Study Abroad Scholarships
Students frequently ask about additional scholarship opportunities in order to finance their study abroad experiences. Below are a few of the scholarships available for UMBC students.
Some UMBC departments offer scholarships for their students to participate on study abroad programs, as does the Honors College for students on short-term study abroad programs (January and summer term programs). Check your department to see if you are eligible for any departmental awards.
- For UMBC Merit Scholarships you need to submit the Official Study Abroad Budget, a copy of your completed VOT form and letter of acceptance to your financial aid counselor in the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office. Meyerhoff Scholars must take at least two science courses abroad. NOTE: Merit scholarships transfer for one semester only. You must apply prior to departure to have them transfer for more than one semester.
- For Private Scholarships you need to confirm requirements with the scholarship provider and contact the SAO if they require support documentation.
UMBC Affiliate Scholarships
The following UMBC Affiliate Programs offer special scholarship opportunities to UMBC students. Please check the appropriate organization’s web site for more specific information and deadlines.
- American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)
- American Councils
- Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA)
- Globalinks Learning Abroad
- Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA Butler)
- International Studies Abroad (ISA)
- School for International Training (SIT)
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship: The Gilman International Scholarship can be used for any accredited study abroad program for summer or semester-length programs. Applicants must be PELL grant recipients.
Boren Awards for International Study: The Boren Award gives preference to students enrolled in language and cultural studies programs in Central and South America, Asia and Africa. Recipients must study a critical language during their study abroad experience. Preference is given to students planning to study abroad for a full academic year and who will make a commitment to a career in federal service. Applicants can be either UMBC undergraduate or graduate students. UMBC applicants must follow the internal UMBC application deadline for submission of all application materials; usually this deadline is in mid-January.
Butex Study Abroad Scholarships: The Butex Study Abroad Scholarship provides up to £500 to students at any BUTEX member in the United Kingdom, including both of our exchange partners. The minimum term of study in the United Kingdom is one semester.
Critical Language Scholarship: Offered through the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the CLS scholarship is a fully-funded overseas language program for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students. CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarships: DAAD Undergraduate Scholarships are geared toward students participating in semester or academic year study abroad programs at any German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year.
Foundation for Global Scholars: FGS awards $2,000 scholarships to US citizens studying abroad three times annually.
Freeman-ASIA: Funds for students bound for East and Southeast Asia with demonstrated financial need.
Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships: The Fund for Education Abroad is an independent organization that is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of scholarships. FEA goals include increasing the number and diversity of students studying abroad, in particular underrepresented students. Up to $5,000 for a semester and $10,000 for a year.
Golden Key Honour Society Study Abroad Scholarships: Any UMBC Golden Key International Honour Society member who is participating on any accredited study abroad program in any country may apply for this scholarship. Awards are typically $1,000.00.
Japanese Bridging Scholarships: The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships. Awards are typically $2,500.00 for a semester and $4,000.00 for an academic year. Students studying in Japan on summer programs are not eligible to apply.
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Scholarship: The Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Scholarship is for any student attending a Phi Kappa Phi-affiliated university (UMBC is one) who wishes to study abroad. There are no restrictions on study abroad destinations, but awards are for semester or academic year study only. Awards are typically $1,000.00.
TEAN Full Ride Scholarship: The Education Abroad Network offers several scholarships including one for up to $30,000. Students do not have to be accepted in their program to apply for the scholarship.