5 Best Summer Study Abroad Scholarships in U.S

Summer Study Abroad Scholarships – Do you want to explore the world, learning different cultures, and come back home with extended knowledge? One of the best possible ways to do this is to study abroad. However, studying abroad using your own money can be quite costly. Summer study abroad scholarships allow students to go outside U.S. soil and get new experiences. Today we are going to list the best possible options for you.


  • FEA (Fund for Education Abroad)

The Fund for Education Abroad (http://www.fundforeducationabroad.org/) provides dedicated and general scholarships with awards up to $10,000. This one is specific for U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are currently studying in an undergraduate program from one of the universities or colleges in the United States. The minimum abroad study time for this program is four weeks. The deadline for this scholarship is available throughout the year, so they might be a good option if you want to have summer study abroad scholarships.

  • CIEE Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Scholarship

The GAIN scholarship (https://www.ciee.org/go-abroad/college-study-abroad/programs) provides chances for students from lower class or diverse backgrounds to study abroad by covering the costs and curriculum requirements. Students with underrepresented studies may also apply to get the GAIN scholarship. According to its official site, the CIEE support full-year, semester, and summer study abroad programs and they have allocated US$1 million annually to help the students. For summer study abroad scholarships, the deadline is April 1st.

  • SIT Study Abroad Pell Grant Match

Summer programs are available, as well as fall and spring programs. The deadline for the summer program from the SIT is April 1st. The scholarship is available for students who received Federal Pell Grant funding and are in financial need. (The program is off, but You can check here: https://studyabroad.sit.edu/)

  • Boren Awards for International Study

Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Central & Eastern Europe are the main target for the Boren Scholarships and Fellowships (https://www.borenawards.org/). This scholarship is focused on providing studies in various fields, but the students have to have an interest in learning languages, especially the ones that are rarely highlighted such as Swahili, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Korean, etc. The minimum study time is six months, with $20,000 as the maximum award. The deadline is in early February.

  • Diversity Abroad

The official site is DiversityAbroad.com, and they are providing summer study abroad scholarships as well as fall and spring season study abroad programs. With the help of the AIFS Foundation, students with suitable criteria can apply for this $500 scholarship. For the summer program, the deadline is in March. The criteria for eligible students are ethnically diverse students, students with disabilities, students with economic disadvantages, and first-generation students.

So as you can see from our shortlist above, there are many opportunities for students who are looking for summer study abroad scholarships. Your financial condition is not a problem, in fact, most of these scholarships are provided for those who are economically challenged.

Other popular options for abroad scholarships are the Academic Program International (API) First Generation Scholarship, IES Diversity Scholarships, and The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. However, we haven’t researched whether they support summer study-abroad scholarships or not. That said, most of them provide general abroad scholarships.

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