Santa Clara University

Study Abroad

Funding Opportunities

Financing Your Study Abroad Program


Financial Aid Office

Santa Clara students can use their university aid programs towards the study aboard fees for SCU-operated programs, exchanges and affiliated quarter and semester programs. Please work with your financial aid counselor at the Financial Aid Office to determine the details:

The Office of Fellowships at Santa Clara was established in 2005 to provide the central management and administrative responsibility for advising students about a wide variety of highly competitive external fellowships, scholarships, awards, and prizes requiring University nomination, endorsement, or review. For more information, please visit their website:


External Funding

If cost is still a factor, you can apply for some of the following scholarships and grants available specifically to fund international educational opportunities. With a little work and time, you may be able to secure additional funding from the following external sources. Do know that the University does not necessarily endorse or benefit from any of these organizations or funders.

Diversity Abroad

Diversity Abroad is a comprehensive study abroad program portal specifically founded to help students of color. You can find a wealth of information including study abroad financial aid options.


Study Abroad Funding
Sponsored by the Institute of International Education (IIE), this website contains a database of study abroad funding.

National Security Education Program
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) offers a significant number of merit-based scholarships, intended primarily to support the development of expertise in less commonly taught languages, cultures and areas important to U.S. national security (i.e. excluding Western Europe, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia). The goal of NSEP is to increase international opportunities for U.S. citizens enrolled in institutions of higher education at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Awards up to $20,000 per year. Find out more at:


Freeman - ASIA Program
The Freeman-ASIA Program aims to increase the number of American undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia by providing students with the information and financial assistance they will need. Awards will range from $3,000-$7,000 depending on the length of the study abroad experience. Awardees will be expected to share their experiences with their home campus to encourage study abroad by others, and to spread understanding of Asia in their home communities. Deadlines are early. Find out more at

Gilman Scholarship Program
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is enables students who have limited financial means to participate in study abroad opportunities worldwide. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students at two- and four-year institutions to pursue semester or academic-year long study abroad opportunities in other countries. To be eligible students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba. For more information, application deadlines and the online application please access the Gilman Program website at


Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships
The Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships are awarded each year by the Rotary clubs all around the world. They enable students to spend an academic year studying abroad in a country, which there are Rotary clubs. Rotary International is seeking students with strong academic records who would benefit personally, professionally, and academically from studying overseas. Applicants should have strong leadership skills, be interested in service, and make good "international ambassadors." You need to start early for this application process (freshman year) as it takes time. Awards up to $23,000 for the academic year and covers tuition, room and board, and transportation. Find out more at


Bridging Scholarship
The Bridging Scholarship is for American undergraduate students studying in Japan majoring in any field of study. Japanese language background is not a requirement. Awards range from $2500 to $4000, depending on length of program.


German Academic Service Scholarship
The German Academic Service (DAAD) offers undergraduate scholarships for study abroad, university language or summer courses, and/or internships in Germany. Find out more at 


Florence Sister County Commission Scholarship Program
The County of Santa Clara and the Province of Florence have a Sister County relationship that promotes intercultural and educational exchanges between these regions. Every year the Commission offers scholarships up to $3,000 to Santa Clara University who are participating in an academic year in Florence, Italy. For more information, please contact Wendy Teague, Commissioner ( and for the application, please visit:

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