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Study Abroad Scholarships, Financial Aid and Budgeting

Budgeting for Study Abroad

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 International Programs Office (bklein@bellarmine.edu) for guidance and discussion.

Long Term Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

  • Global Knights Scholarship for Foreign Language Students - This scholarship is open to students of French, Italian, Spanish or German. The award may be applied to summer or academic term study abroad. Awards of up to $4000 are available. Priority scholarship deadline February 1, 2015. Apply here.
  • Global Awareness Scholarship - This scholarship is available for students who are participating on a program during Summer 2015, Fall 2015, or Spring 2016. Scholarships of $1000 to $3000 are available. The priority deadline is February 1, 2015. Apply here.
  • Global Explorer Scholarship - This scholarship is open to students who are studying for a short or long term BU-affiliate program in a non-English speaking country (even if the classes will be taught in English). Students who are eligible for the Global Knights Scholarship for Foreign Language Students are not eligible for the Global Explorer Scholarship. Awards of up to $2000 are available.  (Priority scholarship deadline February 1, 2015. Apply here.
  • Zvinakis Southeast Asian Studies Scholarship - This scholarship is for students who are interested in studying abroad in destinations in Southeast Asia. Award is up to $2,500. Please contact the IPO for more details.
  • The Ferguson Fund for Study Abroad - 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. (Application deadline is February 1)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Community Foundation of Louisville - The Community Foundation of Louisville offers access to over 80 scholarship funds. It awarded over $1 million for the 2014-2015 academic year. 
  • 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.  
  • 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. A ward are up to $5000. The deadline is mid-November.
  • ROTC Scholarship Checklist and ROTC Scholarship Procedure
  • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships - Several types of scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants must apply through their local Rotary club. The award covers the majority of costs for participation in a study or research program abroad. More information available here.

Short Term Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

  • Global Knights Foreign Language ScholarshipThis scholarship is open to students of French, Italian, Spanish or German. The award may be applied to summer or academic term study abroad. Awards of up to $4000 are available. Priority scholarship deadline February 1, 2015. Apply here.
  • Global Awareness Scholarship - This scholarship is available for students who are participating on a program during Summer 2015, Fall 2015, or Spring 2016. Scholarships of $1000 to $3000 are available. The priority deadline is February 1, 2015. Apply here.
  • Global Explorer Scholarship - This scholarship is open to students who are studying for a short or long term BU-affiliate program in a non-English speaking country (even if the classes will be taught in English). Students who are eligible for the Global Knights Scholarship for Foreign Language Students are not eligible for the Global Explorer Scholarship. Awards of up to $2000 are available.  (Priority scholarship deadline February 1, 2015. Apply here.
  • KIIS Scholarships - These awards are available to students participating in summer or semester KIIS programs. They are need-based. Awards are given in the amount of $500 for summer study and $750 for semester study. (Application deadline is March 1)
  • Zvinakis Southeast Asian Studies Scholarship - This scholarship is for students who are interested in studying abroad in destinations in Southeast Asia. Award is up to $2,500. Please contact the IPO for more details.
  • The Ferguson Fund for Study Abroad - 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. (Application deadline is February 1).
  • The David Hershberg Scholarship - Eligibility for this grant is limited to students currently enrolled in a degree program at any accredited Metro Louisville area institution of higher learning. The award can be applied to international summer study (21 day minimum). Awards of up to $2000 are available. (Application opens January 1, 2013. Application deadline is February 17, 2013) 
  • The Community Foundation of Louisville - The Community Foundation of Louisville offers access to over 80 scholarship funds, awarding over $1 million for the 2014-2015 academic year. 
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • 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. A ward are up to $5000. The deadline is mid-November.
  • 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. Application deadline is April 15.
  • 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 interagency 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 April 24)
  • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships - Several types of scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants must apply through their local Rotary club. The award covers the majority of costs for participation in a study or research program abroad. More information available here.

General Study Abroad Funding Resources

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.
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.
Europe
  • ScholarshipPortal.eu - Students studying at a university in Europe can search for scholarships on this scholarship portal website.
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.
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.

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