Study Abroad Scholarships
There are a variety of study abroad scholarship opportunities. Scholarships are offered based on financial need, academic accomplishments, country chosen, major or minor, creativity and more. Some scholarships are offered for semester, summer and winter break terms, while others are for one specific term. Explore the options below to see the opportunity that apply to you!
This page is full of scholarship opportunities, but before we get into those options the Study Abroad Office wanted to mention the possibility of crowd fundraising through sites like GoFundMe or FundMyTravel.
It’s easy to set-up one of these pages and share it with your family and friends. You’d be surprised how often these pages are shared on social media! A few dollars here and there adds up and makes a big difference on your study abroad experience.
Elizabethtown College Travel Grant & Application Fee Waiver
All semester and year-long study abroad students are encouraged to apply for E-town’s $500 Travel Grant & Application Fee Waiver. Students can apply for these opportunities via their online E-town study abroad application, after being approved by the College to go abroad. This one application enters students for a chance to receive two different awards: waiving their study abroad fee ($500 value) and/or being awarded a $500 travel grant, which is distributed as a tuition reduction. Receipt of one award does not guarantee receipt of the other. Fall applications are due by April 1 and spring applications are due by November 1. Year-long study abroad students are only charged the study abroad fee once, but are encouraged to reapply for the Travel Grant each semester.
Brittany O'Connell International Service Trip Award
This International Service Trip Endowment was established in memory of Brittany O’Connell to assist Elizabethtown College students with funding to participate in providing service to children in an international setting. The O’Connell Award will be awarded to students participating in individual service projects, students who participate in College-sponsored international service learning trips, and students who participate in internships with a child-related focus during their semester study abroad program. This award is open to all Elizabethtown College students, but preference is given to social work students. For more information and to apply, please contact the Social Work Department Chair.
Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking (CGUP) Grants
CGUP offers E-town students a variety of scholarships and awards that enable students to spread peace and justice around the world. These scholarships are not elusively for study abroad students, but could be applied to international internships, research opportunities or service projects.
Honors Academic Grants
Honors students may apply for academic grants, up to $1000, to cover expenses related to their education, including study abroad. Applications for this competitive grant are reviewed twice a year.
Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships
Study abroad students are encouraged to explore prestigious scholarships and fellowships to be applied to their study abroad experience and after they return to the US. There are even opportunities to explore for post-graduation, such as the Fulbright Research Fellowship and Fulbright to Teach English. To pursue these offerings, you can consult this list and contact Jean-Paul Benowitz, Director of Prestigious Scholarships (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Summer Enrichment Grants
Elizabethtown College offers Summer Enrichment Grants to students exploring summer research, selective internships, or enrichment travel related to course of study. At least six grants of $1,000 each are providing to high achieving students to help them pursue these enrichment opportunities.These grants are specifically for rising sophomores and juniors, who are on a path enabling them to apply for prestigious scholarships and fellowships in the future. If you're interested in applying, please Jean-Paul Benowitz, Director of Prestigious Scholarships (email@example.com), for the application.
The Gilman Scholarship awards students, who receive or will receive the Federal Pell Grant, a $5,000 scholarship. Students studying critical languages can apply for an additional $3,000 scholarship. This program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. To be eligible for this award, you must be studying or interning abroad for more than 21 days in a single country and cannot be traveling to any country with a Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4 issued by the Department of State. Students who are attending faculty-led abroad programs are also able apply for this scholarship, as long as the program fits the above criteria. This is a competitive scholarship, so the Study Abroad Office encourages you to work with Jean-Paul Benowitz, Director of Prestigious Scholarships (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Megan Bell, Study Abroad Advisor (email@example.com) to craft your application. For more information, please visit the Gilman website.
Diversity Abroad Scholarships
These are awards and study abroad scholarships that ensure that students from diverse economic, educational, ethnic, and social backgrounds have equal access to study abroad opportunities and the benefits they offer. Stay tuned for any contests they may run throughout the year!
Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships
Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) offers study abroad scholarships up to $10,000. FEA offers several different scholarships, including students who are studying in specific countries, LGBTQIA+ students and those just enthusiastic about travel! One application automatically enters you for all FEA scholarships. You must be attending a program that's 4 weeks (28 days) or longer to apply. You should check the other eligibility requirements before applying. Please note that this scholarship has a very early deadline, so you'll need to be proactive to apply.
Go Overseas Scholarships
Go Overseas supports international education through scholarships available to any student studying abroad. This scholarship is awarded based on the student's creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and video submissions. The award for each scholarship is $500.
IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants
IIE Generation Study Abroad $2,000 travel grants are awards to exceptional undergraduate students pursuing study abroad programs. Awardees are selected based on financial need, disabilities, lack of travel experience, status as a first-generation college student and status as a member of underrepresented racial, ethnic or gender groups.
James G. Stemler Study Abroad Scholarship
Student inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, National Honor Society for First-Year Students, are encouraged to apply for the annual James G. Stemler Study Abroad Scholarship. Each year the National Council awards 20 scholarships, including ten $1,000 scholarships and ten $2,000 scholarships. Students attending any length study abroad program are encouraged to apply!
Many organizations, institutions and associations have established study abroad scholarships to specifically provide financail assistance to LGBTQIA+ students.
Lonely Planet, STA Travel and GoAbroad.com Scholarships
These three organizations have teamed together to provide students with multiple grand prizes as well as study abroad starter kits. The grand prizes include a $2,000 flight voucher from STA Travel and $3,000 study abroad scholarship from Lonely Planet. Additionally, each week they draw one winner to receive a study abroad start kit items, such as travel backpacks, water bottles, travel app subscriptions, flight promotion codes, travel books and more.
Pride Foundation Scholarships
The Pride Foundation has more than 50 scholarship opportunities for LGBTQIA+ students. There is no GPA requirement, but there is a requirement to pursue social justice and activism in the LGBTQIA+ community. The Pride Foundation Scholarships range from $5,000 to $10,000.
Scott's Cheap Flights Study Abroad Scholarship
Scott's Cheap Flights awards one $1,000 scholarship each fall and spring to a student planning on studying abroad for the upcoming semester.
The Garden Club of America
The Garden Club of America offers 28 merit-based scholarships in 12 areas: medicinal and tropical botany, native bird habitat, conservation and ecological restoration, desert studies, landscape architecture, urban forestry, garden history and design, coastal wetlands, and pollinator research.
Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarships
Tortuga Backpacks awards $1,000 study abroad scholarships and a Tortuga backpack to United States citizens who are in good academic standing. Applicants must be a full-time undergraduate student, who has been accepted into a study abroad program, upon applying to the scholarship.
This scholarship allows U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, but underrepresented in study abroad. The Boren Scholarship list of critical languages includes Japanese. Please note this scholarship has a very early deadline, so you'll need to be proactive to apply.
Critical Language Scholarships
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. This is an eight to ten week summer study abroad program focused on studying one of 14 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu. This full scholarship covers all travel, tuition, housing and living expenses for the duration of the program. This is a summer program and therefore cannot be applied to semester studies.
The Institute of International Education offers the Freeman Awards for Study in Asia. This scholarship is available for students with limited experience and demonstrated financial need studying abroad in East and Southeast Asia. This scholarship will fund both semester and year-long study abroad programs. The awards range from $3,000 for a summer, $5,000 for a semester, and $7,000 for a year-long program. Students should reference the eligibility instructions to determine if their program qualifies for this award. Etown students pursuing affiliated China, Japan and Thailand program options should explore this opportunity!
The Pennsylvania Council for International Education and the Asia Institute are offering $2,000 in scholarship funding, which will support students seeking to participate in global learning experiences in Asia.
The Asia Institute offers $1,000 - $2,000 scholarship opportunities to US students studying abroad in Asia. Specific awards are available for students studying international business and engineering.
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) grants for study and research in Germany are available to faculty and students from Canada and the United States. Scholars participate in a wide variety of academic activities to promote international academic relations and cooperation.
GoOverseas, Education in Ireland and Aer Lingus have teamed up to provide full-tuition and airfare scholarships to U.S. students studying in Ireland for a semester or full academic year. One scholarship is for undergraduate students and the other is for graduate students.
The American Association of Teachers of Japanese facilitates The Bridging Project, offering scholarships to American undergraduate students studying abroad in Japan.
The Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarships provides financial assistance to American, undergraduate and graduate students pursuing semester or year-long studies in Japan.
GoOverseas, Education New Zealand and Student Universe have teamed up to provide $15,000 in scholarships, plus round-trip airfare for U.S. students studying in New Zealand for a semester. One scholarship is for undergraduate students and then three are for graduate students.
Education New Zealand Study Abroad Travel Awards (ENZTA) offers $2,000 scholarships to help students fund their flights to New Zealand. Meanwhile, Generation Study Abroad New Zealand Universities Excellence Awards (NZUEA) offer $500 awards to students studying at one of eight New Zealand universities, including our affiliated New Zealand program at the University of Otago in Dunedin!
The St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia awards scholarships to a small group of American students, attending college near Philadelphia, to attend a full academic year at one of the “Four Ancients,” or the Scottish equivalent of the Ivy League: the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St. Andrew’s. This is a full-ride scholarship, so the standard study abroad finance policies do not apply to this program. This is a competitive scholarship, so the Study Abroad Office encourages you to work with Jean-Paul Benowitz, Director of Prestigious Scholarships (firstname.lastname@example.org) to craft your application.
BUTEX brings together universities, colleges and other higher education institutions across the UK that have a shared interest in learning abroad. Students studying abroad for a semester or year a BUTEX member university are eligible for one of their £500 scholarships. If you're attending the following affiliated programs, BCA's London, England program, CISabroad's Edinburgh or Stirling, Scotland programs, or Northumbria University, you're eligible for this award.
Program Specific Scholarships
Different study abroad providers and international institutions also offer participating students scholarships! The following affiliated and partner programs offer additional scholarships:
- American University
- BCA Study Abroad
Students should also review CISabroad's promotions page to see any current promo codes or specials.
NOTE: Promo codes can only be entered as you're initially starting your CISabroad application.
You cannot go back and enter promo codes later!
- Students should also review CISabroad's promotions page to see any current promo codes or specials. NOTE: Promo codes can only be entered as you're initially starting your CISabroad application. You cannot go back and enter promo codes later!
- Students who study abroad at Northumbria University for a summer, semester or year will be considered alumni and are therefore eligible for a 20% discount off their Master's degree obtained at the University.
- SFS is a partner provider, which means that Etown students cannot use their institutional aid on these programs. But SFS is dedicated to closing the gap between what students typically pay for a semester of tuition at Etown and what they'll pay for a semester abroad. If you're interested in one of these programs, you should apply to your intended program early. Scholarships are awarded based off your program application.
- All TWC students are automatically entered for a variety of scholarship opportunities, in addition to the ones provided in the link above. Students who apply by the priority deadline will be prioritized for scholarships and any additional promotions. Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to apply early to be eligible for a $3,500 scholarship, which would drastically reduce your housing expenses!