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How do I receive scholarships to study abroad?

Are there specific scholarships offered solely for the purpose of studying abroad, and if so, where can I find them? I am also wondering how far in advance you should start planning financially for a study abroad trip. #study-abroad #scholarships

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Madeleine’s Answer

Hi Abby,


There are a variety of scholarships out there for study abroad. Some are open to any undergraduate interested in studying abroad with particular eligibility requirements and some are open to undergraduates studying a specific subject area or interested in going to a specific region or country. In addition to general study abroad scholarships, many study abroad providers also offer financial aid in the form of need-based scholarships. Applying for these provider-funded scholarships can lower the cost of tuition and/or cover travel. Below I have listed some scholarships that you can look into. There are many others besides for the ones listed below, so it is worth doing an internship search through a study abroad scholarship database. Also, make sure to check with your college's financial aid office. They may be able to offer some assistance. Hope this gets you started!

Madeleine recommends the following next steps:

Check out the Gilman Scholarship (funded by the U.S. State Department): https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/. This scholarship has eligibility requirements.
Check out the Fund for Education Abroad: http://fundforeducationabroad.org/. They offer a variety of scholarships through one application process.
Check out Diversity Abroad scholarship: https://www.diversityabroad.com/events/diversity-network-scholarship-application-deadline. This scholarship encourages and supports students from diverse backgrounds to go abroad.
If you are interested in languages, check out the Critical Language Scholarship : http://www.clscholarship.org/. This scholarships provide for study of specific critical languages in specific parts of the world.
Check out websites like GoOverseas.com and GoAbroad.com to search other scholarship opportunities.
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Jordan’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team

Great question Abby. I'm sorry no one's answered it yet! In the meantime, I thought I'd share a few links to other relevant Q&A on CareerVillage.org that should be super helpful for you to read through in regards to scholarships. I've included tips in the "next steps" section below a list of trustworthy sites you should create accounts on if you haven't already (that have good scholarships, some for specific majors and studies!). Here are tips that could help you in your preparation of finding and submitting for scholarships:

  1. Dedicate a minimum of 1 hour a day for a few weeks to applying for scholarships and it'll go a long way.
  2. Be thoughtful about your entries, just doing the bare minimum isn't going to land you any scholarships. It's better to spend more time on each entry to ensure it's well thought out than to rush through to try to enter a bunch. Quality over quantity!!
  3. I recommend writing one STELLAR essay. Chances are you'll use it for every scholarship application (potentially only having to make minor edits dependent on what the prompt is). Tell a story that clearly represents who you are and what's important to you. The goal of the essay should be to let the reader in to your life. If you can do that in a genuine and meaningful way you'll be considered, I promise! A couple of ideas: Write about the hardest thing you've had to go through in your life or what makes you so passionate about something. Be sure to include lessons you've learned and what you hope to do with that knowledge/experience later in life.
  4. Spend more time finding scholarships that directly pertain to YOU so it cuts down the competition. Look for scholarships in your local community, or that are just for young women, for example. Know what career path you want to pursue? There are probably dozens of scholarship opportunities that are only for students aspiring to follow a specific career path (e.g. STEM, entertainment, sports, design, etc. etc.)


Relevant Q&A on CareerVillage.org you should read:

What financial support can I find to help me pay for college?

How to stand out when applying for scholarships?

What are the chances of winning scholarships?

Jordan, CareerVillage.org Team recommends the following next steps:

Create an account on Cappex and Niche.com (Look up the scholarships for specific studies!)
Look for scholarships from bigger companies like Coca-Cola and Taco Bell. Oftentimes they won't list on bigger sites and therefore less youth apply.
Know what school you're attending? Talk to students who go there to see if they have any insights on how to pay for school/what grants or scholarships to apply for.
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