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.

  • SDSU Office of Financial Aid
  • The Associated Students Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded each semester to students pursuing study abroad programs. The SDSU student activity fee supports this scholarship for any student pursuing an international experience. 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 (late September) and once during the spring semester (mid February).
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    • 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.
    • TThe AS Scholarship has one deadline for the following academic year and is typically in late September. ** Note: applications are now in the Aztecs Abroad database; students must begin a program-specific application first and the scholarship application second.
  • 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:
    • Deadline – March 15, 2020, for program start dates May 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021)
  • 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.
  • Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) programs: The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program. It is an intensive 8-10 week fully-funded summer program. Note: CLS now has a Portuguese program although it is not yet on the flier.
  • Boren Awards Information Meetings: Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide funding for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study the
    languages and cultures of Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. 

    • Boren Program Information Sheet
    • Ryan McLemore, Study Abroad Advisor, is the campus representative and can provide you with information about the Boren Fellowship and Scholarship, help in completing the application, and forward your application for review.”
  •  The Fund for Education Abroad 2019-2020: FEA scholarships require applicants to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident students who are currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the United States; graduate students are not eligible. The study abroad program must be eligible for credit at the student’s educational institution, and it must include at least four weeks in-country.   
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship: Overview of Gilman scholarship and tips for application. Key Eligibility: U.S. citizens, Federal Pell Grant recipients, and programs 21 days or longer in one country. We ask students to confirm location of these meetings online ( on the event day because some meetings will be in-person and others online using Zoom.
  • 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.
  • Frequently Asked Questions regarding financial aid for faculty-led programs run through the College of Extended Studies
  • Use crowdfunding sites such as GoFundMe or Indiegogo to fund your program!