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Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants & Awards

The The Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1992 mandated that a student can receive financial aid for the costs of studying abroad if the student is enrolled in a program approved by the home institution. Moreover, the student would be eligible to receive "grants, loans, or work assistance without regard to whether the study abroad program is required as a part of the student's degree."

You likely have many questions about the cost of studying abroad and about how you can fund your abroad experience. Be sure to speak with your campus financial aid officer to learn more about specific funding options available at—and required procedures for you to receive funding.

Listed below are resources and specific scholarships to apply for! Pay attention to deadlines and start early!




Hunter's Office of Prestigious Scholarships & Fellowships

Hunter's own Office of Prestigious Scholarships & Fellowships serves Hunter College as a resource for students seeking information and guidance on funding outside the College for study abroad, both before and after graduation. A great resource for Gilman, Boren, CLA applicants. For more information, visit their website.

Chancellor's Global Scholarship (CGS) for Study Abroad

This CUNY-wide scholarship provides partial funding on a competitive basis to CUNY students planning a study abroad experience.

  • CGS information
  • Apply by October 23, 2019 for study abroad in Winter 2019-2020 or Spring Semester 2020.

Bloch Family Travel Abroad Award 

 Provides financial support for students at Hunter College who wish to spend a semester abroad. Students must demonstrate financial need and be in good academic standing (GPA = 3.2 or higher) and must be accepted to a study abroad program eligible for academic credit.

Federally-funded Scholarships and Grants

    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship - DEADLINE OCT. 1, 2019
    Open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. Awards of up to $5,000 for semester or academic year program (average scholarship $3,000) or summer program of at least 3 weeks, 21 days (average scholarship ($2,000).  see video here for how to apply.

    CYCLE 1 - programs that start between December 2019 and October 2020 (Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Academic Year 2020-21)

    Application Submission Deadline Tuesday, October 1, 2019

    Applicant notification occurs in late November 2019

    CYCLE 2 - programs that start between May 2020 and April 2021 (Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Academic Year 2020-21, Spring 2021)

    Application Submission Deadline Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Online Application Opens mid-January 2020

    Applicant notification occurs late April 2020


  • Boren Awards for International Study
    Boren Awards are available to students of all proficiency levels who are committed to enhancing their skills in a wide range of critical languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Swahili.
  • Critical Language Scholarship
    Summer study abroad Scholarship for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America's engagement with the world including Japanese, Russian, Korean, and Arabic.


Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

  • FEA application and information
    Scholarships of up to $10,000 for students who plan to study abroad for a full academic year; up to $5,000 for students who plan to study abroad during the fall or spring semester; and awards that are prorated by number of weeks in-country (with a minimum of $1,250) for students studying abroad during summer.· Preferences: FEA gives preference to students with demonstrated financial need, and strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. These groups include, but are not limited to: First-generation college students, Minority students
  • Plan ahead! Applications for scholarships for 2020-2021 programs open November 11


Scholarships for Asia/Japanese language study

  • The Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship Program

This scholarship through the U.S.-Japan Council provides financial assistance to undergraduates/graduate students for a semester or year-long study abroad program for American students studying abroad in Japan.

  • Bridging Scholarship program

Applications are open for Bridging Scholarships from students who will study abroad in Japan in Spring 2020. The deadline for applying is October 10.

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan, majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized exchange or independent program in Japan are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Recipients of Bridging Scholarships will receive stipends of $2,500 or $4,000, depending on the length of their study program in Japan.

Information on the Bridging scholarships and downloadable application forms are available at AATJ's Web site:·

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Undergraduate Scholarship

The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities.


NOIAW Scholarship Program for Italy

Open to female undergraduate or graduate students, currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited US academic institution. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and demonstrated financial need, must have at least one parent of Italian descent, and must be citizens of the United States. Special consideration is given to applicants who have demonstrated excellence in fields of study of Italian language and/or culture and who are current students of CUNY.





USAC  January/Spring 2020 Programs: October 15, 2019 scholarship deadline

CIEE-  October 15 scholarship deadline for Spring; April 1 for Summer, Fall*

CIEE offer more than $1 million every year in scholarships and grants to help students study abroad. These include program discounts and flight vouchers.

  • Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship- deadline February 14

  • Located in Cape Town, South Africa, awardees can participate in a 4-week, 3-credit summer study abroad program designed to enhance their leadership and intercultural skills. The fellowship covers program fees and travel costs. Freshman or sophomores only.
  • All qualified applicants who don’t receive a Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship are guaranteed a $1,500 grant toward summer '20 programs.



Students from Hunter receive an automatic $2,000 credit toward all IES Abroad semester and academic year/calendar year programs. You don't have to apply! It's automatic once accepted to the program.

Visit the website for more other scholarships and aid available.

CISAbroad- Spring deadline October 1; Summer March 1; Fall April 7

All Hunter students receive a $250 grant and 70% of all CIS Abroad students receive scholarships, grants, or discounts to study or intern abroad


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Recipients receive $2,000 to help finance an international trip that includes an community service learning or volunteering.

    Kahal - aspires to give Jewish students studying abroad each year the resources, tools, and connections they need to meaningfully engage with the Jewish community.

    Grants available to subsidize participation in High Holidays experiences abroad, ranging from meals to services, parties and more;




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