Scholarships and Other Financial Aid Opportunities

This page contains many useful scholarship links for specific countries, program providers, and organizations around the world. Also included are scholarships offered through Villanova University, and search engines that are all available to you on this page. Please note that this list of funding is by no means complete. There exists an immense amount of resources available to those that voluntarily seek them. We ask that if you do receive financial aid, grants, scholarships or loans to please contact the Office of Financial Assistance: (610) 519-6456.

Urbino, Italy

Villanova Scholarship Opportunities

  • Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowship Within this page is an excellent list of scholarship opportunities for study abroad and beyond! CURF is a wonderful and worthwhile site to explore and also a great office to visit! Meet with Jane Morris or Hanna Lee in the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowship, Garey Hall.
  • Ackerman Scholarship: Approximately $500-$1500 in funding to a student studying abroad in a non-traditional country.
* Ackerman Scholarship Application 13-14.docx
Apply Now! Due to OIS by April 1st or October 31st!
  • Kirchheimer Family Scholarship is awarded to semester study abroad students with demonstrated financial need. The scholarship can assist with any study abroad expenses including room, board and travel. 
* Kirchheimer Family Scholarship Application 13-14.docx
Apply Now! Due to OIS by April 1st or October 31st!
  • The Connelly-Delouvrier Scholarship: A Villanova University sponsored scholarship designed to provide financial support for one semester of study abroad for a select group of academically talented students. The program is open to students taking courses in the Honors Program, whether or not they are pursuing a formal Honors degree, and to students who are Presidential Scholarship recipients.
  • VSB Center for Global Leadership: Provides financial support for VSB students engaged in a variety of international business activities, including study abroad.

Program Provider Scholarship Opportunities

  • Arcadia University-Center for Education Abroad: Arcadia University-Center for Education Abroad: The Center for Education Abroad has one of the most extensive scholarship programs of any study abroad organization. Every year Arcadia distributes hundreds of need-based scholarships ranging between $500 and $2,000 for a full-year, semester or term.
  • Boston University: Last year, Boston University International Programs awarded grants and scholarships to 190 students, helping to make their summer, semester, or year abroad possible. You may qualify, too!
  • Institute for Study Abroad - Butler University: IFSA-Butler offers scholarships and travel grants to students with demonstrated financial need.
  • CIEE-Council on International Educational Experiences Scholarships: For many students, a study abroad experience is only possible with financial assistance. Each year CIEE awards scholarships and grants to students who plan to study overseas. Full details of the five different scholarships can be found are described within this link. Please read the eligibility criteria and the application procedures for each scholarship carefully.
  • DIS-Denmark's International Studies Program: The DIS Board has allocated scholarship funds for students who otherwise could not afford to study in Denmark. Villanova University students interested in studying in the Fall semester are eligible for additional scholarships.
  • IES-Institute for the International Education of Students: IES believes that financial limitations should not prevent a student from participating in an IES program. For this reason, each year IES commits over $2.15 million to its financial aid programs for students attending IES programs.
  • SIT-School for International Training: About one-third of those who seek scholarships from SIT Study Abroad receive financial assistance to participate in SIT's programs. Awards are made on consideration of both merit and need.
  • Syracuse University Study Abroad: SU Abroad is committed to making study abroad a reality for students from a variety of backgrounds. We offer a number of need- and merit-based grants and scholarships, as well as special incentives, for students participating in SU Abroad programs. Awards are made on a consideration of both merit and need. VU students are not allowed to participate on Option 1 of SU Abroad programs.

Minority Scholarships

Major Specific Scholarships

Country/Region-Specific Scholarships

          China - 100,000 Strong Foundation

  • Australia
    Future Unlimited Scholarships

  • Canada
    Killiam Fellowships Program

  • Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union
    International and Research Exchange Board (IREX): IREX promotes scholarly exchange between the United States and the nations of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

  • Germany
    DAAD Undergraduate Awards: Funds awarded to highly qualified undergraduate students for study abroad tuition, university language or summer courses, senior thesis research, and/or internships in the Federal Republic of Germany. Length of stay may range from a few weeks to an entire academic year.

    German Universities of Applied Sciences - UAS7: Spend a semester at a leading German university of applied sciences (UAS), then intern in a company, research institute, or nonprofit!

  • Ireland
    The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick: The friendly Sons of St. Patrick was created in 1771 and is dedicated to promoting good will and friendship between the peoples of the United States and Ireland.

  • Scotland
    St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia Scholarship: $15,000 for full year of study abroad in Scotland at any of the following Universities: St. Andrews, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Glasgow.

  • United Kingdom 
    British Council: Information on Scholarships in the United Kingdom.

    AASAP - Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship - The £1,000 annual scholarship provides a deserving study abroad student with financial support to pursue academic study in the United Kingdom. The scholarship is open to undergraduate students who are currently enrolled at a US college or university, and who will be studying abroad in the UK for at least one term/semester in the 2013/14 academic year. Full details, including eligibility criteria, are included within the AASAP following application form and referee info sheet.
Urbino, Italy

General Scholarship Information

  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators: Financial Aid resources for undergraduate study abroad.
  • Frank Huntington Beebe Fellowship: The purpose of the Fund is to provide fellowships for gifted young musicians, generally performers and composers in classical disciplines, who wish to pursue advanced music study and performance abroad, usually in Europe.
  • Gilman International Scholarships: Provides up to $5000 for study abroad in any nation. Priority given to students who receive Federal Pell Grants.
    **Summer scholarships available!
  • Institute of International Education: Sorts scholarship money by study abroad location.
  • Institute for International Public Policy: Undergraduate funding for study abroad summer institute, language immersion programs, and internships. Money for master's study of international affairs available as well. Open to sophomore under-represented students with a GPA of at least 3.2.
  • National Italian American Foundation Scholarship
  • NSEP-National Security Education Program is guided by a mission that seeks to lead in development of the national capacity to educate U.S. citizens, understand foreign cultures, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness, and enhance international cooperation and security. NSEP awards will range from full scholarships (covering tuition and other program costs, round-trip airfare on a U.S. flag carrier, health insurance, and local transportation) to awards of up to $8,000 for summer, $10,000 for a semester or $20,000 for an academic year. Also see: Boren Scholarships
  • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships: Various scholarships for foreign study and foreign travel. The three major scholarships programs are: 1) full funding for academic year abroad, 2) full funding for 2-3 year degree programs abroad, and 3) full funding for foreign language study abroad.
  • Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant: Open to students who have a cumulative grade point average of a least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students must also have completed a minimum of 56 credit hours but no more than 90 credits hours on their home campus. Each year Phi Kappa Phi awards 38 Study Abroad grants of $1000 each.
  • Fund for Education Abroad: FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships.
  • Las Dos Chicas Scholarship: Provides financial scholarships for college students majoring in global studies, foreign languages, or a teaching certificate in foreign languages. 
  • Diversity Abroad:  Applicants must be full-time undergraduates at a university or community college based in the United States. Students must participate in a study abroad program offered by a DiversityAbroad.com partner organization. Economically disadvantaged students, African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino, Multiracial/ethnic or Native-American undergraduate students as well as student who study in non traditional locations (Outside western Europe & Australia ) are strongly encouraged to apply.
    **Summer scholarships available!

Search Engines

  • Funding and Scholarships, Learning Abroad Center, University of Minnesota: Funding for U of MN students as well as non-U of MN students.
  • The Financial Aid Page: One of the first web-based guides to finding scholarships and understanding U.S. federal financial aid, it even has a section that lists scholarships for study abroad. Within the page is also a great guide for warning students about scams, giving advice about how to apply for scholarships, etc...
  • International Education Financial Aid: A search engine for many types of scholarships and fellowships at all educational levels, worldwide, for all types of study.
  • HispanicScholarship.com: Sponsored by Daimler-Chrysler, which lists hundreds of scholarships, grants and other financial aid sources targeting Latino students.
  • FastWeb: Has free searches. No fee charged, but students must "register" with the web service.
  • StudentAwards.com: Scholarships for U.S. and Canadian students, includes a free search feature but requires registration
  • GoAbroad - Find Scholarship advice and detailed search

Information Sessions

Your first step towards study abroad is to attend an information session in our office! We typically hold 8 group meetings a week, so we hope one will be able to fit into your schedule. Our office is located on the second and third floors of Middleton Hall, on the south-west end of campus, next to O'Dywer. The office is normally open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Sign up for a group information session on our online calendar. If you are planning to participate in a VU Summer Program, you do not need to attend the group information session. Just contact the faculty member who runs the program for more information.

For all individual appointments, please call 610.519.6412 to schedule a meeting with your OIS adviser.