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.

IFSA State School Grant

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.

The Summer, Fall and Academic Year 2020 application cycle opens on November 11th, 2019 and closes on January 17th, 2020 at 12:00pm EST.

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 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.

First-Generation Scholarship Deadlines:

Summer/Fall/Academic Year— March 1st

Spring— October 1st

The First-Generation Scholarship recipients serve as International Correspondents for IFSA, sharing their perspectives on study 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.

To apply, download this form and complete the steps outlined


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:


  • 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.
  • University of New South Wales awards multiple scholarships exclusively for IFSA students. Awards range from AUD$1,000 to AUD$3,000. To Apply, complete the IFSA Scholarship application in the Student Portal  by the final scholarship deadline.


  • The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) offers a $5,000 semester award and a $2,500 summer award for study abroad in India, called the South India Term Abroad (SITA) Nallennam Scholarship and intended for students with high financial need and/ or students from traditionally underrepresented groups. Click here for more information.


  • 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 first week of October in order to be considered. Please contact your program advisor for details on how to apply.

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$3,000, and the university also gives “general awards” to select students upon arrival.
  • University of Otago: Otago is offering IFSA first generation college students the exclusive opportunity to apply for one of two full housing scholarships for Fall semester study abroad students. Apply for the award by completing our scholarship application by April 1.
  • 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 USD$$7,500 and several scholarships of NZ$1,000 for under-represented students in spring (semester 1) 2019.
  • Education New Zealand has partnered with the US Department of State to provide additional funds for the Gilman New Zealand Scholarship. Applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell—Grant to be considered. Learn more about the eligibility requirements and application processes here.
  • The Victoria University of Wellington Study Abroad Scholarship is open to international students who plan to experience New Zealand culture through a Study Abroad programme at Victoria university of Wellington. The value of the scholarship is up to NZ$1,000 to each successful applicant as a one-off payment towards the student’s Study Abroad tuition fee. See eligibility requirements and how to apply here.
  • New Zealand students who want to build their resume while abroad should apply for projects in the New Zealand International Correspondent Scholarship program. Award amounts depend upon the scope and depth of project completed. Scholarships are distributed via PayPal. Students must apply for open projects and will be selected by IFSA based availability and skill set. Application requirements and details about upcoming projects can be found in the PDF link below.

United Kingdom

  • Scotland: University of St. Andrews is offering two scholarships of £4,000 each semester. Contact your IFSA program advisor for details on how to apply.
  • The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) received a gift of $50,000 from The Cyril Taylor Charitable Foundation (CTCF) to fund scholarships for American students to study in the United Kingdom. Named the Cyril Taylor Memorial Scholarship and available for programs in the summer of 2021, the 2021 fall semester and the 2021-2022 academic year, the gift will fund multiple scholarships this year and be administered by FEA. The named scholarship will fund both academic-year scholarships of up to $10,000, full semester scholarships of $5,000, and summer scholarships of up to $3,750 for deserving American undergraduates to study in the United Kingdom on programs that best meet their educational objectives. Students interested in applying for programs in 2020-2021 can submit submit applications  beginning November 16, 2020.

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.

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

Spring 2021 Projects will be available soon. For examples of projects, check out the Fall 2020 Projects.

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.