and Pre-Dissertation fellowships available for a minimum of four months and a maximum of ten to twelve months.
  • Fulbright Program - supports study, teaching or research abroad for U.S. citizens, graduating seniors or those who hold a B.S./B.A. degree, master's, or doctoral degree candidate.
  • NAFSA Student Diplomat Essay Competition - Essay competition that invites recently returned U.S. undergraduate study abroad participants to submit compelling stories that articulate how their undergraduate international experiences have helped meet the United States' need to understand global situations and compete in the global arena.
  • Rainforest Alliance Kleinhans Fellowship - This fellowship supports research to better understand and improve the impacts of non-timber forest product (NTFP) harvest and marketing on rural livelihoods and tropical forest ecosystems. A successful application will outline the need for research, its potential applications and its likely impact on local communities and forest ecosystems in Latin America. Applications for projects conducted in the Peten region of Guatemala or Southern Mexico are especially encouraged.
  • German Academic Exchange Service - Supports international academic cooperation through programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education.

Funding Search Engines

  • Diversity Abroad - Provides a number of scholarships partnered with specific program providers. - allows you to search by country or subject to find the study abroad funding information that you need. Comprehensive database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants can help make your dream of studying abroad a financial possibility and a profound reality.
  • - Directories contain over 25,000 opportunities abroad updated daily including study abroad, internships, volunteer opportunities, teach abroad, and language schools.
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