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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
USAC General Scholarships
USAC Affiliate University
Students attending a USAC Affiliate 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 Affiliate Students
If you do not attend a USAC Affiliate 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
Dr. Marianne Cooley Study Abroad Scholarship (Chengdu or Shanghai, China)
Dr. Marianne Cooley is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Houston who served as a USAC Visiting Professor in Chengdu, China on two separate occasions. Students attending the Chengdu or Shanghai, China programs are eligible to apply for this scholarship which will be awarded each semester.
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.
Heredia Scholarship (Heredia, Costa Rica)
Students attending the Heredia program during the fall 2015 or spring 2016 term are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Multiple awards will be given in the amount of $500.
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.
Puntarenas Scholarship (Puntarenas, Costa Rica)
Students attending the Puntarenas program during the January 2016 term are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Multiple awards will be given in the amount of $400.
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.
Stellenbosch Scholarship (Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Students attending the Stellenbosch program during either the fall 2015 or spring 2016 term are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Multiple awards will be given in the amount of $500.
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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 Affiliate 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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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 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.
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.
USAC students attending the Brighton, Bristol, London, Reading, or Stirling programs are eligible for this award.
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.
The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. USAC students attending the Lüneburg program are eligible.
This grant is designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad.
This scholarship assists Golden Key Members who participate in a study abroad program.
Students applying to any study abroad program are eligible to apply for the Go Overseas Study & Intern Abroad Scholarship.
Available to qualified students attending the Hiroshima or Nagasaki programs. Additional details will be provided once students have been approved.
LIVFund (Learn, Intern, and Volunteer in Latin America) recognizes and supports study, internship, and volunteer opportunities in Latin America. Students that are studying abroad in Latin America are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
USAC students who are Italian American or majoring in Italian studies or a related field are eligible.
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.
USAC students attending the Oslo program are eligible.
Students applying to any study abroad program are eligible to apply for the STA Start the Adventure Scholarship.
USAC students attending the Istanbul program may be eligible.
USAC students attending the Haifa program are eligible.
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Study Abroad Scholarship Databases
General College Scholarship Databases
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