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. You can – and should! – apply for scholarships before you even apply to a study abroad program.
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 Ambassador Scholarship
Funding – $1,000 to $2,000 – to offset travel expenses required to participate in a study abroad program. Applicants must:
- Be enrolled full-time in a UW Bothell degree program, including the quarter following study abroad;
- Commit to promoting study abroad opportunities among UW Bothell students upon their return as a Study Abroad Ambassador.
Deadlines: November, February, April, June. Get more info on applying.
*** Letter of recommendation no longer required ***
UW Study Abroad Scholarships
- Any student selected to participate in a UW Study Abroad program is eligible to be considered. There is no separate deadline and no additional application required: Check a box on your UW Study Abroad program application by the priority deadline to be considered for a scholarship.
- 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.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Funded by U.S. Congress, the Gilman program aims to bring diversity to study abroad, both in terms of who’s participating and where they’re going. Applicants must be undergraduates who are U.S. citizens or nationals and be receiving a Federal Pell Grant. Non-traditional destinations (outside of Western Europe and Australia) are preferred.
Deadlines: October, March. Get more info and apply online.
Gilman McCain Scholarship
Funded by US Congress, the Gilman-McCain International Scholarship is for Military Families. It provides awards of $5,000 for undergraduate child and spousal dependents of active or activated United States military personnel during the time of application to study or intern abroad. Applicants must be recipients of any type of Title IV federal financial aid during the time of application or during their study abroad program or internship.
Deadlines: January, August. Get more info and apply online.
Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships
Intended to support students from underrepresented backgrounds in study abroad, the fund offers multiple awards of up to $10,000 each. Students are encourgaed to apply before applying to a study abroad program. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident and participate in a study abroad program that is a minimum of four weeks long and is academically rigorous.
Deadlines: September, January. Get more info and apply online.
Partner Program Scholarships
- CIEE – All UW students receive a $500 discount per session block and students receiving a Federal Pell Grant are guaranteed a GAIN grant to cover their travel expenses. Students who apply for the Gilman scholarship automatically receive an additional $1,000 Go Global scholarship from CIEE (even if they are not awarded a Gilman scholarship). There are also competitive scholarships available through the CIEE program application. It is recommended that students prioritize submitting the scholarship/finance portion of their CIEE application early to be eligible for more funding opportunities.
- SIT – Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant during their study abroad term receive a matching grant from SIT. Additional scholarships are available as part of the SIT program application.
Critical Language Scholarship
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen.
- Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu–beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
- Arabic and Persian: advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
- Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship
Supports undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in acquiring modern foreign language or international studies competencies, at the UW or abroad (summer only). Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.
Deadline: January. Get more info and apply online.
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 U.S. national security interests. The scholarship offers up to $20,000 for year-long programs. Recipients commit to work for the federal government for one year post-graduation. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen.
Deadline: January/February. Get more info and apply online.
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.
Deadlines: December and January. Get more info and apply online.
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.Applicants with limited international experience are encouraged to apply.
- Be a freshman or sophomore
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Have a 3.5+ GPA
Deadline: March. Get more info and apply online.
In 2005, the Scan|Design Foundation by Inger and Jens Bruun, based in Seattle, Washington, established a study abroad fellowship program at the University of Washington. The program is designed to foster Danish-American relations by providing generous financial support to undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted to study abroad in Denmark for a semester, a summer, or a full academic year through any of UW Seattle’s Danish study abroad exchange programs. These include the University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Business School, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, the Aarhus University, Aarhus School of Architecture, and the affiliated study abroad program with the Danish Institute of Study Abroad (DIS). Summer scholarships are also available for summer travel study (exchange or independent study options). The program also supports Danish students attending UW-Seattle via these exchange agreements. Fellowships are intended to provide financial support to students from all academic fields of study.
Deadline: January. Get more info and apply online.
Note: These programs are not endorsed by UW and may use your information for promotional purposes.
Go Overseas Scholarships
Go Overseas partners with specific universities and travel organizations to fund American students going abroad. Several scholarships are available throughout the year, to take classes directly at specific universities in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Scotland. Note that not all GoOverseas partners are UW exchange partners, but several are!
Deadline: varies. Learn more at Go Overseas Scholarships
Scott’s Cheap Flights Study Abroad Scholarship
One $1,000 scholarship awarded each Fall and Spring. Applicants must be U.S. residents.
Deadlines: October and March. Get more info and apply online.
Study Abroad Advising
Virtual and in-person advising appointments are now available!