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 on the first floor of SASC) has all the information you need to start the FAFSA application process.

As an FIU student participating in the International Student Exchange (ISE) or FIU Study Abroad programs, you may use all of your available aid for your study abroad program. This will include state and institutional scholarships as well as the federal Pell grant, student loans, and all other financial aid. Students may also use their Florida Prepaid benefits towards 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.
  • Although your study abroad program may run on an academic calendar that is 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 study abroad programs you will need to pay your program fee prior to the summer aid disbursement date. Students should plan accordingly to pay the program fee out-of-pocket and receive “reimbursement” once their summer aid is disbursed.
  • All study abroad programs are for academic credit. This means that your academic performance on the program may affect your eligibility to receive financial aid in future semesters.
  • 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 at (305) 348-1913 or edabroad@fiu.edu.

FIU Students on Non-FIU/ Third Party Program Approved (TPPA) 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 may lose your institutional scholarship eligibility.
  • If you are currently receiving Florida Pre-paid or Bright Futures and you plan to attend a study abroad program offered by another Florida-state institution, that institution will determine the applicability and/or your eligibility to receive this 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 federal grants and student loans.
  • If you are planning to enroll directly at an institution abroad for your study abroad experience, it is unlikely that any of your financial aid will apply.

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. Provider/ Approval forms will only be completed after your study abroad program is approved through the TPPA process. Please contact the Office of Study Abroad for more information.

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.Non-FIU students should consider the following regarding their financial aid:

  • 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. It is very important that you begin research and apply early, as deadlines vary and often occur months before the intended study abroad term. Most scholarships don’t require you to have been accepted or to even have applied to a program before submitting an application, so you can start applying as soon as you’ve made the decision to study abroad. Apply for as many scholarships as you can and 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.

The following scholarships are ones that FIU students have applied to/ received in the past, but this is not a comprehensive list. You can begin your search here, but it’s recommended that you also look into other opportunities that may be specific to your major, country of study, background, etc.

OSA & OSA Supported Scholarships

Office of Study Abroad Scholarship:

The Office of Study Abroad at FIU awards several $2500 need-based scholarships to students studying abroad through FIU summer programs. Students who have completed the FAFSA and have demonstrated financial may be eligible for this scholarship.

NOTE: This scholarship is not open to students studying abroad through the International Student Exchange (ISE) or Third Party Program Approved (TPPA) programs.

OSA scholarship application deadline: March 1

Click Here to Apply!

Stephany Feijoo Ignite Scholarship

The Stephany Feijoo Ignite scholarship awards $1,000 to one FIU student participating in the international student exchange program through the Office of Study Abroad each Fall and Spring semester for the next 4 years.  Applicants to the scholarship must have been accepted to the international student exchange program before applying for the scholarship and must be Pell grant recipients.  The Office of Study Abroad emails eligible students each semester to inform them of the scholarship and invite them to apply, giving them information about application deadlines and decision deadlines for each semester.  Please see more about Stephany Feijoo in the video below.

Video about this scholarship: https://youtu.be/o7UW88YwVfQ

Click Here to Apply! 

Gilman Scholarships for Study Abroad

Undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens, receive the Pell Grant, and who are studying abroad in one country for at least 21 days are eligible to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. Scholarship amounts range from $2500-5000, with the possibility of up to $3000 in addition for students studying critical need languages. Award amounts depend on financial need and length of study. Students studying abroad in non-traditional locations, from diverse backgrounds, and STEM majors are encouraged to apply.

Deadlines fall in October and March, corresponding with the study abroad semester. For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, please visit the Gilman website or attend a Gilman Application Preparation Workshop. To speak with the OSA Gilman Scholarship Advisor, please contact edabroad@fiu.edu.

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 disciplines 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 upon graduation. 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).

The deadline for FIU Boren applicants is in mid-January. For more information visit the Boren website, or attend a Boren Application Workshop. Interested students should contact OSA Director, Dr. Laura Boudon for more information about the Boren application process for FIU students.

Critical Language Scholarship for Intensive Summer Institute

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers students who are U.S. citizens the opportunity to participate in beginning, intermediate, and advanced level intensive language programs during the summer at American Overseas Research Centers.

NOTE: This scholarship is only for students studying abroad on CLS Programs; it cannot be applied towards other types of study abroad.

The application deadline falls in January each year. For more information please visit the CLS website, come to a CLS Application Preparation Workshop, or contact the Office of Study Abroad at edabroad@fiu.edu to speak with the Critical Language Scholarship Advisor.

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 study abroad program must be at least 4 weeks in length. Students with financial need, who 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 the Fund for Education Abroad website, or attend FEA Application Preparation Workshop. To speak with the FEA Scholarship Advisor, please contact the Office of Study Abroad at edabroad@fiu.edu.

Freeman Asia Scholarship 

Undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, with demonstrated financial need, who plan to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia for at least 8 weeks (summer) or 12 weeks (fall/spring), should consider applying for the Freeman Asia Scholarship.

Award amounts range from $3000-7000 depending on length of study. Deadlines fall in mid-October, March, and April corresponding with the semester of study abroad. For more information, please visit the Freeman Asia Scholarship website, or attend a Freeman Asia Application Preparation Workshop. To speak with the OSA Freeman Asia Scholarship Advisor, please contact edabroad@fiu.edu.

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 study abroad programs going to Latin America and the Caribbean. Students participating in study abroad programs in Latin America and the Caribbean who have completed a FAFSA and have demonstrated financial need may be eligible for this scholarship. For more information about the LACC scholarship, please visit the LACC Scholarship website.

China Hospitality Scholarship

The Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management will offer up to $10,000 in competitive scholarships for students from the Chaplin School of Hospitality to participate in the Marriott Tianjin China study abroad program during the fall/spring semester(s). The maximum scholarship value is $500 per student. Please visit the Chaplin School of Hospitality website, or contact Dawn Fagnan at fagnand@fiu.edu for more information

Country and Discipline Specific National Scholarships

GO! Study Abroad Scholarship

The GO! Study Abroad Scholarship is open to all current and aspiring study abroad students. Scholarships of $500 are awarded each year. The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions. Application deadlines for this scholarship vary according to the term of study abroad. For more information, visit the GO! Overseas website.

Diversity Abroad Minority/Low-Income Scholarships

Diversity Abroad is an organization dedicated to helping minority, under-represented and low-income students to find international opportunities. They offer several scholarships, and partner with other organizations offering resources to the students they seek to serve. You can find their scholarship and others listed on their website.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

The Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant is available to Phi Kappa Phi members that intend to study abroad for academic credit towards their degree programs. Each year, 75 grants of $1,000 are offered to Phi Kappa Phi members who complete the application process. For more information about the grant, application, and deadlines please visit the Phi Kappa Phi awards webpage.

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships

The Rotary Foundation offers several scholarships and grants that can be applied to study abroad, especially for those students that intend to focus on community service projects abroad. To learn more about scholarship and grant opportunities available, please visit the Rotary Foundation scholarship and grant webpages.

Killam Fellowships Program for Canada

The Killam Fellowships Program offers cash awards of $5000 per semester to undergraduate students from the United States who will spend a semester or academic year in Canada. 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). Additional information about this Fellowship program and its deadlines can be found on their website here.

Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant for France

The Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant’s goal is to help students discover France. The grant is open to undergraduate students who will be studying at a French university. The grant provides up to a $2,500 stipend per selected applicant. For additional information about the application process and deadlines, please visit the Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant website. To find additional grant opportunities for doctorate programs or research in France, please visit the consulate website.

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. For a full list of opportunities and their requirements, please visit the DAAD website.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

Sponsored by the Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ), Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan provides scholarship assistance of $2,500 to students on semester-long programs, and $4000 to students on academic-year programs. Additional information about the scholarship and its application deadlines can be found on the AATJ website.

Kobe College Corporation-Japan Education Exchange: Travel Grant

KCC-JEE awards graduate students funding for research or study in Japan. The purpose of the fellowship is to support future American educators who will teach more effectively about Japan and its culture. One fellowship of $30,000 is awarded each year. For more information about this fellowship, visit the website here.

Japanese Government Scholarships for Study in Japan

The Ministry of Education in Japan and the Association of International Education in Japan offers scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study at Japanese universities. For more information about these opportunities, please visit the Japanese Consulate website.

Turkish Coalition Scholarship

The Turkish Coalition of American (TCA) has established a diverse array of scholarship programs that support its educational mission. 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, visit the TCA website.

GoEuro European Study Abroad Scholarship

GoEuro.com understands that understanding new cultures through travel can be a major part of an international exchange. For this reason, GoEuro offers 10 study abroad scholarships of €2,000 to students studying abroad in European Union and/or Schengen countries. They also offer two €500 prizes for their Instagram competition. For more information, please visit the GoEuro website.

Architecture and Music:

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

The Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation Traveling Fellowship affords graduate students of Art History, Architecture, Interior Design, and the Decorative Arts to pursue research projects related to Sir John Soane, his works, the museum and its collections. For additional information about this fellowship and its requirements, please visit the Travel Fellowship website.

Rotch Traveling Scholarship

The Rotch Travelling Scholarship offers an annual, prestigious two-stage design competition that results in one person being selected as the Rotch Scholar, traveling the world and spending six months studying architecture free of cost to them. For more information visit the Rotch Scholar website.

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. An all-inclusive grant of $22,000 will be offered. Fellowships are for one year and are generally not renewable. For more information visit the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund website.

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/