Scholarship and Funding Information
Study abroad does not have to be out of your reach financially. In fact, if you already receive financial aid most students are able to use part, if not all, of their financial aid for study abroad. Often, a "Contractual Agreement" or "Consortium Agreement" Form is completed by the college and Spanish Studies Abroad for purposes of applying financial aid to your study abroad program. You may contact us at info[at]spanishstudies.org for further information and instructions regarding the transfer of financial aid. Your adviser or your financial aid officer can also assist you with this process. This must be done in advance of payment due dates.
The Spanish Studies Abroad Scholarship Program is open to all students enrolled in Spanish Studies Abroad programs in Spain, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and Cuba.
Award recipients are chosen based on the submission of an original essay. Please see application for details: Scholarship Program Application
Students may apply to one of the two scholarship options:
- Merit-Based Scholarship
- Diversity Scholarship
- Semester: Four $1,500 scholarships awarded
- Summer (incl. May Term): Five $500 scholarships awarded
- January Term: One $500 scholarship awarded
Since 2001, over $100,000 has been awarded to students enrolled in our programs. Only students who are enrolled in regular Spanish Studies Abroad programs may receive a scholarship.* All submissions must be received in the Spanish Studies Amherst, MA office (via e-mail or snail mail) by your program's application deadline. Late scholarship applications will not be considered.
Spanish Studies scholarships are awarded directly to the student. Winners will be notified prior to program departure and will receive a check shortly after the start of their program.
*Students who are part of special group programs are not eligible for Spanish Studies Abroad Scholarships.
Spanish Studies Abroad Alumni Scholarship Fund
The Spanish Studies Abroad Alumni Scholar Fund was developed in 2004 and designed to benefit returning students wishing to embark on an additional cross-cultural adventure with Spanish Studies Abroad. Spanish Studies now offers all alumni students a stipend to apply towards another Spanish Studies Abroad experience in Spain, Argentina, Puerto Rico, or Cuba.
Alumni scholarships are as follows:
- Academic Year: $1,000
- Semester: $500
- Seven-week Summer Term: $200
- 3 1/2 Week Summer or January Terms: $100
- May Term: $50
Please note that all Spanish Studies Alumni who choose to attend an additional program with Spanish Studies Abroad will automatically receive the Alumni Scholarship. Alumni who receive an Alumni Scholarship are also eligible to apply for the Spanish Studies Abroad Scholarship Program.
Are you excited to go abroad, and willing to share your enthusiasm with others? If so, apply by submitting a pre-departure video, and if selected commit to recording a second video upon returning from your program.
- $50 grant for semester and summer programs
Ten students will be selected from the pool of applicants. Selection is based on the following:
Submission of a two-minute pre-departure video before the scholarship application deadline. This is a self-interview in which the student answers the question: "Why did you choose to go abroad with Spanish Studies Abroad?"
Submission must be hosted on YouTube, and a link mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are selected, you will be awarded your grant upon submitting a 3 - 5 minute self-interview within one month of your return home. In this video, you must provide a retrospective of your time abroad, how it both met your expectations and exceeded them, and a brief recap of your favorite memory and why you chose it.
Spring Semester Programs
- Scholarship Application Deadline: October 15
- Award Notification: October 20
Fall Semester Programs
- Scholarship Application Deadline: May 15
- Award Notification: May 20
- Scholarship Application Deadline: April 15
- Award Notification: April 20
The Gilman International Scholarship Program Applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad. The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. The applicant is studying abroad for at least four weeks in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least four consecutive weeks. The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State's current Travel Warning list. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000.
International Education Financial Aid IEFA is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad.
DiversityAbroad.com is the first online resource center dedicated to increasing the number of minority and underrepresented students in study abroad. They list several diversity, low-income, and general scholarship opportunities available to students (see site for details).
Glimpse Correspondents Program The Glimpse Foundation and The National Geographic Society seek talented writers, photographers, and filmmakers to record their experiences studying abroad. Each selected participant receives a $600 grant, support from a team of professional editors, and will see their work featured on Glimpse's website and possibly published in National Geographic media.
GoAbroad.com Scholarship Directory allows you to search for available scholarships based upon your individual needs and plans.
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant Phi Kappa Phi offers forty-five $1,000 study abroad grants each year. Those eligible to apply include members and non-members of Phi Kappa Phi, but must have a Phi Kappa Phi chapter at their home institution and a minimum 3.5 GPA. For deadlines and further details visit their website.
Boren Awards for International Study Boren scholarships are awarded to students studying abroad in typically underrepresented countries of international study. This includes Spanish Studies Abroad programs in Argentina.Boren scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which supports education believed critical to U.S. national security, including language. For deadlines and more details visit their website.
LIVfund The Learn, Intern, and Volunteer in Latin America fund offers scholarships to any student in need of financial assistance and planning to study or intern abroad in Latin America (including Argentina). The fund will award two $500 scholarships each month.
IIEPassport Study Abroad This 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.
There are many other resources to help you fund your study abroad. Sometimes schools have special funding available to students studying abroad, or there may be a study abroad scholarship offered through your local Rotary Club. We encourage you to talk to your school or search the internet to research these funding sources.