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Study Abroad Scholarships

Guilford College believes that an international experience is an important component of liberal education in the 21st century. Because cost is the most frequently cited obstacle, we have assembled this list of financial aid opportunities that promote study abroad for US students across the country.

Institute of International Education (IIE) Passport Study Abroad Funding

This is an excellent and exhaustive directory that features detailed descriptions of hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students, and professionals. Search capacities include region and field of study, For more information, including deadlines, see


Arcadia University’s College of Global Studies Scholarship

The College of Global Studies is one of America’s most successful providers of education abroad experiences, and a new partner with Guilford College, offering a wide range of summer programs. Eligibility for this scholarship is based on financial need and aims to help students for whom financial assistance can mean the difference between participation in an Arcadia program and staying home. Awards for summer programs range from $500-$750. For more information, including deadlines, and other scholarship opportunities, see


Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

These provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. They focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security, broadly defined, and underrepresented in study abroad. For more information, including deadlines, speak with Daniel Diaz (, who is the Guilford Boren Campus Representative, or visit

Margaret A. Cargill Scholarship

Guilford College's Environmental Studies program gives this merit-based award to students seeking to study abroad or complete an internship during either the traditional semesters or the summer. Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to the subject in a cross-cultural setting. Priority is given to Environmental Studies majors seeking to study in New Zealand through Eco-Quest or on one of the environmental programs offered by SIT. For information and applications, see

CET Academic Programs Scholarship

CET is Guilford’s partner who provides an affiliate language study program in Beijing, China. CET offers its students over $50,000 in scholarship awards each year. Individual awards range from $500 to $2,000 per semester. A scholarship application is available inside each student’s online study abroad application. The following criteria are used in evaluating scholarship applicants: financial need, quality of academic achievement, English essay and strength of recommendations. For more information on this program, see


CIEE Scholarships

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) is one of Guilford's main affiliates and offers six different scholarships and grants for students participating in its programs. GAIN scholarships help provide access to study abroad. JOHN E. BOWMAN grants defray the costs of travel. ROBERT B. BAILEY scholarships promote participation by under-represented populations. PETER WOLLITZER scholarships support study in Asia. CIEE-ISP scholarships makes awards to students with demonstrated academic excellence and financial need. The JENNIFER RITZMANN scholarship supports study in tropical biology. Competition for these awards is keen and the quality of the materials submitted is very important. The scholarship application procedure is entirely independent from the CIEE program application. In addition to a scholarship form and essay, applications are reviewed based upon the information provided in the program application, including the personal statement, academic information, transcripts, and evaluations. Financial need and academic excellence are strongly considered. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their scholarship application is complete. Students should discuss all financial aid planning with Study Abroad Program Assistant, Daniel Diaz. For more information, including deadlines, see:


Critical Language Scholarships

A program of United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes overseas in thirteen critical need foreign languages for summer: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, Urdu. Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Fall deadlines for the following summer. Visit for more information.

Diversity Abroad
Diversity Abroad is the leading international organization which connects diverse students, recent graduates, and young professionals with international study, intern, teach, volunteer, degree, and job opportunities. Their mission is to ensure that students from diverse economic, educational, ethnic, and social backgrounds are aware, have equal access, and take advantage of the benefits and opportunities afforded through global education exchanges. Follow the link to search the Diversity Abroad database.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provide scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc. For more information, visit


Fund for Education Abroad

FEA is a private organization 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 grants and scholarships. They fund 10 scholarships each year with amounts up to $10,000.  In addition to its general scholarship, FEA offers two other dedicated scholarships: The Hillary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship (for female students focused on Vietnam), and the Rainbow Scholarship (for GLTB students only). Consideration of applications begins in August, ending in November for the following academic year. For information, see


The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship Program provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. All U.S. citizen undergraduates in good academic standing are eligible. A limited number of scholarships for summer programs will be available to students from all majors who meet the program's standard eligibility criteria. For more information visit


Guilford College Board of Visitors Scholarship

The Board of Visitors scholarship is a grant for students with a high-level of demonstrated financial need and a strong academic profile. The awarded amount (normally $700) can be received as either a credit to each winner’s Guilford financial aid profile, resulting in a reduced charge for the semester, or as a check to defray travel costs that are documented by a tentative flight itinerary that shows costs which should accompany the initial application. For more information, contact Daniel Diaz in the Study Abroad Office: or 336-316-2125.

International Scholarships
The International Scholarship Search is the premier financial aid, college scholarship and international scholarship resource for students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist college and university students in their pursuit to study abroad.

School for Field Studies Scholarship

SFS, a study abroad organization committed to ecological health and sustainability, offers field-based learning and research. SFS awards over $280,000 in need-based scholarships each year with roughly one third of SFS students receiving some type of aid. SFS also offers a zero-interest, revolving loan program. Aid is awarded on a first come, first serve basis and is subject to the availability of funds. The quality of the information provided by a student is critical to the proper assessment of need. Financial aid applications must be complete and are not reviewed until a student has been accepted to an SFS program; however, students should apply for financial aid as early as possible. For more information, see

SIT Scholarships

SIT offers semester and summer programs in more than 40 countries in Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, focused on critical global issues with opportunities for undergraduate research. SIT Study Abroad awarded $750,000 in scholarships in 2010.  About one-third of scholarship applicants receive financial assistance to participate in these programs. Only SIT Study Abroad participants can be considered for SIT Study Abroad scholarships. Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs, and $300 to $3,000 for summer programs. Financial need is a primary consideration for all of our scholarship decisions. For information on their wide range of numerous different kinds of scholarships, including the Pell Matching Grant, see
Guilford College Study Abroad Office