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Despite what some may believe, study away does not have to be expensive. Susquehanna students who choose to attend a GO Long (semester) program also continue to have access to their university financial aid. Most state and federal aid, as well as Susquehanna need-based and merit aid can be applied to study away on these approved programs. (NOTE: Federal Work-Study is not an option during the study-away period.)

Additionally, there are many organizations and foundations that provide funding for study abroad students. 


Who is eligible to apply for these scholarships?
Everyone can apply. These scholarship benefit students of varying academic disciplines, locations of interest, professional goals, level of extracurricular involvement, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Take some time to go through the list to research opportunities that seem right for you.

What do I need to do to apply?
The requirements for the scholarships are as diverse as their areas of focus. Deadlines, eligibility requirements, application materials and the scholarship award amounts differ with each scholarship.

I need some help with my scholarship application, where do I go?
Most scholarships will require an essay or personal statement. Consult The Writing Center in The Center for Academic Achievement (ground floor of the library). Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are recommended, call 570-372-4342 or drop by. Hours: Sunday: 6-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday: 12:30-4:30 p.m. and 6-10 p.m.

If you have questions regarding the specifics of a scholarship, please contact the sponsoring organization.

I submitted my application to my study abroad program. Will that work for scholarship consideration?
No. Scholarship applications through study abroad programs themselves (e.g. IFSA-Butler) are separate applications from the application for acceptance into the program. Many of these forms will require additional input and signatures from SU’s financial aid staff.

How do study abroad scholarships factor into my current financial aid?
Scholarship awards from your program will be reported to the Financial Aid Office where your financial aid package will be adjusted accordingly to become part of your overall aid package. It is required that, if you are notified of a scholarship award, you must report the award to the Financial Aid Office.

If you have questions about how a scholarship will impact your financial aid package, please speak with a member of the Financial Aid Office staff. The office is open during regular weekday work hours. The phone number is 570-372-4450.

Anything else I should know?
If you elect to search for scholarship opportunities through the scholarship search Web sites listed below, do not apply for any scholarships that require you to pay money to apply. Also, be certain that the scholarship can be applied to your SU-approved study abroad program.


Study Abroad Scholarships by Region


Many of the scholarships in “General Scholarships” are dedicated to non-traditional locations (outside of Western Europe and Australia). Please consult those listings, the general minority scholarships, program provider scholarships and scholarship search Web site sections for information about funding study abroad to Africa.


  • Foundation for Asia Pacific Education
    Provides scholarships for students studying abroad in the Asia Pacific region of the world, including Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Scholarships are awarded to underrepresented students in study abroad. To apply, students should demonstrate they have the following qualifications: low income, ethnic background, first-generation college students or underrepresented academic majors.
  • Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Scholarships
    Scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized exchange or independent program in Japan.
  • Japanese Consulate Scholarships
    Several scholarships available for graduates and undergraduates studying or conducting research in Japan. Check your consulate for specific scholarships.

Australia/New Zealand

  • Foundation for Asia Pacific Education
    Provides scholarships for students studying abroad in the Asia Pacific region of the world, including Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Scholarships are awarded to underrepresented students in study abroad. To apply, students should demonstrate they have the following qualifications: low income, ethnic background, first- generation college students or underrepresented academic majors
  • Australian Education Office
    Database of scholarships in most disciplines that includes most universities in Australia


  • Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst/German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    Scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students to study in Germany for a summer, semester or year
  • Denmark’s International Studies Program (DIS)
    Scholarships for students on DIS programs
  • Turkish Coalition of America & DiversityAbroad.com
    Scholarships for African American full-time undergraduate students who have already applied and been accepted to participate in a study abroad program at a Turkish university through an American educational institution or study abroad provider. Award amounts of $2,000 for semester study or $1,000 for summer study 
  • French Government Scholarships
    Grants for students studying in a variety of disciplines
  • Order Sons of Italy in America
    Two scholarships are available for U.S. citizens of Italian descent: Italian Language Scholarship and Joseph J. Bracone Memorial Scholarship 
  • Anglo-Jewish Association
    Open to Jewish students with financial need who are studying abroad in the UK. 
  • British Council
    Scholarships for a variety of institutions in the United Kingdom 
  • Butex Scholarship
    (British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association)
    Scholarships open to U.S. students who have been offered a place as a study abroad or exchange student at a UK University which is a member of BUTEX
  • Society of the Sons of St. George Scholarship
    The Society of the Sons of St. George provides scholarship money for students who will attend a university in England, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2, can show English ancestry and reside in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, or Chester counties in Pennsylvania or Camden, Burlington, or Gloucester counties in New Jersey.
    For more information: call 1-866-927-2234
  • Lloyd Family Travel Scholarship
    (National Welsh-American Foundation)
    Scholarship program provides an opportunity to apply for an award of up to $1,000 to cover travel to Wales and expenses incurred in undertaking studies related to Welsh American history and culture
    For more information: email nwaf@epix.net or call 570-925-NWAF (6923)

Latin America

Many of the scholarships in the “General Scholarships” are dedicated to non-traditional locations (outside of Western Europe and Australia). Please consult those listings, the general minority scholarships, program provider scholarships and scholarship search Web site sections for information about funding study abroad to Latin America.


General Scholarships

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
    Scholarship is based on financial aid one is already receiving and the study abroad location. Student must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant to be eligible for this scholarship 
  • David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad
    Open to undergraduate students studying in Africa, Asia, Eastern and Central Europe, Central and South America, and the Middle East. All Boren scholarship recipients must seek employment with a federal agency or office involved in national security affairs
  • Foundation for Global Scholars The Foundation for Global Scholars is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization located in Westminster, CO, serving U.S. undergraduate and graduate students pursuing accredited study abroad programs. Through scholarships for international study, we empower future leaders to become better prepared for the fast-changing global marketplace and interdependent world. Website
  • Fund for Education Abroad FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. Website
  • Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
    Grants for students preparing to participate in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Grants may be used toward study abroad. For more information, contact Sylvia Sheridan, assistant director.
  • John T. Petters Foundation
    Awards scholarships to college undergraduate students who are attending travel abroad programs focusing on cultural integration and international business.
  • Global Studies Foundation
    Provides supplemental funds for American students (U.S. citizens currently enrolled full-time and in good academic standing) who will be studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution
  • LewerMark 'Make your Mark' Scholarship Program
    Scholarship contest for study abroad students. Awards from $250 through $1,000
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
    Scholarships for juniors and seniors majoring in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering
  • Elder & Leemaur University Writing Scholarship Scholarships open to current undergraduate students in any field of study. Recipients of the scholarships will be determined based on quality of essay submitted
  • Golden Key International Honor Society
    Open to Golden Key members in a variety of disciplines
  • Government Finance Officers Association
    Open to students in public administration, finance, accounting, business administration or social sciences
  • Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
    Open to children of current or former Marine, Marine Reservist or former U.S. Navy Corpsman who served with U.S. Marine Corps
  • Microsoft Scholarship Programs
    General Scholarships, Women’s Scholarships, Underrepresented Minority Scholarships, and Scholarships for Students with Disabilities: All applicants must be working towards a degree in computer science or computer engineering, or a related field such as electrical engineering, math or physics with a demonstrated interest in computer science
  • National Science Foundation
    Fellowships and grants for undergraduates and graduates in the fields of science, engineering and mathematics
  • The Point Foundation Scholarships for LGBT students and supporters
  • Scholarships for Military Children
    Scholarships for children whose parents are on active military duty or retired military personnel, or whose parents are deceased military personnel
  • U.S. Government Sponsored Scholarships & Grants
    Open to a wide variety of interests and majors


General Minority Scholarships 

  • Air Force Crossroads Scholarships
    Includes links to several minority-based scholarships in many different disciplines
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants: Scholarships for Minority Accounting Students
    Scholarships for minority accounting students
  • American Physical Society
    Corporate minority scholarships for freshmen and sophomores majoring in physics
  • A Better Chance: College Scholarships
    Resources, including scholarships, for minority students
  • DiversityAbroad.com Scholarships
    Open to all students. Minority/low-income study abroad students encouraged to apply.
  • The Lagrant Foundation Open to minority undergraduate students in public relations, marketing, or advertising. 2.50 GPA required
  • Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship (IIPP) Sophomores of minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the 5-year sequenced program which includes study abroad sessions, internships and international affairs courses
    Scholarships for persons of color
  • National Association of Black Journalists
    Open to African-Americans majoring in journalism 
  • Science Research Scholarship Awards
    Open to African-American students with junior standing who are pursuing a degree in the life or physical sciences
  • Asian American Journalists Association
    Scholarships for Asian American students majoring in journalism 
  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
    National organization devoted to the financial scholarship needs of Asian and Pacific Islander American students
  • The Korean American Scholarship Foundation
    Scholarships for Korean Americans in all areas of study
    For more information: Call: 516-883-1142
  • US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Variety of scholarships for Asian American Students
  • Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting
    Open to students of Hispanic heritage who are majoring in accounting, finance or a related field
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
    Scholarships for Latinos and other minority students
    Contact: 202-543-1771
  • Hispanic College Fund Scholarship Program
    Recipient must be of Hispanic background, a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, have financial need, have a 3.0 or higher GPA and be enrolled full time 
  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
    General scholarship for students of Latin American descent
  • Making College Affordable: An Online Guide for Hispanic Students
    Affordable Colleges Online helps students find affordable college options and provides information about financial aid and college rankings.

  • American Indian Education Foundation
    Scholarship program supporting American Indian and Alaska Native students

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society
    Several scholarships open to Native American students pursuing degrees in engineering, math and/or the sciences

  • Association of American Indian Affairs
    Scholarships in a variety of disciplines for students of Native American descent

  • The Cherokee Nation: Higher Education
    Open to students of Cherokee descent 


Program Provider Scholarships

 The scholarship application procedure is independent from the program application.


Annually, The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University distributes hundreds of primarily need-based scholarships ranging between $500 and $2,000 for a full year, semester, term or summer.


Students participating on a CC-CS program may receive awards up to $2,500. They offer two scholarships: CC-CS Merit-Based Scholarship and CC-CS Diversity Scholarship.

Central College Abroad

The following scholarships are funded through Central College Abroad.

  • Merit Scholarship: Available to non-Central students; 3.6 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale; excellent recommendations; high motivation to study abroad. Award amounts vary.
  • Vance Scholarship: Available to students with a 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale. Scholarship is awarded in the amount of $1,000.


The following scholarships are funded through The Ping Foundation. For more information visit CIEE’s Web site.

  • John E. Bowman Travel Grants: The applicant must plan to study at a CIEE Study Center in a non-traditional destination. Regions currently eligible include: Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America awards. The scholarships are awarded in the amount of $1,000.
  • Robert B. Bailey Scholarship: This scholarship is intended to promote the participation in CIEE programs of individuals or members of groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad, especially ethnic minority students. Award amounts are $1,500 for semester or yearlong programs and $500 for summer programs.


The following scholarships are funded through IES. For more information, visit their Web site.

  • Merit-Based Scholarship for Under-Represented Students: Open to students who have been traditionally under-represented on study abroad programs. This group includes, but is not limited to, students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups, first generation college students, students from low income families and students with a history of overcoming adversity. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 (out of 4.0) required. Awards range up to $5,000.
  • IES Abroad David Porter Diversity Scholarship: This scholarship is open to students of diverse cultural backgrounds who have been traditionally under-represented on study abroad programs. This includes but is not limited to, students of color, the GLBT population, students from different religious and ethnic groups, and students with physical disabilities. Minimum 3.3 GPA (out of 4.0) required. One award given each term of up to $5,000.
  • Excellence in a Foreign Language Scholarship: Open to students who excel in the study of one of the following foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese or Spanish. Applicants for this scholarship must be accepted to and enroll in an IES Abroad program in which the target language is taught and/or used. Native speakers are ineligible for this scholarship. Minimum 3.3 GPA (out of 4.0) required. The award ranges up to $3,000.
  • High Academic Achievement Scholarship: Open to students who are performing academically at an extremely high level of achievement within any major. Applicants may have published a scholarly article, presented at a conference, performed within a professional arena, or achieved any similar academic distinction. 3.3 minimum GPA required. The award ranges up to $3,000.
  • Dr. William Louis Gaines Endowed Scholarship: Open to students who currently receive financial aid from their home school, are a History or International Relations major and have a minimum of a 3.3. GPA.
  • Robert McNeil International Business Scholarship: Open to students who have an interest in international business. Majors might include management, marketing, economics, finance, international relations, and social and behavioral sciences. Minimum 3.3 GPA (out of 4.0) required. The award ranges up to $3,000.
  • International Relations Scholarship: Open to students who demonstrate an interest in foreign relations. Majors include, but are not limited to, international relations, political science, economics, a foreign language, etc. Minimum 3.3 GPA (out of 4.0) required. The award ranges up to $3,000.
  • Leadership & Community Involvement Scholarship: Open to students in any major who have demonstrated leadership and/or commitment in such areas as social service, student government, politics, or community development/welfare. Minimum 3.3 GPA (out of 4.0) required. The award ranges up to $3,000.
  • IES Legacy Scholarship: This scholarship is open to any student whose parent, legal guardian, grandparent, or sibling attended a past IES program. A $750 credit toward an IES semester program or a $300 credit for an IES summer program that will be noted on your IES invoice. These awards are given on a first-come first-served basis because a limited amount of these awards are available. We therefore encourage students to apply for this scholarship as early as possible.


The following scholarships are funded through IFSA-Butler. For more information, visit their Web site.

  • General IFSA-Butler Scholarships: Any student who applies for an IFSA-Butler program may apply for a scholarship. General scholarship awards are $500 for summer programs, $1,500 for semester programs.
  • Australia: Macquarie University
    Macquarie University: AU$5,000 for semester 1 (Feb-June) students. This scholarship has a separate application.
    Contact: Shelby Combs
  • Costa Rica: $1,000 for semester students on any Costa Rica program.
  • Egypt: Egypt University Programs: $3,500 scholar grant for semester students
  • Ireland: Colleen Dodd Memorial Scholarship: $3,500 for semester students
  • Latin America (Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru):
    Anthony Lobdell Memorial Scholarship: $3,500 for semester or full year students
    Nancy Cushing-Daniels Memorial Scholarship: $5,000 for a Spanish major with outstanding Spanish language skills and a GPA of 3.3 or above


Scholarship Search Web sites

  • DiversityAbroad.com Scholarship Search Page
  • EFA: International Education Financial Aid
  • The International Study and Travel Center of the University of Minnesota
  • IIE Passport


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