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Financial Aid for Study Abroad



Oklahoma City University offers scholarships to OCU students studying abroad on approved programs. Selection is based on financial need, academic success, and university/community engagement. Students who opt for longer programs (semester or yearlong) receive preference in funding decisions, but students are encouraged to apply for scholarship aid to assist with summer, short-term, and/or faculty-led study abroad programs. 



Spring semester programs: Nov. 1

Summer programs: Feb. 1

Fall semester programs: March 15

Academic Year programs that commence with the fall semester: March 15

Academic Year programs that commence in with the spring semester: Nov. 1

January-Term programs: May 15

Spring Break programs: Nov. 1




The scholarships listed below are administered by a variety of outside entities. Please contact the relevant organization for more information or speak with the Director of Academic Services, Mary Benner, in the Provost’s Office at Oklahoma City University (mbenner@okcu.edu) or 405-208-5287.


Click on the title of the scholarship/fellowship to go to the award’s website.


Boren Awards for International Study Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas 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. Preference is given to geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. The deadline to submit a first draft of the application for the 2015-2016 Boren Scholarship is Wednesday, December 17, 2014. The final on-campus deadline is Friday, January 16, 2015.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan Undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens studying any major are eligible to apply. Knowledge of Japanese language is not a prerequisite. The awards are typically $2,500 for semester-long programs or $4,000 for academic-year programs. The deadline for Fall 2015 is April 8, 2015.

The BUTEX Scholarships: Each year BUTEX awards a number of scholarships to U.S. and Canadian students studying abroad for either a semester or an academic year at member institutions in the United Kingdom (see list of members). The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. The 2014-15 scholarship application will be available January 2014, and all applications are due by June 16, 2014.

Saltire Scholarship: Scotland's Saltire Scholarships (SSS) are funded by the Scottish Government and Scottish Higher Education Institutions. They program offers up to 200 awards, each worth £2000. These are towards the tuition fees for a one full year of study in a under graduation, masters or PhD course.

DAAD Searchable Database of scholarships for non-German students interested in studying in Germany. See the RISE research internships for science students.


Eastern Europe American Councils for International Education: Grants available for a variety of research programs and language training.

Federal Scholarships for Language Study in China through CIEE  The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Council funding under the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program to provide financial assistance to students participating in the Chinese language programs offered by the Council Study Centers at Peking University, East China Normal University, Nanjing University and National Chengchi University.

Application Deadlines: Summer, Fall and Academic Year programs: April 1
Spring and Calendar Year programs: November 1


Foundation for Global Scholars This foundation offers scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens seeking to study or intern abroad. There are three deadlines annually: November 21, 2014 for programs that begin from January 1 through March 31, 2015; April 11, 2015 for programs that begin April 1 through July 31, 2015; and June 27, 2015, for programs that begin August 1 through December 31, 2015.


Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) The 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.  Applicants must be committed to supporting education abroad in his/her campus community through work with the FEA and his/her campus education abroad staff upon return.  FEA strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad -- including those studying in a non-traditional destination and those demonstrating financial need.  The application for summer 2015, fall 2015, and spring 2016 are available. The deadline to apply is January 16, 2015.

FEA includes the following two named scholarships:

Hiliary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship
In memory of Hiliary Echo Douglas, a study abroad advocate who earned a B.A. in theatre arts and a minor in international relations from the University of Evansville in 1999. Douglas traveled to Vietnam with a Fulbright Fellowship to investigate modern theatre in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. This scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates a love of Vietnam and other cultures and a desire to give back to the world.

Rainbow Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving GLBT student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. Applicants must meet general FEA scholarship eligibility requirements & preferences. Students interested in being considered for this annual scholarship should indicate this through their application forms.

The Garden Club of America Scholarships:


Garden Club of America: Scholarships for Botany students

Purpose: To encourage young men and women who are interested in furthering their studies in field botany and offer an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience beyond the regular course of study. 

Provisions: Provides $2000 annually to one student for summer study in the field. 

The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany 

For graduate and undergraduate students with preference given to undergraduate students.

Purpose: To promote the importance of botany to horticulture by encouraging young men and women to study field botany and to offer an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the field beyond the regular course of study.

Provisions: Provides $2000 annually to one or more students for summer study in the field.  

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships to highly qualified undergraduate students for study abroad, university language or summer courses, senior thesis research and/or internships in the Federal Republic of Germany.


Gilman Scholarships Awards of up to $5,000 are made for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding are eligible to apply. This program is funded by Congress and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Students who receive the Gilman Scholarship are now eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000.  Languages include Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Russian. A full list of Critical Need Languages is posted on the Gilman Scholarship Web site. The deadline for Spring 2014 applications was October 7, 2014. The deadline for summer and fall 2015 will be March 3, 2015.


The Global Studies Grant for Student Travel and Study Abroad 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. GSF seeks to support a formative experience abroad for the recipient, who also must share this experience with others upon his or her return. GSF is particularly interested in funding the study of strategically significant countries and languages. Among the most significant selection criteria are academic performance (as indicated in courses, grades, recommendations, and other achievements), program merit, and outreach potential.  Grant recipients will be expected to acknowledge GSF's support, to report on their experiences, and to work with GSF to share those experiences as widely as possible.


Hispanic Scholarship Fund:  There are a variety of scholarships listed on this site, some that may be used for study abroad. 


Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (Ministryof Education in Taiwan)

Toencourage students to study Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan, the Ministry ofEducation of the Republic of China (Taiwan) established the Ministry ofEducation Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) Program in 2005.  This scholarship provides a monthlystipend for students interested in learning about Taiwan’s culture atuniversity- or college-affiliated Mandarin training centers. 


Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship (IIPP) Sponsored and administered by the United Negro College Fund, IIPP serves to enhance U.S. national security and global competitiveness by promoting excellence, international service, and awareness among a broader, more representative cross-section of the American citizenry. Sophomores of minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the 5-year sequenced program that includes study abroad sessions, internships, and international affairs courses.


Ito Scholarship Foundation A non-profit institute that provides financial assistance for the study of the Japanese language at Japanese universities.


Japan Student Services Organization Available for qualified international students already accepted by Japanese universities or graduate schools for a semester or year.

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship: The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship is awarded annually to women pursuing undergraduate or master's degrees in business management.


John C. Phelan General Course Scholarships: This scholarship is for students applying to London School of Economics only. It provides between £12,000-15,000 per student for four students accepted to the one-year General Course. It is awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Applicants must be American nationals and currently living in the U.S.


Melton Art Scholarships: The Melton Reference Library in Oklahoma City offers a $1500 scholarship each year to an Oklahoma visual arts student. For more information, visit the web site.


Morgan Stanley Japan Scholarships Awards two $7,500 scholarships to US students who will be studying in Japan for the academic year to augment its contribution to the Bridging Project for Study Abroad in Japan. Eligible students include juniors and seniors at US universities with an interest in economics and international finance who have been accepted for study in Japan. Winners may also be considered for internships at Morgan Stanley Japan's Tokyo headquarters. The deadline for Fall 2015 is April 8, 2015.


National Italian American Foundation: The NIAF awards scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 on the basis of academic merit to students in two categories:

General Category I: Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. Area of study: open.

General Category II: 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.


National Security Education Program Awards usually cover the full cost of study and travel abroad. Created by Congress in 1991, NSEP was intended to encourage American students to study less commonly taught languages and cultures, especially in nations considered to be of interest to national security. The program also aspires to increase the number of Americans qualified for government service and international diplomacy. After graduation, student recipients are required to work for an office or agency of the Federal Government involved in national security affairs or in higher education.


Phi Kappa Phi - Study Abroad Grants Competition Twenty-five awards at $1,000 each will be awarded in two different sessions. Session A opens December 15 and closes February 15. Session B will open July 1 and closes September 15. Writeable applications and all included materials are available on the society's Web site. Please submit your completed packages directly to the Society Headquarters. There is no limit to the number of students who might apply for the grants.


Rotary Foundation  Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships of up to $26,000 provide funding for one academic year of study in another country.


Think Swiss Research Scholarship This scholarship program supports highly motivated and qualified U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to do research at a public Swiss university or research institute for 2 to 3 months. The scholarship is open to students of all fields.


University of Canterbury (New Zealand) International Mobility Inbound Study Abroad Award: These scholarships offer up to $5000 to support students who want experience one semester or one year at the University of Canterbury as a study abroad student. Application is via the Canterbury Study Abroad Program. A separate application is not required.

Eligibility: Students must have completed a minimum of one year of study at their home university.





Global Access Initiative (GAIN) CIEE launched GAIN in January 2012 to help overcome the main barriers to study abroad, namely, the challenges of cost and curriculum requirements. GAIN will aide in diversifying study abroad by providing opportunities for students who are economically challenged, from diverse backgrounds, or underrepresented fields of study. CIEE is providing one million dollars each year through grants and scholarships to expand access for students for full-year, semester, and summer study abroad programs. GAIN will also provide grants and scholarships to students who are selected as awardees by the highly respected Benjamin A. Gilman and David L. Boren Scholarship programs.

Robert B. Bailey Scholarship These awards are named in honor of Robert B. Bailey III, former member of CIEE’s Board of Directors and Professor of Sociology and Director of Study Abroad at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, in order to aid students who have traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad, especially ethnic minority students. Applicants are asked to specify the group to which they belong and which they believe to be underrepresented in study abroad. Applicants must participate in a CIEE study abroad program. Awards vary but usually are $500 to be applied toward the applicant’s CIEE program fee.


Most OCU affiliated and approved programs offer scholarships to students accepted into their programs. Check the web site of your program for scholarship opportunities.




The Center for Global Education (AllAbroad.us)

Diversity Abroad

Go Abroad

Institute of International Education

Institute of International Education Passport Study Abroad Funding

International Education Financial Aid

One Stop  (study abroad opportunities listed on the University of Minnesota site).

Study Abroad





College Board Scholarship Search






The Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors: This fellowship provides young and promising conductors from the U.S. the opportunity to spend up to four weeks at the Salzburg Festival observing leading conductors and artists at work during rehearsals and performances. Fellows will live at Schloss Arenberg, located ten minutes from the Festival Hall, where they also be able to interact with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, who are in residence at Schloss Arenberg during the month of August.

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study Only available to American citizens and permanent residents of the United States who have a college degree and plan to use an Asian language in their career.


Boren Fellowships  Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests. The OCU on-campus application deadline for 2015-2016 fellowships is January 27, 2015.

Davies-Jackson Scholarship This scholarship provides full funding for a first-generation college graduate to spend a year at St. John's College at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. Applicants must intend to study archaeology and anthropology, classics, economics, English, geography, history, history of art, modern and medieval languages, music, philosophy, or social and political sciences. The deadline is typically November 1 for the following fall term.

DAAD Searchable Database of scholarships for non-German graduate students interested in studying in Germany.

The Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program (EMDAP) EMDAP is a fellowship program sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and managed by the Institute of International Education, the largest private, nonprofit educational and cultural exchange agency in the United States.

EMDAP is an opportunity for current students and recent graduates of U.S. M.B.A. programs or M.A. programs in international management/ finance/development or international affairs/studies to provide management assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries. EMDAP advisers contribute to business development in emerging market countries by using their knowledge of business management practices to identify business solutions in diverse situations. This contributes to achieving USAID’s objectives abroad – specifically, broad-based economic development.
The EMDAP grant covers monthly living expenses; housing; language training where necessary; microfinance, business development, or sector-specific training if needed; health insurance, a round-trip airfare from the U.S. to the host country. Other allowances vary from country to country.


Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs: The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.


Eligibility is limited to the following:

  • All citizens or nationals of the United States regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation,
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations),
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.

For information regarding level-specific eligibility requirements, stipends, and other program information for each of the three levels of the Fellowship program, access the fact sheet for the program level of your interest, predoctoral, dissertation or postdoctoral.


Fulbright Scholarships The Fulbright program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. There are two types of awards available for graduate students, Study/Research grants and English Teaching Assistantships. For more information, see the Fulbright web site.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from outside the U.K. to pursue a postgraduate degree in any subject at the University of Cambridge.The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. The deadline is typically October 15 for the following academic year.

NSEP Language Flagship Fellowship: The Language Flagship offers a limited number of fellowships to qualified American students interested in receiving financial support to participate in one of the Graduate Flagship Programs in Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, and Persian. Applicants must have completed their undergraduate degree, be a U.S. citizen at the time of application, have proficiency in the corresponding foreign language, and cannot be employed by the U.S. Government. Award recipients must maintain enrollment at Master's degree granting Flagship Program for the duration of the Flagship Fellowship funding period.

Schwarzman Scholars: The 200 scholars chosen annually for this highly selective program will work towards a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing—one of China’s most prestigious universities. As individuals who want to have a positive impact on the world, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Scholars will be selected based on their academic credentials, extracurricular interests and leadership potential.

Taiwanese Scholarship Program  The Ministry of Education of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has initiated a special scholarship program to encourage American students to pursue their degree studies in Taiwan and to enhance international educational and academic exchange. 

Oklahoma City University Study Abroad Programs