Education Abroad Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships out there for education abroad programs.

    This site contains a list of scholarships available for students interested in studying abroad. The information is organized into section, campus scholarships, Pennsylvania State System scholarships, and nationwide scholarships.

    As you look through this list, don’t forget to also check other sites like StudyAbroad.com and the Institute for International Education. They are also a great resource for education abroad scholarships.

    Another place to see what opportunities and funding are available is the National Achievement Scholarship page at IUP.

    IUP Education Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

    IUP students studying for a semester or longer qualify for these scholarships if they meet the criteria that the scholarship donors have specified. Decision on these scholarships will be made based on the materials that you submit for your education abroad application. There is no separate application for these scholarships. 

    Study Abroad Scholarships 

    • Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at IUP
    • Must be participating in a full-time study abroad program sanctioned and approved by IUP
    • Must have earned a minimum 2.5 grade point average and be in good academic standing
    • Study abroad must be a minimum of one academic semester
    • Must demonstrate self-reliance, maturity, and flexibility to deal with the challenges and opportunities associated with study abroad programs
    • Preferences will be given to students who have financial need
    • Must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident

    Dr. Patrick A. Carone Study Abroad Scholarship 

    • Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at IUP
    • Must be participating in a full-time study abroad program sanctioned and approved by IUP
    • Must have earned a minimum 2.5 grade point average and be in good academic standing
    • Study abroad must be a minimum of one academic semester
    • Must demonstrate self-reliance, maturity, and flexibility to deal with the challenges and opportunities associated with study abroad programs
    • Preferences will be given to students who have financial need
    • Must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident

    John F. and Yvonne Galli Trettel Scholarship 

    The Trettel study abroad scholarship shall provide scholarship support to students enrolled at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for study abroad educational and/or international cultural experience opportunities in Western Europe, favoring such countries as Italy, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

    • Must be a non-foreign language major
    • Must have completed a minimum of 48 credits
    • Must be candidate’s first overseas experience
    • Minimum criteria for the following scholarships:
    • Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at IUP
    • Must have earned a minimum 2.5 grade point average and be in good academic standing
    • Must demonstrate self-reliance, maturity, and flexibility to deal with the challenges and opportunities associated with study abroad programs
    • Preferences will be given to students who have financial need
    • Must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident

    The Lieutenant General Joseph S. Laposata and Anita L. Laposata Study Abroad Scholarship

    The Lieutenant General Joseph S. Laposata and Anita L. Laposata Study Abroad Scholarship shall provide scholarship support to students enrolled at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

    • Must have completed a minimum of 48 credits
    • Study abroad programs in Italy, Portugal, or Spain.
    • Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at IUP
    • Must be participating in a full-time study abroad program sanctioned and approved by IUP
    • Must have earned a minimum 2.5 grade point average and be in good academic standing
    • Study abroad must be a minimum of one academic semester
    • Must demonstrate self-reliance, maturity, and flexibility to deal with the challenges and opportunities associated with study abroad programs
    • Preferences will be given to students who have financial need
    • Must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident

    The Marla Sabo Scholarship for Studies Abroad  

    Marla Sabo is founder and CEO of Sabo Strategic Partners International. She was part of the first IUP Studies Abroad in France, at the Universite de Nancy. Her one year overseas was a transformative experience, which was the impetus for beginning and funding the scholarship. That experience encouraged her to continue her education at the Universite de Paris-Sorbonne years later. Sabo completed her BSEd in French/secondary education from IUP in 1979, received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007, and received the Eberly Hall of Distinction Award in 2012.

    The Marla Sabo Scholarship for Studies Abroad shall provide scholarship support to students enrolled at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

    • Awarded to a junior or senior each academic year studying abroad for a minimum of at least one semester
    • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Preference will be given to students from the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology
    • Preference will be given to those who demonstrate financial need
    • Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at IUP
    • Must be participating in a full-time study abroad program sanctioned and approved by IUP 
    • Must demonstrate self-reliance, maturity, and flexibility to deal with the challenges and opportunities associated with study abroad programs
    • Must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident

    Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Education Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

    The following opportunities are for IUP students who are participating in an education abroad program, a Pennsylvania resident, and a Pell or PHEAA grant recipient. Please use the links and/or contacts below for more information on these awards, unless noted. These are not awarded by IUP, but many have IUP coordinators to help guide you through the application process.  

    Scholarship Name Criteria
    PSECU International Education Scholarship

    The Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union started this scholarship to provide funding for Pennsylvania State System students to participate in international educational experiences to help them explore cultures, life experiences, and world views different from their own. There will be 10 awards at $2,000 each per year.

    This link contains the application and information.

    Outside Scholarships

    Other scholarships for Study Abroad which students can obtain information and apply independently. There are many sites that list available scholarships. Two that we feel are particularly useful for students are: StudyAbroad.com and IIE Passport to Study Abroad Funding.

    In addition to these websites, we have compiled a list of scholarship opportunities for study abroad below.

    Scholarship Name Criteria
    American-Scandinavian Foundation Eligibility: US citizens, permanent resident. Must have completed undergraduate education.
    Amount: Varies
    Rank: Competitive
    Contact: American-Scandinavian Foundation Academic Fellowships and Grants
    American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) The Educational Office, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Washington, DC has approved 10 Chinese Government Scholarship awards specifically for American undergraduate students attending AASCU member colleges and universities who wish to study at a Chinese university for the 2014–15 academic year. Each scholarship is valued at approximately $10,000 US dollars. The scholarships will be distributed to the host universities in China, not directly to the American students. International round-trip airfare is the responsibility of individual students.
    • Tuition
    • Room and Board
    • Health Insurance
    • Travel/Conference Allowance/fees
    • Stipend
    • Deadline March 24


    The detailed information is listed on the AASCU website.

    Bridging Scholarship (Japan) Eligibility: Japan study abroad, US undergraduate
    Amount: $2,500/semester or $4,000/full year
    Rank: Not too competitive
    Contact: Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
    British Council Eligibility: Various opportunities
    Amount: Varies
    Rank: Competitive
    Contact: British Council Funding for Study Abroad
    College Language Association Study Abroad Scholarship Eligibility: IUP students (CLA)
    Amount: Varies
    Rank: competitive
    Contact: College Language Association Study Abroad Scholarship
    Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program Eligibility: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students
    Amount: Varies
    Rank: Competitive
    Contact: US Department of State
    Apply Here
    DAAD Grants (Germany) Eligibility: Sophomores/Juniors, German Studies
    Amount: $2,500–$8,000
    Rank: Very competitive
    Contact: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
     Freeman-ASIA Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. 

    Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.

    Grant amounts are:
    • Summer Award: up to $3,000
    • Semester/Quarter Award: up to $5,000
    • Academic/Calendar Year Award: up to $7,000
    Freeman-Asia website
    French Embassy Benjamin Franklin–Generation Study Abroad Scholarship Eligibility: Undergraduate enrolled in a double major program, including a major in French. Students in a course combining French and a non-humanities subject (such as pre-med, engineering, computer science, management, etc.) strongly encouraged. More information can be found on the scholarship website.
    Fund for Education Abroad The Fund for Education Abroad offers a general scholarship up to $10,000 for qualified applicants, as well as other opportunities with specific criteria. Use the link below for more information about all of these opportunities.

    Various opportunities: Fund For Education Abroad
    Fulbright Various opportunities: The Fulbright Program
    Gilman Scholarship Eligibility: US citizen, undergraduate, Pell Grant
    Amount: $5,000
    Rank: Competitive
    Contact: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
    Go Overseas Scholarship Amount: Varies
    Rank: Competitive
    Contact: Go Overseas Scholarship
    Harry S. Truman Scholarship Eligibility: Junior or senior level, US citizen, or expect to received US citizenship by the date scholarship will be awarded.
    Amount: Varies
    Rank: Competitive
    Contact: Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
    International Research and Exchange Broad Program (IREX) Eligibility: Varies according to programs
    Amount: Varies
    Rank: Competitive
    Contact: IREX Grant Opportunities
    ISEP Scholarships Eligibility: ISEP Direct
    Amount: Varies
    Rank: Competitive
    Contact: ISEP Scholarships
    Japan Student Services Organization Scholarship Eligibility: Qualified students accepted by Japanese universities or graduate schools under the student exchange agreement on a short-term basis from about three months to one year.
    Amount: Monthly stipend: ¥80,000 per month (up to 12 months); Relocation allowance: ¥150,000 (upon arrival only)
    Rank: Competitive
    Contact: JASSO International Student Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan
    KCC-JEE Graduate Fellowship Competition Eligibility: The KCC Japan Education Exchange Graduate Fellowships Program was established in 1996 to support qualified graduate students for research or study in Japan. The purpose of the fellowship is to support future American educators who will teach more effectively about Japan.
    Amount: One fellowship of $30,000 will be awarded. Applicants may affiliate with Kobe College (Kobe Jogakuin) for award year, if selected.
    Rank: Competitive
    Contact: the KCC Japan Education Exchange (kccjee@comcast.net).
    Marshall Scholarship Eligibility: Open only to US citizens who hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the US with a minimum GPA of 3.7.
    Amount: University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, these grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the US, and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.
    Rank: Very competitive
    Contact: Marshall Scholarships
    New Zealand Generation Study Abroad This scholarship is open to US citizens who will be studying in New Zealand. For more information and application requirements, please visit the New Zealand Education website.
    NORAMThis scholarship is open to Americans studying in Norway. This offers up to 10 scholarships to American students, based on merit and need. The amounts vary from 10,000 KR to 40 000 KR. The size of the individual grants will depend on the research subject, purpose, and the intended length of stay in Norway. Information on studies in Norway, and on the Norwegian system of higher education, can be found at Study in Norway
    NSEP (National Security Education Program) David L. Boren Eligibility: For study abroad in all countries except Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand; US citizen and undergraduate
    Amount: $10,000/semester or $20,000/year
    Rank: Competitive
    Contact: Boren Awards for International Study
    Organization of American States Graduate Fellowship Program Eligibility: Citizens or permanent residents of OAS member states; undergraduate, graduate, and qualified professionals
    Amount: Varies
    Rank: Competitive
    Contact: Organization of American States
    Phi Kappa Phi Eligibility: Between 30 and 90 credit hours; minimum GPA of 3.75; have at least two semesters remaining at IUP after study abroad; specific dates for study abroad
    Amount: $1,000 (50 awards across the US)
    Rank: Competitive
    Contact: Phi Kappa Phi
    Rhodes Scholar Eligibility: Postgraduate, exact terms vary according to country.
    Amount: Varies
    Rank: Very competitive
    Contact: The Rhodes Scholarships
    Rotary Peace Fellowship Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in a related field; three years of relevant work experience and proficiency in a second language for the MA program, and five years for the professional development certificate and proficiency in English
    Contact: Rotary Centers for International Studies
    The Gates Cambridge Scholarships Eligibility: Undergraduate, graduate, and qualified professionals
    Amount: Varies
    Rank: Very Competitive
    Contact: The Gates Cambridge Scholarships
    The Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) Eligibility: Undergraduate, graduate
    Amount: Varies
    Rank: Competitive
    Contact: Turkish Coalition of America