Global Navigator Scholarships

Summer 2023 Applications Are Now Open!

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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 on society, both globally and locally.

That’s where Global Navigator Scholarships come in. They make study abroad opportunities more accessible to more students, which in turn magnifies the positive impact on our world. Students like you have a good chance to win a Global Navigator scholarship. These selective grants are a prestigious honor that can help you stand out. More than just a one-time benefit, they add weight to your college applications, resum├ęs for career opportunities, and other experiences to come.

Two types of Global Navigator scholarships are awarded:

  • Academic Merit scholarships cover 10% of tuition costs (no financial information collected in application).
  • Academic Merit and Financial Need scholarships cover from 25% to 100% of tuition costs (financial information must be submitted).

How Does It Work?

Who can apply?

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Academic Merit + Financial Need scholarship: any current freshman, sophomore, or junior who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident may apply. A new application may be submitted each year if previous year awards were declined. Those who have traveled on an Academic Merit + Financial Need scholarship in prior years are not eligible for the scholarship again. However, they are eligible for an Academic Merit Only scholarship.
Academic Merit Only: all high school students are eligible 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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January 18, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST

If you are applying for an Academic Merit Only scholarship award and decide you want to go on a program, regardless of whether or not you receive a scholarship, you may contact us to have your acceptance be fast-tracked and reserve your spot on program. Programs do fill up as the deadline approaches.

If you have any questions, please contact your school or CIEE at

How are applications evaluated?

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Academic Merit scholarships are based on your transcript, GPA, and the quality of your application. Awards for Academic Merit and Financial Need scholarships are based on a combination of the level of need, merit, and passion for our programs. Your transcript, GPA, a teacher recommendation and the quality of your application are factors in judging merit.

What are your chances?

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We award over a thousand scholarships every 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 have a particularly good chance. Give it a shot!

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 a previous summer 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 1-866-583-0332 or send us an email at today.