The key to making study abroad financially feasible is planning ahead. Research scholarships and funding options well in advance, and consider combining multiple sources of funding. Below are some resources to get you started:
A funding directory featuring study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants.
Diversity Abroad Scholarships/Grants
Hampshire College is a member of Diversity Abroad as of fall 2016. Hampshire College students are now eligible for select Diversity Abroad scholarships. DiversityAbroad.com has partnered with several organizations to offer study abroad grants and scholarships. See their website for a list of scholarships offered for minority students, first generation students, low-income students, and students with disabilities.
International Education Financial Aid (IEFA)
A resource for financial aid, college scholarship, and grant information for U.S. and international students wishing to study abroad.
A list of fellowships, grants, and scholarships available through different departments and offices on campus. Some may be used to fund outside study or internships.
The Benjamin A.Gilman International Scholarship Award
This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Award recipients receive up to $5,000. Students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship are now eligible to receive an additional $3,000 "Critical Need Language" Supplement from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. Contact GEO to meet with Hampshire's Gilman advisor.
Boren Awards for International Study
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. Boren Scholarships 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. Note that NSEP grants have a service obligation.
Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarships
The Fund for Education Abroad in committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education-abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions. FEA offers a general scholarship with award amounts up to $10,000 as well as two dedicated scholarships.
GO Overseas Study Abroad Scholarships
Open to all current or aspiring study abroad students. The scholarships are awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions.
Rotary Foundation Scholarships
The Rotary Foundation provides the largest single U.S. scholarship program for study abroad. Scholarships are available for all levels of study, including high school, undergraduate, and graduate as well as to alums and professionals. Application possible only through local Rotary Clubs.
Giva Corporate Student Scholarships
Giva's Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award is aimed at assisting undergraduate or graduate students to further their education as well as expand their social responsibility and community service footprint in the world.
LIVFund.org (Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela)
BUTEX Scholarship (UK)
Think New New Zealand Education (New Zealand)
Critical Language Scholarship Program
Charles Mark Scholarships (Five College Center for the Study of World Languages)
Whitaker International Program
James Beard Foundation
Consider tapping into your friends, family, and social networks to help defray the cost of study abroad. Crowdfunding is the process of raising small amounts of money from a large number of people. The following crowdfunding platforms are geared to education and education abroad fundraising:
An online platform where students can set up their own fundraising campaigns for their programs abroad, which can be shared with various networks of friends and family via social media.
By creating a fundraising Mission through GoEnnounce students can launch a fundraiser for clubs, causes, and educational experiences about which they're passionate.
Raise money for yourself, others, and charities.
Compassionate crowdfunding, providing free fundraising and support for humanitarian causes.
PLATO: Resources to Support Underrepresented Students
Links to organizations, resources, and scholarships that support academic advancement for underrepresented groups.
U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: Office of Academic Exchanges
The Office of Academic Exchange Programs plans, develops, administers, and monitors several major exchange activities including the Fulbright Program, Critical Language Scholarship Program, Global Undergraduate Exchange Program, Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program, and Study of the United States Institutes.
International Student Loan Center
Student loans for students worldwide, including U.S. students abroad and international students in the U.S.A.