10 Scholarships for International Students
May 14, 2012
Studying abroad can be among the most enriching, mind-opening experiences for students. But tuition, travel and living costs can also make attending college in a foreign country very expensive. Learn about ten scholarships for American students that can make studying abroad more affordable.
The Fulbright Program offers academic, arts, education, travel and business grants - among others - to college students, educators and professionals spending time abroad. Among the most prestigious higher education honors, Fulbright awards are extraordinarily competitive. Recipients must have demonstrated high levels of academic performance and personal achievement.
Rotary International sponsors international exchanges for hundreds of students in the United States and around the world. Designed with the intent of promoting greater understanding and fellowship between nations, the awards provide opportunities for students to choose from dozens of countries in which to study. Candidates are typically sponsored by local Rotary organizations.
Scholarships from this organization are awarded to individuals interested in learning a foreign language or adding an international component to a degree program. Featuring opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, the Boren Awards provide U.S. students with up to $30,000 to complete international study in Asia, Africa, Eastern and Central Europe, Latin America, Eurasia and the Middle East.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides grants to U.S. undergraduates studying abroad. Limited to those with a demonstrated financial need, the awards are reserved for those at a 2- or 4-year institution who are eligible for Federal Pell Grant funding. Study is open to any country except Cuba and nations on the State Department's Travel Warning list.
This national organization, dedicated to advancing equity for women and girls, offers international fellowships to female graduate students. Highly competitive, the awards typically yield winning candidates not only demonstrating academic excellence but also a commitment to others' lives through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
The Global Studies Foundation provides grants for American students who are studying abroad to learn a foreign language or otherwise gain a formative international experience. Award winners are based on academic experience and program merit, including consideration of whether study will occur in a nation deemed strategically important by the U.S. State and Defense departments.
Available to U.S. and Canadian students enrolled at a North American college, four separate financial awards from the Foundation for Global Scholars are intended to make studying abroad more affordable for individuals. Scholarships from the foundation, awarded in large part based on academic performance, range in value from $500 to $2,500.
These financial awards are available to a wide range of students, including individuals pursuing degrees within certain organization-targeted disciplines or studying in a particular region of the world. While most of the scholarships are reserved for students from institutions who are members of the consortium, one general scholarship for non-consortium students is also available.
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is an organization of high-achieving students and academicians that, among other functions, awards scholarships to members taking part in international study. The group provides 50 undergraduates with a financial award of $1,000 to use in financing a study abroad experience. More than 50 fellowships of $5,000 and $15,000 are also offered for graduate students spending time abroad.
At least five awards of $1,000 are awarded to students who are members of Golden Key International Honour Society, a global organization of excelling college students. Criteria upon which the scholarships are awarded include academic achievement and a determination of how well a study abroad program fits a candidate's scholastic focus. Both undergraduates and graduates may apply.
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