Learning how you can responsibly finance your study abroad experience is an important part of the process. As you consider your options for study abroad, but sure to familiarize yourself with the funding options available, paying special attention to the application process and deadlines.
If you study abroad for a semester or year, you are eligible to apply for financial aid. Additionally, if you do not qualify for need-based financial aid or if you want to supplement your financial aid award, there are several financing options for which you and your family may apply. Please note that Yale students who are taking a leave of absence to study abroad are ineligible to apply for Yale financial aid or loans. If you currently receive Yale financial aid, it is your responsibility to review the information on the SFS website, and to submit all required forms and information by the relevant deadline.
Note: Upcoming Financial Aid Information Sessions for Year or Term Abroad Students
Shalane Hansen-Rodriguez, a representative from Yale’s Student Financial Services (SFS) office, will hold a series of sessions to go over the financial aid transfer process for Year or Term Abroad students:
- Thursday, March 30 at 4pm in CIPE Room 369, 55 Whitney Ave, 3rd Floor
- Wednesday, April 5 at 4pm in CIPE Room 369, 55 Whitney Ave, 3rd Floor
Link: Additional Resources
The International Summer Award (ISA) provides a stipend for one summer experience abroad for all eligible undergraduates receiving Yale financial aid. If you will be receiving other funding sources for the summer, it is important to understand how an outside scholarship might impact your ISA award. For information about this, and to review the application process and deadlines, please visit the ISA website and attend an ISA information session. ISA questions should be directed to MyCIPE@yale.edu.
Link: To use the ISA to help fund the cost of a designated (non-Yale) program, you must be earning Yale credit. This means that you must complete both:
Yale Summer Session has financial assistance for Yale College students who receive financial aid during the regular academic year. The assistance does not exceed one-half the tuition for a course that receives Yale credit. Students may request financial assistance for a maximum of two Yale credits (for a maximum award of $3,900; summer 2017). Financial assistance is awarded on the basis of the program course(s) for which applicants have applied. Any modification in the program/course(s) of study subsequent to application may result in the reduction or cancelation of the scholarship award.
Yale College students on financial aid during the academic year will automatically receive this assistance by answering the relevant question on the application. A separate application is not required.
Yale College students who will be applying to receive an International Summer Award (ISA) in the same summer that they are applying for admission into a Yale Summer Session Program Abroad are not eligible to apply for a Yale Summer Session Financial Assistance (the assistance cannot be used concurrently with an ISA.) A student who received an ISA in a previous summer and is applying for admission in a Yale Summer Session Program Abroad is eligible to apply for a Yale Summer Session Financial Assistance. Students should request consideration by answering the relevant question on the program application form. You should contact the Study Abroad Office with any questions.
Merit-based fellowships are available to help fund some study abroad experiences. Visit Yale's Fellowship Programs to review eligibility information, the application process, and deadlines. A comprehensive, searchable list of student grants and fellowships funded and/or administered by Yale is available through the Student Grants Database.
The Foundation provides funding to study Chinese, Japanese, or Korean at specifically approved sites in China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. For more information about eligibility, the application process, and deadlines, visit their website.
Please note that most of the scholarship opportunities below will require you to submit an application directly to the funding sponsor. Scholarship application deadlines can be much earlier than the deadline to submit the Yale application for study abroad credit. You should make yourself aware of relevant deadlines well in advance.
Program Provider Funding
Scholarships may be available through your study abroad program provider. Contact your program directly for information, applications, and deadlines.
Banco Santander Scholarship
Scholarships are available for Yale students wishing to study on the Global Summer Program. The application for this scholarship is one question that is part of the Global Summer Program application. This applies to a GSP program taught in a location other than Yale. This scholarship is available for summers 2015-2017. For summer 2017, there are 10 $2,018.20 scholarships available.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Gilman program is open to undergraduate U.S. citizens who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding, and helps students participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. Awards amounts vary and are available for study abroad during any term of the year.
CIEE Program Scholarship for Year or Term Abroad
As part of CIEE’s Academic Consortium, Yale’s Study Abroad Office is able to nominate one student each semester to receive a $1000 scholarship to attend a CIEE semester program. Recipients of this scholarship will be required to organize one study abroad outreach event upon their return to campus. Interested students should email email@example.com.
Critical Language Scholarship Program
The U.S. Department of State supports intensive, overseas language study and cultural enrichment for 7-10 weeks during the summer for undergraduates who are U.S. citizens.
Deutsche Akademischer Austauchdienst
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) awards several types of grants to assist students in language or cultural study and/or thesis research. Awards may be used during academic year or summer programs.
Scholarship opportunities for low-income, first generation, and under-represented students.
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
Friends of UTokyo, Inc.
Scholarships are available for students wishing to attend the Global Summer Program in Tokyo, Japan.
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.
Global Studies Foundation Student Grant
Designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad, this grant provides supplemental funds for American students. The foundation is particularly interested in funding the study of strategically significant countries and languages. Grant recipients are expected to share their experience with others upon their return, ideally, with multiple audiences and media.
Novo Nordisk International Talent Program
Novo Nordisk International Talent Program is a scholarship program set up to assist students from the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) in a range of select academic fields seeking to study abroad on the Global Summer Program at the University of Copenhagen.
A comprehensive search engine with thousands of grants and scholarships listed.
Swedish Women’s Educational Association (SWEA)
SWEA is a non-profit global organization dedicated to the promotion of Swedish culture. The SWEA Boston Chapter offers an annual scholarship of $8,000 to one or two well-merited female undergraduate or graduate students at a New England university who wish to pursue studies in Sweden for at least one semester.
Go Overseas and Education Ireland
Scholarships covering tuition at 12 academic institutions for studying abroad in Ireland are available to eligible students. Interested candidates will need to complete an application, submit a short essay and a creative photo that celebrates Ireland.