Studying abroad is an enriching, life-changing experience... and like all worthwhile investments, it comes with a price tag. Fortunately, there are many organizations willing to help students fund their education abroad.
Below are just some of the many scholarship opportunities available to students who apply. But don't stop here! Search the web, apply to as many as possible, and make the most of your semester or year away.
Most of these scholarships are offered by an overseas host institution and availability may change per term. Please consult with your Education Abroad Coordinator if interested in any of these scholarships.
The Killam Fellowships Program
CSUMB students participating in a National Student Exchange program are elegible for this fellowship.
French government scholarships
The French government offers several categories of scholarships to finance your study project in France. Visit their website to learn more.
Come to Oldenburg Grant
The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg in Germany aims to strengthen its international ties and to increase the number of international exchange students.
Suitable students will be awarded with a grant of 2,000 EUR per stay. Each grant is to be used for costs related to the stay abroad (e.g. travel costs, housing, books)
Baden-Württemberg Fellowship Program
This program provides a limited number of scholarships for study in Germany through the CSU International Programs and through CSUMB’s bilateral programs. Students studying in Germany on short-term language programs are also eligible. The award is 400 Euros per month and can be awarded for up to 11 months, though this amount is dependent on the length of time you are awarded and the length and purpose of your program. CSU IP Applicants must have completed at least four semesters of German prior to departure but students going to bilateral partners do not require previous language study, although it may make you a more attractive candidate. IP candidates must turn in their scholarship application with their program application.
Application due February 1 to your IP Campus Coordinator. Awards announced in mid-July.
German Academic Exchange Service Scholarships (DAAD)
The DAAD offers undergraduate scholarships to highly qualified students for study abroad in Germany.
If you want to focus on the opportunity to spend a semester at a UAS7 University of Applied Sciences, the Study Program (SP) is right for you. Most students who spend a semester at a UAS7 member as a visiting/exchange student are able to transfer their credits back to their home institution. Successful SP applicants are eligible for a UAS7 Travel Scholarship. All successful applicants receive a full tuition waiver and the benefits provided to exchange students at the host University of Applied Sciences. UAS7 Members that have a partnership with CSUMB include:
- Hochschule Bremen
- Hochschule (HS) Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences
The Bridging Scholarship
The Bridging Scholarship program will award scholarships to American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan during Spring or Fall programs. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized credit-bearing exchange or independent program in Japan are eligible to apply for these scholarships.
Recipients of Bridging Scholarships receive stipends of $2,500 or $4,000, depending on the length of their study program in Japan.
Japan Student Service Organization (JASSO) Scholarship
All Japan IP participants are considered based on specific eligibility requirements. The student must be in good academic standing, must have shown personal interest in developing his or her understanding of the Japanese language and culture and have a demonstrated need for financial assistance. Japanese citizens are not eligible for this scholarship. Students do not need to apply for the JASSO Scholarship directly. The host campus makes the nominations, often at the recommendations of the home campus.
Obirin Gakuen Foundation of America (OGFA)
OGFA offers merit/need-based scholarships toward tuition for students studying at JF Oberlin University or at one of JF Oberlin University partner universities. Students interested in a a scholarship need to fill out an application form and submit two recommendations as well as financial documentation. The deadlines for submitting the scholarship application documentation for each semester are below:
- Summer programs: April 1
- Fall programs: May 1
- Spring programs: October 15
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Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards
Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards are open to US students planning to study abroad in New Zealand for spring or fall semester (direct enroll or through a program). Excellence awards are $500 for study at a New Zealands university or institute or polytechnic. They also sponsor multiple $2,000 travel awards to cover airfares.
Study in Norway Scholarship Finder
Most Norwegian institutions have various bilateral agreements with foreign institutions of higher education. These agreements are usually designed for the mutual exchange of students, researchers and teachers. However, there are national programmes that offer scholarships and other types of funding for international students wishing to study in Norway. Certain restrictions and prerequisites apply for all these programmes. In addition, there are various stipends available offered by private and non-profit organizations.
Study in Switzerland Scholarships
In Switzerland, higher education is established and valued immensely. And due to the high number of international students choosing this country as their destination for academic advancement, Switzerland has become generous throughout the years. Visit Study in Switzerland's website to find a Guide to Switzerland Scholarships for International Students.
British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) Scholarship
Applications due June 15
Each year BUTEX awards a number of scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. The Scholarship is open to all undergraduate students who are affiliated to a BUTEX Full Member institution. CSUMB partner institutions that are BUTEX Full Members include:
- University of Birmingham
- University of Leeds
- Northumbria University
- University of Roehampton
- University of Stirling
- University of Sussex
Applications due the first week in March and the first week in October.
This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who receive Federal Pell Grants to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Non-Western European and Australia applicants are favored as are nontraditional students, males, math and science majors, first-generation and those who write a good application.
Boren Scholarships, funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students interested in studying a foreign language appropriate in countries that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000, and graduate students up to $30,000 for the academic year. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year. Boren Scholarships will give preference to applicants planning to study in the following CSU IP programs: Chile, China, Ghana, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, Taiwan.
FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated, undergraduate American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships.
FEA envisions a future in which any U.S. student who dreams of studying abroad will be able to participate. Since 2010, FEA is expanding access to study abroad by raising awareness of its benefits to the individual and value to the collective, and by granting scholarships of up to $5,000. Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
This scholarship is made available through the World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay. Successful applicants will write a powerful essay about why they care about the world around them. GPA and faculty recommendation are also considered.
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities for students belonging to member schools, including CSUMB.
Created to assist U.S. students with demonstrated financial need and limited prior experience in East and Southeast Asia, Freeman-ASIA will fund approximately 400 students over the next two academic years, with awards ranging from $3,000 per student for summer study and $5,000 per semester, to a maximum of $7,000 for a full year abroad. Prospective students should visit the Freeman-ASIA website for eligibility requirements, full application instructions and a list of deadlines.
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