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Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Fellowships

For many students, a learning abroad experience is possible only with financial assistance. The International Programs Office at Union College does its best to address this need. Several scholarships and fellowships are available.

Students may use their financial aid awards for most term abroad programs, with the exception of the mini-terms. The application process and filing deadlines remain the same for students planning to study abroad. Detailed instructions and information regarding the financial aid programs are available on the Financial Aid website. Students wishing to borrow additional funds to cover term abroad program fees and/or travel expenses should contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss the available options.

Fellowships through the International Programs Office

The International Programs Office has several need-based fellowships established by faculty and alumni that are intended to support students who require financial assistance to participate in a Union term abroad experience. The average amount is $1,000, which can be used at the recipient’s discretion. To apply for one of these fellowships, contact the financial aid office at  Make sure you include the program in which you will be participating as well as the term you will be abroad. You do not need to wait until you have been accepted in order to apply, but if you are not accepted to a program, you do need to let the financial aid office know.

Outside Scholarships and Fellowships for Union Terms Abroad


This section of provides a comprehensive guide that explains different forms of financial aid and loans available for study abroad students.

Boren  Scholarships

Boren Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their education. They focus on geographic areas, languages and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security, broadly defined, and underrepresented in study abroad. For assistance in applying to this scholarship, please contact the The Office of Fellowships and Doctoral Pathways.

Fund for Education Abroad

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The Gilman Scholarship Program for undergraduate study abroad was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduates who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. For assistance in applying, contact the The Office of Fellowships and Doctoral Pathways .

Shawn Carter Foundation

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The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) is accepting nominations for the 2018 Insight into Diversity Global Engagement Scholarships that are generously funded by Insight into Diversity. The $2,500 scholarship is designed to encourage global engagement among underrepresented students from diverse backgrounds (first generation, students from rural or isolated areas and students from low socio-economic) whose backgrounds represent a broad cross-section of our society including students with disabilities, different race/ethnicity populations, religious backgrounds, LGBTQIA, and other identities.

Critical Language Scholarship

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply.Eligibility: Must be a US citizen, Must be enrolled in any degree program (grad or undergraduate) and are interested in learning a critical language. For more details check the eligibility website.
The program offers the following 14 languages for 3 academic credits: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu.

IIE Generation Study Abroad

IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants will be made available for U.S. students from a broad range of backgrounds to make it possible for them to participate in academic, internship or service-learning experiences abroad. The scholarship program is intended to diversify study abroad and to encourage students to go abroad who would otherwise not participate in an international experience as part of their college education, especially in support of high-achieving, low-income students. The Travel Grants can be used not only for travel to and from the country of study, but also within the region, enabling students to make the most of their international experience.

Outside Scholarships and Fellowships for Postgraduate International Experience and Travel

Applications are due in September of the senior year. Students are advised to plan well in advance and to contact the The Office of Fellowships and Doctoral Pathways a minimum of 3-6 months before the application deadlines.

Fulbright LogoFulbright Program - This flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government is designed to increase mutual understanding between peoples of the U.S. and other countries. With this goal as a starting point, the program has provided approximately 308,000 participants — chosen for their academic and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. For assistance in applying to this program, contact the The Office of Fellowships and Doctoral Pathways.


Fulbright Canada  - Eligibility: U.S. citizen graduate students, U.S. citizen prospective graduate students, U.S. citizen junior professionals
Students may apply for traditional Fulbright student awards, or Fulbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling awards.

George J. Mitchell Scholarships -  For study in Ireland

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program - Eligibility: Students with a 4 year degree interested in living and teaching in Japan

Marshall Scholarships - Eligibility: US citizens who have graduated with a BA degree and have a minimum GPA of 3.7 for students wishing to study in the U.K.

Thomas J. Watson Fellowship - A one-year grant for independent study and travel outside the U.S. is awarded to graduating college seniors nominated by participating institutions. For assistance in applying, contact the The Office of Fellowships and Doctoral Pathways .

Want to work abroad after graduation? Contact the Becker Career Center.