Fund Your Study Abroad Program

Financial Aid

FIU Students on FIU Programs:

In order to use your financial aid for your study abroad program, you must complete the FAFSA form which can be found at http://finaid.fiu.edu/. Your eligibility for financial aid is determined by the information submitted on the FAFSA form, including your income and your parents’ income. The FIU Financial Aid Office (located in SASC first floor) has all the information you need to start the FAFSA application process.

As an FIU student participating in the International Student Exchange or FIU Study Abroad programs, you may use all of your aid available for your study abroad program. This will include state or institutional scholarships as well as federal Pell grant, student loans, and all other financial aid. Students may also use their Florida Prepaid benefits to pay for part of the tuition portion of their study abroad programs.

Important Tips:

  • The national priority deadline for filling out your FAFSA for the upcoming academic year is March 1st.
  • While on your study abroad program, your financial aid will work the same way in which it works while you are on campus. You are required to maintain full time enrollment status for the semester in which you are studying abroad in order to be eligible for the full amount of your financial aid award.
  • Your study abroad programs may run on academic calendars that are different from the FIU academic calendar. Please keep in mind that your financial aid will disburse in accordance with the FIU academic calendar.
  • If you are participating in a Summer study abroad program and you are planning to use some of your summer financial aid to help cover your expenses, please keep in mind that for most programs you will need to pay out of pocket for your program fees during the Spring semester and then wait for your Summer aid to disburse in order to receive any refund monies that are due to you for the Summer.
  • Summer aid is awarded in late Spring and disbursed in accordance with the summer FIU academic calendar. Summer is treated as the third semester in the academic year. As such, eligibility for most grants has likely run out. However, you may have eligibility for a student loan. The amount of the loan will depend on the class level (i.e. freshman, sophomore, etc.) You are also required to meet enrollment requirements for aid to disburse. Prepaid tuition may apply to study abroad programs in any semester, but Prepaid benefits do not always cover the full tuition.
  • All study abroad programs are for credit. This means that your academic performance on the program may affect your eligibility to receive financial aid as you are required to make the same academic progress as you would if you were to be enrolled in regular FIU courses.
  • If you have already been accepted to participate in a study abroad program and you need assistance or have questions regarding your financial aid, please contact our office immediately at (305) 348-1913 or edabroad@fiu.edu and we will work directly with financial aid to assist you with this matter.

FIU Students on FIU Approved Programs:

  • If you are participating in a study abroad program offered by another institution or provider and you are planning to use your financial aid, please keep in mind the following important tips:
  • You must schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor in the Office of Study Abroad to discuss your study abroad plans and to initiate an approval process for your program.
  • Depending on your study abroad program, your aid may or may not travel with you.
  • If you are receiving an institutional scholarship (FIU scholarship) and you plan to participate in a semester or academic year program through another institution, you will permanently lose your scholarship.
  • If you are currently receiving Florida Pre-paid benefits or Bright Futures and you plan to attend a study abroad program offered by another state institution, that institution will determine the applicability and/or your eligibility to receive the aid.
  • If you have applied to go on a study abroad program through a US institution outside of the state of Florida, your state aid will not apply but you may be able to utilize your federal grants and student loans.
  • If you are planning on enrolling directly at an institution abroad for your study abroad experience, more than likely none of your aid will be able to travel with you on the program.

If a program provider or host institution requires the FIU Financial Aid Office to fill out a Consortium Agreement or other financial form, please submit to our Program Coordinator, at the Office of Study Abroad directly. We will facilitate this process with financial aid, as going to financial aid directly could delay processing of the form.

Under all circumstances, in addition to meeting with an advisor in our Office, you will need to complete a Consortium Agreement (financial aid) as well as a Course Pre-approval form so that you are able to provide proof to financial aid that you will be receiving academic credit towards your degree for the work that you are completing abroad. Our office will provide you with both documents when you are approved for your program.

NON-FIU Students on FIU Study Abroad Programs

All NON-FIU students who wish to participate in an FIU study abroad program may do so by applying directly to the program of interest. As far as financial aid for Non-FIU students, please keep in mind the following:

  • You must consult with your financial aid and study abroad advisors at your home institution to learn about your institution’s policies with regards to using aid on study abroad.
  • If your are eligible to receive aid, your aid will disburse through your home institution and not through FIU

Scholarships:

Scholarships are a great way to help fund a study abroad program What’s important is that you apply early so that you don’t miss any important deadlines. Most scholarships don’t require you to be accepted or have even applied to a program before submitting a scholarship application, so you can start applying as soon as you’ve made the decision to study abroad. Also, don’t keep all of your eggs in one basket – apply for as many scholarships as you can! Keep in mind that a scholarship doesn’t have to be specifically for study abroad in order to be applied to your program, so keep an eye out for general scholarships too.

Here’s a list of scholarships to get you started in your search. Remember, these aren’t the only ones that exist, so it’s in your best interest to do some additional searching on your own:

FIU and national scholarships administered through the Office of Study Abroad

Office of Study Abroad Scholarship:

The Office of Study Abroad at FIU awards several $2500 need-based scholarships for the Summer FIU Sponsored study abroad programs. Students participating in FIU Study Abroad summer programs who have completed a FAFSA and have demonstrated financial need that has not been met, may be eligible for this scholarship. NOTE: This scholarship is not open to International Student Exchange Program applicants. OSA scholarship application deadline: March 1, 2017 Click Here to Apply!

Gilman Scholarships for Study Abroad

Awards of up to $5,000 are made for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award for a semester being $4,000. Students studying a critical need language while abroad in the Middle East, North Africa or some other non-traditional locations are also eligible for an additional $3,000 Gilman Critical Need Language Supplement. U.S. citizens who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding a 2-year or 4-year undergraduate colleges or universities and participating in a program abroad for at least 28 days in one country are eligible to apply. This congressionally-funded program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Application information: The Program Coordinator in the Office of Study Abroad, works with FIU students applying for the Gilman Scholarship. Please contact her at edabroad@fiu.edu or 305-348-1913. The application deadlines are typically early March for Fall semester and early October for Spring semester. For more information, and to confirm deadlines, visit: http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program

The Office of Study Abroad conducts Gilman Workshops throughout the year to go over application requirements, procedures, and tips for strengthening your application. We are also happy to look over your essays and provide feedback before you submit them. Before you submit your Gilman application email edabroad@fiu.edu for information on upcoming workshops and come see us in SASC 230 for feedback on your Gilman essays.

Learn more about FIU students who received Gilman Scholarships at the link below:
http://news.fiu.edu/2014/02/study-abroad-on-a-gilman-scholarship/73889

Boren Scholarships – National Security Education Program (NSEP)

The NSEP awards scholarships to U.S. students for study of world regions and languages critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). Ideal candidates for the Boren are students of political science, government, critical languages, international studies, military service, or international business, although students of other social science, health sciences, and certain other fields are also encouraged to apply. Students who plan to pursue a career in the government are natural candidates since all recipients of Boren scholarships incur a service requirement within an agency of the federal government with national security responsibilities. NSEP gives preference to applicants who intend to study abroad for a full academic year. Summer-only programs of 8 weeks or more are limited to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors. The maximum scholarship award for one semester is $10,000 ($8,000 for summer). For more information visit http://www.borenawards.org/.

Application information: Laura Boudon, Director of the Office of Study Abroad, works with FIU students applying for the Boren Scholarships. The FIU deadline for the Boren scholarships is mid-January; the national deadline is early February.

The Office of Study Abroad conducts Boren workshops throughout the year to go over application requirements, procedures, and tips for strengthening your application. We also review your application essays and conduct interviews for applicants during the application cycle. Before you submit your Boren application, email edabroad@fiu.edu for information on upcoming workshops and come see us in SASC 230 for feedback on your Boren essays.

Critical Language Scholarship for Intensive Summer Institute

Critical Language Scholarships offer U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students to participate in beginning, intermediate, and advanced level intensive summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers: http://www.clscholarship.org/

Application information: Caitlin Dooley, Academic Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad, works with FIU students applying for the Critical Language Scholarship. Please contact her at cdooley@fiu.edu or 305-348-1913. The deadline for CLS each year is early January.

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad offers scholarships to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who plan to participate in an accredited study abroad program for undergraduate credit. The program must be at least 4 weeks in length. Students that demonstrate financial need, plan to study abroad in a non-traditional location, and whose program includes a service-learning component or language study, are encouraged to apply. Applications for the academic years are due in January. For more information visit http://www.fundforeducationabroad.org/applicants/

Learn more about FIU students who received the FEA scholarship at the link below:

http://news.fiu.edu/2014/05/fiu-goes-abroad-for-the-summer/77892

Other FIU scholarships for study abroad

LACC Study Abroad Scholarship

The Latin American and Caribbean Center at FIU awards several need-based scholarships for students participating in Summer FIU Study Abroad programs going to Latin America. Students participating in FIU Study Abroad summer programs in Latin America who have completed a FAFSA and have demonstrated financial need that has not been met, may be eligible for this scholarship. NOTE: This scholarship is not open to International Student Exchange Program applicants. LACC scholarship:  https://lacc.fiu.edu/academics/financial/lacc-latin-american-and-caribbean-study-abroad-scholarship/

China Hospitality Scholarship

The Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management will offer up to $10,000 in competitive scholarships to participants in the Marriott Tianjin China Program from the Chaplin School study abroad program during the Fall/Spring semester. The maximum scholarship value in $500/student. Please access the scholarship application for details. The scholarship deadline is: TBA

 

National study abroad scholarships and scholarships specific to country of study and disciplines

Foundation for Global Scholars

The Foundation for Global Scholars offers four categories of scholarships ranging from $500-$1500 for US and Canadian citizens to study abroad for Fall, Spring or Summer. The Foundation is committed to helping students who may otherwise be unable to have an affordable international experience. As such, priority is given to students who are from underrepresented populations in international education. For more information, visit: https://fgscholars.org/scholarships/

GO! Study Abroad Scholarship

The GO! Study Abroad Scholarship is open to all current or aspiring study abroad students. Scholarships are awarded each year. The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions. The award is $1,000. Application deadline for the Spring semester: September. For more information, visit http://www.gooverseas.com/go-overseas-study-abroad-scholarship

Diversity Abroad Minority/Low-Income Scholarships

DiversityAbroad.com offers a number of study abroad grants and scholarships for minority and low-income students. See their website at www.diversityabroad.com/scholarships for a list of the scholarships they offer.

Phi Kappa Phi Grant

The Phi Kappa Phi Grant is available to Phi Kappa Phi members that intend to study abroad for academic credit towards their degree programs. Each year, 45 grants of $1,000 are offered to Phi Kappa Phi members who supply a personal statement and two letters of recommendation along with their applications. Applicants must also have a 3.5 GPA and must need at least two semesters at their home institution in order to complete their degrees once they have returned from their study abroad programs. Application deadline for the Academic Year (both Fall and Spring semesters): April 1st. For more information visit: http://www.phikappaphi.org/home

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships

Scholarships are available to individuals who have completed two years of university studies or appropriate professional experience and who are citizens of a country where there is a Rotary club. The Foundation offers the following scholarships: Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship, Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarship, and the Multi-Year Scholarship.

James J. Davis Memorial Scholarship

The James J. Davis Memorial Scholarship offers one $1,000 scholarship in order to encourage students to study abroad. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be studying abroad at an accredited institution for academic credit for a minimum of 8 weeks. The James J. Davis Memorial Scholarship is particularly interested in students with financial need, students studying in non-English speaking countries, and students in a STEM major. However, all students studying abroad are encouraged to apply, despite program or major. For more information, visit http://www.kymanox.com/scholarship.html.

Killam Fellowships Program for Canada

The Killam Fellowships Program offers cash awards to undergraduate students from the United States and Canada to spend a semester or an academic year in the other country. Students have the option to participate in a direct exchange program (registering and paying home university fees) or as a self-placed visiting student (applying directly, registering, and paying fees to a host university). The application deadline for the open competition for the  academic year is January. For additional information please visit:
http://www.killamfellowships.com/about-us.html

Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant for France

The Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant’s goal is to help students discover France. The grant is open to sophomore, junior, and senior students who are participating in a double major that includes French. Students enrolled in a minor/certificate for French and majoring in another field may also be considered; the grant provides up to a $1,500 stipend per selected applicant. Application deadline is in April; for additional eligibility requirements and application materials please follow the link below:
http://highereducation.frenchculture.org/grants-and-fellowships/ben-franklin-grant

DAAD (Deutsher Akademischer Austausch Dienst/German Academic Exchange Service)

DAAD offers funding for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and researchers to study in Germany. Undergraduate opportunities include scholarships funding study, thesis research and/or internships in any academic field; summertime Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) with German doctoral students at universities and research institutions; and a summer journalism internship program in Berlin. For more opportunities, information, and application deadlines, visit: https://www.daad.org/. Timur Kuzibaev is the DAAD Ambassador here at FIU. Please contact him at tkuzi001@fiu.edu.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

Sponsored by the Association of Teacher of Japanese, Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan provide scholarship assistance of up to $4,000 to qualified students for study at an eligible program in Japan. Application Deadline: First week in April for Fall or Spring. For more information, visit: http://www.aatj.org/studyabroad/scholarships

Kobe College Corporation-Japan Education Exchange: Travel Grant

KCC-JEE is awarding graduate students, who wish to conduct research in Japan, travel grants to help assist with travel expenses. The grant will help cover costs of travel to, from, and within Japan. There are no restrictions on the discipline or content of the research project. and can be combined with other fellowships and grants. For additional information, visit: http://www.kccjee.org/

Japanese Government Scholarships for Study in Japan

The Ministry of Education in Japan and the Association of International Education in Japan offer scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study at Japanese universities. For more information, visit: http://www.ny.us.emb-japan.go.jp/en/h/01.html.

Turkish Coalition Scholarship

TCA has established a diverse array of scholarship programs that support its educational mission. In line with its mission to engage and cultivate a new generation of young Turkish American leaders, TCA offers the TCAdvantage Scholarship program for Turkish American students. A wide range of scholarships are available for American minority students wishing to study in Turkey and support TCA’s mission to build people-to-people bridges between the United States and Turkey. For more information, please visit: http://www.tc-america.org/scholarships/

GoEuro European Study Abroad Scholarship

There are three scholarships of up to €2000 to be awarded. GoEuro.com understands that understanding new cultures through travel can be a major part of an international exchange. They want to make this easier and dedicating their scholarship to students hoping to carry out a study abroad program in a European Union and/or Schengen country. More information about the GoEuro Scholarship can be found here: http://www.goeuro.com/travel/study-abroad

 

Architecture and Music:

American Architectural Foundation and Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation Traveling Fellowship

These scholarships are open to graduate students who plan to study architecture at a NAAB accredited program. Scholarship amounts range between $500 and $2,500 and are determined by evaluation of financial need information provided by the student and school. Application Deadline: early March. For more information, visit: http://www.soanefoundation.com/fellowship.html

Rotch Traveling Scholarship

The Rotch traveling scholarship offers a prestigious two-stage design competition that ends with one young designer receiving a stipend of $35,000 to spend eight months traveling the world. For more information please visit: http://rotch.org/scholarship/competition

Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians

The purpose of the Fund is to provide fellowships for gifted young musicians, generally performers and composers in classical disciplines, who wish to pursue advanced music study and performance abroad, usually in Europe. Fellowships are awarded to musicians at the outset of their professional lives, for whom this would be the first extended period of study abroad. Applicants must demonstrate a solid base of accomplishment in order to be considered and are generally not older than their mid-20’s. A strong, well-planned project of study that will enhance the applicant’s life in music must be proposed. Enrollment in a school or university is not required unless such study is an essential part of the project. The Fund provides financial support for round trip transportation, living and other expenses. An all-inclusive grant of $22,000 will be offered. Fellowships are for one year and are generally not renewable. For more information visit: http://www.beebefund.org/

For a list of all FIU scholarships and other possible national scholarships and fellowships, please visit the Office of Scholarships and Fellowships at http://scholarships.fiu.edu/