Funding for Study Abroad

We believe that study abroad should be within reach of every student, so we offer a wide range of scholarships and funding opportunities for all our participants.

IFSA Scholarships

IFSA scholarships are primarily need-based and factor in any additional cost your study abroad program might have over home school tuition. The awards are $500 for summer programs, $1,500 for semester programs and $2,500 for full year programs. These scholarships may apply to any IFSA program, with the exception of our custom programs.

Download the IFSA Scholarship Application.

NEW! IFSA State School Grant

Beginning with Fall 2018 applicants, all state school students (regardless in-state and out-of-state status) will automatically receive a $2,000 grant for any IFSA semester program. The grant will be applied to the overall tuition/housing costs during billing. There is no application process; state school (including community college) students automatically receive the discount.

IFSA Diversity Scholarship

Offered in collaboration with the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA), the IFSA Diversity Scholarship is intended for students with high financial need and/or students from traditionally underrepresented groups, such as first generation college students or minority students. The scholarship is valued up to $10,000 for year-long study, $5,000 for semester, and $1,250 for summer. To apply, visit the FEA application website.

First Generation College Student Scholarship

First generation college students have some of the lowest study abroad participation rates among U.S. college students, and IFSA wants to change that. Our new, achievement-based scholarship program offers first generation college students significant financial, academic and preprofessional support for study abroad on a semester or year IFSA program.

The First Generation Scholarship recipients serve as International Correspondents for IFSA, sharing their perspectives on student abroad. The program awards up to $2,500* for study abroad-related expenses for students who are first generation college students.

Reimbursements and expenses covered include:

  • Airfare booked with IFSA’s travel partner, STA Travel (approximately $1,500 value)
  • Travel Documentation. IFSA will reimburse visa application fees ($100-$700 value, depending on country) or passport fees
  • Where applicable, housing scholarship or cash distributed via Pay Pal. Depending on the cost of flights and visas, up to $500 is distributed to offset housing cost or to help with start-up expenses abroad (i.e. books, transportation passes, linens)

*Summer students receive up to $1,500 toward airfare only.

Scholarship recipients also receive:

  • Specialized pre-departure information
  • First Generation Parent Publication
  • Student Blog
  • Resume Building/Reentry Workshop

To apply, submit a 500-word essay, a CV or resume, and a completed Financial Footprint form to Aimee Formo.

Program-Specific Scholarships

IFSA offers numerous scholarships that reflect our strong relationship with overseas partners and honor the legacy of our colleagues and students.  These scholarships are specific to certain programs or countries:


  • Guaranteed scholarships — students will complete a reflection project (including photos, video, and/or written work) and meet with the resident director to provide input on program improvement.


  • Macquarie University offers 15 scholarships valued up to AUD$1,000 to study abroad students each semester. Students must have a 3.0 GPA, already be accepted to the program and submit a personal statement which focuses on the definition of culture, what they are excited to discover while studying abroad and how they think this experience will benefit them personally, academically and professionally. Please contact your program advisor for instructions on how to submit your application.


  • Guaranteed scholarships — students will complete a reflection project (including photos, video, and/or written work) and meet with the resident director to provide input on program improvement.

Czech Republic

  • Guaranteed scholarships — students will complete a reflection project (including photos, video, and/or written work) and meet with the resident director to provide input on program improvement.


  • Guaranteed scholarships — students will complete a reflection project (including photos, video, and/or written work) and meet with the resident director to provide input on program improvement.
  • Queen Mary, University of London funds a £1,500 stipend for two IFSA International Correspondents, available through the IFSA Work-to-Study grant. Interested Queen Mary students should view the International Correspondent position description. This opportunity is available for one humanities/social sciences student (at least 3 classes must be taken in these faculties) and one STEM student (at least 3 classes must be taken in these faculties) per semester.


  • Trinity College Dublin offers travel grants and scholarships between €1,500 and €3,000. Awards available to IFSA students include the Study Abroad STEM Scholarship, the Global Study Abroad Excellence Scholarships and the Trinity College Dublin Generation Study Abroad Travel Grant. Click here for more details.
  • University College Dublin offers scholarships for students who have been accepted to study abroad in the UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business. Two €1000 scholarships are awarded during the semester and two €500 scholarships are awarded to students on the Summer Internships in Dublin program. Semester students must have been accepted and confirmed their place on the program by the October 6, 2017 in order to be considered. Please contact your program advisor for details on how to apply.


  • Government of Israel Scholarships: The Israeli government provides special scholarships for students of Hispanic backgrounds. Click here for details.
  • Numerous scholarship opportunities are available for study at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Contact your program advisor for details.
  • Guaranteed scholarships — students will complete a reflection project (including photos, video, and/or written work) and meet with the resident director to provide input on program improvement.

New Zealand

  • UpFront Auckland: The University of Auckland offers several $5,000-7,500 scholarships exclusively to IFSA students to help cover some of the upfront costs of studying abroad (airfare, program deposit, cash deposit).
  • University of Canterbury: Canterbury awards multiple scholarships exclusively for IFSA students. Awards range from NZ$1,500 to NZ$2,500, and the university also gives “general awards” to select students upon arrival.
  • Massey University: Massey provides multiple NZ$1,000 scholarships exclusively to IFSA students for all three of their campuses (Auckland, Palmerston North and Wellington).
  • University of Otago: Otago is offering IFSA first generation college students the exclusive opportunity to apply for one of two housing awards for NZ$4,555 for semester 2 (U.S. fall) 2018. Apply for the award by completing our scholarship application by March 1, 2018.
  • Education New Zealand offers US$2,000 Travel Awards to fund air travel to New Zealand. In addition, Excellence Awards give US$500 toward the cost of study abroad at any New Zealand university. Click here for more information.
  • Education New Zealand is also offering a full-tuition scholarship up to $15,000 for any semester program in New Zealand
  • University of Auckland and Diversity Abroad are offering one full scholarship of NZ$12,750 and several scholarships of NZ$1,000 for under-represented students in spring (semester 1) 2018.


  • University of St. Andrews is offering two scholarships of £4,000 for spring 2018. Contact your IFSA program advisor for details on how to apply.

Work-to-Study Grant

Do you have a special skill set? Super social media savvy? A great writer or researcher? We can help you build your resume through our new Work-to-Study Grant.

The Work-to-Study Grant is worth $300-$1,000, depending on the scope and involvement of the project completed, and is available to all students, with special consideration to those already on federal work study at their home campus. Grant money will be distributed to the student via PayPal or direct deposit throughout the term abroad as projects are completed.

Students must apply for open Work-to-Study slots and will be chosen by IFSA based on availability and skill set. Application requirements and details about upcoming projects can be found in the PDF link below.

Work-to-Study positions are determined by current and frequently changing project needs at IFSA, but could include:

  • Marketing and communications
  • Graphic design
  • Photography
  • Computer support
  • Website development
  • Research
  • Creative writing
  • Health and safety support

Fall 2018 Work-to-Study positions are now posted. Applications are due April 15, 2018.

IFSA UpFront Advance

Some of the most immediate costs of study abroad can be the most daunting. Processing charges like housing deposits and airfare can be the most burdensome for your budget—especially when you’re dependent on financial aid to cover program costs.

In an effort to help you pay those over time, and to minimize the stress of all those out-of-pocket expenses, IFSA is pleased to offer the UpFront Advance. Inspired by our award-winning partner, the University of Minnesota’s Bridging Loan program, UpFront allows you to bill certain fees to your IFSA student account. You can then pay these expenses with financial aid or with our monthly payment option.

Check out complete details on the UpFront Advance page.

Fill the GAP

Fill the GAP (Global Account Program) allows students to get a head start on study abroad by saving early for an IFSA program. Friends and family are also allowed to contribute to a student’s Fill the GAP account. Participating students receive a matching scholarship up to $1,000.

Check out the complete details and download the enrollment form on the Fill the GAP page.