Funding Your Study Abroad

Studying abroad sounds appealing but many students won’t follow through with it because they think it is cost-prohibitive. The reality is that, with some planning, there are a study abroad opportunity for everyone out there! Indeed, there are many resources that are worth checking before throwing in the towel. You can fundraise and/or apply for a scholarship based on merit, your destination, your background or even your field of study. At Kaya, we want to help you succeed and therefore put together a few ideas on how you may fund your study abroad.

  • First stop should be your university – Inquire to your advisor as well as your department head and the financial aid office if there are any study abroad scholarship or financial aid you might be eligible for.
  • Check with your destination country government and other loca resources if there are any grants available for international students:
  • Your country government might also have financial aid available for students who are looking to study abroad:
    • Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships – A few options are available for UK Citizens.
    • BUTEX Scholarships – awards provided by universities, colleges and other higher education institutions across the UK that have a shared interest in learning abroad for UK students.
    • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship – This scholarship is available for U.S. Citizens.
    • National Security Education Program / David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships – This scholarship is available for U.S. Citizens in exchange to their commitment to work for the public service.
    • Make sure you check out our blog on using FAFSA to fund your program abroad too!
  • Don’t forget local resources for funding such as fraternities, sororities, local organizations or special interest groups including:
    • The Rotary Club – There are three different types of scholarships they offer, you could be eligible for one of them.
    • The Fund for Education Abroad offers a Rainbow Scholarship for LGBTQ students studying abroad
    • Phi Kappa Phi offers a study abroad award.
  • Other resources worth checking include ScholarshipPortal and InternationalScholarships.
  • Don’t forget fundraising! Once you secure your placement with Kaya, we will provide you with a comprehensive fundraising guide to get you on your way!

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