There are a variety of scholarships available for study abroad students. Many scholarships target specific regions or students with a particular academic focus. While it can be challenging to find scholarships for study in popular locations, such as England, Ireland, Spain or Italy, scholarships for study in Asia or developing nations are generally more readily available. Most students looking for outside funding typically rely on loans, creative fundraising or income from working in the months leading up to the program.
Some individual program providers offer scholarships to their program participants. If you are studying in a non-Marquette program, contact the program sponsor.
Below is a link to a scholarship PowerPoint presentation that outlines some of the major scholarship opportunities. Please note that deadlines for awards below can sometimes be one year before a study abroad departure. Please check the websites for eligibility and deadlines.
For more information, please contact the Office of International Education study abroad team or the Office of Student Financial Aid.
MARQUETTE SCHOLARSHIPS:The American College of Greece
The American College of Greece is offering two full scholarships covering tuition, housing, and roundtrip airfare to Greece to undergraduate Greek-Americans from the greater Chicago area. The current scholarships can be used for the Fall 2018 semester.
American University of Cairo
The Office of International Education will be sponsoring two (2) $1,500 scholarships for spring semester study at AUC. Students are automatically considered based on the general MU study abroad application. See the website for deadline information.
Honors Study Abroad Scholarship
Each year, the Honors Program sponsors five (5) study abroad scholarships in the amount of $1,500 for honors students who participate on Marquette study abroad programs that are at least four weeks long. Please contact Amelia Zurcher for application details.
Matteo Ricci Global Scholar
Students can receive a $1,500 scholarship and obtain an interdisciplinary educational badge by completing a challenging academic program that cultivates global perspectives and demonstrates intercultural competencies. Applications will open in spring for participation beginning in the fall semester. Students must complete the following, not necessarily in the same semester:
- Global economic course (3 credits - fulfills core requirement)
- International Relations course (3 credits - fulfills core requirement)
- Language proficiency through the 2001 level or equivalent
- Study abroad experience (minimum of 12-18 credits completed abroad or 16-week program duration)
- On-campus/local international experience requirement. This can be fulfilled through service-learning, community service, an internship or participation in a cultural student organization.
This grant awards $1,250 to one (1) student each semester with financial need toward the cost of their study abroad experience. Preference shall be given to students pursuing majors or minors in a foreign language and who are studying that language in their program and in a country where the target language is spoken. Special consideration shall be given to students who are enrolled in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.
Project GO (Global Officers)
Project GO (Global Officers) is a Department of Defense initiative aimed at improving the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. Marquette’s Project GO full-scholarship program will be an 8-week intensive Arabic language program in Nizwa, Oman and is open to ROTC students from Marquette and across the U.S.
EXTERNAL SCHOLARSHIPS:Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
These scholarships fund study abroad for U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are currently receiving federal Pell Grant funding as part of their financial aid package. Awards are made of up to $5,000 (with the average award being $4,000), with an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement available (i.e. for students taking Arabic, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese, Turkie, Persian, Indic, Korean, Russian, Swahili) for a total possible award of up to $8,000.
David L. Boren Scholarships
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages abroad in regions of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Critical Language Scholarships (CLS)
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers full scholarships for intensive summer language study in one of thirteen critical foreign languages (e.g. Chinese, Arabic).
These scholarships are for up to $2,500 (semester) and $4,000 (year) for undergraduate study abroad in Japan.
Each year BUTEX awards scholarships to students studying abroad in the U.K. for either a semester or for a whole academic year. The value of each scholarship is £500.
DAAD Scholarships and Grants
The German Academic Exchange Service is a publicly funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. DAAD's 14 international offices provide information and financial support for international research and study to more than 55,000 highly qualified students and faculty per year. Contact Dr. John Pustejovsky for more information.
DIS is a non-profit study abroad program located in both Copenhagen and Stockholm. The program offers many scholarship opportunities for students studying abroad through either one of the DIS programs. Scholarships can range up to $5,000 per semester while abroad.
The purpose of the Fulbright Program is "to enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." The U.S. Student Fulbright Program operates in more than 140 countries worldwide, and grants are available in all fields of study. U.S. seniors and recent graduates interested in graduate study and research or teaching English abroad are encouraged to apply. Contact Dr. John Pustejovsky for more information.
Fulbright Commission UK Summer Institute Scholarship
The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers Summer Institute scholarships for U.S. undergraduates with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete. Students have the opportunity to study in the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer program.
Freeman Asia, for Study Abroad in Asian Countries
The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program's goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Award recipients are required to share their experiences wit their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the programs goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States. To apply, click here
Fund For Education Abroad
The Fund for Education Abroad offers approximately 40 awards, of up to $10,000 each, for students studying abroad for at least four weeks.
Fund For Education Abroa - Rainbow Scholarship
In addition, FEA offers the Rainbow Scholarship for LGBTQI students and the Hillary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship for study in Vietnam.
Go Overseas Scholarship
Go Overseas offers several scholarships throughout the year for both undergrad and master's degree students. They are both for general study abroad and for specific countries and can be applied to either summer, semester or year long study abroad trips. Students must typically submit a creative photo and essay along with the application.
Go Overseas and Education in Ireland Scholarship
Deadline: See website
Scholarhships will be awarded to 15 undergrad and 11 postgrad programs to study abroad in Ireland for a semester or an academic year. In total scholarships will be covering over $290,000 in scholarship. Students will submit a short essay and an creative photo along with their application.
JASSO Scholarship for Study in Japan
The Japanese Student Services Organization offers a number of scholarships for study abroad in Japan.
Up to forty scholars are selected each year to study at the graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study. Scholarship covers university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, airfares to and from the United States. Contact Dr. Amelia Zurcher for more information.
Milwaukee Shamrock Club Scholarship
The Milwaukee Shamrock Club is offering scholarships for students studying abroad in Ireland or for those interested in future Irish study. Applicants should have a passion to further their knowledge or Ireland, the heritage and traditions of the Irish culture. Scholarships of up to $500 are available. Applications deadline is April 15th. Contact Daniel Schlitz for more information.
Rotary Foundation Scholarship
This is the largest U.S. scholarship program for studying abroad. It's not usually applicable to study abroad programs sponsored by U.S. institutions, and application is possible only through local Rotary Clubs. Deadlines are determined locally and are usually one to two years before the semester or year abroad.
Wisconsin Study in Poland Scholarship
The Kosciuszko Foundation is offering a scholarship for students interested in studying in Poland. The Wisconsin Study in Poland trip would fund a 4-6 week summer program at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. Two scholarships are available, both would cover a student’s tuition, room and board and text materials during the summer study abroad session. For more information contact Addy Tyrnczyszyn.