Global Navigator Scholarships

Summer 2022 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 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, resum├ęs 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 10% to 100% of tuition costs

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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February 16, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST.

If you are applying for an Academic Merit Only award and decide you want to go on a program, regardless of whether or not you receive a scholarship award, 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

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!

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.