Study Abroad Funding Opportunities

Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities
Funding Opportunities For Students Pursuing Study Abroad

For many students, scholarships, assistance, and loans are the deciding factor for studying abroad. Financial resources may seem few and far between, but with a good amount of research and financial advising, you will be well on your way to getting funded. Also, feel free to come for an advising session with a study abroad advisor for more suggestions to make your experience abroad more affordable. 

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The Financial Aid Office

It is very important for you to check with the City College financial aid office regarding your current award and your eligibility to increase the amount of aid you already receive. If you haven't applied for financial aid but would like to, you will need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. You can access and complete this form online. For questions concerning awards and their adjustments, contact the City College Financial Aid office. For non-CUNY students, you should contact the Financial Aid Office at your home school. Documentation, such as a copy of your award letter(s) or direct correspondence between your financial aid office and CUNY, will be accepted. Please forward documentation as soon as possible to ensure a timely transfer of funds.

New York State Aid
The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) may be used for Study Abroad programs. Students must be enrolled full-time and at least twelve (12) of their credits must be contributory to
their program of study. Tuition must be paid at the City College of New York or another New York state college or university.   A student’s TAP award will be contingent on verification that the courses they register for at the foreign institution are contributory toward their program of study as well as meeting all other eligibility criteria. TAP will not cover tuition when City College has an agreement to forward paid tuition funds to a foreign institution.

Federal Aid
Federal financial aid may be used for study abroad programs.  Direct loans and Pell grants are the types of aid most commonly used.
To qualify for a Direct Student loan students must be enrolled for at least six (6) credits.

To qualify for a Federal Pell Grant, students must be enrolled for at least one (1) credit. However, the award amount would be prorated based on the number of credits.

Students must meet federal satisfactory academic progress requirements and all other eligibility requirements. Students who enroll for a non-CUNY study abroad program must submit a Consortium Agreement form as part of the study abroad approval process to the office of Fanancial Aid /financialaid/

Additional Sources

In addition to searching for funding for study abroad and international education programs, you may want to consider searching for funding sources that base awards on such factors as grades, ethnicity, field of study, location of study, volunteer work, etc. A very helpful website for finding many scholarships is You should also explore the links at the bottom of this page for further possible funding opportunities. There are scholarships listed here for both CUNY and non-CUNY students. We do have a scholarship resource book for your use in our office for study abroad funding. If you are not in the area, you should be able to locate scholarship books at your local bookstores and libraries.

You may also want to ask your major department advisor about possible funding opportunities about which they are familiar. Also, occasionally there are discretionary funds available at these departments. Other possible sources exist within local community organizations. For instance, Girl & Boy Scouts of America, the Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus and even the department store Target give out scholarships to undergraduate students who volunteer in the community. Many other organizations have scholarship money available. Please spend some time researching these sources.

Study Abroad Scholarships


The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program 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 at a 2-year or 4-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.


Other Opportunities

  • AIFS Minority Scholarships are awarded one per semester, full -tuition for an AIFS study abroad program. One hundred AIFS International Scholarships are awarded annually---$1000 toward an AIFS program.
  • American Association of University Women - the largest source of funding exclusively for graduate women in the world, supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities - Provides lists of scholarships and fellowships to and from over 480 universities drawn from the Commonwealth countries of Africa and Asia, Australasia and the South Pacific, Canada and the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Cyprus and Malta.
  • British Council - lists funding and scholarship information for study in the United Kingdom
  • DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service - The edu. Undergraduate Scholarship is a flexible scholarship program which offers SHORT-TERM scholarships for participation in summer study abroad, internships, senior thesis research or summer courses at German universities and LONG-TERM scholarships for semester, or year study abroad.
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) - German Academic Exchange Service - an association of the institutions of higher education in the Federal Republic of Germany, whose goal is to promote closer international relations among universities and other institutions of higher education, especially through the exchange of individual students and scholars.
  • Entente Cordiale Entente Cordiale scholarships are awarded to outstanding British and French post-graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral students - all subjects - to study or undertake research for an academic year on the other side of the Channel.
  • Fastweb - a very popular American college scholarship database. Registration required (no-fee).
  • Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) is designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning on studying overseas in East or Southeast Asia.
  • Fulbright Scholarships - For both Americans going abroad and incoming foreign students. Grants are made to citizens of participating countries, primarily for: university teaching, advanced research, graduate study and, teaching in elementary and secondary schools.
  • Fund for Education Abroad- Seek applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
  • Global Learning Semesters - There are many financing options available for semester and summer abroad programs at Global Learning Semesters students. Learn more about how you can use our scholarship and loan programs to finance an extraordinary study abroad experience.
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  • GrantNet Funding Opportunities for Training in the Biological and Medical Sciences.
  • Hispanic Study Abroad Scholars (HSAS) - Over $8 Million in scholarships for Hispanic study abroad. The HSAS Scholarship offers $1,000 per semester to students of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) attending Global Learning Semesters programs.
  • Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS) - Founded and incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1982 and currently located at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service of the Georgetown University, the oldest and largest school of international affairs in the country, the Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS) is the only non-profit, private educational foundation in the United States that sports the development of Turkish Studies in American higher education.
  • Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development - Information on Fellowship Programs and Student Loans (Latin America - North America)
  • International Education Financial Aid IEFA is the premier Internet resource for financial aid information for students wishing to study in a foreign country. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist students in their pursuit to study abroad.
  • International Education Finance Corporation In this time of globalization and increased desire to study abroad, the International Education Finance Corporation (IEFC) has developed a range of international student loan programs for the growing population of students who wish to study in foreign countries. To date, our programs have helped over 10,000 students reach their goal of international education.
  • NAFSA - the Association of International Educators provides a good introduction with its "Basic facts for students"
  • NAFSA Grants and Scholarships - including ASEAN Student Assistance Awards Program (ASAAP), Korean Student Assistance Awards Program (KSAAP) and Rhys Glynn-Jones Memorial South Pacific Scholarship Program
  • The National Security Education Program (NSEP) provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). NSEP was designed to provide US citizens with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of the United States, in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government. 
  • Rotary Foundation Scholarships - the Ambassadorial Scholarships Program of The Rotary Foundation is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. More than 1,200 scholarships were awarded for study in 2000-01.
  • Sallie Mae's web site, the largest educational lender in the USA
  • Student Loan Buying Guide - Your online resource for student loans
  • Study Abroad Scholarships - online search through International Study and Travel Center at the University of Minnesota.
  • At, high school, college and university students can search from thousands of unique scholarships, bursaries, grants, and other forms of financial assistance. It's free, private and personalized
  • U.S. Department of Education - Student Guide is the most 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.
  • U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) fosters mutual understanding between the United  States and other countries through international educational and training programs.
Federal Aid

Pell (Basic) Grants

Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (SEOG)

Perkins Loans

Stafford Loans

PLUS Loans 


Other Sources of Aid

G.I. educational benefits

ROTC scholarships 


Last Updated: 05/01/2022 19:07