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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.

We have organized the available scholarships by category: General Study Abroad Scholarships, Scholarships for Europe, Scholarships for Asia

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.

Study Abroad Scholarship Search Engines


General Study Abroad Scholarships

Scholarship Basic Info/Eligibility
Gilman Award - Be a U.S. Citizen
- Undergraduate Student
- Pell Grant awardee
Boren Award

- Be a U.S. Citizen
- Undergraduate Student
- Plan to study abroad

Gilman-McCain Scholarship

- Be a U.S. Citizen 
- Be a dependent of an active duty service member
- Pell Grant Awardee
- Undergraduate student 

Council on International Educational Exchange For students applying to CIEE programs
Council of American Overseas Research Centers U.S. Citizens enrolled in a Master's degree program
Critical Language Scholarships U.S. Citizens enrolled in US degree granting instutitions having taken at least one academic year of critical langauge study
Diversity Abroad Scholarship $1,000 Scholarships for undergrad students who participate in Diversity Abroad partner programs.
Fund for Education Abroad Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident planning to study abraod for at least 4 weeks.
IES Abroad Scholarships Scholarships for students participating in IES Abroad programs.
ISEP Scholarships Varies based on which ISEP Scholarship applied for.
HI USA World Travel Scholarships Travel scholarship for students doing educational abroad programs.
Lewer Mark Study Abroad Scholarship  Open to all U.S. students currently enrolled in a Study Abroad program in an institution of higher education.
NAFSA Resources

U.S. Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List


Scholarships in Europe

Scholarship Basic Info/Eligibility
Austrian Exchange Service Varies
Belgian American Educational Foundation Graduate Study in Belgium

- Apply to a BUTEX member school
- Must study for at least 1 semester

German Academic Service Offers funding to undergraduate and graduate students planning to study in Germany.
Go Overseas - Study Abroad in Ireland Offers full tuition scholarships to 15 undergraduate and 11 graduate students.
Inclusive Ireland Scholarship Provides scholarships for current undergraduate students who identify as BIPOC who intend to study abroad in Ireland at one of the participating institutions. GPA of 3.0 required. 
Southeast Europe Language Training Program Provides langauge training in Albania, Bosnia-Herzgovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Monetnegro, Romania, and Serbia.


Scholarships in Asia and Oceania

Scholarship Basic Info/Eligibility
Freeman Award for Study in Asia - Be a U.S. Citizen
- Must study abroad in Asia
- Must not have previously received the Freeman Award
Bridging Scholarships - Study in Japan
- Be a U.S. Citizen
- Study abroad for 3+ months
Luce Scholars Program Undergraduate seniors, graduates, and young professionals can apply for funding and placement in professional programs in Aisa.