Study Abroad Funding

Scholarships for study abroad come in all shapes and sizes. The eligibility criteria cover a spectrum of requirements, some of which are merit-based while others are financial neediness based. Most scholarships are very competitive and offer only enough money to cover a portion of a total program’s cost. The best plan of action is to apply to many scholarships in order to secure at least one (or a few) sources of funding. In the end, you will probably still have to pay for some of your program out-of-pocket.

Start Early

Start learning about scholarships early. Even though you may not plan to study abroad until 6 months or more from now, some scholarship deadlines are very early, and ideally you should begin saving money a year in advance. You’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to get the funds you need.

Know Your Cards

While some scholarships and grants are open to anyone, many are strictly awarded for reasons pertaining to applicant’s ethnic/racial background (including underrepresented demographics), major, financial need, merit, program location (regional or country-specific), program’s focus of study, etc. Search the internet using keyword criteria to find niche scholarships.

Apply to Many Scholarships

Don’t apply to just one scholarship or grant. They’re all competitive, and you’ll increase your chances of securing at least some money if you put your eggs into many different baskets. Furthermore, most scholarships can only cover a portion of your program’s total cost, so try to get multiple sources of funding.

Expect to Pay Some Costs Out of Pocket

It is rare that students get enough scholarship funding to cover all of the costs of studying abroad. Expect to pay for some costs out of your own pocket. Try to earn money on the side and save up in advance. You are investing in your own education, personal development, and career-worthy experience.

University of South Florida and USF Education Abroad Funding

Asia-Specific Scholarships and Grants

  • Pacific Prime offers scholarships for study abroad in Asia
  • Blakemore Foundation offers grants for Asian language study
  • Bridging Scholarships awards scholarships for study abroad in Japan
  • Monbukagakusho offers very competitive scholarships to study in Japan
  • Japan Study Support has a comprehensive list of scholarships for study in Japan
  • Hashi awards a scholarship to Americans participating in overseas programs
  • Nippon Foundation Nikkei Scholarship gives scholarship to Japanese descendants
  • The Confucius Institute Headquarters runs a “Confucius Institute Scholarship” program to provide financial aid for students, scholars and Chinese language teachers worldwide to proceed to a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) in Chinese universities, or study in such majors as Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History and Chinese Philosophy.
  • The MOE Huayu Enrichment Scholarship provides funding for 2 months of Mandarin/Chinese study at any accredited Mandarin center in a university or college in Taiwan.
  • The Scholarship Program For Advanced Mandarin is for American undergraduate and graduate students, who are enrolled as full-time students at a U.S. college or university, and who are interested in improving their Mandarin language proficiency through study abroad at a university in Taiwan.

General Scholarships and Grants

Study Abroad Funding Search Tools

  • IIE Passport has a comprehensive list of scholarships, including ones applicable for the Asia and Oceania region
  • has a collection of funding options
  • ScholarshipExperts is a great website with tons of scholarships that you can search by a range of criteria
  • FastWeb allows you to search for scholarships based on your skills, strengths, and interests

 Learn more about Scholarships and Funding your study abroad trip.


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