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 and residents of Washington State
  • Commit to promoting study abroad opportunities among UW Bothell students upon their return as a Study Abroad Ambassador

Applications are currently closed.  The next application cycle opens in January.
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 U.S. Congress, the Gilman program aims to bring diversity to study abroad. Non-traditional destinations are preferred and programs must be at least 28 days.

Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be an undergraduate
  • Be receiving a Federal Pell Grant

Deadlines: October, March

IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants

The scholarship program is intended to diversify study abroad and to encourage students to go abroad who would otherwise not participate in an international experience. IIE will offer 100 grants of $2,000 per student this year.

Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at a U.S. college or university that is a Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partner (UW Bothell is one)
  • Participate in a program abroad for academic credit during the Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall 2018 terms
  • Demonstrate financial need with consideration given to the following factors: status as first-generation college students; status as members of underrepresented racial/ethinic/gender groups; disabilities; and the lack of experience with travel abroad

Deadline: Application closed for 2017

Explore the World Travel Scholarship

Applicants must:

  • Be 18 - 30 years of age at the time of application
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (possess Green Card)
  • 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 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. 

Languages offered:

  • 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

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen

Deadline: Application closed for 2017

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. Students may apply prior to committing to a study abroad program.

Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident
  • Participate in a study abroad program that is a minimum of four weeks long and is academically rigorous

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 a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident
  • 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. Recipients commit to work for the federal government for one year post-graduation.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen

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.

Applicants must be proficient in German

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.Applicants with limited international experience are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must:

  • Be a freshman or sophomore
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a 3.5+ GPA

Deadline: March

Go Overseas Scholarships

FULL SCHOLARSHIP to Study Abroad in New Zealand--undergrad and postgraduate scholarships available

Deadline: Application closed for 2017.

Travel Acess Project & Go Overseas Gap Year Grants

Two grants are offered for gap year travelers, worth $1500 each. Travelers around the world are welcome to apply.

Deadline: Application closed for 2017.

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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UW Study Abroad Office

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