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. While Education Abroad and the Financial Aid office are here to provide guidance regarding funding and how aid may be applied, it is ultimately students 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 the deadlines. Education Abroad is not eligible or responsible for processing or accessing Financial Aid on your behalf. The availability and amount of financial aid awarded will be determined by the Financial Aid office and is disbursed directly to the student, so it is essential to plan accordingly.

If intending to apply for Financial Aid for study abroad programming, it is the student’s responsibility to:

•  Have an updated FAFSA on file and complete all the general university requirements for applying for financial aid

•  Meet with a Financial Aid Coordinator to discuss aid that is eligible for your program and selected courses

  • Education Abroad has created a Financial Aid Cheat Sheet to help determine which aid is applicable to which program option: Financial Aid Cheat Sheet

•  Complete all Financial Aid requirements completed prior to departure, including signing any promissory notes

•  Notify Education Abroad of their award and provide a copy of the award letter

•  Complete all study abroad application and admissions materials including course approvals, transient forms, and petitions

•  Submit the required Financial Aid Survey, which is sent to your FAU email account, for aid to release even if already abroad

•  Understand that funding may not be released until after you have arrived to your program abroad and course attendance is confirmed

Students are solely responsible for meeting payment deadlines for their program and making arrangements for any financial obligations in the event financial aid is delayed or not accessible.

For semester-long study abroad students: Upon completion of the program, foreign transcripts may take up to several months to arrive at FAU and be posted to a student’s academic record. The temporary absence of grades may affect the awarding and release of further financial aid, including Bright Futures, Pell grants, scholarships, grants and student loans. Education Abroad processes transcripts for students going on FAU exchange programs as soon as they arrive and notifies both the student and financial aid once grades have posted to the students account. Students going on affiliated programs or to a direct enroll location are responsible for obtaining their transcript from the host institution and sending it to the Registrar for recording. When notified, the Education Abroad Office will assist a student having difficulty getting a transcript in a reasonable period.  All students are responsible for any follow-up with financial aid after a time abroad, to ensure the timely release of any pending or future financial aid.

For summer faculty-led program students: Program fee payment deadlines are due in the spring semester prior to a student’s study abroad summer program departure. Program payment deadlines cannot be deferred so students must plan their funds accordingly. If eligible, financial aid funds are not released until after the summer drop/add period of the summer study abroad term.


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 $250-1000 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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