Global Initiatives: Study Abroad


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 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

Get more info on applying.
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

Get more info on UW Study Abroad 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 21 days.

Applicants must:

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

Get more info and apply online.
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

Get more info and apply online.
Deadline: October, March

Affiliated 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.  Deadline: April 1, 2018
  • 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. Deadline: April 1, 2018
  • IE3 - A $500-$1,500 Global Scholarship is available to students with financial need. Note that a separate scholarship application is required. Deadlines: February, May, October, December

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.

Get more info and apply online.
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. 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

Get more info and apply online.
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

Get more info and apply online.
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.

Get more info and apply online.
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.

Get more info and apply online.
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

Get more info and apply online.
Deadline: March

Scan|Design Fellowship

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.

Get more info and apply online.
Deadline: January

External Scholarships

Note: These programs are not endorsed by UW and may use your information for promotional purposes.

Go Overseas Scholarships

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

Deadline: October

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: December

Scott's Cheap Flights Study Abroad Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship awarded each Fall and Spring.  Applicants must be US residents.

Get more info and apply online.
Deadlines: October and March

Overseas American Study Abroad Scholarship

One $500 scholarship awarded each Spring.  Preference is given to students with financial need.  

Get more info and apply online.
Deadline: April

Study abroad program search

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

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Study Abroad Advising

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