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Scholarships & Aid

A variety of scholarships are available for students interested in studying abroad. While San Diego State University offers a wide variety of scholarships, there are many, many more available through private organizations or other outlets. Make sure to do an extensive search.

  • The Associated Students Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded each semester to students pursuing study abroad programs. Scholarship awards are a minimum of $400 and can be used towards all components of a study abroad program. Students must apply online through the Office of Financial Aid. Application includes a short essay and SDSU Scholarship Application.  Applications are accepted for the Associated Students Study Abroad Scholarship during two distinct application periods each year, once during the fall semester (early October) and once during the spring semester (mid-February).
    • Students who plan to participate in a study abroad program during the current academic year will submit their applications during the fall application period.
    • Students who plan to participate in a study abroad program during the summer or the subsequent academic year will submit their applications during the spring application period.
  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards fifty $1000 Study Abroad Grants. This opportunity is open to all students and they do NOT have to be current PKP members. Application deadlines:
    • Session A Deadline – February 15, 2015 (Apply for Session A if your program starts May 1, 2015 – November 30, 2015)
    • Session B Deadline – September 15, 2015 (Apply for Session B if your program starts December 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016)
  • San Diego State University’s Scholars Without Borders offers an international scholarship to its members. In order to become a member of this organization, complete the membership application. Scholarship applications are available to all members. Awards typically range from $500-$1,000.
  • The International Student Center provides an extensive list of databases to search for available scholarships. Take the time to consider all possible scholarship options. Remember, there are an increased number of scholarships available to students studying in non-western countries. Many organizations want to encourage students to study in these locations.
    • IIE Study Abroad Funding provides a database for searching scholarships available for Study Abroad. This includes private foundations, as well as study abroad third party providers hosting scholarships for participants in their programs.
  • Use crowdfunding to fund your program through Project Travel!
    • Start a fundraising project by December 15: http://projecttravel.com/go/sdsu (site will re-open in February for new projects)
    • Raise at lease $500 and up to $2000 by January 15 to get $25 bonus from Project Travel!