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It was good to live with a German family. My host family always tried to help me and I had a great time with them.

Participant in Lüneburg, Germany


Scholarships and Discounts

USAC awards over $500,000 in scholarships and discounts each year to assist students with their study abroad expenses. We have a variety of funding opportunities available for students enrolled in USAC programs. We also encourage students to research online for additional sources of financial aid and external scholarships for study abroad students. Additional scholarship information and application instructions will be provided on your Student Gateway account once you apply to a USAC program. If you have questions regarding scholarships, feel free to contact the USAC Scholarship Coordinator at

USAC General Scholarships

USAC Member University Scholarships

Students attending a USAC Member University, consult your home university’s study abroad office for details whether USAC scholarships are available. If you are eligible, you will apply directly through your home university.

USAC General Scholarships for Non-Consortium Member Students

If you do not attend a USAC Member University, we have scholarships available just for you. In some instances, we may have scholarships specifically allocated to your university as well.

USAC Legacy Scholarship

To honor USAC's long history in international education, Legacy Scholarships are available to the children, siblings, and spouses of alumni (a paying participant who previously attended a USAC Program). Awards will be given in the amount of $300 for summer session or $500 for semester.

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USAC Program-Specific Scholarships

Félix Menchacatorre Memorial Scholarship (San Sebastián or Bilbao, Spain)

Dr. Félix Menchacatorre taught on and directed the Spain programs for 25 years, building programs in San Sebastián, Bilbao/Getxo, Madrid, and Alicante. Additionally, he was instrumental in developing other programs and shaping what USAC is today. This $500 memorial scholarship available each semester to students attending the San Sebastián or Bilbao programs.

Kody Bressman Memorial Scholarship (San Sebastián, Spain)

This $2,500 scholarship is available each semester in memory of Kody Bressman, an honors student from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas who studied in San Sebastián, Spain. In addition, four $500 scholarships will be awarded for summer 2014 and three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded each semester during the 2014-15 academic year. Students attending the San Sebastián program are eligible.

Massey University Scholarship (New Zealand)

Massey University, USAC’s longtime partner in hosting students in New Zealand, is offering $400 scholarships to help USAC students make their dreams of studying in New Zealand come true. Applicants to any of Massey’s campus locations in New Zealand—Palmerston North, Auckland, or Wellington—are eligible.

R.J. Simcoe Memorial Scholarship (San Sebastián or Bilbao, Spain)

This $500 scholarship is available each semester in memory of Richard John “R.J.” Simcoe. R.J. was a student at the University of Nevada, Reno who studied in San Sebastián. University of Nevada, Reno students attending the San Sebastián or Bilbao programs are eligible.

University of Oslo Scholarship (Oslo, Norway)

In the support of the partnership between USAC and the University of Oslo, USAC provides two $500 scholarships each semester to students attending the Oslo program.

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USAC Discounts

Returning/Extending Student Discount

This discount applies to all USAC students with no outstanding balance who return or extend to a USAC Specialty program. Students who return from or are currently participating on a USAC semester/year program are eligible for $500 discount for a semester/year Specialty program or $300 discount for a summer or January Specialty program. Students who return from or are currently participating on a USAC summer or January program are eligible for $300 discount for a semester/year Specialty program or $100 discount for another summer or January Specialty program.

Consortium Faculty, Staff, and Their Dependents

Current full-time permanent faculty and staff (or their dependents), employed for at least one year in a USAC office or at a USAC Member University International Office, are eligible for a discount on USAC Specialty programs: a $300 discount for a summer or January program or a $500 discount for a semester or year program.

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External Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad. Students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant to be eligible.

Boren Awards for International Study

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide funding for US undergraduate and graduate students to study in world regions critical to the future security of our nation and underrepresented in study abroad.

Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan

The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers 100 scholarships annually to American undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. USAC students attending the Hiroshima, Nagasaki, or Osaka/Kobe programs are eligible.

BUTEX Scholarships

USAC students attending the Brighton, Bristol, London, Reading, or Stirling programs are eligible for this award.

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.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Undergraduate Scholarship

The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. USAC students attending the Lüneburg program are eligible.

Global Studies Foundation Grant for Student Travel and Study Abroad

This grant is designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad.

Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarship

This scholarship assists Golden Key Members who participate in a study abroad program.

JASSO Scholarship

Available to qualified students attending the Hiroshima or Nagasaki programs. Additional details will be provided once students have been approved.

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

USAC students who are Italian American or majoring in Italian studies or a related field are eligible.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.

Sons of Norway Foundation Scholarships

USAC students attending the Oslo program are eligible.

University of Haifa Scholarships

USAC students attending the Haifa program are eligible.

Turkish Coalition of America

USAC students attending the Istanbul program may be eligible.

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Scholarship Databases

Study Abroad Scholarship Databases

General College Scholarship Databases

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