Other Scholarships & Financial Aid

Both BU students and non-BU students are eligible to apply for any of the following scholarships and grants:

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

  • Spring 2014 Deadline: October 7, 2014

  •  Summer and Fall 2014: March 4, 2014 (online application available in early January)

For students receiving a Federal Pell Grant

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Overview

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Eligibility
  • The applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad.
  • The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student’s accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.
  • The applicant is studying abroad for at least four weeks in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least four consecutive weeks.
  • The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State’s current Travel Warning list.
Award Details

Over 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000.

Students who apply for and receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Scholarship Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. During the 2011-2012 academic year, 50 Critical Need Language Supplements were offered to Gilman Scholarship recipients.

Interested students should apply on the Gilman website.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

  • Deadline (programs beginning January 2014 or April 2014): October 8, 2013

  • Deadline (programs beginning Fall 2014): April 8, 2014

For undergraduate students studying abroad in Japan during the academic year

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Overview

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, has makes it possible for AATJ to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year.

Eligibility

Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad.

Students studying in Japan on summer programs are not eligible to apply.

Award Details:

Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs).

Information on the Bridging Scholarships and downloadable application forms are available at ATJ’s website.

DiversityAbroad.com’s Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Fall 2013 Deadline: April 19, 2013

  • Spring 2014 Deadline: October 18, 2013

  • Summer 2014 Deadline: April 1, 2014

For economically disadvantaged students, minority students and students studying in non-traditional locations

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Overview

Diversity Abroad, in cooperation with AIFS, will offer ten, $500 scholarships for full-time undergraduate (both community college and university level) students studying abroad during spring 2012 and fall 2012.

Eligibility
  • Applicants must be full-time undergraduates at a university or community college based in the United States. Students must participate in a study abroad program offered by a DiversityAbroad.com partner organization.
  • Economically disadvantaged students, African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino, Multiracial/ethnic or Native-American undergraduate students as well as student who study in non traditional locations (Outside western Europe & Australia ) are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Have a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA at an accredited U.S. university or college
  • Be accepted to a study abroadintern abroad, language immersion abroad or volunteer abroad program offered through a DiversityAbroad.com Partner Organization
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Must be willing to share their experiences abroad with the DiversityAbroad.com community via blogs, picture and videos (at least twice a week), participation in DiversityAbroad.com travel abroad forum and do a study abroad testimonial at the end of their time abroad
Award Details:

Visit the scholarship section of Diversity Abroad’s website for more information on their scholarships.

Diversity Abroad / GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Scholarship

  • Deadline (Programs that begin January 1 through April 30, 2014): November 22, 2013

  • Deadline (Programs that begin May 1 through August 31, 2013): March 20, 2014

  • Deadline (Programs that begin September 1 through December 31, 2013): June 30, 2014

For minority students, students from low-income families, students with a disability or 1st generation college students

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Overview

Diversity Abroad is pleased to announce the launch of a new scholarship aimed at increasing non-traditional students participation in education abroad. Diversity Abroad, in partnership with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad and the Foundation for Global Scholars will offer scholarships for undergraduate students to study abroad during summer, fall and spring terms.

Eligibility
  • Enrolled in a North American college or university where transfer credit from an academic program abroad will be applied to your degree being earned
  • U.S. or Canadian citizen

In addition to these general requirements, applicants must also meet ONE of the following requirements:

  • Ethnic background must be one or more of the following: American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian or Pacific Islander; Hispanic, Chicana/o, Mexican American, Latina/o; Black or African American, not of Hispanic origin; Middle Eastern
  • Students from a low income families (family income less than $50,000 USD)
  • Students with a disability
  • First generation college students

Applicants must also prepare a video application which meets the requirements of Diversity abroad for their evaluation and award determination.

Award Details

Diversity Abroad / GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Scholarship amounts are in increments of $1,000.

Visit the Foundation for Global Scholars website for more information.

Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia)

  • Deadline (Spring 2013 and Early Academic Year 2013-2014): October 10, 2012

  • Deadline (Summer 2013): Mid February 2013

  • Deadline (Fall 2013 and Academic Year 2013-2014): Early April 2013

For college students who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

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Overview:

Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) is designed to support U.S. undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia.  The program’s goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.

Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program’s goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States.

From 2001 to 2009, Freeman-ASIA supported over 4,000 U.S. undergraduates from more than 600 institutions with their study abroad plans in East and Southeast Asia.

With generous funding from the Freeman Foundation, the Institute of International Education (IIE) will re-launch the Freeman-ASIA Program for two academic years, beginning in Summer 2011.

Eligibility:
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of application.
  • Must currently receive need-based financial aid or demonstrate a verifiable need for financial assistance to participate in the proposed study abroad program. The applicant is required to submit the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) figure, calculated through FAFSA, with the statement of financial need through the online Freeman-ASIA application.
  • Must be an undergraduate student in good standing, with a minimum GPA of 2.8, pursuing his or her first bachelor’s degree (or associate’s degree), at a two-year or a four-year institution of higher education in the United States.
  • Must apply through the U.S. home campus and have at least one term of enrollment remaining at the home institution in the U.S. upon returning from studying abroad in Asia.
  • Must have applied or have been accepted to a study abroad based program in: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam. A multi-country program is eligible only if the applicant will spend at least 8 weeks in one of the countries stated above and will have intensive language study during that period.
  • Must have applied to or have been accepted by a study abroad based program that awards academic credits through the home campus or other U.S. accredited college or university. The proposed length of study in the host country must be a minimum of 8 weeks for a summer term, 10 weeks for a quarter term, and 12 weeks for a semester term.
  • Must have little or no previous experience in the country in which he or she plans to study. A summer term applicant must not have spent more than 4 weeks in the proposed country of study within the last 5 years. A semester or an academic year term applicant must not have spent more than 6 weeks in the proposed country of study within the last 5 years.
  • Must submit the online Freeman-ASIA Student Impact Survey within one month of returning to the United States and must initiate his/her service project to promote study abroad opportunities in Asia on the college campus and/or in the local community.
  • Must submit the Freeman-ASIA Final Service Report on the implementation of his/her service project at the end of the term following his/her return to the United States.
  • Must not be a previous Freeman-ASIA award recipient.
Award Details:

Award payments are made payable to the recipient but are sent to the Study Abroad Adviser for distribution. Funds are released to the recipient in one lump sum for summer and semester awards and in two installments for academic year awards. Scholarship recipients may receive up to $3,000 for a summer program, $5,000 for the a semester-long program, or $7,000 for a academic year-long program.

Visit the Free-ASIA website for more information.

Fund for Education Abroad

  • Deadline (2014-2015 Academic Year): November 18, 2013

Their next application cycle will open in November 2013.

For undergraduate U.S. citizens or permanent residents who plan to study abroad in the 2014-2015 academic year (i.e. Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015). Especially for non-traditional study abroad students, and for students with financial need.

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Overview:

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) scholarships are designed for students seeking a rigorous overseas academic program, for non-traditional study abroad students, and for students with financial need. FEA also offers three Dedicated Scholarships: the Hiliary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship; the Rainbow Scholarship, and the BASAA Scholarship.

Eligibility:
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the U.S.
  • Must be applying for a study abroad program eligible for credit at the student’s educational institution
  • Must plan to study abroad for a minimum of 4 weeks in country
  • Is committed to supporting education abroad in his/her campus community through work with the FEA and his/her campus education abroad staff upon return
  • Preferences:
    • Applying to a study abroad program known for its academic rigor and immersion elements
    • Applying to a study abroad program that includes studying the language of the host country (if not English)
    • Applying to a study abroad program with a sustainable service-learning or volunteering component
    • Applying to a study abroad program in a non-traditional destination
    • Demonstrates financial need
    • FEA strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad
Dedicated Scholarships

In addition to the general Fund for Education Abroad scholarships, FEA is proud to offer the following dedicated scholarships. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements listed above in addition to any requirements specific to the dedicated scholarship.

Hiliary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Hiliary Echo Douglas, a study abroad advocate, beloved daughter, wife, mother, and colleague. Hiliary graduated from the University of Evansville in 1999 with a BA in Theatre Arts and a minor in International Relations. She then traveled to Vietnam with a Fulbright Fellowship to investigate modern theatre in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. After two more years working for various international cultural collaborations in Vietnam, Hiliary joined CET Academic Programs as the Vietnam Immersion Resident Director eventually transitioning to become the first CET Campus Relations Manager for the West Region until her death in 2008.

This scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates Hiliary’s love for Vietnam and other cultures, her desire to give back to the world community, and her contagious love of life.

Rainbow Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving LGBT student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. Applicants must meet general FEA scholarship eligibility requirements & preferences. Students interested in being considered for this annual scholarship should indicate this through their application forms.

This scholarship is made possible by the generous support of a group of international education professionals who are committed to advocating on behalf of LGBT students. These professionals counsel international and study abroad LGBT students and support their LGBT colleagues in the field. Many of these educators have come together through groups created with the support of NAFSA and the Forum for Education Abroad.

BASAA Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student who attends a U.S. university/college located in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Connecticut. Applicants must meet general FEA scholarship eligibility requirements & preferences. Students interested in being considered for this annual scholarship should indicate this through their application forms.

This scholarship is made possible by the generous support and fundraising efforts of BASAA, the Boston Area Study Abroad Association.

Award Details:

For the 2012/2013 academic year, FEA awarded scholarships of up to $10,000. For more details, visit the Fund for Education Abroad website.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

  • Deadline (2014-2015): Postmarked by January 31, 2014

For juniors or seniors studying or interning in Germany

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Overview:

Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year.

Eligibility:
  • Enrolled, full-time students in an undergraduate degree-granting program at an accredited North American college or university
  • Currently sophomores or juniors who will be in their junior or senior year during their stay in Germany
  • Possess outstanding academic records and personal integrity, as evinced by both their grades and letters of recommendation.
  • US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents thereof. Foreign nationals are eligible if they have been full-time students at an accredited US or Canadian university for more than one year at the time of application and will return to the US or Canada after the scholarship period to complete their Bachelor’s degree
  • Well-defined study, research or internship plans for their stay in Germany
  • Demonstrate an interest in contemporary German and European affairs and who explain the significance of their project in Germany to their future studies, research or professional goal
Award Details:

Scholarships may be granted for a minimum of four (one semester) and a maximum of 10 months (one academic year). Recipients will be awarded a monthly stipend of approximately €650, plus additional funds to help defray travel and research expenses as well as health insurance.

Find out more information or email DAAD.

National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Deadline (2014-2015): February 5, 2014

For undergraduate students studying in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East

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Overview

Boren Scholarships provide American undergraduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government. The program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.

Eligibility:
  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED, and are matriculated in an undergraduate degree program in a U.S. post-secondary institution, including universities, colleges and community colleges accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Applying to engage in a study abroad experience in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand that meets home institution standards
  • Planning to use the scholarship for study abroad, and the study abroad program ends before you graduate.
Award Details

Boren Scholarships for undergraduate students provide up to $10,000 for a semester abroad, or up to $20,000 for a full academic year abroad. In return for funding, recipients commit to working for the federal government for at least one year after the completion of their education.

Visit the Boren Scholarships website for more information.

The Provost’s Office at BU has more information on their website about the Boren Awards, and Assistant Provost Suzanne C. Kennedy, our on-campus representative for the Boren Awards, can help you with completing the application, and forward your application for review. Visit the Provost’s Boren Scholarships sections of the Provost’s Office website for more information.

National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship

  • Deadline (2014-2015): January 28, 2014

For graduate students studying in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East

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Overview

Boren Fellowships provide American graduate students, both at the master’s and the doctoral level, with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government.

Eligibility:
  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  • Either enrolled in or applying to a graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university located within the United States. To receive the award you must provide evidence of admission and enrollment in such a program. Boren Fellows must remain enrolled in their graduate programs for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Planning an overseas program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Boren Fellowships are not for study in the United States.
Award Details

Boren Fellowships provide support for overseas or domestic study, or a combination of both. The maximum level of support for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000 for a maximum period of 24 months.

Visit the Boren Scholarships website for more information.

The Pamela Posen Endowed Memorial Scholarship

  • Deadline: January 15, 2014

For juniors or seniors who demonstrate financial need

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Overview:

The Pamela Posen Endowed Memorial Scholarship is awarded to financially needy and worthy Boston University juniors and seniors to support travel supplementing the student’s study abroad. The scholarship is primarily intended to support travel related to the student’s study abroad program, but may be used for necessary academic expenses.

Preference in the selection process will be given to students who best exemplify the spirit and qualities of Pamela Posen: individuals who are vivacious, love life, are interested in international travel and study, and hope to enrich their lives through a travel experience.

The Pamela Posen Endowed Memorial Scholarship at Boston University was endowed by Pamela’s mother, Mrs. Bonnie Gregge, and her family. Pamela Posen, a student at Boston University’s College of Liberal Arts, was tragically and senselessly killed in the December 21, 1988, crash of Pan American Airlines Flight #103 in Lockerbie, Scotland. Pamela was a bright, vivacious, and talented student who was deeply loved by her family and her many friends. She was interested in experiencing and understanding the cultural, academic, and life experiences afforded to students who study abroad.

Eligibility:
  • Juniors or seniors during the period in which they will study overseas
  • Participate on a study abroad program during the spring semester
  • Show financial need for the purposes of the award
  • Exemplify the spirit and qualities of Pamela Posen
  • Already be approved by Boston University Study Abroad for enrollment in a study abroad program. This may be a Boston University program, a program sponsored by another institution, or direct enrollment in a foreign institution. (Applicants should consult the Boston University Study Abroad office for further information on study abroad opportunities.)
Award Details:

One or more awards will be made annually for approximately $2,500; smaller awards may also be made. The award is intended to help support travel supplemental to a student’s overseas studies. So that it will not conflict with a student’s financial aid award, the scholarship will normally be awarded at the end of the student’s study abroad program, while the student is still overseas. Students need not receive financial aid to be eligible for the award; however, they must demonstrate financial need. Applications will be reviewed and recommendations for recipient selection made by Pamela Posen’s family members.

Download a PDF application for the Pamela Posen Endowed Memorial Scholarship.

Rotary Foundation

  • Deadline varies. Students need to contact their local Rotary Club for the deadline.

For juniors and seniors studying abroad

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Overview:

The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors academic year scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.

The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship program will end in 2013. Beginning in 2013-14, The Foundation will offer scholarship opportunities through district and global grants. This new grant structure gives Rotarians greater flexibility in sponsoring the next generation of leaders.

Eligibility:
  • Applicants must have completed two years of college coursework
  • All applicants must be citizens of a country in which there is a Rotary club.
Award Details:

The Rotary Foundation is the world’s largest privately funded international scholarships program. Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide a flat grant of US$26,000 for one academic year of study in another country. These awards are intended to help defray costs associated with round-trip transportation, tuition and other fees, room and board, and some educational supplies.

Visit the Rotary Foundation website for more information.

Studyabroad.com Financial Aid Forum

Studyabroad.com provides several useful links to sources of information about financial aid for study abroad.

Other Kinds of Financial Aid

In addition, students may be permitted to use part or all of their school’s financial aid package for study abroad, and should discuss this with their financial aid and study abroad advisors. With the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program, students can borrow up to $7,500 per year (for juniors and seniors; sophomores can borrow up to $5,500 per year).

With a PLUS loan, parents can borrow up to the entire cost of the program, including tuition and program fees, cost of travel, living expenses, books, and medical insurance, minus any financial aid (including Stafford Loans) the student is receiving for that loan period.

If your school will not process these loans for you, contact us for further information, instructions, and forms.