Study Abroad

Scholarship Programs & Financial Aid

Please review the following information about how scholarships and financial aid can help your dream of studying abroad come true:


College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, World Ready Scholarships: 
For students enrolled in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences who wish to take advantage of Faculty-led programs within FAHSS during the Summer of 2015 the college will award 25 scholarships of $400 each to defray the costs of student travel. To apply for a World Ready Scholarship, students must apply and be approved to participate in a FAHSS Faculty-led program. Applications will be provided to students by the Office of Study Abroad.  Deadline for scholarship applications: January 30, 2015. Check out the Summer 2015 Faculty-led Programs.

The Academic Engineer Endowed Scholarship: The purpose of this scholarship is to acknowledge the additional course work or extracurricular activities from humanities, social sciences, and fine arts that engineering students engage in through study abroad. Must be full-time in Engineering, undergraduate or graduate programs, currently pursuing or planning to pursue a minor or second major in humanities, social science, and fine arts, demonstrate financial need based on federal formulas (complete FAFSA). Awards of $1000-2500 based on total number of applicants.

Provider-led Program Scholarships:
Students who participate in provider-led programs are encouraged to apply for scholarships offered directly from their program provider.  Students should review the offerings directly on the website of their selected program.  About Provider-led Programs.

Affiliated Provider-led Program Scholarships:
Students who participate in affiliated provider-led programs are eligible for additional scholarships offered directly from their program provider.  Students should review the offerings directly on the website of their selected program.  Additionally, the following is available:
  • Academic Programs International (API) - Student scholarship awards of up to $1000 for a semester or $500 for a summer to students participating in study abroad programs through API.  Awards are based on financial need.  Interested students should contact the Office of Study Abroad for more information.
  • CAPA International Education -All students participating in programs through CAPA will receive scholarship in the amount of $600 for semester programs and $300 for summer.
  • Center for International Studies Abroad (CIS abroad) - All students participating in programs through CIS will receive scholarship/discount in the amount of $200 for semester programs and $100 for summer/short programs and internship programs.
  • International Studies Abroad (ISA) - Student grant awards each term for students participating in programs through ISA.  Amounts up to $1000. Awards are based on financial need.  Interested students should contact the Office of Study Abroad for more information.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program:
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program was developed to reduce barriers to study abroad by providing assistance to those undergraduate students in two- or four-year institutions who demonstrate financial need. This program provides awards for study abroad for US citizen or US national students who are receiving federal need-based financial aid. Please note that CIS will grant an additional $500 to the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship recipients! For additional information please visit the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship website.

Critical Language Scholarship:
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion Summer program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building 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.  Full program costs (including housing and airfare) are covered by the scholarship.

Boren Scholarships & Fellowships:
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for US undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in the world regions critical to US interests: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East.  For additional information please visit the Boren Awards For International Study website.


The German Academic Exchange Service offers various scholarship opportunities to study in Germany.  More information can be found on their scholarship search website.
The website offers a list of a variety of scholarships for minority/low income students as well as a general list for anyone.

IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding: 

This valuable funding resource allows you to search by country or subject to find the study abroad funding information that you need; an online directory of scholarships, fellowships, and grants designed to help students study outside the United States.  For additional information please visit the IIEPassport website.
The website provides a list of scholarships specifically for those who wish to study abroad.

The Foundation for Global Scholars:
The Foundation for Global Scholars (FGS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, serving US undergraduate, graduate, and professional students pursuing accredited study abroad programs. Through scholarships for international study, we empower globally minded college students who want  to make an impact. We support global changemakers.  And we help our nation’s future workforce become better prepared for the fast-changing global marketplace and interdependent world.  FGS awards scholarships to US citizens studying abroad, three times annually. Scholarships are valued at $2000. 

Fund for Education Abroad: Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks (a minimum of 30 days). Fund for Education Abroad awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs in the academic year or summer . The financial support for these scholarships up to $10,000, is provided by generous donors, who are committed to increasing study abroad opportunities for dedicated American students.

Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship:
The Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad. The length of time for the travel is expected to be between four and six weeks and should include interaction with individuals from other nations. During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy. Following the travel, the recipient agrees to submit a report describing experiences and analyzing objectives achieved; share his/her experiences with others; and be available to make a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.

Funding for this fellowship has generously come from a private donation. Future distributions of the fellowship may rely on further donations to the Department of State.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen eligible for foreign travel.
  • Must be at least 18 years old and not older than 25 at the time of application.
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university in the United States.

Other Sources: 

Financial Aid

Fall, Spring & Full Academic Year Programs
  • Federal aid - All Federal aid with the exception of work-study is able to be used towards a study abroad program.
  • State aid - All state aid with the exception of tuition waivers can be used towards a study abroad program.
  • Need based institutional aid - All need based aid is currently able to be used towards a study abroad program.
  • Merit based institutional aid - All merit based aid except for tuition waivers are able to be used for one semester of a study abroad program.
  • Other - Most private scholarships will be able to be used towards a study abroad program.

Summer Program Financial FAQ's

Note: Summer aid consists of any remaining federal loan eligibility that was not used during the Fall/Spring semesters. Students can apply for additional credit-based loans with a parent or co-signor. There is NO grant or scholarship aid available through the Financial Aid Office for Summer Session Programs.

What if I have a current balance on my UMass Lowell account?
Students may also apply for additional credit-based loans to cover Fall/Spring balances in most cases.

Please check your SiS Account Summary to view your current balance due.

How do I apply for additional loans?
Please visit the financial aid website to learn more about the loan options that are available to you and your family.

When would I receive the funds from my loan?
In many cases the funds for summer loans would be disbursed to UMass Lowell in mid-June. This means that any anticipated refund would be issued to the student in late-June to early July. There are a few exceptions to this timeline depending on aid used during fall/spring.

How will my costs be covered?
If a student has remaining eligibility from fall/spring then they may receive a partial refund for expenses prior to departure. The remaining funds would come in June as noted above to cover tuition and fees charge at UMass Lowell.

If a student is only receiving a credit-based loan for summer then they would need to pay for flights, housing and expenses out of pocket and be reimbursed by their loan in June/July.

Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you have additional questions about your eligibility.