Santa Clara University

Study Abroad

Funding Opportunities

Ways to Finance Your Study Abroad Program

Don't let cost stop you from fulfilling your dream to study abroad. There are ways to seek funding source for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Did you know that you can use your financial aid package from Santa Clara for your study abroad fees? In addition to your university aid, you can also start your own fundraising campaign with friends and family while also applying for other external scholarships and grants available specifically to fund international educational opportunities. With a little  time and effort, you may be able to secure additional funding for your study abroad expenses.

Personal Appeals

Don't underestimate the generosity of your family, friends, relatives, and your parish in supporting your quest to expand your Santa Clara education.
Write Letters

Have you written a personal letter (not email) to your grandparents, friends, church group, parish, club, and that rich aunt or uncle of yours informing them of your plans to expand your Santa Clara education by studying abroad? It's helpful to give them a list of the expenses that you anticipate including airfare, student visa cost, textbooks, etc. You may want to incorporate the reasons why Santa Clara considers studying abroad as an important element of a Santa Clara diploma. Read, Why Study Abroad?


If you don't already have a Paypal account, you may want to set one up to make it easy for your friends and family to donate to your study abroad fund from the security of their home. Once you have an account, then you can direct them to donate online.


If you're spending so much time with your FB friends, then try appealing to them for a small donation, e.g. $10.00 each. Having a paypal account will help for those who wish to donate online.

Santa Clara Aid

Students may use their University aid programs for SCU-operated, Affiliated, Exchange Programs for the regular terms.

Financial Aid Office
Please meet with your financial aid counselor to determine the details of your aid package:

Office of Fellowships
The Office of Fellowships at Santa Clara was established in 2005 to provide the central management and administrative responsibility for advising students about a wide variety of highly competitive external fellowships, scholarships, awards, and prizes requiring University nomination, endorsement, or review. For more information, please visit their website:

Affiliated Program Aid

Most of our affiliated program providers offer a variety of need & merit based grants and scholarships ranging from $200 - $2,000. Whatever amount of aid you receive from one of our affiliated providers is passed on to you as a credit to your ecampus account. The following are some of the aid opportunities.


Arcadia College of Global Studies Scholarships
Scholarships based on financial need are available for students. "Eligibility is based on financial need and aims to help students for whom financial assistance can mean the difference between participation in an Arcadia program and staying home." For more info, visit:


BU Aid for Non-BU Students
Need and merit-based grants and scholarships are available for Santa Clara students participating in any of the approved study abroad programs offered by Boston University. For more info, visit:

CIEE Global Access Initiative for Study Abroad (GAIN)
CIEE launched GAIN "to help overcome the main barriers to study abroad, namely, the challenges of cost and curriculum development." For more info, visit:


IES Early Aid Program
IES Abroad will "provide qualified students with a need-based financial aid offer even before they are accepted to one of our study abroad programs." Awards of up to $2,000 are available for Fall and Spring programs and up to $1,000 for summer programs. For more info, visit the Scholarships & Aid section of the IES Abroad website:


SU Abroad Financial Aid for Non-SU Students
Syracuse University Abroad Office offers scholarships, grants, and tuition differential to non-Syracuse University students participating in their approved study abroad programs. For more info, visit:


External Grants & Scholarships

There are hundreds of organizations and associations that want to fund students' study abroad program. With a little time and effort you may be able to secure additional funding from them. The following are some of the organizations that have funded study abroad students.

Diversity Abroad

Diversity Abroad is a comprehensive study abroad program portal specifically founded to help students of color. You can find a wealth of information including study abroad financial aid options.


Study Abroad Funding
Sponsored by the Institute of International Education (IIE), this website contains a database of study abroad funding:


National Security Education Program
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) offers a significant number of merit-based scholarships, intended primarily to support the development of expertise in less commonly taught languages, cultures and areas important to U.S. national security (i.e. excluding Western Europe, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia). The goal of NSEP is to increase international opportunities for U.S. citizens enrolled in institutions of higher education at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Awards up to $20,000 per year. Find out more at:


Freeman - ASIA Program
The Freeman-ASIA Program aims to increase the number of American undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia by providing students with the information and financial assistance they will need. Awards will range from $3,000-$7,000 depending on the length of the study abroad experience. Awardees will be expected to share their experiences with their home campus to encourage study abroad by others, and to spread understanding of Asia in their home communities. Deadlines are early. Find out more at

Gilman Scholarship Program
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is enables students who have limited financial means to participate in study abroad opportunities worldwide. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students at two- and four-year institutions to pursue semester or academic-year long study abroad opportunities in other countries. To be eligible students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba. For more information, application deadlines and the online application please access the Gilman Program website at


Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships
The Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships are awarded each year by the Rotary clubs all around the world. They enable students to spend an academic year studying abroad in a country, which there are Rotary clubs. Rotary International is seeking students with strong academic records who would benefit personally, professionally, and academically from studying overseas. Applicants should have strong leadership skills, be interested in service, and make good "international ambassadors." You need to start early for this application process (freshman year) as it takes time. Awards up to $23,000 for the academic year and covers tuition, room and board, and transportation. Find out more at


Bridging Scholarship
The Bridging Scholarship is for American undergraduate students studying in Japan majoring in any field of study. Japanese language background is not a requirement. Awards range from $2500 to $4000, depending on length of program.


German Academic Service Scholarship
The German Academic Service (DAAD) offers undergraduate scholarships for study abroad, university language or summer courses, and/or internships in Germany. Find out more at 


Florence Sister County Commission Scholarship Program
The County of Santa Clara and the Province of Florence have a Sister County relationship that promotes intercultural and educational exchanges between these regions. Every year the Commission offers scholarships up to $3,000 to Santa Clara University who are participating in an academic year in Florence, Italy. For more information, please contact Wendy Teague, Commissioner ( and for the application, please visit: or download the latest brochure.


Scholarship to Study Arabic in Middle East

The Silicon Valley Middle East Studies Consortium has scholarships for students from Santa Clara University, San Jose City College, and San Jose State University who are studying or plan to study Arabic. For more information, contact Katie Dwaileebe ( or visit the their website:

Study Abroad Scholarships in Turkey for American Minority Students
The Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) has a diverse array of scholarship programs that support its educational mission. One of these programs provides up to 100 scholarships to African American, Hispanic American and Native American students who choose Turkey as their study abroad destination.

TCA Scholarships range from $500 to $2,000 per student. For more information, or to apply, please visit:

Freeman-ASIA Summer Awards

Student Application Deadline - February 15, 2011
Adviser Endorsement Deadline - February 22, 2011

Freeman-ASIA provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program's goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Awards of up to $3,000 are available for summer programs.

The online application for Fall 2011 and Academic Year 2011-12 programs will open on February 18, 2011. Award amounts range from a maximum of $5,000 for a semester/quarter program to a maximum of $7,000 for an academic year program.

For more information, eligibility requirements, and the online application, please visit:

GO! Overseas Scholarships
GO! Overseas supports international education through scholarships available to students participating in study abroad programs. Scholarships are awarded each year. The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions. For more information and to apply, visit:

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