Scholarships and financial aid to study abroad

Education abroad doesn’t have to be expensive. You can apply much of your financial aid to study abroad, and many additional scholarships are available to help fund your international experience.

Scholarships

Have a look at the full list of scholarships available for education abroad. From this list, here are some scholarships and graduate fellowships we recommend.

Northern Arizona University Go Scholarship

More information

This scholarship is partially funded by the Associated Students of Northern Arizona University (ASNAU). All students applying for programs approved by the university are eligible. Students will be required to complete a project.  Awards range from $250-$1,000. There is no application fee for the Go Scholarship.

Deadlines: March 15 for summer, fall and academic year; October 15 for winter and spring.

Find out about more about requirements and how to apply.

Gilman Scholarship

More information

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is sponsored by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 for US citizen undergraduate students at two and four-year institutions to pursue semester or academic-year-long study opportunities in other countries.

To be eligible, students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a US Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba.

For more information, including application deadlines and an online application, please visit the Gilman Scholarship website.

Boren Awards for International Study (NSEP)

More information

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to US undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  •  Eurasia
  • Latin America
  • the Middle East

The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. 

Boren Scholars study less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Swahili

For more information, including application deadlines and an online application, please visit the Boren Awards for International Study website or contact Ryan Kashanipour at ra.kashanipour@nau.edu.

Graduate fellowships

More information
Fulbright Program

Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the US Department of State and is the largest US international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

Rhodes Scholars

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. The first American Scholars entered Oxford in 1904. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory, and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar’s behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. Each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford.

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at the graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years.

The George J. Mitchell Postgraduate Scholarship

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. Twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria:

  • academic excellence
  • leadership
  • a sustained commitment to service and community

The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.  For more information, including application deadlines and an online application, please visit the George J. Mitchell Scholarship website.

Using financial aid

Financial aid can apply to education abroad, depending on the kind of program you enroll in. If you are not currently receiving financial aid and want to explore that option for education abroad, see the Office of Student Financial Aid

Exchange programs

You can use your Northern Arizona University tuition waivers, scholarships, grants, loans, and possibly non-Northern Arizona University scholarships (check with the scholarship provider).

Faculty-led programs

You can use your grants, loans, and possibly non-Northern Arizona University scholarships (check with the scholarship provider).

Internships and research

You can use your grants, loans, and possibly non-Northern Arizona University scholarships (check with the scholarship provider).  You may be able to use your Northern Arizona University tuition waivers and scholarships, depending on the kind of program you enroll in.

National student exchange

All financial aid applies to Plan A.  Plan B students can use only loans, grants, and some non-Northern Arizona University scholarships.

Provider and non-Northern Arizona University programs

You can use your grants, loans, and possibly non Northern Arizona University scholarships (check with the scholarship provider).

For any additional information on financial aid, please contact Ms. Julie Nava at 928-523-5820 or Julie.Nava@nau.edu.