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Study Abroad Scholarships

For any student interested in studying abroad, there are plenty of opportunities available to help cover the costs. Please don't let financial concerns dissuade you from these wonderful opportunities. Explore your options below; apply to any scholarship for which you're eligible; and don't forget to contact the Office of Study Away for help!

Listed below are study abroad scholarships organized by type (and in many cases geography) to help make the search process easier. We've provided key pieces of information for each scholarship, and the titles are hyperlinked to external websites so you can quickly find more complete details about each.

Good luck!
 
 
CIEE Open-Campus Grants
• Oberlin has a small number of $1,000 - 2,000 grants for students participating in the CIEE Open Campus program
• Please contact the Office of Study Away for eligibility requirements
• Available for Fall and Spring terms
• All students applying to this program are automatically considered for the grant


David Love Memorial Fund​
• Established in 2002 to honor the numerous academic contributions that Prof. David Love made to Oberlin and its students during his many years of service
• Provides a grant of $1,000 to one Oberlin study abroad student to conduct an educational project germane to their academic work at Oberlin
• All students applying to study abroad are automatically considered for this scholarship


Office of Study Away Scholarship
Our office has a small pool of scholarship funds to help support study abroad students. These scholarships are in addition to students' standard Oberlin aid packages. You can find the short application for our scholarships inside your Oberlin study abroad application. In order to increase accessibility to study abroad, we prioritize students based on demonstrated financial need, as well as international students at Oberlin who may not have access to other external scholarships. 

Recipients will have two choices for how to utilize their awards. The first is to apply the study abroad scholarship directly to their Oberlin bill. This will, effectively, work in the same way as any other Oberlin scholarship in that it reduces the amount of money students pay Oberlin during their semester abroad. The second option, which we highly recommend, is to use the scholarship to cover international flight costs. Recipients can simply contact our student travel agency, tell them their name and preferred itinerary, and the Oberlin scholarship will be applied directly to the cost of the flight (meaning students will not need to pay out of pocket).
Available to students studying in a variety of locations and on a variety of programs. Please be aware of some location and program requirements unique to each scholarship.

Boren Awards (must be US citizen)
• Open to students studying in regions that are underrepresented in study abroad: Africa, Asia, Central/ Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and NZ are excluded.
• Study abroad program must be minimum of 8 weeks
• Available for Summer (STEM majors only), Fall, Spring terms
• Deadline: early Feb. for all terms in the upcoming academic year


Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program (must be U.S. citizen)
• This is not only a scholarship, but also its own language immersion program. It cannot be applied toward other study abroad programs 
• Supports study of languages deemed critical to U.S. national security (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, etc.)
• Offers 8-10 week summer programs of intensive language study
• Deadline: early - mid Nov. for the upcoming Summer


Diversity Abroad - Overseas Ambassador Scholarship
• Open to students with identities traditionally underrepresented in education abroad (i.e., LGBTQ+, economically disadvantaged students, first-gen., students with disabilities, ethnically and racially diverse students, etc.)
• Available for Summer, Fall, Spring terms
• Deadline: early June for Summer & Fall / early Nov. for Spring


Fund for Education Abroad (must be US citizen or permanent resident)
• Submit one application, and be considered for several scholarships!
• Open to students with demonstrated financial need
• Priority given to students from groups traditionally underrepresented in education abroad (LGBTQ+, first-gen., ethnically and racially diverse students, etc.)
• Study abroad program must be minimum of 4 weeks
• Available for Summer, Fall, Spring terms
• Deadline: early Jan. for Summer, Fall, Full Year / mid-Sept. for Spring


Gilman Scholarship (must be US citizen)​
• Open to students who receive a Federal Pell Grant
• Study abroad program must be minimum of 3 weeks
• Studying in a country that has a US State Dept. Travel Advisory of 1 or 2
• Available for Summer, Fall, Spring terms
• Deadline: early Mar. for Summer, Fall, Full Year / early Oct. for Spring


Rainbow Scholarship (must be a US citizen)
• Open to students who identify as LGBTQ+ 
• Study abroad programs must be a minimum of 4 weeks 
• Available for Summer, Fall, Spring terms
• Deadline: early Jan. for Summer, Fall, Full Year / mid-Sept. for Spring
Available for students studying in various countries within a designated region

Freeman-ASIA (must be US citizen)
• Region: East and Southeast Asia
• Must currently receive need-based financial aid through Oberlin or demonstrate a verifiable need for financial assistance
• Available for Summer (8 week minimum), Fall, Spring terms
• Deadline: please check Freeman-ASIA website for more details


The Foundation for Asia Pacific Education (must be US citizen)
• Region: East and Southeast Asia, Oceania, Australia/New Zealand
• Scholarships are typically awarded to students underrepresented in study abroad (i.e., economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities, ethnically and racially diverse students, students from STEM fields, students from Rocky Mountain region, etc.)
• Available for Summer, Fall, Spring terms
• Deadline: late Apr. for Summer / earl Aug. for Fall / late Dec. for Spring
GERMANY: DAAD Scholarships
• Open to students studying abroad in Germany
• Scholarships available for programs of various lengths
• Deadline: please check DAAD website for more details


INDIA: South India Term Abroad Nallennam Scholarship​ (must be U.S. citizen)
• Preference given to Oberlin students!
• $5,000 for semester / $2,500 for summer
• Open to students with demonstrated financial need studying abroad in India (preference given to students studying in southern India)
• Available for Summer (4 week minimum), Fall, Spring terms
• Deadline: please check the Nallennam Scholarship website for more details


ISRAEL: American Jewish League for Israel (must be U.S. citizen)
• Mission of AJLI is to foster Jewish spiritual and cultural values through the experience of living and studying in Israel
• Any person, regardless of background or faith, that helps further this mission is eligible to apply
• Available for Summer, Fall, Spring terms
• Deadline: please check AJLI website for more details


JAPAN: The Bridging Project (must be U.S. citizen)
• No language study required. Open to all majors.
• Available for Fall and Spring terms
• Deadline: please check Bridging Project website for more details


JAPAN: MEXT Scholarship
• Majoring in Japanese Studies (i.e. East Asian Studies)
• Scholarship reward includes round-trip airfare, partial tuition and fees, and a stipend for monthly living expenses
• Deadline: please check MEXT website for more details


NEW ZEALAND: Education New Zealand

• Offers various scholarships that cover airfare, partial tuition, or additional study abroad costs
• Scholarship available specifically for Pell grant recipients at Oberlin
• Awards range from $500 - $15,000!
• Available for Fall and Spring terms
• Deadline: please check Education New Zealand website for more details
Available for students studying on specific programs or with specific organizations

CIEE Merit-Based Scholarships
• For students at the top of their academic studies, CIEE offers a variety of merit-based scholarships
• Awards are based on students’ academic records and a personal essay
• Available for Summer, Fall, Spring terms
• Deadline: please check CIEE website for more details


CIEE Need-Based Grants
• To help students overcome financial barriers to study abroad, CIEE provides need-based grants up to $3,500!
• Students who applied for the Gilman Scholarship (regardless of whether or not they were awarded) are automatically eligible for a CIEE grant
• PELL-grant recipients are guaranteed a GAIN Travel Grant
• Available for Summer, Fall, Spring terms
• Deadline: please check CIEE website for more details


CYA Athens

• As a non-profit organization, CYA aims to help as many students as possible find options for financial assistance
• Only students who have been accepted to CYA are eligible to apply - but you don't need to wait to be accepted before applying
• Eligibility is based mainly on demonstrated financial need
• Available for Summer, Fall, Spring terms
• Deadline: for early consideration for Fall and Spring terms apply prior to April 1st / for other deadlines please check CYA's website


DIS Scandinavia
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Offers merit-, diversity-, and need-based awards
• Available for Summer, Fall, Spring terms
• Deadline: early Apr. for Summer / early May for Fall / early Nov. for Spring


IES Abroad Scholarships
• Merit- and need-based scholarships available
 Pell grant recipients at Oberlin strongly encouraged to apply
• Diversity scholarships available for students with identities traditionally under-represented in study abroad (i.e., economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students who identify as LGBTQ+, students with disabilities, ethnically/ racially diverse students, etc.)
• Available for Summer, Fall, Spring terms
• Deadline: early Apr. for Summer / late July for Fall / early Nov. for Spring


IFSA Scholarships
• A huge range of scholarships available - including diversity based and those for first-gen students
• Scholarships a primarily need based, but all applicants should review options
• Program-specific scholarships include those for Trinity College, Univ. College Dublin, Univ. of Canterbury, Univ. of Otago, and Univ. of Victoria Wellington
• Available for Summer, Fall, Spring terms
• Deadline: early Feb. for Summer / early Mar. for Fall / early Oct. for Spring​


SIT Study Abroad
• SIT is committed to increasing access to international education through offering a wide range of scholarships and grants
• They also offer a Pell Grant Matching Scholarship for Pell grant recipients at Oberlin
• Available for Summer, Fall, Spring terms
• Deadline: early Apr. for Summer / early May for Fall / early Nov. for Spring
Please refer to these search engines for additional scholarship opportunities

• Diversity Abroad
• Institute for International Education
• GoOverseas.com
 AllAbroad.us