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:

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:

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 German Academic Exchange Service offers various scholarship opportunities to study in Germany.  More information can be found on the scholarship search Web site:
This Web site 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:
This Web site provides a list of scholarships specifically for those who wish to study abroad.

The Foundation for Asia Pacific Education: 
The foundation is a non-profit organization, which provides scholarships for students, studying abroad in the Asia Pacific region of the world, including Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.  For additional information please visit:

Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship
Overview: The 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.

More Information and Application:

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 iSiS 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.