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Paying for Study Abroad

You should begin your financial planning as soon as you begin researching study abroad  programs. Keep in mind the funds/grants/loans you anticipate receiving. Carefully read the program costs to determine what is included in the program fee. Remember to consider your spending habits, the cost of international airfare and your additional travel and meal costs.

Important note about federal financial aid

All students must be enrolled in and complete a minimum of 12 credits while studying abroad during a semester.  If you fail to complete at least 12 credits while studying abroad you may have to return the federal aid received to Boise State University, and you will be billed for these monies.


Please view the billing information page to understand how your program will be billed. Each program is billed differently.


Apply here for Global Learning Scholarships (this link takes you to the Financial Aid office website)

  • Money Hunt (FAQ Financial Aid for Study Abroad)

Other Scholarships

Other Scholarships

Awards for any country

  • USAC Scholarships USAC offers a variety of scholarships for many of their programs. These are different from the Boise State USAC awards and should be completed on the USAC website.
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students with limited resources. All students who receive a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of their study abroad program are strongly encouraged to apply. Award amounts will vary based on student’s ranking during the selection process, their financial need, and length of program; however, the average award is $4,000.
  • Boren Awards Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide funding for US undergraduate and graduate students to study in world regions critical to the future security of our nation and underrepresented in study abroad. Contact the Boise State Honors College for the campus deadline.
  • Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Students with financial need will be considered for FEA’s general scholarships.
  • Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarship This scholarship assists Golden Key Members who participate in a study abroad program.
  • IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants This scholarship program is intended to diversify study abroad and to encourage students to go abroad who would otherwise not participate in an international experience as part of their college education, especially in support of high-achieving, low-income students.
  • ItaliaRail’s Italy Study Abroad Scholarship Students applying to any study abroad program in Italy are eligible to apply.
  • The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) For students of Italian American descent
  • Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.
  • Scott’s Cheap Flights Study Abroad Scholarship $1,000 awards for study abroad students.

Awards for Asia

  • Bridging Scholarships The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers 100 scholarships annually to American undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in Japan.
  • Freeman-Asia Awards for Study in Asia Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
  • The U.S.-Japan Council Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship Students studying abroad in Japan can apply for this scholarship.

Awards for Europe

Awards for Australia and New Zealand

Education New Zealand Scholarships Education New Zealand manages a number of outbound scholarships for student who wish to study abroad in New Zealand.

Awards for LGBTQ students

Study Abroad Scholarship Databases