Study Abroad

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Office of International Programs and Services (IPS) at Benedictine University understands that study abroad programs can be expensive and many students are not able pay for their entire program out of pocket. In order to alleviate some of the financial burden on students and their families, continuous research is done to provide information on new and unique scholarship and grant opportunities for study abroad students.

In addition to our partnership programs, which allow students to use all institutional and governmental aid they already receive, students can apply for any of the qualifying scholarships listed below. These can be applied to our partner programs as well as any third party organizations.

Tips for applying:

  1. Start your search early. Make note of application deadlines.
  2. Look beyond the financial aid offered at Benedictine University. Look for third parties that offer scholarships for study abroad.
  3. Look for scholarships based on your ethnicity, major field of study, the country you want to study in, the language you wish to learn while abroad, or a combination of these.
  4. Let your professors know you are applying to study abroad, if you will want them to write letters of recommendation.
  5. Ask your professors in your major field if they know of any scholarships specific to your major.
  6. Apply for as many scholarships as your are eligible. You can accept multiple scholarships and pile them on top of each other.
  7. Make your applications look as professional as possible. Type application forms, essays, etc., are easier to read than hand-written applications, and indicates greater effort.
  8. Proof-ready any essays, and use the services of the ACE Center to improve your essays.
  9. Give concrete examples of how study abroad will benefit you, and how you will implement your experience/skills/knowledge when you return. Avoid generalities.

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Austrian Exchange Service (OAD)

***The Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) Fellowships

The Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) encourages applications for fellowships for advanced study or research during the academic year 2017-2018, at a Belgian University or institution of higher learning. The BAEF will award up to ten fellowships each carrying a stipend of $27,000 for one year. The fellowship period must be at least 6 months. In addition to the stipend, the Foundation will provide health insurance. Preference is given to applicants under the age of 30 with some knowledge of Dutch, French, or German.

***Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Funding from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) supports U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. Up to $20,000 for undergraduates and $30,000 for graduate students, depending on cost and length of program.  The deadline is early February.

Bridging Scholarships

The Association of Teachers of Japanese (ATJ) is an international non-profit organization that promotes knowledge and appreciation of Japanese language and culture. Through the US-Japan Bridging Foundation, ATJ was able to award dozens of scholarships last year to students studying abroad in Japan. These scholarships are worth $2,500 for a semester or $4,000 for an academic year. The deadline for Fall is early April.

British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX)

***Council of American Overseas Research Centers Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program for Advanced Multi-Country Research

CAORC is pleased to announce the expansion of the Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program. U.S. citizens enrolled in a master's degree granting program are eligible to apply. The program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities and related social sciences for U.S. master's students, doctoral candidates, and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Approximately eight awards of up to $10,500 each are given every year.

Council on International Educational Exchange

CIEE is a non-profit, non-governmental organization focused on international exchange.

***Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection. Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Deadline- Mid November.

***Critical Language Scholarship Program for Intensive Summer Language Institutes

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. students.

Diversity Abroad Scholarship

Diversity Abroad, in conjunction with the American Institute for Foreign Study, offers $1,000 scholarships for undergraduate students who attend a program hosted by a Diversity Abroad partner organization. Students who are economically disadvantaged, ethnically diverse, or studying in a non-traditional location (outside Europe or Australia) are especially encouraged to apply.

FLAS: Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. Eligible students apply for fellowships directly to an institution that has received an allocation of fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education.

*** Foundation for Global Scholars


The Foundation for Global Scholars offers a number of different scholarship opportunities, with awards ranging from $500 to $2,000. Some awards are open to any student studying abroad, while others may have limited eligibility based on academic major, GPA, term abroad, or level of diversity. Not available until 2018 due to restructuring.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman- ASIA)

The Freeman-ASIA Program aims to increase the number of U.S. undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia by providing them with the information and financial assistance they will need. Award amounts for the current application cycle range from a maximum of $5,000 for a semester/quarter program, $3,000 for a summer program, to a maximum of $7,000 for an academic year program. Deadline for summer programs- Early March; Deadline for Fall programs- Mid April.

 ***Fulbright Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program equips future American leaders with the skills they need to thrive in an increasingly global environment by providing funding for one academic year of study or research abroad, to be conducted after graduation from an accredited university. Included in the Fulbright Program are English Teaching Assistantships in select countries such as Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, and Latin America.

Fund for Education Abroad

FEA strongly supports immersive programs and students who are excited to give back to their home and host communities. Any undergraduate student attending a program at least four weeks in length is eligible to apply. Awards are proportional to the length of the program. Selected students receive $5,000 for a semester or $10,000 for an academic year. Preference is given to students who can demonstrate they are part of a group that is under-represented in study abroad. Deadline- Mid January.

Future Unlimited

Scholarships for Australia study abroad programs

German Academic Service

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers juniors and seniors 650 euros a month plus the cost of travel to study on a 4-10 month program in Germany.

Gilman International Scholarship 

This scholarship, offered through IIE, is available only to Federal Pell Grant recipients who are planning to study abroad for an academic semester. Over 2,000 scholarships are awarded each year, with amounts ranging up to $5,000. Additional awards of $3,000 are also available for critical language students. Register for a webinar for tips on the application process.

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Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarship

Undergraduate members who are currently enrolled in a study abroad program or who will be enrolled the academic year immediately following the granting of the award are eligible for one of ten $1,000 awards presented each year. Note: For many of these scholarships you must be a Golden Key member to apply. Three awards given for the October deadline and seven for the April deadline.

***Henry Luce Foundation: Luce Scholars Program

The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was 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.

IES Abroad Scholarships 

The new IES Abroad Early Aid Program will provide qualified students with a need-based financial aid offer even before they are accepted to a study abroad program. Applicants will receive an award decision within 5 business days of submitting a Need-Based Aid application, regardless of where they are in the admission process.

ISEP Scholarships

Jane Gluckmann & Carol Rausch Go Global Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to one student each year planning to study abroad in Mexico, Central America, South America, France, or Germany.  The scholarship is established in memory of mothers, Jane Gluckmann and Carol Rausch.  Jane Gluckmann was a mom to her daughters Kerry, Missy and her "sons" Rodrigo (from Mexico) and Sergio (from Brasil), as well as others in need; she was most proud of her kids when they were empowered and living fearlessly.  Born in France, Carol Rausch traveled Europe with a father and husband, who both served in the United States Air Force; she was first and foremost a loving mom of three children, and shared with them her enthusiasm for travel and passion for other cultures. May the inspirational spirit of these two mothers live on in future FEA scholarship recipients who are curious about the world, and seeking their own educational adventures.

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth

NSLI-Y is part of a US Government initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Scholarship 

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi sponsors this study abroad grant competition. Students with a 3.5 GPA who have been accepted to a study abroad program may apply. The awards are in the amount of $1000, and are awarded for strong academic performance, based predominately on a student's GPA.

Rotary International

***Title VIII Research Scholar Program

Funded by the U.S. Department of State's Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII), the American Councils.

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Ireland - Go Overseas

***Southeast Europe Language Training Program

Provides language training in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia.

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***Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Programs

The Whitaker International Program sends emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field.  The goal of the program is to assist the development of professional leaders who are not only superb scientists, but who also will advance the profession through an international outlook.

***Indicates the scholarship is available to graduate students