Study abroad scholarships can offset your expenses in a big way and make an amazing experience even better. And because more funding is available these days to help all students study abroad, chances are you will receive a scholarship if you go for it. To increase your odds, apply for multiple scholarships using the same paperwork (with tweaks as needed depending on the scholarship). Here are the basic documents you’ll need:

  • Application (varies by scholarship)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Statement of financial need (about 500 words)
  • Transcript (unofficial)
  • Letter of recommendation (always helpful)

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I was relying on the Promise Award to help support my time abroad in Japan–and it has made all the difference. I was able to focus on my studies abroad and did not worry as much as I would have if I did not receive this aid. As a student who loves to travel, this experience has only made my dreams bolder and more tangible.

Esther Choe, UC Berkeley

Osaka University, Japan


Promise Award Scholarships for anywhere, any time

Everyone studying abroad with UCEAP can apply for a Promise Award. Scholarships are $2,000 for spring and fall programs; $1,000 for summer programs. To strengthen your application, relate how the program abroad will help you meet your college or career goals.

There are two upcoming deadlines to apply for this scholarship:

  • Departing in the fall: March 15
  • Departing in the spring: September 15


Male student posing in streets of Venice


I cannot express how much I have truly and wholeheartedly gained from my time abroad. Now I know what I want to become, who I want to be, how I want to make a difference in my community and beyond. I have the Duttenhaver Scholarship to thank for much of that.

Maya Nielsen, UC Merced

University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Studying abroad for a year? You’re a Duttenhaver scholar

This scholarship is about fully immersing in new cultures, languages and customs for a year. Studying abroad for a year helps you understand linguistic subtleties, social cues and even local politics. It makes a new place feel like home. Created by long-time UCEAP alumna and donor, Linda Duttenhaver, awards are $5,000 each.

There are two deadlines to apply for this scholarship:

  • Departing in the fall: March 1
  • Departing in the spring: October 1

Apply Here


Thinking of staying longer? The extension award is for you

If you are already abroad and want to stay for another term, the Paul Duttenhaver extension scholarship can help make that happen. Awards are $2,500 each for UCEAP students who extend their stay from a semester or quarter to a full year in the same country.

There are two deadlines to apply for this scholarship:

  • Extending to spring: October 1
  • Extending to fall: March 1

Apply Here

Female student near Eiffel Tower


Heading to France? Apply for the Dan Wise Scholarship

The Dan Wise Memorial Scholarship supports year-long study abroad students headed to France with $5,000 to cover expenses. Like the Duttenhaver scholarship, this award supports fully immersing in an experience for a year. If you are not selected for this award, you will automatically be considered for the Duttenhaver Scholarship.

There is one deadline to apply for this scholarship:

  • Departing in the fall: March 1

Apply Here

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Studying in Mexico? There’s a scholarship for that

See Mexico from a fresh perspective and learn about US and Mexico relations firsthand with a $2,000 scholarship for fall and spring programs ($1,000 for summer programs). All Promise Award applicants studying abroad in Mexico are eligible.

There are two upcoming deadlines to apply for this scholarship:

  • Departing in the fall: March 15
  • Departing in the spring: September 15

TIP: With $50,000 allotted each year just for Mexico study abroad, there are good odds of getting this scholarship.

Apply Here


Tired of applications? Go for an automatic scholarship

Some of UCEAP’s most popular study abroad programs in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Middle East have automatic scholarships in the 2017-18 academic year. Choose one of these programs and you get a $1,000 or $2,000 scholarship automatically – no application required.

Did you know? As a UC student, you can access more scholarships at your campus. See your campus study abroad advisor for a complete list.
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