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!

E-town Scholarships

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 Etown study abroad application, after being approved by the College to go abroad. This one applications enters students for a chance to waive their study abroad fee ($500 value) as well as be awarded a $500 travel grant, which is redistributed as a tuition reduction. Students who are required to study abroad for their major and those who express high financial need will be prioritized for both awards. Receipt of one award does not guarantee receipt of the other.

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 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. 

Location-Specific Scholarships


Freeman-ASIA Scholarships

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!

PACIE-Asia Institute Joint Scholarship

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 Scholarships

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 Scholarships

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 Full-Tuition Scholarships

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.


US-Japan Bridging Scholarships

The American Association of Teachers of Japanese facilitates The Bridging Project, offering scholarships to American undergraduate students studying abroad in Japan.

Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship

The Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarships provides financial assistance to American, undergraduate and graduate students pursuing semester or year-long studies in Japan.

New Zealand

GoOverseas Scholarship

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.

New Zealand Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards

Education New Zealand Study Abroad Travel Awards (ENZTA) offers $2,000 scholarships to help students fund their flights to New Zealand. 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!


St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia Scholarship Program

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 ( to craft your application.

United Kingdom

British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) Scholarships

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. 

Need-Based Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships

This program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad, as well as the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. This scholarship is open to any student receiving a Federal Pell Grant during their study at Elizabethtown College. You must be studying or interning abroad for more than 21 days in a single country and cannot be traveling to any country under a travel warning as listed by the Department of State. Students who are attending faculty-led abroad programs are also allowed to 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 ( to craft your application. For more information, please visit the Gilman website.


Student-Specific Scholarships

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 should check the 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.

LGBTQIA+ Scholarships

Many organizations, institutions and associations have established study abroad scholarships to specifically provide financail assistance to LGBTQIA+ students.

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.


Language Scholarships

Boren Scholarships

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.


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Program Specific Scholarships

Different study abroad providers and international institutions also offer participating students scholarships! The following affiliated and partner programs offer additional scholarships: