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NEW: At-a-Glance scholarship opportunities for Intersession 2016, Spring 2016, Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 scholarships. Make sure to still check out the "External Scholarships" portion of the website for additional opportunities!


Studying abroad is a crucial element to the personal and professional growth of the USD student body. It not only promotes awareness, appreciation and respect for the complexity of cultural, political, environmental and social issues worldwide but also creates a campus environment that builds the skills needed to interact effectively in today’s global society. It is therefore the International Center’s goal that all students who are eligible, have the opportunity to study abroad.

  • USD STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS: The University of San Diego offers several scholarships to students wishing to participate in both short-term and semester long programs.
  • NON-USD SCHOLARSHIPS: While study abroad scholarships awarded through USD are limited, there are many external, non-USD scholarships available to students. 
  • HELPFUL INFORMATION: Additional information regarding the scholarship process including crowdfunding resources, scholarship databases, fundraising opportunities, checklists, information about the Writing Center as well as essay writing tips is available.
  • FINANCIAL AID: For an at-a-glance overview of the steps students should take in order to receive financial aid while studying abroad, click here. Students are also highly encouraged to review the list of financial aid application deadlines for both short-term and semester programs abroad. If you have additional questions regarding your USD financial aid and studying abroad, please visiting our Financing Study Abroad information page and/or contact the Financial Aid Office to see how your financial aid package will be affected.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding scholarships, please contact the International Center at  


International Center Need-Based Scholarship

Need-based scholarships are available for all International Center run undergraduate study abroad courses during the Intersession, Summer and Second Year Experience (SYE) sessions. All students who meet the below eligibility requirements are automatically considered for these scholarships. No formal applications are required.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a USD student
  • Completed the FAFSA application and all supplemental forms through the Office of Financial Aid
  • Opened a study abroad application before the original application deadline (see below dates).
  • Must have been accepted to an International Center Faculty-Led Intersession, Second Year Experience, or Summer program AND attend the program.

Scholarship Details

  • The Office of Financial Aid determines a student's eligibility.  Recipients are considered to have a high level of financial need and are typically Pell Grant recipients.
  • All scholarships will be directly posted to the student’s account. No cash or checks will be given.
  • Awards amounts are typically 40% of the tuition and fees charged by the International Center.
  • All students who receive an award will be asked to submit one photo with accompanying quote from their travels abroad to Kelli Bagley at
  • If a student withdraws from a program for which they've received a scholarship, the award will no longer be valid and cannot be used to cover late withdraw fees.

Notification Details

  • Students will be notified on a rolling basis, dependent upon when they opened their application.
  • All eligible recipients will be notified by the original application deadline of their program.

Important Dates

Study Abroad Session

Application Deadline and Final Scholarship Notifications Sent

Summer 2016 (Bali)

February 24, 2016

Summer 2016

March 2, 2016

Second Year Experience 2017

April 13, 2016

Intersession 2017


Summer 2017


French Major Study Abroad Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Professor Jeanne Rigsby and is awarded once per academic year. It is available to all French majors studying abroad in France. All award funds will be directly posted to the student's account. Scholarship funds cannot be used to pay for program withdraw fees. For more information, please contact Dr. Michele Magnin.

German Major Study Abroad Scholarship

The German Endowed Scholarships is available to all German majors who have been accepted to a study abroad program. This scholarship is awarded annually. For more information contact Dr. Brigitte Heimers at

Summer Language Scholarship

The Professor Gisela Sulzman scholarship is available for all USD Faculty-Led summer language programs/courses. This $500 merit-based scholarship is awarded every summer in honor of Professor Sulzman, Professor Emeritus of German. All award funds will be directly posted to the student's account. Scholarship funds cannot be used to pay for program withdraw fees. Click here for the application.

Oxford-Anne Swanke Study Abroad Scholarship

These scholarships are available to USD students studying abroad at St. Clare’s, Oxford University in honor of the memory of Anne Swanke, a former USD undergrad student. Please contact Dr. Cynthia Caywood, Oxford Study Abroad Faculty Director, for more information.

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The International Center does not offer scholarships for semester-long programs, however there are many external scholarships that students may apply for. If interested in studying abroad for the Fall and/or Spring, students are highly encouraged to research their scholarship options as soon as possible as some deadlines occur before the USD application period. If students are planning on traveling through a provider, check to see if they offer any scholarships- many do!

Click the category below for a list of scholarships available. Please note however, that these lists are not all-inclusive; USD Students are ultimately responsible for researching all available scholarship opportunities. For study abroad scholarship databases, see the Helpful Information portion of our website.

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Australia and Oceania


Latin America

Middle East and Greater Arabia

Non-Location Specific

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship- The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship- The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

Boren Scholarships- Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. They are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. PLEASE NOTE the following countries are excluded from consideration: countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

CEA Scholarships- USD students attending the Buenos Aires, Paris, Rome and Prague semester programs are eligible. CEA offers competitive scholarship opportunities available to all CEA Global Education students. These scholarships are open to program participants who meet the eligibility requirements in order to aid you in subsidizing the cost of your study abroad program. CEA currently offers nine different types of scholarships. For a complete list visit their website.

CIEE Scholarships- For many students, a study abroad experience is only possible with financial assistance. Each year CIEE awards scholarships and grants to students who plan to study overseas. Applicants should be participating in CIEE study abroad programs. Scholarship Essay Contest- Applicants must submit a 500 word essay, be a current USA citizen, enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university and have a most recent GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Fund for Education Abroad- FEA was created in order to open doors for deserving education abroad students. Starting with the 2011-2012 academic year, FEA will award funds for students planning to study abroad on any academically rigorous program. FEA scholarships are intended to meet the financial needs of students who might not be eligible for government grants or existing funds limited to specific programs or groups of students.

Foundation for Global Scholars Scholarships- The Foundation will support its mission by awarding scholarships to help enable students to obtain an international experience. Students who are from underrepresented populations in international education are a priority.

Globalinks Learning Abroad Scholarship- Students attending any USD semester programs in Australia and New Zealand are eligible. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad is international education leader in the facilitation of high quality international internships. Students should be participants in the Globalinks Learning Abroad Internship Program in order to qualify.

Go Overseas- The Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship is open to all current or aspiring study abroad students. Scholarships are awarded each year. The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples, photos, and/or video submissions.

The IE Challenge- Sponsored by Summit Global Education, participants are able to win free roundtrip airfare.  They should submit photos, videos or writings that exhibit their willingness to immerse in different cultures along with their application form.

International Student Loan- International Student Loan is here to help, by offering access to a range of international student loans, foreign-enrolled loans and study abroad loans to international students and Canadian students in the USA and for US students studying abroad around the world. Starving Student Scholarship- This is an exciting opportunity to get some cash to pay down bills, buy those expensive textbooks, or do whatever you feel will contribute to your education. Recipients could receive up to $1234.56 and are required to submit a minimum 300 word essay.

NAFSA Financial Aid Overview for Study Abroad- Financial aid for undergraduate study abroad consists mainly of federal grants and federal and private loans. However, scholarship money is also available from organizations and sponsoring companies. You likely have many questions about the cost of studying abroad and about how you can fund your abroad experience. Be sure to speak with your campus financial aid officer and study abroad adviser to learn more about specific funding options available at—and required procedures for—your college or university.

Pulitzer Center- Students are eligible to apply for international reporting fellowships of up to $2,000 each and the opportunity to work with the Pulitzer Center staff on an international reporting project. The Pulitzer Center is interested in reporting projects that focus on topics and regions of global importance, with an emphasis on issues that have gone unreported or under-reported in the mainstream American media.

Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship- This scholarship is available to all currently enrolled, full-time criminal justice or accounting majors attending a four-year college or university.

Sara's Wish Foundation Scholarship- Sara's Wish Foundation was established to perpetuate the memory of Sara Christie Schewe, killed in a fatal bus crash in India in 1996 while participating in the University of Pittsburgh's Semester at Sea Program. Students studying abroad in non-traditional locations are encouraged to apply.

Semester at Sea Scholarships- To be eligible, students do not necessarily need to qualify for standard forms of financial aid (such as Pell Grants) on their home campuses. Applicants are strongly encouraged to file the FAFSA and submit the Student Aid Report to ISE along with tax returns from the most recent tax year and any supplemental information that might be helpful in our review.

SFS General Scholarships- USD students attending the Queensland, British West Indies, Costa Rica, Kenya/Tanzania and Panama semester abroad programs are eligible. These awards are need-based. All SFS students are eligible to apply. Maximum awards are $5,000 for semester programs.

Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship- The SCSF provides individual grants ranging from $1500 to $2500 to every student who qualifies and reapplies yearly, from admission to graduation. The grant can be used to cover tuition expenses and related supplemental educational expenses such as books, lab fees, travel and select costs of living. All Shawn Carter Scholars are required to “give back” by conducting community service and by serving as mentors to younger, aspiring Shawn Carter Scholars.

STA Start the Adventure Scholarship- STA Travel has created two $2,500 scholarships for students for a study abroad program. One scholarship will be awarded in August and the other in December.  Applicants should be advocates for meaningful travel and international education and have the ability to creatively discuss why international education is important.  Program length should be no less than four weeks. 

STA Travel Scholar Award- STA’s mission is to create opportunities for students and young adults to experience the world around them. The scholarships serve to help achieve that mission and give deserving students the opportunity to study abroad where they can learn just as much about themselves as the world around them. Students should have one of the following academic majors to qualify: photography, film, art, travel and tourism, international business, international studies and/or a foreign language.

Study Advisory ScholarshipAt Study Advisory we strongly believe that education should be available to everyone, no matter what the gender, the age, the nationality or the financial situation. We encourage people from all kinds of backgrounds to apply for our scholarships. Scholarships are meant for studies abroad – no matter whether exchange studies, degree studies or an internship as a part of your studies.  This scholarship is for studies in an institution anywhere in the world and is valued at 500 euros.

The San Diego Foundation- This is the largest private scholarship provider in San Diego County outside of the university systems. In 2013 they awarded $2.2 million and nearly 800 scholarships. Only one online application is needed to access more than 100 scholarships, with awards from $1,000 to more than $5,000. They have scholarships for current college students and specifically those interested in studying abroad.

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ACTR/ACCELS Grants- Partial funding provided to support language training in Russian and other East European and Central Asian languages on study abroad programs sponsored by ACTR/ACCELS.

Asia Exchange Scholarships- Students planning on studying at Guangzhou University in China, among other universities in Asia, are eligible for this scholarship.  Applications typically open around December and close in April.  Applicants are asked to write a statement of purpose as well as include an official transcript.  Award amounts are typically around 500 euros.

Bridging Scholarship- The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, has makes it possible for AATJ to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year.

Freeman Asia- Freeman Awards for Study in Asia provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

Japanese Government Scholarships- There are seven types of Japanese government-sponsored scholarships available under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship program: those for research students, teacher training students, undergraduate university students, Japanese studies students, college of technology students, special training students and YLP students.

Japanese Language Aurora Foundation Scholarship- The Aurora Foundation is offering scholarships to USA citizens working as Japanese language teachers to use for their trip to Japan for their program.

Tomodachi Internship Program Scholarship- Created in response to President Obama's and Prime Minister Abe's commitment to facilitate Japanese internship opportunities for American students, Temple University is able to award scholarships of up to $5,000 to qualified students.

University Engineering Scholarship- The University Engineering Scholarship (UES) is open to Polytechnic Diploma holders from Singapore pursuing full-time undergraduate programmes at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT).

Yonsei University Exchange Student Scholarship- Yonsei University offers scholarships to exchange students amounting to $6,600 covering round-trip airfare, on-campus accommodations and a stipend.

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Australia and Oceania

Australia Development Scholarships- ADS aims to contribute to the long-term development needs of Australia's partner countries to promote good governance, economic growth and human development. ADS provides people with the necessary skills and knowledge to drive change and influence the development outcomes of their own country, through obtaining tertiary qualifications at participating Australian institutions.

Australian Leadership Awards- ALA focus on developing leaders who can influence social and economic policy reform and development outcomes in both their own countries and in the Asia-Pacific region. ALAs provide scholarship support for postgraduate studies in Australia and short-term fellowship opportunities in specialized research, study or professional attachments through participating Australian organizations.

Endeavor Awards- Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Europe and the America’s to undertake study, research or professional development in Australia.

Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel AwardsEducation New Zealand and New Zealand tertiary institutions will provide support for U.S. students who participate in study abroad programs at New Zealand's universities and Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics - commonly referred to as ITPs, and offering technical and applied degree programs.

Tasmanian International Scholarship- These scholarships provide international students with a 25% reduction in registered tuition fees for the duration of the course. It is available to all bachelor degrees (except Medicine, Pharmacy and Psychology). The scholarship is for tuition fees only and is not transferable to other costs such as living expenses.

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ACTR/ACCELS Grants- Partial funding provided to support language training in Russian and other East European and Central Asian languages on study abroad programs sponsored by ACTR/ACCELS.

Association of American Study Abroad Programs UK- In 2012 AASAP/UK launched the Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship. The 1,000 British Pound annual scholarship provides a deserving study abroad student with financial support to pursue academic study in the United Kingdom. The scholarship is open to undergraduate students who are currently enrolled at a US college or university, and who will be studying abroad in the UK for at least one term/semester.

British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association North American Scholarships- BUTEX offers eight scholarships to North American students studying at a university in the United Kingdom. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university.

BUTEX North American Scholarships- Each year BUTEX awards sixteen scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year. Eight scholarships are available to North American students studying in the UK. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. Applications will be accepted starting in January and the deadline for all applications is in May.

German Academic Exchange Service Scholarships- DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) North America offers nine different types of scholarships for students studying in Germany. They range from awards for 4-10 months of study, full academic years, seniors, and to students interested in German Studies and the German Parliament.

Hispanic Study Abroad Scholars- HACU: The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities has partnered with Global Learning Semesters to increase the number of Hispanic students engaged in study abroad. The Hispanic Study Abroad Scholars scholarship is one of the main components of our partnership. The scholarships will improve the affordability of study abroad for HACU students with the HSAS scholarships, some Global Learning Semesters programs are among the best-priced comprehensive study abroad programs in Europe.

IAU College, Aix-En-Provence Scholarships- IAU College offers several work-study and scholarship opportunities.  Students must be partaking the in Aix-en-Provence semester program through USD to be eligible.  Awards range from full-tuition or housing to $5,000.

King’s College London Study Abroad Excellence Awards- Each semester five King’s Study Abroad Excellence Awards will be available to our most distinguished Study Abroad students in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Awards are worth up to £3,500 and made to candidates of outstanding quality, who can best demonstrate how their time at King’s builds on their academic record, and how it will help fulfill their personal and academic ambitions.

King Olav V Norwegian-American Heritage Fund Scholarship- The Sons of Norway Foundation is sponsoring scholarships to Americans college students, 18 years or older, with a plan of studies to focus on exploring his/her interest in Norwegian heritage or in modern Norway at an institution of higher learning.

Malmberg Scholarship for Study in Sweden- The Malmberg Scholarship for Study in Sweden will grant significant funding (up to $10,000) for up to one year of study or research in Sweden to a U.S. resident who is a student enrolled in a degree-granting program at an accredited college or university in the U.S. whose current study can be supplemented by time in Sweden.

Rhodes Scholarships for Oxford University- Welcome to the website of the American Rhodes Scholarships. The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young Americans are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Applicants from more than 300 American colleges and universities have been selected as Rhodes Scholars.

Royal Holloway, University of London Scholarship- Royal Holloway offers an exceptional range of grants and scholarships to financially assist undergraduate students commencing their studies in 2012. Awards will vary depending on a student’s current residential and fee status.

St. Clare’s Oxford Study Abroad Scholarship- These scholarships are available to USD students studying abroad at St. Clare’s, Oxford University. Please contact Dr. Cynthia Caywood, Oxford Study Abroad Faculty Director, for more information.

University of Sheffield in America Study Abroad Scholarships- The University of Sheffield in England offers a scholarship of a £1,000 for one student coming for a full year of study, four scholarships of £500 each for students coming for the fall semester and four scholarships of £500 each for students coming for the spring semester. Any American national accepting a place at the University of Sheffield is eligible to apply.

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Latin America

Jennifer Ritzmann Scholarship for Studies in Tropical Biology- This scholarship is to be awarded each semester, in the amount of $1000, to a qualified participant on either the Monteverde, Costa Rica Tropical Ecology and Conservation semester-long program or the Sustainability and the Environment semester-long program.

LIV Fund- LIVFund is excited to offer its scholarship in 21 countries including Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela. The scholarship competition is open to anyone who meets the eligibility conditions and needs help covering program or living abroad expenses.

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Middle East and Greater Arabia

American Jewish League for Israel- AJLI offers scholarships for a full year of study in Israel. The scholarships can be for graduate or undergraduate students. One must be a US citizen to apply.

American University in Cairo Simpson Scholarship- Students can receive partial funding for one or two semesters of study during the junior or senior year at AUC, requiring three courses per semester in the field of Egyptology.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem/Rothberg International School Scholarships- A limited number of Merit based scholarships are being offered to highly qualified candidates from universities throughout the United States.

Ginsburg-Ingerman Scholarship- Scholarships and financial aid are available to students in both the year and semester programs through the Ginsburg-Ingerman Scholarship Program. Scholarship awards are based on economic need.

Masa Israel Scholarship- Masa offer grants and scholarships to help make the study abroad experience in Israel more affordable. The amount available depends on your country of origin, age, and the length of your program.

Melvin M. Goldberg Fellowship- Through the Jewish Federation of Allentown Pennsylvania, the Goldberg Family offers an annual Fellowship in memory of Melvin Morris Goldberg to allow an undergraduate engineering student from any U.S. University to visit Israel to perform supervised technical research at an Israeli University. The $3,000 Fellowship will be presented to a junior or senior who demonstrates enthusiasm, aptitude, interest in Israel, and the motivation to arrange a personalized research program and is intended to provide partial support for travel and living costs during the visit.

Natalie Shaltiel Scholarship for American Students- The Natalie Shaltiel Scholarship for undergraduate American Students has been endowed by an extraordinary woman who survived the Holocaust, living on to contribute greatly to mankind through her work in the field of microbiology and immunology as well as through her example of being a great human being. This scholarship is both merit and need based.

Turkish Coalition of America- TCA has established a diverse array of scholarship programs that support its educational mission. A wide range of scholarships are available for American minority students wishing to study in Turkey and support TCA's mission to build people-to-people bridges between the United States and Turkey.

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Application Checklist

This is a general checklist that students may use for their scholarship application process. Please note, some scholarships may require more or less documentation than is covered in the list.

Crowdfunding Resources

Many study abroad students have been successful in crowdfunding their study abroad experience.  Here's some study abroad crowdfunding tips and resources to get started!

Scholarship Databases/Resources

If you’d like to research additional scholarship options, here are some helpful databases:

Alternative Fundraising Options

Some scholarships may not cover all of a student’s expenses while studying abroad. So for alternative fundraising ideas, click here.

Essay Writing Tips

Oftentimes scholarship applications will require one or more essays. For some helpful tips and brainstorming ideas to help you conquer this aspect of the application process, click here.

Writing Center

If students are required to write a personal statement and/or essay for their scholarship application, they may have this reviewed at USD’s Writing Center. Here, students will receive one-on-one assistance and receive advice in the following topics:

  • understanding a text
  • thinking critically
  • generating paper topics
  • developing and focusing ideas
  • organizing information
  • refining and expanding ideas
  • grammar and punctuation

For more information, please visit the Writing Center website.

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