Study Abroad Scholarships

There are a variety of scholarships available for study abroad students. Many scholarships target specific regions or students with a particular academic focus. While it can be challenging to find scholarships for study in popular locations, such as England, Ireland, Spain or Italy, scholarships for study in Asia or developing nations are generally more readily available. Most students looking for outside funding typically rely on loans, creative fundraising or income from working in the months leading up to the program.

Some individual program providers offer scholarships to their program participants. If you are studying in a non-Marquette program, contact the program sponsor.

Please note that deadlines for awards below can sometimes be one year before a study abroad departure. Please check the websites for eligibility and deadlines.

For more information, please contact the Office of International Education study abroad team or the Office of Student Financial Aid.


Marquette Scholarships

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Eufemia Sanchez de la Calle Endowed Scholarship

Recipients of this award will earn $1,400 toward their semester abroad. All students studying in Spain for a full semester or academic year are encouraged to apply!  Preference is given to students who are studying language or taking their courses in Spanish while abroad.  The financial need of the student is also considered. 

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O'Malley and Steyaert Endowed Travel Abroad Grant

This grant awards $1,250 to two (2) students each semester with financial need toward the cost of their study abroad experience. Preference shall be given to students pursuing majors or minors in a foreign language and who are studying that language in their program and in a country where the target language is spoken. Special consideration shall be given to students who are enrolled in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.


Project GO (Global Officers)

Project GO (Global Officers) is a Department of Defense initiative aimed at improving the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. Marquette’s Project GO full-scholarship program will be an 8-week intensive Arabic language program in Nizwa, Oman and is open to ROTC students from Marquette and across the U.S.

*new* Wings Scholarship

Sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, the Wings Scholarship provides opportunities for low-income students to engage in a credit-bearing study abroad experience. Three students will receive an airfare stipend of up to $1250 each to participate in these highly impactful study abroad programs.


Marquette Awards

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Honors Study Abroad Award

Each year, the Honors Program sponsors three study abroad awards in the amount of $1,500 for honors students. Preference will be given to applications for 5 particular study-abroad programs that Honors and the Office of International Education have designated as meeting Honors outcomes. Larger awards will be given to applicants accepted to those programs – usually $1500 for preferred programs and $750-1000 for non-preferred programs. Please contact Amelia Zurcher for application details.

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External Scholarships

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Arcadia Scholarship

Arcadia University is offering a $500 scholarship to be applied towards the program fee on Arcadia Center-based programs in Fall of 2021. Students should submit their application for a Fall 2021 program with Arcadia Abroad by February 1, 2021 to be eligible.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship fund study abroad for U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are currently receiving federal Pell Grant funding as part of their financial aid package. Awards are made of up to $5,000 (with the average award being $4,000), with an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement available (i.e. for students taking Arabic, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese, Turkie, Persian, Indic, Korean, Russian, Swahili) for a total possible award of up to $8,000.

Virtual internship programs are included in the list of eligible programs for the upcoming application cycle. Please note that if the country where you choose to study abroad in 2021 is at a level 3 or 4 only due to COVID-19 at the time of application, the Gilman program will still consider that eligible. In the event that an applicant is selected for the Gilman scholarship and if the destination country is still at a level 3 or 4, even if only due to COVID-19, by the time the program starts, then the recipient will be required to change their program location.

Bill Davis Scholarship

The Bill Davis Scholarship commemorates Mr. Davis’s commitment to education, public image, and student of color motivation. The AJCU Conference on Diversity and Equity (CDE) awards the Bill Davis Scholarship in honor of the late Mr. Bill Davis, director of the Upward Bound project at Loyola University of Chicago from 1969-1990, and one of the founding members of CDE. Contact William Johnson for application and details.

Bridging Scholarships

Bridging Scholarships are for up to $2,500 (semester) and $4,000 (year) for undergraduate study abroad in Japan.

Butex Scholarships

Each year BUTEX awards scholarships to students studying abroad in the U.K. for either a semester or for a whole academic year. The value of each scholarship is £500. For more details, visit

Critical Language Scholarships (CLS)

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers full scholarships for intensive summer language study in one of thirteen critical foreign languages (e.g. Chinese, Arabic).

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Critical Language Scholarship SPARK

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Spark Program offers fully funded virtual language instruction in Arabic, Chinese, and Russian taught by native speakers at partner institutions abroad. The main benefit of the program is the opportunity to engage virtually in high quality language study and experience the cultural and educational system of the host country.

Additional benefits include:

  • Language instruction and participation in monthly cultural programming
  • Course materials
  • Language gains certified using the widely-recognized ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) assessment
  • A stipend of $300 towards equipment and connectivity costs

DAAD Scholarships and Grants

The German Academic Exchange Service is a publicly funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. DAAD's 14 international offices provide information and financial support for international research and study to more than 55,000 highly qualified students and faculty per year. Contact Dr. John Pustejovsky for more information. Visit DAAD's website for details.

David L. Boren Scholarships


David L. Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages abroad in regions 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.

DIS Scholarships

DIS is a non-profit study abroad program located in both Copenhagen and Stockholm. The program offers many scholarship opportunities for students studying abroad through either one of the DIS programs. Scholarships can range up to $5,000 per semester while abroad. Visit the DIS Scholarships website for full details.

Diversity Abroad partners with several organizations to offer study abroad scholarships and grants to economically disadvantaged students, first-generation students, students with disabilities, and ethnic and racially diverse students. Scholarships range from $500 to $1,500. 

Freeman Asia, for Study Abroad in Asian Countries

The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program's goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Award recipients are required to share their experiences wit their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the programs goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States. To apply, click here.

Fund for Education (FEA)

The Fund for Education Abroad offers approximately 40 awards, of up to $10,000 each, for students studying abroad for at least four weeks.

FEA also offers the Rainbow Scholarship for LGBTQI students and the Hillary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship for study in Vietnam.

Additionally, FEA’s Access Partner Program offers additional scholarships to applicants attending programs found on FEA's Access Partners list (can be found here).

Fulbright Scholarships

The purpose of the Fulbright Program is "to enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." The U.S. Student Fulbright Program operates in more than 140 countries worldwide, and grants are available in all fields of study. U.S. seniors and recent graduates interested in graduate study and research or teaching English abroad are encouraged to apply. Contact Dr. John Pustejovsky for more information.

Gilman-DAAD Germany Scholarship

The U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is proud to announce a new partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The Gilman-DAAD Germany Scholarship will provide 40 additional scholarships per year for the next three years for exceptional U.S. undergraduate students to study and/or intern for academic credit in Germany through the Gilman Program. This new partnership represents the largest ever Gilman partnership to support American undergraduate students, who represent the diversity of the United States, to study or intern abroad.

Go Overseas Scholarship

Go Overseas offers several scholarships throughout the year for both undergrad and master's degree students. They are both for general study abroad and for specific countries and can be applied to either summer, semester or year long study abroad trips. Students must typically submit a creative photo and essay along with the application.

JASSO Scholarship (study in Japan)

JASSO Scholarship for Study in Japan is provided by the Japan Student Services Organization. They offer a number of scholarships for study abroad in Japan.

John Cabot University-Columbus Guarini Scholarship

John Cabot University-Columbus Guarini Scholarship is for Italian-American students studying abroad at John Cabot University.  Students must be a U.S. citizen, 25% Italian descent, demonstrate financial need and have a 3.0 GPA.

Marshall Scholarships

Up to forty Scholars are selected each year for the Marshall Scholarships to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. Scholarship covers university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, airfares to and from the United States.

Milwaukee Shamrock Club Scholarship

The Milwaukee Shamrock Club Scholarship is for students studying abroad in Ireland or those interested in Irish studies.  Applicants should have a passion to further their knowledge of Ireland, the heritage and traditions of the Irish culture.  Scholarships of up to $750 are available. Refer to the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin Scholarship Brochure for more information.

Rotary Global Grant Scholarship

The Rotary District 6270 Global Grant Scholarship program provides a U.S. $30,000 scholarship award for graduate studies outside the USA.  

Eligible applicants will have a demonstrated record of high academic achievement and a reasonable level of proficiency in the language of the region of study. You must have a background, intended graduate studies, and future career plans which align closely to at least one of the following focus areas: Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution; Disease Prevention and Treatment; Water and Sanitation; Maternal and Child Health; Basic Education and Literacy; or Economic and Community Development.

Rotary Foundation Scholarship

Rotary Foundation Scholarship is the largest U.S. scholarship program for studying abroad. It's not usually applicable to study abroad programs sponsored by U.S. institutions, and application is possible only through local Rotary Clubs. Deadlines are determined locally and are usually one to two years before the semester or year abroad. 

Shawn Carter Foundation-Gilman International Scholarship

Shawn Carter Foundation-Gilman International Scholarship is partnership between the Shawn Carter Foundation and the Institute for International Education (IIE)/Gilman International Scholarship Program is designed to expand the global experiences and leadership opportunities for underserved students through establishment of full study-abroad scholarships.

The American University in Cairo

AUC offers competitive scholarships for undergraduate and graduate non-degree/study abroad/exchange students. Check out the various scholarship opportunities on AUC's website for eligibility and application requirements.

The Beijing Center Fly Free Scholarship

The Beijing Center - Fly Free Scholarship is a special "Fly Free" Scholarship for a maximum of $1,000 for participating (committed) study abroad students from Marquette University. A maximum of 3 scholarships are available each semester.

University of Luxembourg

Students are invited to apply to the Madam Erna Hennicot-Schoepges private donor scholarship. One (1) scholarship of $1,200 will awarded. More details on how to apply will be provided once accepted to University of Luxembourg.

Wisconsin Study in Poland Scholarship

Wisconsin Study in Poland Scholarship is offered by the Kosciuszko Foundation is offering a scholarship for students interested in studying in Poland. The Wisconsin Study in Poland would fund a 4-week summer program at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. For more information contact Margaret Dymkowska.

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