An international experience during your college years is an investment in your future.
The eye-opening experiences you will be exposed to and the long-term benefits you
will gain make it well worth any extra cost.
Planning ahead and saving your money should be your first step. Start early to identify
sources of financial assistance. Don't wait until you've been accepted, or even until
you've chosen a program. Know what's available now.
Keep in mind that affordable opportunities do exist for studying abroad. Financial
aid may apply to most programs and scholarships are available. Do not be discouraged.
Review the financial aid/scholarship information and speak to the Office of International Education to review affordable possibilities.
If you qualify for financial aid (federal aid, grants, loans, scholarships, etc.)
through SUNY Cobleskill, you can transfer that aid to an approved study abroad program
in most cases. If you are currently receiving aid, you should apply for renewal of
financial aid just as you would if you were staying on campus.
The Office of International Education can help you create a budget for your particular study abroad program. This budget
will serve as the basis for determining your financial need with the Financial Aid
Office for the term abroad. If the expense budget is higher than expenses at SUNY
Cobleskill, you may request additional funds, in the form of loans, to cover the excess
expense, or apply a larger portion of your financial aid toward the abroad term. Some
restrictions do apply, so discuss financial aid with the Office of International Education early in your planning.
Get more information about eligibility, credit, and aid for Study Abroad from the
Financial Aid Office >>
Learn more about financial aid opportunities through Diversity Abroad's Study Abroad Financial Aid Center >>
In addition to the financial aid that will apply toward study abroad, many scholarships,
grants, and awards exist to assist with costs. It is imperative that you begin the
process of searching for scholarships early in your planning process. Some programs
even offer their own grants and awards, so be sure to ask your program representative
early in the process.
Be cautious of scholarship scams that ask for money or personal information upfront.
A legitimate program will not do this. If you are unsure about the integrity of a
program, ask the Office of International Education about it.
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- Diversity Abroad - Financial Aid Resources for Study Abroad
Great resource for information on grants, scholarships, and loans plus much more.
"You Can Afford to Study Abroad" PDF Brochure
- Institute for International Education
This comprehensive directory features detailed descriptions of hundreds of study abroad
scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate
and post-graduate students, and professionals.
Search study abroad scholarships and resources by country, program type, or subject.
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving a Federal
Pell Grant to participate in study abroad programs worldwide
- Boren Scholarship
Awards up to $20,000 are focused on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study
that are critical to U.S. national security, broadly defined, and underrepresented
in study abroad.
- Fund for Education Abroad
Awards up to $5,000. The FEA also offers a Rainbow Scholarship for LGBT students.
- Japan - Bridging Scholarships
The Bridging Scholarship program will award scholarships to American students participating
in study-abroad programs in Japan. Undergraduate students 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.
- Australia Scholarships
Scholarships are offered by the Australian Government, education institutions, and
a number of other organizations. This search engine provides a list of all scholarships
supplied by Australian-based organizations, institutions, and government bodies to
international students studying or planning to study in Australia on a student visa.
- Latin America - LIV Fund
LIVFund has been designed for anyone interested in studying, interning and volunteering
in Latin America and who would like to offset program or living abroad costs. LIVFund
awards 24 scholarships annually and accepts applications from candidates coming to
Latin America to work, intern or volunteer independently or through an organized program
for any length of time.
- Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) Scholarship
TCA awards up to 100 scholarships per year for African American, Hispanic American
and Native American students. These scholarships are awarded to eligible full-time
undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted to a university in Turkey. TCA will award grants up to $2,000 per calendar year for a semester or summer program.