Contrary to common belief, the majority of students who study abroad utilize one or more types of financial assistance--whether it's financial aidscholarships, grants and fellowships; or other funding opportunities. This page will highlight the different types of funding students can and have used to pay for some or all of their experience abroad.  FundingButton


Many students are unaware that certain types of financial aid including Pell Grants, Bright Futures, loans, tuition scholarships, and more may be able to be used for their study abroad program.  In fact during the 2016-2017 academic year, nearly 2/3rds of the study abroad student population self-identified as being financial aid eligible.  At their initial study abroad appointment students will be provided general information regarding which types of aid can be applied to the different types of programs.  However, each student award and situation is unique and individual.  After an initial advising appointment with our study abroad advisors, Education Abroad is happy to refer students directly to a Financial Aid advisor assigned to work with study abroad students so they can discuss their individual case.

While Education Abroad and Financial Aid are here to provide guidance regarding funding and how aid may be applied, it is ultimately student responsibility to ensure that they have an updated FAFSA on file; they meet all of the program and financial aid eligibility requirements; and they have made arrangements to pay any and all program costs and fees by financial aid deadlines.  Any financial aid award offered through Financial Aid is disbursed directly to the student, so it is essential to plan accordingly.


One of the best ways to fund study abroad experiences is through scholarships, grants, and fellowships which not only have financial benefits, but they can bolster your resume and academic profile.  Education Abroad has compiled a list of Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships that are applicable to study abroad experiences.  The downloadable and printable guide contains opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students, as well as some options for post-graduation study.

Education Abroad Scholarship

FAU Education Abroad awards various short and long-term education abroad scholarships through out the year for approved programs (faculty-led programs, exchange programs, and direct enroll programs.)  Awards typically range from $500-1000 and are available to FAU degree-seeking students participating on FAU-sponsored programs.  Students may only receive the Education Abroad Scholarship one time.

In order to apply, students will need to submit the FAU Education Abroad Scholarship Application and supporting materials by the cited deadline. Between 10-15 scholarships are offered to students each year; both merit and financial need are considered (though financial aid eligibility is not required.)

College or Departmental Study Abroad Scholarships

When studying abroad, students should always check with their college or the sponsoring academic department to see if there are specific study abroad scholarships or funding available for students.  Students have received scholarships from the College of Business, the Language Department, Urban Design, PJHR Center and more!

External Scholarships

Students are always encouraged to look beyond FAU for education abroad funding.  There are many full and partial funding opportunities available which are sponsored by governmental agencies, organizations, and businesses.  Popular funding opportunities include the following: the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Programthe Fund for Education AbroadBoren Scholarships & FellowshipsFreeman Asia Scholarshipthe Critical Language Scholarship Programthe Fulbright U.S. Student Program and more!  Education Abroad is ready and available to support students applying for these awards.


Students have also obtained or utilized funding from the following sources as well:

  •  Savings from employment
  •  Contribution from employer
  •  Contributions from organizations to which you may belong (campus clubs/activities, religion, civic, social)
  •  Veterans Benefits
  •  Personal fundraising and crowdfunding

Please also feel free to reach out to Education Abroad with any additional funding ideas you have found to be successful so we may share them with other students!

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