Global Navigator Scholarships

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Navigating today’s interconnected world requires a range of global competencies – with intercultural awareness and communication skills at the top of the list. That’s why our study abroad programs focus on language proficiency, local interactions, and intentional reflection – in countries all over the world.

We seek to provide life-changing study abroad experiences to as many motivated students as possible. It’s a critical part of our overall mission: to encourage and prepare students to connect and communicate across cultures, and make a positive impact in today’s complex global/local society.

That’s where Global Navigator Scholarships come in. They make study abroad opportunities more accessible to more students, which in turn helps more and more students reap the immense benefits of these programs. Last but not least, they provide students like you with the chance to win a selective grant.

Global Navigator Scholarships are a prestigious honor that can help you stand out. More than just a one-time benefit, they add weight to your college applications, résumés for career opportunities, and other experiences to come.

Global Navigator Scholarships are awarded in two ways:

  • Merit scholarships: covering 10% of tuition costs (no financial information collected in application)
  • Scholarships based on a combination of merit and financial need: covering from 20 to 100% of tuition costs

How Does It Work?

Who can apply?

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Merit Only Scholarships: any current high school student may apply; a new application may be submitted each year, regardless of previous awards.  

Merit + Financial Need-based Scholarships: any current U.S. high school Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior may apply; a new application may be submitted each year if previous year(s) awards were declined within the given window. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to apply.

What are the scholarships for?

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Scholarships aim at making the cost of studying abroad more affordable. Scholarship awards go towards the cost of program tuition only. Please note scholarship awards cannot cover the cost of airfare.

What is the deadline?

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The priority deadline is November 30. Applying early increases your chances to get a scholarship. It demonstrates your commitment to the program and gives our selection committee more time to evaluate your application.

The final application deadline is February 8. No scholarship applications will be considered past that date.

What are your chances?

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We award hundreds of scholarships each year. You never know until you apply! Historically, more scholarship dollars are awarded to students in our Language & Culture programs. So if that’s your area of interest, you’re encouraged to give it a shot!

Take The First Steps

  • Paperwork

    Complete the application for the program of your choice, and start the scholarship application by pressing the “Apply for a Scholarship” button. Finish three short essay questions and attach a copy of your high school transcript and your family’s most recent 1040 form, to submit your full application by November 30.

  • Recipient Notification

    You will be notified via email the week of December 17.

  • Acceptance

    Scholarship recipients must accept or decline awards within 10 days of notification.

Scholarship Terms

  • Scholarship awards are applied directly to your account to offset CIEE program tuition for a single session.
  • Scholarship awards cannot be applied to domestic or international airfare, passport or visa fees, or personal spending money.
  • Students who received a Global Navigator Scholarship for the summer of 2017 are not eligible to apply.

Anticipating Costs

  • It is a smart idea to check out airfares prior to applying, and to anticipate that as a factor in your overall costs when budgeting. For instance, flying to Mexico or the Dominican Republic can be half the price of flying to Spain!
  • For more cost-saving advices, see our fundraising section.

Still Have Questions?

We’re here to help! Call our team at 1-800-40-STUDY or send us an email at hsabroad@ciee.org today.