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Study Abroad/Global Education

Scholarship Opportunities

There are many scholarships available to support study abroad. CU Denver students have been awarded generous scholarships from the US Government, foreign governments and private foundations who offer a range of scholarships for international studies.

The key is to plan early and consult with different university resources including the Scholarship Office, Office of Financial Aid, and, of course, Global Education.

Scholarships are an excellent way to fund your study abroad experience because you do not have to pay them back. There are many out there and they all vary in deadlines, eligibility, and amounts. Start your research early to find scholarships that are appropriate for your international academic experience. In addition, pay attention to scholarships offered by program providers.

The University of Colorado Denver offers a number of partial scholarships to CU Denver students planning to study abroad. Most are based on a combination of financial need and academic achievement.

Global Study Scholarship

If you are a current CU Denver student and are planning to study abroad through a CU Denver Winterim, Maymester or Summer program, you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $1000.

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Semester in Beijing Scholarship 
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is offering several very generous ($2,000 - $5,000) scholarships to study at CU Denver’s campus in Beijing. This scholarship is available to CU Denver students only.

The College of Arts and Media 2015 Global Study Scholarship 

The College of Arts and Media is offering several scholarships for students applying to study abroad programs in the College of Arts and Media. This scholarship is only available to CU Denver students.

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The US government recognizes the significant value international learning experiences have on students and their contribution to business, education, national security and international trade. Below are some of the different scholarships offered by government agencies.

Fulbright Scholarship
Information Annual competition for awards (full grants and travel grants are available) to graduating seniors, young professionals, artists and graduate students to over 140 countries. The program is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, masters, and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Most grantees plan their own programs. Projects may include university coursework, independent library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination.

Boren: National Security Education Program
Supports undergraduate study abroad focusing on geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. (Excludes study in U.S., Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.) These U.S. government grants entail a service obligation.

Benjamin A. Gilman International
The applicant must be a US citizen, an undergraduate student in good standing (generally 3.0+ GPA), attending an institution of higher education in the US. Students also must be receiving Federal Pell Grant funding during the year of his/her application. The applicant must be applying to or have been accepted for a program eligible for school credit at their home institution.

DAAD Scholarships

The German Government’s Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) generously sponsors a range of scholarships, awards and fellowships for undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate  at German universities and research institutes.  In most instances, German language is not required.

Central Europe Summer Research Institute (CESRI)

CESRI is a fellowship opportunity for U.S. graduate students in science and engineering who are seeking a quality hands-on international research experience in: Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Eligible are MS and PhD students in sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics).

Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program 
The Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program sends emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their own careers within the field. In the first four years of the Whitaker Program, 100 grants have been awarded to Fellows and Scholars to conduct projects in over 20 countries worldwide.

The Office of Global Education encourages students to pursue external scholarship opportunities to help fund their off-campus study. There are a number of scholarships available for students through national scholarship funds, local, and community organizations.

General Scholarships

The Foundation for Global Scholars 
The Foundation for Global Scholars is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Denver, Colorado whose mission is to create global citizens and leaders by assisting students in achieving their personal and professional goals of obtaining cultural and academic experiences abroad. In addition to a general scholarship, six other scholarships are offered for:

  • Students of Colorado universities
  • Veterans
  • Ethnically diverse students
  • Financial Need (Pell Grant recipients)
  • STEM majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)​
  • STA Travel for Art, Film, Foreign Language, Photography, and Tourism & Travel​ majors

Students must be citizens of the US, maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA, and be studying abroad for over 4 weeks. Students who are from underrepresented populations in international education are a priority.

Global Student Fund Student Grant
Designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad, this grant provides supplemental funds for American students who already are studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution. As with our faculty grants, GSF seeks to support a formative experience abroad for the recipient, who also must share this experience with others upon his or her return – ideally, with multiple audiences and varied media. We are particularly interested in funding the study of strategically significant countries and languages.

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial 
Supports study at a university in any country where Rotary is active. Applications may be due as early as 17 months before study is scheduled to begin. Contact your hometown Rotary Club(s) for information.

Diversity Abroad Scholarships 
Diversity Abroad, in cooperation with the AIFS Foundation, will offer various scholarships for study abroad. Economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities and ethnic and racial diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Six decades ago, the Woodrow Wilson Fellowships—a bold new initiative to meet the nation’s need for college teachers—began at Princeton University. Today, the Foundation has a suite of Fellowships that support the development of future leaders at a variety of career stages in several critical fields.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) 
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. Students who are studying languages, going to non-traditional countries, and in underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Fund for International Service-Learning 
The Fund for International Service Learning (FISL) is offering $500 scholarships to aid students who are enrolled (or in the process of enrolling) in a credit-bearing International Service Learning program. Recipients are selected based on their academic and professional goals and accomplishments, as well as financial need.

Generation Ali Global Citizenship Scholarship
As we live in an increasingly “global world” we all must seek to find bridges, points of commonality, across the multitude of cultures that have come together during the 21st century. Muhammad Ali, guided by his six core principles, can bring peoples from different cultures together like no other person. To carry Muhammad Ali’s legacy as global unifier, the Muhammad Ali Center will be sponsoring the Muhammad Ali Center Generation Ali Global Citizenship Scholarship Program.

Study Abroad Location

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund 
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest 501c(3) non-profit organization that provides scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs) with financial need. Based in Washington, DC, APIASF was formed in 2003.

Study Abroad Turkey Scholarships for Minority Students 
The Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) in cooperation with Diversity Abroad are awarding grants per year in the amount of $2,000, $1,000 or $500 for undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted to a study abroad program in Turkey or Cyprus for a academic year, semester or summer. Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate African-American, Hispanic/Latino or Native-American students who have already applied and been accepted to participate in a study abroad program at a university tin Turkey or Cyprus through an American educational institution or study abroad provider.

National Italian-American Foundation Scholarships 
Eligible students are either Italian-American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements majoring in any area of study, or those students from any ethnic background majoring or minoring in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies or a related field, who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. Must be a member of NIAF.

Marshall Scholarships 
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree of one or two years in the United Kingdom. Open only to United States citizens who (at the time they take up their Scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7. Up to forty scholarships are awarded annually.

British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) 
BUTEX promotes mobility between universities and colleges in the UK and North America. Each year BUTEX awards a number of scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university.

Bridging Scholarship for Study Abroad in Japan​
The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, has made it possible for ATJ to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year.​

DAAD: German American Exchange Service​
The German Government’s Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) generously sponsors a range of scholarships, awards and fellowships for undergraduates, graduates and post-graduates at German universities and research institutes. In most instances, German language is not required. ​

Inter-American Foundation (IAF)
The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) was created in 1969 by the United States Congress to fund the self-help initiatives of the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean and the groups that directly support them. To complement its work, the IAF has reinstated its Fellowships for candidates for Ph.D. degrees from United States universities as they conduct their dissertation research. IAF's Fellowships are intended to increase awareness of grassroots development efforts while building a community of professionals and scholars knowledgeable in the subject. Fellows examine the efforts of the rural and urban poor to improve their lives, their methods of organization and production, and the policies and programs designed to alleviate their poverty. The IAF disseminates research findings of its Fellows to a broad audience concerned with development.​​

By Ethnic Background

Pueblo Hispanic American Foundation
The foundation focuses on removing financial as well as other barriers that might prevent students from securing an education, and gaining employment. The foundations purpose is to secure funds for scholarships and other educational support for low-moderate income students. Over eighty percent of the money raised by PHEF goes to providing students with support and services. Must be a resident of Colorado to apply.

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund 
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest 501c(3) non-profit organization that provides scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs) with financial need. Based in Washington, DC, APIASF was formed in 2003.

Many providers give scholarships to lower the cost of their program to eligible participants. If you are thinking of going on a program with one of the following providers check out the scholarships that they offer.

AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships 

SIT Study Abroad Scholarships 

IES Abroad Scholarships 


SACI ICFAD Scholarship


USAC Scholarships & Discounts

CIEE Scholarships + Grants​

ISA Scholarships

AMIDEAST Scholarships​

If you did not find a scholarship that matches your interests or academic goals we have provided additional resources below with further opportunities.

Transitions Abroad​

Fund My Travel​​ is an integrated, centralized European platform providing information on all scholarships offered for studying in Europe. The database already contains over 700 scholarship programs. Students can now find and compare relevant programs based on their nationality, background, where and what they want to study, and many more search criteria. 


IIEPassport StudyAbroadFunding​

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.

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