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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Good news! Your financial aid will apply to most study abroad programs.  Aid eligibility will generally apply as follows:

SPU Faculty-led and Partner Programs

Program fees for these programs are paid to SPU. Financial aid may include federal and state aid (except work study), as well as some SPU institutional aid (see specific programs for details). For SPU Faculty-led and Partner programs, a $300 study abroad administrative fee is payable online after approval to confirm placement.

Independent Programs 

Students pay the provider or foreign institution for all tuition and program fees. Students may use their federal and state financial aid (except work study), but do not receive any SPU financial aid or merit scholarships during their period abroad. A $350 study abroad administrative fee will be charged to your SPU account once you are approved to study abroad with a provider program.*

*Beginning with Summer 2018 Program Provider applications and all terms after, students will pay a $50 application fee and then a $300 study abroad administrative fee will be charged to their SPU account once they are approved to study abroad with their selected program.

Your financial aid is normally applied to your study abroad program, but it is very important for you to check before applying to any program to determine eligibility or to increase the amount of loans you already receive. For questions concerning financial aid eligibility, please contact Student Financial Services or stop by Demaray Hall 10. Non-SPU students should contact the financial aid office at their home school to determine financial aid eligibility.

Study Abroad Scholarships

Looking for more resources to help fund your study abroad? Good news! There are many scholarships offered by outside organizations to students who plan to study abroad. Eligibility requirements vary, so please refer to each scholarship's website for further details. Before you get carried away with your search, make sure you review these helpful scholarships tips.

SPU Early Application Reward
For any student applying to an SPU faculty-led program during the 2018-2019 academic year, complete your application by March 1st, 2018 and you will be entered in a drawing to win one of four $100 visa gift cards. No additional submission materials required - just complete your application early and you will automatically qualify.

Institute of International Education (IIE)
An excellent database to search for study abroad scholarships.
Another good scholarship search engine.
Another great scholarship search engine, with tips and resources.

Adventures in Education
Search "Study Abroad" and click through all of the options.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Federally funded study abroad scholarship for students that demonstrate financial need.
Deadlines in October and March for following academic year.

Boren Awards for International Education
Funded by the National Security Education Program for students studying language outside of Western Europe, Australia, or New Zealand. Deadline in February for following academic year.

Explore the World Travel Scholarship
Travel changes you. You change the world. At HI USA we think travel should be as much about making a difference in the world as it is about seeing it, so we’ve created Explore the World Travel Scholarships. Recipients of the scholarship receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip as long as they have an educational or service component to their itinerary. We give to you so you can give back.

Bridging Scholarship
Funded by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation, this scholarship is for undergraduate students who plan to study in Japan. Deadlines in October and April for following academic year.

BUTEX North American Scholarships
A number of scholarships are awarded to students who will study abroad at a Butex member University in the UK.

Diversity Abroad
Scholarships are available for economically disadvantaged students, African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino, and multiracial/ethnic students.

Foundation for Global Scholars Scholarships
Several categories of scholarships with multiple deadlines per year.

Fund for Education Abroad
A number of scholarships awarded to help defray the costs associated with study abroad.

Glimpse Correspondents Program
For talented writers and/or photographers volunteering or studying outside of the US for 10+ weeks.

Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarship
Several scholarships awarded. Deadlines in July. 

James J. Davis Memorial Scholarship
Applications due in May.

LivFund Scholarship
Two $500 scholarships are awarded each month to students studying, interning, or volunteering in Latin America.

Scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

Go Global Scholarship
BRIC Language Systems is committed to supporting language learning and education. As part of their passionate commitment to learning, they have created the BRIC Go Global Scholarship, which is awarded to the student who has the best understanding of the importance of language learning and its place in society. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship