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Financing Study Abroad

If you think studying abroad is impossible because it is too expensive, think again! Some programs even cost less than staying at U of I. You can also use most U of I financial aid and scholarships toward a study abroad experience. On top of that, there are many scholarships available just for studying abroad. If you are concerned about costs of going abroad, come talk to an Education Abroad Advisor and get recommendations, suggestions and ideas that will help make it come together for you.

Check out the information here to see how studying abroad is possible for everyone.

Financial Aid

University of Idaho students may apply for most types of financial aid toward for-credit international experiences. In some instances, if the program costs are more than it would normally cost to study at U of I, a student may receive additional financial aid. Typically this aid is in the form of loans. Eligibility for additional aid is dependent on a number of factors, including class standing, federal award limits, etc. Students should consult their financial aid advisor early in the program application process to determine if they are eligible to receive additional financial aid.

If students are not eligible for additional aid, they may want to consider applying for loans (referred to as private or alternative loans) through their local banks. Interest and repayment rates vary widely so students should do some comparison-shopping early and contact U of I’s Student Financial Aid Services for a list of local banks providing student loans.


There are many scholarship and grants designed specifically for international experiences. Some are through U of I designated funds, college endowments or specific programs we are affiliated to. There are also national and international awards aimed at increasing the diversity and overall number of students who gain valuable international experience as a part of their college career. Donors know that international experience contribute to development of skills that employer’s value. Review the scholarship list below and speak to an Education Abroad Advisor for more details and other ideas on how to finance your international experience!

U of I Study Abroad Scholarship Shortlist

Whether you are looking for funding to go abroad a first time or go abroad again, there are many organizations that support undergraduate and  graduate students in their international endeavors. Speak to Dilshani Sarathchandra (, Faculty Fellow Distinguished Scholarships Program at U of I for more information.


International Experience Grant

Eligibility: Continuing, degree-seeking U of I undergraduates, graduates and law students who have not previously received an IEG and are in good academic standing. Recipients must be participating in an international experience that awards academic credit for the experience. Recipients must be enrolled in a minimum of 1 U of I credit for their international experience. Undergraduate students must have completed at least one semester at the U of I prior to their international experience. Average awards: $1,000. Awards determined on a first come, first served basis once study abroad application is completed through U of I Education Abroad. There is no separate IEG application.

Erik Barnes Scholarship

Varying awards available for students studying in China or Taiwan. Average awards: $1000. Preference given to students with financial need and going on a yearlong program. Students studying in China or Taiwan will automatically be considered, there is no separate scholarship application.

Majors within the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences

Willis E. Sullivan, III Memorial Study Abroad Scholarship

Application deadline: April 1

Anticipated awards per year: 2-3, up to $6,000. 
Eligibility: Idaho resident; juniors or seniors only; participating in a semester or yearlong foreign language/culture study abroad program; financial need is a secondary consideration. Download Sullivan Scholarship application. Applications must be submitted to the CLASS Dean's Office in the Administration Building, room 112. For questions about this scholarship please contact the CLASS Dean's Office at

David A. & Mary Alice Poe Study Abroad Scholarship
Application deadline: April 1

Anticipated Awards: 2, up to $3,000 each
Eligibility: For students participating in a semester or yearlong study abroad program; must be pursuing a major in CLASS and have a minimum 3.0 U of I GPA; preference given to juniors and seniors; financial need is a secondary consideration. Download Poe Scholarship application. Applications must be submitted to the CLASS Dean's Office in the Administration Building, room 112. For questions about this scholarship please contact the CLASS Dean's Office at

Ware Family Study Abroad Scholarship
Application deadline: April 1

Anticipated Awards: 1, up to $1,000
Eligibility: Idaho resident; participating in a semester or yearlong study abroad program; must be pursuing a major in CLASS and be in good academic standing; preference is given to students from Lewiston, Idaho or who are members of Delta Tau Delta fraternity; financial need is a secondary consideration. Download Ware Family Scholarship application. Applications must be submitted to the CLASS Dean's Office in the Administration Building, room 112. For questions about this scholarship please contact the CLASS Dean's Office at

Modern Language Majors

Modern Languages and Cultures Study Abroad Award

Application deadline: March 23

For full-time Modern Languages and Cultures majors who will be studying abroad for a semester or a year. More information may be found on the second page. Download Modern Languages and Cultures application. Applications may be submitted to Modern Languages and Cultures at Please speak with the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures regarding this scholarship.

Barbara K. Dahl Language Immersion Scholarship

For full-time Modern Languages and Cultures majors who will be studying abroad for a semester or a year. More information may be found on the second page. Download Dahl Scholarship Application. Applications may be submitted to Modern Languages and Cultures at Please speak with the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures regarding this scholarship.

All other available Major specific scholarships can be found on the U of I Education Abroad Scholarship Shortlist

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes

CLS is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. For intensive language study during the summer. More information can be found on the CLS website.

Gilman Grant

Undergraduates who are Pell grant recipients and U.S. citizens qualify. Awards range from $3000 up to $8,000. Anticipated number of awards: 500+. Students must meet with a U of I Education Abroad Advisor and a U of I Financial Aid Advisor prior to applying for Gilman as each office has a role in certification of the application. For more information, see the Gilman Scholarship Program on the Institute of International Education website.


The Freeman-ASIA Program aims to increase the number of U.S. undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia. Award amounts vary from $3,000 for a summer program to $5,000 for a semester/quarter program to $7,000 for an academic year program. For more information, see the Freeman-ASIA page on the Institute of International Education website.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents with demonstrated financial need, currently enrolled as undergraduates who plan to study abroad for credit for at least four weeks. FEA awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs. Funding amount: up to $10,000. Number of Awards: up to 15. Visit the FEA website for more information.

National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Fellowships

NSEP focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security, and applicants must fulfill a one-year service requirement after the exchange. Average award: $5,000- $10,000 per semester for up to two semesters. For more information, visit their website. Applications are available online, or contact the NSEP campus representative Dilshani Sarathchandra at

The Global Studies Grant for Student Travel and Study Abroad

Designed to support foreign language training and academic studies abroad, this grant provides supplemental funds for American students who already are studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution. GSF is particularly interested in funding the study of strategically significant countries and languages. Selection criteria include academic performance, program merit, and outreach potential. Visit the Global Studies Foundation website for more information.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Open to members and non-members of the Honor Society; 3.75 GPA; must have completed 30 university-level credits but less than 90. Average award: $1,000. For more information, visit the Phi Kappa Phi scholarship page.

The Organization of American States (OAS)

The OAS is made up of 35 countries of the Americas who have ratified the OAS Charter to achieve peace, security, democracy and development. The OAS offers scholarship funding for study (undergraduate and graduate) and professional development in member states. See more details on the OAS website


Austrian database for scholarships and research grants.


The Killam Fellowships Program
For American undergraduate students enrolled at four year degree granting institutions. Students in all fields of study are welcome to apply. Average awards: $5,000 for a semester and $10,000 for an academic year, plus a $500 health insurance allowance and up to $800 for in-country travel, a 3-day orientation in Ottawa and a 3-day Washington DC seminar. For more information visit their website.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
Must be nominated by host institution and must be a graduate student pursuing a doctorate degree. Both Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. The award is valued at $50,000 per year, for up to three years.

Other opportunities for study/research awards in Canada can be found here.


DAAD German Exchange Scholarships
Scholarships through DAAD include: undergraduate scholarship for study in Germany, summer school, graduate study scholarship, graduate study scholarships for artists and musicians, summer research internship in science and engineering (RISE), internXchange, EMGIP-Budestag Internship, SIP: study & internship program, German studies research grant, and graduate research grant. Get more information on all of these DAAD scholarships.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX)
Available to students and recent graduates. Yearlong fellowship to study and intern in Germany, open to applicants in all career fields though preference given to students in vocational, technical, engineering, business, agricultural, and scientific fields. The CBYX program annually provides 75 participants with two months of intensive German language training, a semester of study at German University or University of Applied Sciences, a five-month internship with a German company in the participant’s career field, housing, transatlantic airfare, health insurance, and a monthly stipend for living expenses. For more information visit:

Search engine for funding for study/research in Germany (not just DAAD grants).


Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan
For study in Japan. Average awards: $2500 (semester), $4000 (academic year). Anticipated number of awards: 65 total. For more information, please go to visit the Bridging Scholarships website.

Morgan Stanley Scholarship 
Eligible students must be juniors or seniors with an interest in economics or international finance studying in Japan. Average award: $7500. Anticipated number of awards: 2. See the American Association of Teachers of Japanese for more information.

JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization)
Award based on good character, financial need and commitment to Japanese studies. Award amount is approximately $800 per month. For students applying to a U of I direct program in Japan (i.e. Nagasaki University, Ryukoku University), please contact the Education Abroad Office if interested. For students applying to study in Japan through a program provider (i.e. ISEP, USAC, etc.), please contact your program or host university about submitting an application. For more information, please see an Education Abroad Advisor in the International Programs Office.


Turkish Coalition of America
In line with its mission to engage and cultivate a new generation of young Turkish American leaders, TCA offers a wide range of scholarships available for American minority and heritage students wishing to study in Turkey and support TCA's mission to build people-to-people bridges between the United States and Turkey. More information available on TCA's website.

Fulbright Fellowship
Graduating seniors, graduate-level students only (must plan a full year ahead). Average award: entire cost of study abroad program. For more information, please contact University of Idaho campus representative Dilshani Sarathchandra at and visit Fulbright Online.

Rotary Grants

Rotary World Peace Scholarship
Application deadline: Before July 1

Supports a World Peace Scholar for a two-year master’s degree at one of the six Rotary Centers for International Studies worldwide. Average Award: tuition, registration, fees, room and board for 21 months, transportation, contingency expenses, and other funding. For more information, please visit the Rotary's website.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation
The ASF offers around $300,000 to outstanding American students, scholars, professionals and artists for study and/or research in Scandinavia. Fellowships of up to $23,000 are intended to support an academic year-long stay, and priority is given to students at the graduate level who need to spend time at foreign academic or research institutions. Grants of up to $5,000 are considered more suitable for shorter research visits, both on the graduate or post-doctoral level. Funding is available to candidates in all fields. For more information, visit ASF online.

Chateaubriand Fellowship Program
Fellowship grant offered by the Embassy of France in the U.S. Every year, it allows doctorate students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for up to nine months. The Sciences, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) fellowship program and the Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) fellowship program have different modes of selection but they are both highly prestigious and merit based. Recipients receive a stipend, round trip ticket to France and health insurance. For more information, visit their website.

Blakemore Foundation Fellowships
The Blakemore Foundation awards scholarships for advanced Asian language studies such as Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Burmese, and Khmer. Fellows spend a year abroad in an intensive language program at a specific language school as listed on the foundation website. Applicants must have (at a minimum) a bachelor’s degree and at least three years of study of the language at the college level by the start of the grant. For more information, visit the Blakemore Foundation.

Luce Scholars Program
The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia. For more information, visit the Luce Scholars Program website.

Rhodes Scholarships 
The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year, 32 young Americans are selected as Rhodes Scholars and receive full financial support to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. For more information, please contact University of Idaho campus representative Dilshani Sarathchandra at and visit the Rhodes Scholar website.

Schwarzman Scholars
Schwarzman Scholars was founded in 2013 with a very specific global mission to educate future world leaders about China and in so doing, contribute to stronger, more stable relations between nations. Each year, 200 students from around the world will be named as Schwarzman Scholars, completing coursework for a one-year Master’s degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing. For more information, please contact University of Idaho campus representative Dilshani Sarathchandra at and visit their website.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships
These prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. For more information, please contact University of Idaho campus representative Dilshani Sarathchandra at and visit Gates Cambridge.

Marshall Scholarships
Up to forty Scholars selected each year for these full-cost scholarships to study at graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. For more information, please contact University of Idaho campus representative Dilshani Sarathchandra at and visit the Marshall Scholarship website.

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