There are many scholarships to support students in studying abroad. Securing external funding for a study abroad experience requires good planning. It is recommended that you think at least two quarters in advance. For example, if you want to study abroad in the fall, you must apply for study abroad scholarships during Winter and Spring Quarters.

To increase your chances of qualifying for a scholarship, consider study abroad programs that are at least a month long and in non-traditional locations, i.e. outside of Western Europe and Australia.

UW Bothell Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Funding - $500 to $2,000 - to offset travel expenses required to participate in a study abroad program.
  • Applicants must be current UW Bothell students enrolled full-time, residents of Washington State, have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Commit to promoting study abroad opportunities among UW Bothell students upon their return as a Study Abroad Ambassador.
  • Deadlines: November, February, April, June

UW Study Abroad Scholarships

  • Any student selected to participate in a UW Study Abroad program is eligible to be considered.
  • Washington state residents with the greatest financial need are given priority. Financial need is demonstrated via the FAFSA or WAFSA.
  • Several scholarships are also available for undergraduates participating in UW exchange programs. These do not require financial need, and are open to resident, non-resident, and international students.
  • No separate deadline and no additional application required: Check a box on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered for scholarships.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

  • Funded by US Congress, the Gilman program aims to bring diversity to study abroad.
  • Non-traditional destinations are preferred and programs must be at least four weeks.
  • Applicants must be US citizens, undergraduates, and be receiving a Federal Pell Grant.
  • Deadlines: October, March

Explore the World Travel Scholarship

  • Be 18 - 30 years of age at the time of application
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident (possess Green Card)
  • Applicants must be either receiving a Federal Pell Grant, have received a Federal Pell Grant, or have a current income level that does not exceed 300% of the 2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • Deadlines: March 

Critical Language Scholarship

  • The US Department of State funds 7-10 week intensive summer study of a critical language: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu
  • Must be US citizen
  • Deadline: November

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships

  • Intended to support students from underrepresented backgrounds in study abroad, the fund offers a total of 18 awards of up to $10,000 each.
  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Study abroad programs must be a minimum of four weeks long and be academically rigorous.
  • Students may apply prior to committing to a study abroad program.
  • Deadline: January

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship

  • Supports undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in acquiring modern foreign language area or international studies competencies.
  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Awards for UW students studying foreign languages locally or abroad.
  • Deadline: January

Boren Awards

  • Funded by the National Security Education Program, Boren Awards encourage undergraduates and graduates to study less commonly taught languages and cultures in regions critical to US national security interests.
  • The scholarship offers up to $20,000 for year-long programs.
  • Applicants must be US citizens.
  • Recipients commit to work for the federal government for one year post-graduation.
  • Deadline: January/ February

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships

  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a variety of opportunities for Americans to study, conduct research, or work in Germany, including study abroad scholarships, summer study programs, and research internships in science and engineering.
  • Proficiency in German may be required.
  • Deadline: End of January

Fulbright Summer Institutes in the UK

  • The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers fully funded, 4-6 week study abroad programs at prestigious British institutions to promote Americans’ understanding of the UK.
  • Freshmen and sophomores who are US citizens, have a 3.5+ GPA, and have limited international experience are encouraged to apply.
  • Deadline: March

GO! Overseas Teach Abroad Scholarship

  • $1,000 award for current or aspiring teachers to supplement the cost of classroom materials or to assist in the participation of a teaching program abroad.
  • Applicants will be judged according to creativity of writing sample, displayed analytical thinking, and passion for teaching abroad and/or teaching a foreign language.
  • Deadline: Mid-June

Glimpse Correspondents Program

  • $600 award for talented writers and photographers with a passion for storytelling and a knack for finding truly unique stories.
  • The program is open to anyone who will be working, volunteering, or studying outside of his or her home country for at least 10 weeks.
  • Deadline: End of July

GO! Overseas Volunteer Abroad Scholarship

  • $1,000 for students who have been accepted to a study abroad program that includes voluntarism.
  • The scholarship is awarded based on creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions.
  • Deadline: January 

Affiliated Program Scholarships

  • CIEE Council on International Education Exchange
  • SIT Study Abroad
  • IE3 Global Internships

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Study abroad programs offered at all UW campuses are available to UW Bothell students

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Global Initiatives
Student Success Center

Study Abroad Advising

Natalia Dyba, Director

Amelia Payne and Brittney Phanivong, Peer Advisors

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UW Study Abroad Office

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