Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship
For Spring 2015 Scholarship, submit your application by December 20, 2014. The winner will be announced on January 5, 2015.

The winner of the Tortuga Backpacks Scholarship will receive:

  • $1,000 scholarship for studying abroad
  • 1 Tortuga Travel Backpack

The scholarship may be used for tuition, room and board, books, or travel. Funds will be sent directly to the winner’s study abroad program or university. In cases where this is not possible, alternative arrangements will be made.

Eligibility requirements:

To apply for the Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or currently studying in the US on a student visa
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing at a four-year, degree-granting college or university in the U.S.
  • Have applied to or been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by your college or university



Cultural Vistas Fellowship – Fully Funded Summer Internship Program in India, Germany or Argentina – application deadline is January 15, 2015

The Cultural Vistas Fellowship affords underrepresented U.S. university students the unique opportunity to gain professional experience in a summer internship in Argentina, Germany, or India.  The theme of the 2015 Cultural Vistas Fellowship is entrepreneurship and innovation.

Applicants for the Cultural Vistas Fellowship must meet the following requirements:

  • U.S. citizens enrolled full-time at a four-year accredited U.S. college or university
  • Rising junior or rising senior status; minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Ages 18-30
  • No formal prior work or study abroad experiences
  • Academic or practical experience (volunteer or work) that demonstrates an interest in, or commitment to, entrepreneurship and/or innovation
  • Proficiency in language of host country (applicable in Germany and Argentina only)

To learn more about the Cultural Vistas Fellowship and read about the experiences of the 2013 and 2014 fellows, please visit We will be hosting a webinar for interested applicants and administrators on Friday, December 12 at 3 PM EST; please register here: or share the link with your students.

The application deadline is January 15, 2015. Questions about the Cultural Vistas Fellowship may be directed to

Scholarships for Study in Germany

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites highly qualified undergraduate students to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a 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.

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2015 (postmark date) for study in Germany during the 2015-16 academic year including fall 2015 and spring 2016.

For additional information on this grant and how to apply, please visit:<>

2015 Fulbright UK Summer Institutes Application open (Attn: Freshmen & Sophomores)

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK. These summer programmes provide the opportunity for US undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer programme.

There are nine Summer Programmes available for US students in 2015. The Summer Institute will cover the majority of the participant costs. This includes round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the University,accommodation and social programme, subsistence e.g. food and drink.

The application deadline is 26 February or 5 March 2015. Please see specific website page for particular programme deadline and information. Students will need to submit their application via an online format for 2015. They should carefully read application instructions provided prior to application. Thank you for sharing these opportunities with your students.

If you would like more information, please visit the website below:


Fund for Education Abroad 

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) was established to enlighten America’s next generation of thinkers and leaders by providing access to study abroad through the provision of scholarships. Americans who study abroad return with a renewed perspective of their place in the world and a better understanding of how they can participate in an increasingly interconnected global environment.

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities or colleges, who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks between May 2015 and May 2016. Funding up to $10,000.

NEXT DEADLINE: January 16, 2015 (for students planning to study abroad during summer 2015, fall 2015 or spring 2016) . See details for application for 2015-2016 Academic Year Scholarships

Boren Scholarships-for study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. For a complete list of countries, click here.

Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. For a complete list of languages, click here.

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.  NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

Campus Advisor: Nancy Downey, PhD in Off-Campus Study

Application deadline for 2015-16 is February 4, 2015

To view the Program Basics for the Boren Scholarship, click here.


  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED
  • Matriculated in an undergraduate degree program located within the United States accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Boren Scholars must remain matriculated in their undergraduate programs for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete.
  • Applying to a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.  Boren Scholarships are not for study in the United States.



The Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University (IFSA-Butler) is pleased to announce our newest financial innovation: the UpFront Program.

Developed from crucial student feedback about burdensome “upfront” costs of study abroad, the IFSA-Butler UpFrontProgram allows students to bill airfare and the program deposit directly to their IFSA-Butler student account to pay over time. Students, especially those on significant federal and institutional aid, often lack the liquid capital to pay these early charges, despite being able to afford the total program cost after financial aid disbursement.

Requirements: This program is designed for students on financial aid and/or other mitigating financial circumstances applying to an IFSA-Butler semester or year program. In order to determine eligibility, students must complete the IFSA-Butler UpFront Program Financial Footprint and send it to the IFSA-Butler Financial Team for review. 

Too many students find themselves in a financial “doughnut hole” this time of year as deadlines and programsacceptance dates approach. Interested students who may qualify for this program, should contact Michelle Tolan.

Critical Language ScholarhipFully Funded Summer Language Study: Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Summer Programs – Application Deadline Fast Approaching

The U.S. Department of State would like to remind you that the deadline for submitting applications for the 2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is fast approaching! We are now a little over a month away from the deadline: November 12th, 2014 at 8pm EST.
The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.The thirteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the thirteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website: CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni after the program. However, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.Please note that CLS is an intensive group-based language program.The application is available online at:
Applications will be due November 12, 2014 by 8:00 pm EST.Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website:
We have hosted 2 webinars so far and their recordings can be found here:
Webinar #1:
Webinar #2:
There’s one final webinar coming up on Friday, October 17th 2014 at 3pm EST and its focus is on application tips! Please RSVP to Sarah Bartfeld at
The link to access the webinar (on Friday, October 17th) is here: news, updates and more information about the CLS Program, check out the CLS website or our Facebook page for updates!CLS Website:
CLS Facebook page:

For questions, please contact us at:

Trailblazer Grants: Financial Aid for New SFS Programs

SFS has special grants for our new programs in Peru, Cambodia, and Bhutan. There are still available grants for the Spring 2015 semester programs in Cambodia/Vietnam or Peru and the Fall 2015 semester program in Bhutan. Grants are awarded on the basis of need and may supplement other awards of SFS need-based scholarships, travel grants, and zero- or low-interest loans. Students will be automatically considered for Trailblazer Grants once they are accepted to the program and submit an application for SFS financial aid. Visit our website for more information.


Amazing New Zealand scholarship opportunity! 

Apply for a $15,000 NZD New Zealand Study Abroad Scholarship

Deadline: October 15, 2014

Any student enrolled full-time in a US institution is eligible to apply.                  


New Scholarships Available for U.S. Students to Study Abroad in New Zealand

Application Deadline: December 1, 2014
Application and Scholarship Details:

Education New Zealand Generation Study Abroad Study Abroad Travel Awards, worth US$2,000 each, will be granted to seven students demonstrating the talent and flair to be ambassadors for New Zealand as an international education destination. Recipients will be required to report on their experience through social media and other channels while in New Zealand. A further 26 Generation Study Abroad Excellence Awards, each worth US$500, will be offered by New Zealand’s eight universities and participating ITPs to assist with the up-front cost of traveling to New Zealand.

Application Deadlines: 

For study programmes beginning in February or March 2015 you must apply by 1 December 2014.
For study programmes beginning in July 2015 you must apply by 30 April 2015.


Applicants for any of the Generation Study Abroad awards must meet ALL the following criteria:

  • Must be a US citizen or hold US Resident status
  • Currently enrolled in at least Sophomore year at a tertiary institution in the United States of America
  • 18 years or above at the time of application
  • Hold a minimum GPA of 3.0 in tertiary studies to date (4.0 scale).

Established in 2011, Education New Zealand (ENZ) [] is New Zealand’s government organization mandated to work with education providers, businesses and others to promote education in New Zealand to those overseas. Its collaboration with the Generation Study Abroad initiative will include informational webinars and other activities aimed at engaging IIE’s growing list of commitment partners, with the ultimate objective of doubling the number of U.S. students who choose New Zealand for their study abroad experience-mirroring IIE’s own five year goals.

Gilman Scholarship  Application for Summer 2015 Now Open

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce that students interested in studying or interning abroad in the summer have an opportunity to apply earlier.  The Early Application for Summer 2015 cycle is now open in conjunction with the Spring 2015 application, and has the same submission deadline of October 7th. The Gilman Program is offering this additional application cycle in an effort to support students who may already be preparing for their summer 2015 study abroad program or international internship and would like earlier notification of their status to better plan their financial commitments.  Selected recipients will be notified in February.

The Gilman Program will also continue to offer a summer application for students in January in conjunction with the fall 2015/academic year 2015-2016 application cycle. The deadline for those applications will be the first week in March.  This cycle is ideal for students who are not ready to apply now or will not know of their program acceptance in February.  This round of summer 2015 applicants will be notified in April of their status.

Early Application Summer 2015 student applications are due October 7 by 11:59pm (central).

Advisors have until October 14 to certify Early Application Summer 2015 applications.

Eligibility requirements remain the same; an applicant must be:

* A United States citizen;
* Enrolled as an undergraduate student at an accredited two- or four-year U.S. institution;
* Receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term abroad;
* Participating in a study abroad program or internship that is no less than four weeks (28 days) in one country and no more than an academic year;
* Applying to or accepted into a study abroad program or internship eligible for academic credit by the student’s home institution; and
* Studying or interning in any country not currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or Cuba

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  The Gilman Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.  Since the program’s inception in 2001, the Gilman Program has awarded nearly 17,000 U.S. undergraduates of high financial need representing more than 1,100 U.S. institutions, to study and intern abroad in over 140 countries. All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply.

For more information, please visit the Gilman website at


The applications for the 2015-2016 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.
Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit their website.
Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.
Boren Fellowship Deadline: January 27, 2015
Boren Scholarship Deadline: February 4, 2015*
*Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline. Visit the website for information about your campus deadline and Boren campus representative.
For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.