Study Abroad Scholarships, Financial Aid and Budgeting

Budgeting for Study Abroad (pdf)

Financial Aid
Financial Aid is available for most study abroad programs affiliated with Bellarmine University. Please contact your Financial Aid Counselor to find out for what you are eligible.

Study Abroad Scholarships
There are numerous study abroad scholarships with varying criteria. Please click on the links below to find out specific information, requirements, and deadlines on the scholarships. Also consult with the Office for Study Abroad and International Learning (bklein@bellarmine.edu) for guidance and discussion. 
 

Long Term Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

Global Awareness Scholarship - This scholarship is available for undergraduate students who are participating in a program abroad (a limited number of scholarships are available for graduate students as well). Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis until the funds have been depleted. Please make sure to indicate in your application essay if you are a high financial-need candidate (e.g., Pell grant recipient, funding your study abroad yourself). Priority deadline is December 1. Apply here.

First-Year First-Generation Global Awareness Scholarship - This scholarship is available for first-year first-generation undergraduate students who are participating in a program abroad. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis until the funds have been depleted. Please make sure to indicate in your application essay if you are a high financial-need candidate (e.g., Pell grant recipient, funding your study abroad yourself). Apply here.

Global Knights Scholarship for Foreign Language Students - This scholarship is open to Bellarmine undergraduate students of German, French, Italian, or Spanish. Awards of up to $4000 are available. Priority scholarship deadline is December 1. Apply here.

Global Explorer Scholarship - This scholarship is open to undergraduate students who are studying on a program in a Germanic or Romance language destination (even if the classes will be taught in English). Students who are eligible for the Global Knights Scholarship for Foreign Language are not eligible for the Global Explorer Scholarship. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000. Priority scholarship deadline is December 1. Apply here.

First-Year First-Generation Global Explorer Scholarship - This scholarship is open to first-year first-generation undergraduate students who are studying in a non-English speaking country (Germanic or Romance language destination preferred). Apply here.

Ferguson Scholarship - This scholarship is for the student who enjoys independent work. The student must propose a project and have two faculty members recommend the student’s work. The student will present his/her work to the scholarship committee upon return from the study abroad experience. Awards of up to $1000 are given for long or short term study abroad. (Priority scholarship deadline December 1 for the following academic year.)

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program - This scholarship provides awards for US 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. Students must be participating in a semester or academic year program. This is a competitive scholarship. Awards of up to $5,000 are available. *(Pell Grant recipients who apply for this scholarship will have their $50 application fee reimbursed to their BU account by the OSAIL. Please contact the OSAIL for more information about this.)

ISEP Scholarships - Scholarships are available for students who participate in the ISEP semester or academic year exchange program. There are scholarship opportunities available in many countries. Awards vary.

CIEE Global Scholars - The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is offering up to $600,000 in scholarships to U.S. students who study abroad at CIEE's new Global Institutes during the fall semester. Bellarmine University can nominate up to two qualified students to receive scholarships. Chosen students will become CIEE Global Scholars and will engage in a comparative learning experience in three locations (choosing among Berlin, London, Paris, or Rome) over the course of 18 weeks as part of the CIEE Open Campus program. Please contact the OSAIL if you wish to be nominated.

The Community Foundation of Louisville - The Community Foundation of Louisville welcomes applications for more than $1 million in scholarship funds for the each school year. The CFL manages more than 80 different scholarship funds with individual awards that range from $500 to $10,000. This includes the Darcy Blair Memorial Scholarship, which helps girls pursue interests in addition to their formal education, such as extracurricular or life experience activities, travel or studying a foreign language. Applications are open from December until February 15.

NSEP David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships - NSEP scholarships are intended to provide support to U.S. undergraduates who will pursue the study of languages and cultures currently underrepresented in study abroad and critical to U.S. national security. Study of a foreign language appropriate to the identified country must be part of each proposal. Awards can be applied to summer, (6 weeks minimum) semester or academic year programs. Preference is given to students studying for a full academic year. Awards of up to $20,000 are available.
 
Foundation for Global Scholars - The Foundation for Global Scholars’ mission is to create global citizens and leaders by assisting students in achieving their personal and professional goals of obtaining cultural and academic experiences abroad. The Foundation awards scholarships to help enable students to obtain an international experience. Students who are from underrepresented populations (students from low income families; ethnic backgrounds; academic majors; students with mobility impairments; Rocky Mountain geographic region; or first-generation college students) in international education are a priority. Deadlines vary for Spring, Summer, and Fall. Please check the website for specific details. (Currently not accepting applications.)

Fund for Education Abroad - The Fund for Education Abroad provides scholarships for students studying abroad, especially for students who are studying a foreign language, going to a non-traditional destination, and in need of financial support. Awards are up to $5000. The application period is from Nov. 15, 2017 to Jan. 10, 2018.

ROTC Scholarship Checklist and ROTC Scholarship Procedure

Short Term Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

Global Awareness Scholarship - This scholarship is available for undergraduate students who are participating in a program abroad (a limited number of scholarships are available for graduate students as well). Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis until the funds have been depleted. Please make sure to indicate in your application essay if you are a high financial-need candidate (e.g., Pell grant recipient, funding your study abroad yourself). Priority deadline is December 1. Apply here.

First-Year First-Generation Global Awareness Scholarship - This scholarship is available for first-year first-generation undergraduate students who are participating in a program abroad. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis until the funds have been depleted. Please make sure to indicate in your application essay if you are a high financial-need candidate (e.g., Pell grant recipient, funding your study abroad yourself). Apply here.

Global Knights Scholarship for Foreign Language Students - This scholarship is open to Bellarmine undergraduate students of German, French, Italian, or Spanish. Awards of up to $4000 are available. Priority scholarship deadline is December 1. Apply here.

Global Explorer Scholarship - This scholarship is open to undergraduate students who are studying on a program in a Germanic or Romance language destination (even if the classes will be taught in English). Students who are eligible for the Global Knights Scholarship for Foreign Language are not eligible for the Global Explorer Scholarship. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000. Priority scholarship deadline is December 1. Apply here.

First-Year First-Generation Global Explorer Scholarship - This scholarship is open to first-year first-generation undergraduate students who are studying in a non-English speaking country (Germanic or Romance language destination preferred). Apply here.

David Hershberg Scholarship - A grant was established by the Hershberg family and is administered by the World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana. A selection committee will evaluate applications on the basis of academic merit and the importance of study abroad for the personal, intellectual, and professional development of the candidate. Scholarship funds of at least $1,500 can be used to help defray the costs of international travel, lodging, and maintenance for a period of at least 21 days of study or research outside the United States. Application deadline is February 17, 2017.

KIIS Scholarships - There are several scholarship opportunities for students attending KIIS programs including:

  1. Summer programs: One $600 scholarship for each KIIS program (deadline Feb 15).
  2. Winter programs: One $300 scholarship for each KIIS program (deadline Oct. 1).

CCSA Scholarship- There are several scholarship opportunities for students attending CCSA programs including the CCSA Scholarship (Maximum of $1000 per individual award, deadline for summer is Feb. 23, 2018).
 
Ferguson Scholarship - This scholarship is for the student who enjoys independent work. The student must propose a project and have two faculty members recommend the student’s work. The student will present his/her work to the scholarship committee upon return from the study abroad experience. Awards of up to $1000 are given for long or short term study abroad. (Priority scholarship deadline December 1 for the following academic year.).

The Community Foundation of Louisville - The Community Foundation of Louisville accepts applications for more than $1 million in scholarship funds each school year. The CFL manages more than 80 different scholarship funds with individual awards that range from $500 to $10,000. This includes the Darcy Blair Memorial Scholarship, which helps girls pursue interests in addition to their formal education, such as extracurricular or life experience activities, travel or studying a foreign language. Applications are open from December until February 15.

CIEE Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Scholarships - The CIEE Global Access Initiative (GAIN), was created to help students overcome major barriers to study abroad, namely, costs and curriculum requirements. GAIN aids in the diversification of study abroad by providing overseas opportunities for students who are economically challenged, and from diverse backgrounds, or underrepresented fields of study. Grants and scholarships will be available for the 36 CIEE summer programs offered in 21 countries. 

ROTC Scholarship Checklist and ROTC Scholarship Procedure

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program - This scholarship provides awards for US 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. Students must be participating in a semester or academic year program. This is a competitive scholarship. Awards of up to $5,000 are available. *(Pell Grant recipients who apply for this scholarship will have their $50 application fee reimbursed to their BU account by the OSAIL. Please contact the OSAIL for more information about this.)

Foundation for Global Scholars - The Foundation for Global Scholars’ mission is to create global citizens and leaders by assisting students in achieving their personal and professional goals of obtaining cultural and academic experiences abroad. The Foundation awards scholarships to help enable students to obtain an international experience. Students who are from underrepresented populations (students from low income families; ethnic backgrounds; academic majors; students with mobility impairments; Rocky Mountain geographic region; or first-generation college students) in international education are a priority. Deadlines vary for Spring, Summer, and Fall. Please check the website for specific details. (Currently not accepting applications.)

Fund for Education Abroad - The Fund for Education Abroad provides scholarships for students studying abroad, especially for students who are studying a foreign language, going to a non-traditional destination, and in need of financial support. Awards are up to $5000. The application period is from Nov. 15, 2017 to Jan. 10, 2018.

NSEP David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships - NSEP scholarships are intended to provide support to U.S. undergraduates who will pursue the study of languages and cultures currently underrepresented in study abroad and critical to U.S. national security. Study of a foreign language appropriate to the identified country must be part of each proposal. Awards can be applied to summer, (6 weeks minimum) semester or academic year programs. Preference is given to students studying for a full academic year. Awards of up to $20,000 are available.

Fund for International Service Learning Scholarship - In August of 2004, five individuals founded the Fund for International Service Learning (FISL) as a nonprofit organization dedicated to distributing scholarships to those planning to participate in international service-learning programs. IPSL and FISL believe in the positive influence international study has on students and the reciprocal benefits of service to others. FISL is dedicated to financially assisting those who wish to broaden their minds while studying and serving others abroad. The current application deadline has passed.

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes - The United States Department of State and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) are pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for intensive overseas summer study in critical-need languages such as Arabic, Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu. As part of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), a U.S. government inter-agency effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages, the Department of State Critical Language Scholarships will provide funding for U.S. citizen undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. students to participate in beginning, intermediate and advanced level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers. Recipients of these scholarships will be expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. (Application deadline is November 16, 2016)

Cultural Vistas Fellowship - This program affords underrepresented U.S. university students the unique opportunity to advance their career goals, develop global competencies, and experience life in another culture. Up to 12 fellows will be selected to take part in this multinational professional development program that includes eight-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany, and India. This fellowship opportunity is funded by Cultural Vistas. (Application deadline is January 6, 2016)

General Study Abroad Funding Resources

CIS Abroad Budgeting and Scholarship Resources

International Education Fellowships, Education Abroad Funding - This website has links for scholarships available to students studying abroad.

The International Scholarship Search - This website has links to thousands of different scholarships for everything from agriculture to other specialized degrees. 

External Scholarships Database - The University of Minnesota website has a great external database of scholarships.

FastWeb - Hundreds of scholarships are available after registering on this website.

Study Abroad Loans - This website offers loans to students studying abroad. Please check with Bellarmine’s Financial Aid Office to find out what your current package is.

IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding - This valuable funding resource allows you to search by country or subject to find the study abroad funding information that you need. Our comprehensive database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants can help make your dream of studying abroad a financial possibility and a profound reality.

Scholarship Portal  - This website provides a comprehensive free search database system for scholarships available throughout Europe; you can search by region, country and discipline.

FastWeb - This website will not only help you find study abroad scholarships, but scholarships of all kinds that may help you get through the rest of college. The service is free but offers a number of extra benefits if you decide to register.

Mach25 Scholarship Search - This is a simple and free scholarship search database. In a Keyword Search, try entering the name of a language you are interested in and browse through the results to find anything you qualify for.

Grants.gov - The great thing about grants is they're NOT loans, so you don't have to pay them back. Use this database to find money available to cover various costs of study abroad.

http://www.internationalstudentloan.com

Country and Region Specific Study Abroad Scholarships

Asia
  • Freeman-ASIA Scholarship - Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate 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.
Australia
  • Scholarships for Study in Australia - This database provided by the Australian government gives students easy access to the available funding for international students studying there.

Canada

  • Killam Fellowships - The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in the United States to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada.
Ecuador 
  • KIIS Ecuador Program - Kentucky Ecuador Partners Scholarship - Kentucky-Ecuador Partners offers one $500 scholarship for a participant in the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) Ecuador program. The purpose of the scholarship is to support study abroad in Ecuador, and to increase awareness of the Kentucky-Ecuador Partners of the Americas program among a new generation of students. Deadline is March 1.
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) - We are happy to announce five $1000 scholarships available for the spring 2018 semester. Rehearsing Change is a unique Fair Trade Learning Program partnered with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) 

    • 2 Coming/Breaking Out from the Margins Scholarships – If you identify with a group that is marginalized from power, or if your identity has been marginalized by existing power structures, you can apply for this scholarship.
    • 2 Social Justice Ally Scholarships – If you consider that much of your identity/history is related to oppressive power structures but feel passionate about struggling for social justice and ending all forms of hate, then you can apply for this scholarship.
    • 1 Public (or under-represented) Institution Scholarships – Students from public institutions, as well as smaller or less affluent private schools, are underrepresented in our program. If you attend one of these institutions, you can apply for this scholarship.

    To apply for the scholarship, students simply need to put a note at the end of their application essay regarding the scholarship(s) for which they consider themselves a candidate. If your essay is completed or turned in, simply write us an email to info@pachaysana.org with the same statement. We will then be in touch regarding the second step. Students can apply for more than one scholarship. For ease we provide direct links to Application Requirements and Testimonials.

Europe
  • ScholarshipPortal.eu - Students studying at a university in Europe can search for scholarships on this scholarship portal website.
  • BUTEX - Each year, BUTEX awards a number of scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year 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.The scholarship is open to all undergraduate students who are affiliated to a BUTEX Full Member Institution.

Germany

  • DAAD Scholarship Programs for Study and Research in Germany - Fellowships are offered for study programs in Germany. These range from a three-week summer course to the entire year after graduation. Prior German language study is not a requirement. Awards vary.
  • Congress- Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals - This scholarship program consists of two months of language school; four months of classes in your career field at a technical or professional school or university; and a five month internship in your career field. It is primarily designed for business, technical, vocational, and agricultural fields. German language proficiency is not required but strongly recommended. Awards include airfare, accommodations and a paid internship as part of the year program.
  • German Chancellor Fellowship - The German Chancellor Fellowship provides for a stay of one year in Germany for professional development, study, or research. Applicants design individual projects and decide at which institutions or organizations to pursue them. Prior knowledge of German is not required. Applicants must have received their Bachelor's Degree. Monthly stipends range from 2,000 to 3,000 EUR, and allowances are available for accompanying family members, travel expenses, and introductory German language instruction in the United States.

Italy

  • Dual Citizenship Scholarship - Università Cattolica is pleased to introduce the UCSC Dual Citizenship scholarship applicable toward its semester study abroad program. UCSC wishes to encourages students who have Italian together with any other citizenship to experience their Italian heritage by studying at UCSC for a semester or year. Students can apply for the scholarship by simply uploading their Italian passport when completing the on-line application form. Students will need to fulfill all the requirements for the Study Abroad program in order to be eligible for the scholarship. If accepted on the program, they will automatically obtain a discount on the semester fee. Students who are awarded the scholarship will have to fulfill the following : Take at least one Italian language course offered at UCSC or take at least one Italian-taught course of the University Academic Curriculum (a B2 level is required). Also, provide a written reflective report on their study abroad experience. Also, support and take part in UCSC International activities on campus (i.e. UCSC International Day / Photo Casting Call / Focus Group).

 Ireland

  • Louisville Irish Arts Foundation Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis for study abroad in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. To be eligible, students must complete the Bellarmine University OSAIL study abroad scholarship application (available here) and be in good academic and social standing with Bellarmine University.  All recipients of the scholarship are required to provide the scholarship sponsor with a formal short presentation with photographs (10-15 minutes) based on their experiences in Ireland upon their return. One award of $2,500 is available each year to a Bellarmine student.

Japan

  • Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan - Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be enrolled in a college or university in the United States. Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of up to $4,000.

Middle East

  • The William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship - The William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship at the American University in Dubai seeks to further the goals of the Clinton Presidential Foundation to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. In partnership with the American University in Dubai, the program will provide American students based in the US the opportunity to expand their educational and cultural horizons by studying in the Arab world.