Fund Your Immersive Learning Abroad

External Scholarships

Many organizations recognize the value of education abroad and seek to support students in the unique experience of cross-cultural immersive learning. Study abroad should not be limited to those with the financial means to pay their own way. In our programs, we value diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and world views in our programs – as do many of the organizations listed below.

Disclaimer: VIA has listed these resources to aid potential applicants in finding funding sources for the purposes of study abroad. However, we cannot vouch for the validity of any information provided by external organizations. Please be thorough in evaluating any potential funding source – its legitimacy, requirements, and limitations – before applying.


Lists of Scholarships


Description: A plethora of study, volunteer and intern abroad scholarships available in this extensive database.


Scholarships Based on Candidate’s Background

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Program

Requirements:   Must be currently enrolled full-time at your college or university based in the United States or a recent graduate (1-3 years), participate in a semester or year long study, intern, volunteer, or teach abroad program & have a 2.75 GPA at an accredited U.S. university or college. Students from the following backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply: Economically disadvantaged, Ethnic & racially diverse, First-generation, LGBTQ+., Students with disabilities, Students of faith.

Amount: $500
Deadline(s): Applications are due November 1st for Spring programs.
Application: online application

Due to COVID-19 and the current status of global programs, this scholarship will not be awarded until further notice.  Sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of this page under “Stay Connected” for updates and announcements about future scholarships.

Region-specific Scholarships

Foundation for Asia Pacific Education Scholarships

Requirements:  Must be a US or Canadian citizen enrolled in a North American college or university where transfer credit from an academic program abroad will be applied to your degree being earned.

$500 to $1500
Deadline(s): Programs that begin May 1 through August 31 – April 30; Programs that begin September 1 through December 31- August 1; Programs that begin January 1 through April 3 -December 31
Application: online application, most recent transcript

Freeman Asia Scholarship

Requirements: Must be a US citizen receiving need-based financial aid, an undergraduate student with a minimum GPA of 2.8, and have applied to or have been accepted by a study abroad based program that awards academic credits through the home campus or other U.S. accredited college or university.

Summer Award up to $3,000; Semester/Quarter Award up to $5,000; Academic Year Award up to $7,000
Deadline(s): All student applications for Academic Year 2022-2023, including the following terms: Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Academic Year 2022-2023, Spring 2023, and Calendar Year 2023, are now closed. Please check back in early 2023 for more information about upcoming application cycles.
Application: pre-screening page, unofficial transcript


General Scholarships

National Security Education Program / David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

Requirements: US citizen, undergraduate who has not yet completed their degree. The scholarship supports students participating in programs in regions that are critical to US interests (including Asia) and who are interested in working with the US government in the future.

$2,500 to $25,000
National deadlines for the 2022 Boren Awards are:

  • Boren Fellowships: January 26, 2022 at 5:00 pm EST
  • Boren Scholarships: February 2, 2022 at 5:00 pm EST

Application: Online application requires 2 essays and 2 letters of recommendation

Gilman International Scholarship

Requirements: Open to US citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means receiving Federal Pell Grant to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing career oriented internships abroad. Minimum program length is 3 weeks.

Amount: Up to $5000, depending on need/length of program (fall/spring programs avg. $4000, summer programs avg. $3000). Additional opportunity for competitive critical need language study award ($8000) – Chinese, Japanese, and Bahasa Indonesia are eligible.
Deadline(s): The March 2022 Deadline application will open in mid-January 2022 for applicants whose in-person programs or internships start between May 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023. This cycle encompasses Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Academic Year 2022-2023, and Spring 2023 programs or internships. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 11:59pm Pacific Time, and the advisor certification deadline is Tuesday, March 8, 2022.
Application: Online application, requires transcripts, and online certification from student’s study abroad and academic advisors.