Study Abroad Scholarships


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We get it. Funding your study abroad program can be an overwhelming process. At CIEE, our goal is to award study abroad scholarships and grants to students across 3 categories: need-based, merit-based, and other areas of funding. 

By simply completing the Scholarships & Grants portion of your study abroad application, our team determines the best scholarship and grant opportunities for you. It's as simple as that!


Summer & Fall - April 1

Spring - October 15

Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship deadline - March 9

Scholarships & Grants to Study Abroad

Need-based Scholarships

Based on students' Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enrolled institution. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible.

Name Qualifications DESCRIPTION Amount (up to)
Gilman Go Global Grant Qualified Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship applicants Deducted from semester program(s) fees** $2,500
GAIN Travel Grant EFC up to 10,000 guaranteed; other EFCs considered post deadline Travel costs to and from study abroad or internship program*** $1,500

Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Grant

Current attendee at an MSI. Award supports high-need students based on Student Aid Report (SAR) and availability of funds. Deducted from program fees $2,000 for semester


Merit Scholarships

Based on academic achievement. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application, along with an essay, to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible.

Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship Freshman, sophomore, or junior, student of color, 3.3 GPA Four-week, summer study abroad program including airfare 100% of program fee and travel costs
Frederick Douglass Scholars Qualified applicants not chosen for a full Fellowship are guaranteed a $1,500 program grant Deduction from program fees $1,500
McDermott Health Sciences, Nursing and Public Health Academic achievement and acceptance into a program focused on health sciences, nursing, or public health Deduction from program fees $2,500
Ping Scholarship for Academic Excellence Academic achievement Deduction from program fees $2,500
Ritzmann Tropical and Marine Ecology Scholarship Academic achievement and acceptance into a program focused on tropical or marine ecology Deduction from program fees $2,500
STEM Scholarship Any STEM major studying on any CIEE Summer Program Deduction from program fees $500
Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarship Academic achievement and acceptance into a qualified program Deduction from program fees $2,500
Wollitzer Merit Scholarship in Area or Comparative Studies Academic achievement and acceptance into a qualified program Deduction from program fees $2,500


Other Scholarships

Awards are based on program or alumni status.

NAME Qualifications DESCRIPTION AMOUNT (up to)
Go Abroad Again Grant CIEE alumni or sibling of alumni Deduction off of non‑consecutive in‑person terms 10% discount
Refer-a-Friend Rewards Open to all CIEE alum and participants from high school and college study abroad, teach abroad, and tefl certifcations. Earn a cash reward for each person you refer who travels on a CIEE program $200 per successful referral
Summer Session Discount Enroll in more than one four-week summer session Deduction off of additional sessions 20% discount

Scholarships & Grants by Term

Just one simple application and you’re on your way to aid options available for each term based on your program type, academic merit, and financial need. To qualify, complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your application today!

  • Semester Scholarships

    Scholarships for fall and spring

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  • Quarter Scholarships

    Scholarships for quarter school schedules

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  • Summer Scholarships

    Scholarships for summer programs

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  • Single Block Scholarships

    Scholarships for one block

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Things to Remember

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Important - Check Deadlines & Qualifications

Watch out! Deadlines can come up faster than you think. All students applying for CIEE funding must complete the CIEE Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants task on their application by the published deadline. Applications completed after CIEE deadlines will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and funding may not be awarded.

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Scholarships & Grants Caps

Scholarship and grant totals cannot exceed the caps established for each term. If you are selected for multiple awards, CIEE may need to reduce the size of your awards to stay within the maximum cap amounts listed below. 

Spring: $5,000
Fall: $5,000
Summer: $2,500
One Block: $2,500
Two Blocks (Quarter): $4,000
Three Blocks (Semester): $5,000

January: no CIEE funding

Terms & Conditions

**Need-Based Grants: Students must submit their CIEE Scholarships & Grants application by these dates and provide proof of an eligible application to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. 
***Need-Based Grants: Students with an EFC of 10,000 or less must submit their CIEE Scholarships & Grants application by these dates to be guaranteed a GAIN Travel Grant.  Students with EFCs above 10,000 should still apply, but they will be considered after the Scholarships and Grants Deadline. The GAIN Travel Grant is valid toward outbound and return airfare on CIEE programs. This is a credit with our partner travel agency and has no cash value. If you are selected for a GAIN Travel Grant, CIEE will not reimburse you for out of pocket travel costs.  If your institution covers your flights, you are not eligible for a GAIN Travel Grant.