Study Abroad Funding Options

Scholarships for Students

There are several study abroad funding options available for the students. In addition to the list below, the International Student Center host information seminars every semester about study abroad scholarships. We highly recommend that you attend one of these meetings.


Scholarship Meetings: SPRING 2019

Please re-confirm the location of these meetings on the day of event.


Gilman Scholarship Meeting

Date Location Time
Monday Jan 28th MLK Conference Room 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Thursday Feb 7th LL430 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Wednesday Feb 13th LL431 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Monday Feb 18th LL430 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Study Abroad Financing and Scholarship Meetings

Date Location Time
Tuesday Feb 12th LL430 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Friday Feb 22nd LL430 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Thursday Feb 28th LL431 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Study Abroad Scholarship Essay Writing Workshop

Date Location Time
Wednesday Feb 6th LL431  4:00-5:15 pm
Tuesday Feb 12th LL431 12:00-1:15 pm


UK Fulbright Summer Institutes

Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are fully funded three-to-four week programs for high-achieving students with (minimum GPA of 3.7) at least 2 years remaining as undergraduates

  • November 13, 2018 from 1:30 tp 2:30 pm at Love Library 431
  • January 24, 2019 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm at Love Library 431

Scholarship Options:

  • Associated Students Study Abroad Scholarships: 
    SDSU students who have applied, or have been accepted, to participate in a study abroad program outside the United States are encouraged to apply for the Associated Students Study Abroad Scholarship. Preference will be given to applicants who are participating in an SDSU-sponsored study abroad program, applicants who are participating in programs that award academic credit, and applicants who are pursuing majors that require participation in a study abroad program. Application materials will be reviewed by a committee composed primarily of current SDSU students, with an Associated Students staff member serving as the scholarship committee chairperson.

  • Scholarship Opportunity for Business Students:
    Please visit the Financial aid office and search by major.

  • Gilman International Scholarship: 
    The Gilman Scholarship Program is an undergraduate grant program for U.S. citizens of limited financial means to enable them to study abroad, thereby internationalizing their outlook and better preparing them to thrive in the global economy. The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

  • The Critical Language Scholarship Program: 
    The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State.

  • Boren Scholarships:

    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. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. For a complete list of countries, visit their "Where Can I Study?" page.

    Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. For a complete list of languages, visit their "What Languages Can I Study?" page.

    Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

    Please note that SDSU has an office that will help students complete a competitive application. Please visit the Office of Academic Scholarships website for more information.

  • Turkish Coalition of America Scholarship: 
    In recognition of the importance of fostering cross-cultural dialogue, Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul offers African American, Native American and Hispanic American students scholarships covering all tuition expenses.

    Founded in 1998, Bahçeşehir University is among the most dynamic institutions of higher education in Turkey. Based in Istanbul, Bahçeşehir - with its dedicated faculty, internationally recognized research and educational programs, study abroad opportunities and modern campus - aims to secure a place among the leading universities in the world.

    In addition to the scholarships, the International Student Office at Bahçeşehir will assist prospective students in securing housing, which along with other living expenses (i.e. meals and public transportation), is not expected to exceed $1,000 per month. Scholarships are subject to quotas and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

    In addition to Bahçeşehir University’s generous offer, eligible students can receive a scholarship from the Turkish Coalition of America of up to $2,000 per semester or academic year to assist with living expenses while they study in Turkey, one of the most exhilarating study abroad destinations in the world.

  • ISC Scholarships: 
    Many scholarships are available for study abroad participants. We encourage you to apply for as many as you are eligible for. Apply early and be sure that you meet all eligibility requirements. Please be sure to review scholarship information in the SDSU Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

  • National Scholarships and Fellowships: The National Scholarships and Fellowships administers the application process for the prestigious scholarships such as the Goldwater, Truman, and Udall. Most of the awards promoted by the National Scholarships and Fellowships require endorsement from SDSU before the applications can be forwarded to the final levels of competition. Advance preparation for these awards is essential. Eligible candidates should arrange an advising appointment early in the process by contacting the appropriate campus advisor.
    Rhodes Scholarship:The Rhodes Scholarship is one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world. Each year, 32 Rhodes scholars from across the country are selected to study at Oxford University for two years. The Rhodes is a graduate scholarship for two years of study at the University of Oxford. Scholars pursue a course of study of their own choosing, while working toward a master’s degree or a second bachelor’s degree. Students are selected on the basis of intellectual distinction, leadership, and service. Applicants must be endorsed by SDSU before applying.
    Marshall Scholarship:
    The Marshall Scholarships honor the ideals of the Marshall Plan and are named after US Secretary of State George C. Marshall. Applicants who “have the potential to excel as scholars, leaders, and contributors to improved UK-US understanding” are highly desired by Marshall Scholarships selectors.
    Schwarzman Scholarship
    Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends. Enrolling the inaugural class in 2016, the program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities.
    Mitchell Scholarship:
    The George J. Mitchell Scholarships are named in honor of former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell for his pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process. These scholarships allow approximately 14 American post-graduates annually to pursue one year of study at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. There are no restrictions concerning academic field of study. Mitchell Scholars demonstrate significant achievement in academic excellence, leadership, and commitment to community and public service.

    Please Note: Although every effort is made to not change a published deadline, due to the staffing and budget constraints, all campus deadlines may be subject to change. Please check periodically to learn whether a deadline has changed.

  • Financial Aid Program:
    Students are often surprised to learn that they may use their state and federal financial aid on approved study abroad programs. In fact, over $280,000 in aid was distributed to study abroad students last year alone. For students participating in one of SDSU's own semester or year programs (including ISEP, CSU-IP, exchanges and departmental programs) in addition to their state and federal aid, students may also take departmental or university sponsored aid. For details on this, please refer to the Financial Aid Program's website.