This page is focused on financial aid for study abroad and domestic
Domestic Exchange Programs: Nationwide
National Student Exchange (NSE)
The National Student Exchange is a not-for-profit consortium of U.S. colleges and universities. Operating like study abroad, NSE provides students with access to courses and other resources at over 200 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The program includes tuition reciprocity.
Domestic Exchange Programs: Regional
Academic Common Market
(Southeast: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and
The Academic Common Market lets students from participating states study
out-of-state at in-state tuition rates.
Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)
(Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin)
The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) was established to expand interstate educational opportunities for students in the Midwest. The program allows residents of participating states to pursue designated programs of study at reduced out-of-state tuition levels.
New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE)
(Northeast: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and
The New England Board of Higher Education promotes cooperation in
higher education between Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
NEBHE offers the
New England Regional Student Program (RSP),
student exchange program. Residents of the region pay reduced out-of-state
tuition at public colleges and universities in other New England states when they
pursue a major that is not available at public institutions in their home states.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
(West: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands)
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) administers the
Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE), the Professional Student Exchange
Program and the Western Regional Graduate Program.
Study Abroad and Foreign Exchange Programs
American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)
AIFS organizes cultural exchange and study abroad programs throughout the world
for more than 40,000 students annually. AIFS also offers more than 100
scholarships each year.
American Intercultural Student Exchange (AISE)
AISE is a nonprofit educational organization that arranges US host families for
international high school students aged 15 to 18.
British Chevening Scholarships
The British Chevening Scholarships enable non-UK students to study in
the United Kingdom. They are offered in more than 150
countries. (US students are not eligible.) Approximately 2,300 new
scholarships are awarded each year for postgraduate studies and research.
Czech Management Center
The Czech Management Center offers study-abroad MBA programs in Prague, in affiliation with universities in the U.S. and Canada.
Dialogo offers Portuguese courses in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.
The Marshall Scholarship is a highly competitive program in which up
to 40 young Americans are chosen to pursue a graduate education in the
United Kingdom each year. The awards are tenable at any British
university and cover two years of study in any field, typically at the
graduate level, leading to the award of a British university
degree. The award provides for two years of study, and may
occasionally be extended to a third year. Only US citizens who will
have graduated with a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or
university in the United States within the past four years are
eligible. A minimum 3.7 GPA (A-) on a 4.0 scale is required.
George Mitchell Scholarships
The George Mitchell Scholarships enable American students to pursue
one year of postgraduate study at an Ireland university. The award
provides tuition and housing, as well as a stipend for travel and
living expenses, for a period of one year. Applicants
must be between the ages of 18 and 30. Twelve scholarships are awarded
The Rhodes Scholarships enable students from many countries to study
at the University of Oxford. 32 American Rhodes Scholars are selected
each year. All educational expenses (tuition and fees) are covered for
a period of two years, along with a maintenance allowance. Travel to
and from Oxford is included. The award may be renewed for a third year.
Semester at Sea
Semester at Sea is a shipboard study program that offers global study each fall and spring semester. Institutional financial aid, as well as
Title IV aid, is available.
Syracuse University Abroad
Syracuse University offers financial aid for study in any of its seven centers around the world: Beijing (China), Florence (Italy), Hong Kong (China), Istanbul (Turkey), London (England), Madrid (Spain), Santiago (Chile), Strasbourg (France) and Wroclaw (Poland).
Financial Aid for Study Abroad
Generally, for your financial aid to be "portable" to a study
abroad program, you must carry at least a half-time load at the
foreign institution and receive credit for the program toward your
degree at your home institution. The study abroad program must advance
you toward a degree and not merely be providing an enrichment
experience. There may also be other eligibility restrictions,
depending on the financial aid program, but usually you will be able
to take your Title IV funding (Pell, Stafford and PLUS) overseas with
you. Your school is not allowed to deny you any federal aid just
because you are participating in a program of study
abroad. Institutional aid, however, is subject to the school's own
Students who participate in study-abroad programs that cost more
than the usual cost of attendance for their school may be able to get
an increase in their Federal Pell Grant to help cover those costs.
AIFS International Scholarships
Each year the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) offers semester scholarships of $1,000 and $500 each.
CIMO Scholarship Programs (Finland)
This web page provides information about the Finnish government's scholarships
for international graduate students, young researchers and university teaching
Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
The CIEE provides numerous student services including the International Student
ID Card and Trip Safe Insurance for Travelers. CIEE also runs Council Travel, a
travel agency that specializes in student travel.
Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)
CIES and the IIE assist the US Information Agency in the administration of the
graduate Fulbright Fellowships for US citizens to study in other countries and
for international students to study in the US. US students must apply through
their campus Fulbright program advisor. International students should apply
through the Fulbright Commission or US Information Service in their home country.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, the Gilman Scholarship aims to diversify and expand participation in international study by supporting undergraduate students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, including students with high financial need, community college students, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, students with disabilities, and students of nontraditional age. The program also encourages students to choose nontraditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia.
Study Abroad Funding is a free online directory of study abroad
scholarships, fellowships and grants, indexed by country of study, subject and
type of award. It is published by the Institute of International
International and Research Exchange Board (IREX)
IREX works with students through various regions in the world to provide thought leadership and innovative programs that will lead to lasting global change.
Institute of International Education (IIE)
The IIE helps to manage scholarships, training, exchange and leadership programs around the world.
International Student Loan Center (ISLC)
The ISLP, developed by the International Education Finance Corporation (IEFC), offers Stafford and alternative loan programs for US students studying abroad, and for international students studying in the US.
OSAD Scholarship Database
The Online Study Abroad Directory (OSAD) is part of the Learning
Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota. It lists low-cost foreign study
programs and also includes an online database of more than 200
scholarships for US students looking to study abroad.
The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International provides grants to university
students and teachers to act as "goodwill ambassadors" around the world.
Support 4 Learning (UK)
The Support 4 Learning site provides information about student and
graduate bank accounts and loans,
updated monthly from Moneyfacts, a UK financial newsletter. The site focuses
primarily on the further education sector, although some of the
information will be useful to university students.
Low-cost Student Travel
International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC)
The International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC) is the organization that
sells the International Student Identity Card (ISIC). Their site includes a list
of the more than 6,000 discounts available to holders of the ISIC card and a list
of locations worldwide that issue the card.
This site provides student discounts on flights, hostels and hotels as well as tours. It also includes travel advice that is geared exclusively toward students.
Guides to Study and Travel Abroad
WorldWide Classroom provides an extensive planning guide for study and travel abroad. Remove contact info.