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Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

There are many funds available to students wanting to study abroad, with more being added all the time. This page is intended to give you some resources for finding them, but it is by no means exhaustive. 

Here are some helpful facts to get you started:

  • Go Big: To give yourself the best odds, you should complete as many applications for which you are eligible. Some receive so few applicants that they are awarded to almost everyone who applies.
  • Go Long: It is generally easier to find funding for semester or year-long programs, though some are available for the summer.
  • Go Wide: Funds can also be easier to find if you plan to study in a location other than Western Europe.
  • Many Shapes & Sizes: While many are based on GPA or financial need, not all fall into these categories. Certain benefactors give priority to applicants belonging to groups that have been underrepresented in study abroad programs.
  • Critically Speaking: Some U.S. government grants provide additional funds if you are studying a “critical language.”
  • Post-Study Service: Some have service requirements that must be completed after the recipient returns to the U.S.

How to Find Money to Study Abroad Booklet

The Study Abroad Office has copies of its financial resource booklet 'How to Find Money to Study Abroad' available for pick-up in the office or download your own copy. This informative booklet includes financial planning tips, lists of NIU scholarships that are study abroad specific, as well as external scholarhips and additional funding opportunities.

Don't forget to check the NIU Calendar for our next How to Find Money to Study Abroad Presentation. Presentations are held every fall and spring semester.

Additional Resources:

For Fulbright Grants and Rhodes Scholarships, you must work with NIU in order to apply. Please consult the links above or contact us if you are interested in learning more about these opportunities.