Students studying abroad are often eligible for alternative scholarships and are encouraged to use these resources to reduce their financial burden. Some scholarships can be used to pay parts of tuition while others can be put toward flights or living expenses.
AACE International Scholarship (for Engineering Majors!)
Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Fairfield's Rotary Club - Service Above Self Scholarship
The purpose of the District 7980 Service Above Self is to award students who demonstrate high levels of service activity along with scholarship excellence. Service includes work at local or international levels. The value of the scholarship is $11,000 for the upcoming academic year for study domestically or abroad in undergraduate or graduate school.
Many Kiwanis and Rotary clubs offer a variety of scholarships for students who wish to pursue international, service-oriented studies. Check with your local professional club for more information about scholarships or grants they may offer.
Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
FEA invests in deserving U.S. undergraduates who are least likely to study abroad. More than 100 volunteer reviewers read applications each cycle. In partnership with them, we consider financial need, demographic factors, and academic plan and preparedness to decide our scholarship recipients.
The Foundation for Asia Pacific Education is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Denver, Colorado whose mission is to create global citizens and leaders by assisting students in achieving their personal and professional goals of obtaining cultural and academic experiences within the Asia Pacific region.
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and aims to diversity the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates whose finances may have kept them from participating otherwise. This scholarship is only available to US undergraduates who are receiving Federal Pell Grants.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The Hispanic College Fund reaches out to Latino college students in need
HI USA Explore the World Travel Scholarships
Hostelling International USA (HI USA) is committed to creating a more tolerant world, and these scholarships create a whole new breed of young travelers inspired to make the world a better place, but lack the financial means to go abroad. Recipients of the scholarship receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip as long as they have an educational or service component to their itinerary.
Thomas J. Hulseman ’87 Fund for Student Global Experiential Learning
The Thomas J. Hulseman ’87 Fund for Student Global Experiential Learning provides funding for students who require financial assistance to fulfill their wish to travel to foreign countries as part of their educational experience at Fairfield. These funds are designated for short-term faculty led study abroad immersion programs and semester long programs. A 2.80 GPA is the minimum requirement for this award, regardless of the GPA required for the international experience. Priority will be given to support opportunities for students who may otherwise would not be able to afford them. For information on eligibility and the application, please click here.
ItaliaRail is committed to helping students study abroad in Italy—and immerse themselves in the country’s rich and dynamic culture. The ItaliaRail Scholarship is open to those who have enrolled in their college or university's Study Abroad program in Italy.
National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)
The National Italian American Foundation awards scholarships and grants to students who either are of Italian descent, with at least one ancestor who has emigrated from Italy, or students of any ethnic background majoring or minoring in the Italian language, Italian studies, Italian-American studies or a related field. NIAF scholarship recipients are selected based on academic merit.
Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year.
Stamford World Affairs Forum Scholarship
The World Affairs Forum, based in Stamford, Connecticut, has established a scholarship program for deserving university students to encourage study abroad for those interested in pursuing an international career. The Norman Woodberry Scholarship will award up to $5,000 for a university student's study abroad experience.
Scholarships Through Our Partners and Providers
AIFS recognizes the challenges today’s students face with meeting the cost of their education. We believe a study abroad experience is an essential component of a well-rounded university education and we are committed to providing financial assistance to as many students as possible in support of their goal to study abroad. AIFS funding, combined with other sources of financial support you can access, will help make study abroad attainable.
The Beijing Center
Students who study abroad with The Beijing Center have the opportunity to apply for both need-based and merit-based scholarships. Only students who have been accepted to TBC for a semester or academic year are eligible to apply.
College Year Athens
CYA aims to help as many students find options for financial assistance. Eligibility for our scholarships is based on financial need. Only students who have been accepted to CYA for a semester or academic year are eligible to apply.
IAU College offers several merit-based scholarships, need-based scholarships, grants, and work-study opportunities to semester and summer students each year. To be eligible for IAU scholarships, grants and work-study opportunities, students must abide by all IAU policies and regulations as stated on the policies page and maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA while attending IAU.
Students who study abroad with Loyola Chicago’s Vietnam Center have the opportunity to apply for a need-based scholarship. Only students who have been accepted to the Vietnam Center are eligible to apply.
The School for Field Studies (SFS)
All students are welcome to apply for our need-based financial aid. Students who exhibit financial need for their program will be offered SFS financial aid. Students can apply for SFS financial aid once they have been accepted to a program but are encouraged to work on their financial aid application prior to being accepted so that they will be ready to submit the necessary items as soon as possible upon acceptance.