Studying abroad is more affordable than you think

American University students can utilize their financial award packages, scholarships, grants, and loans so that studying abroad through SIS Office of International Programs doesn't necessarily cost more than a semester in DC. While the cost of tuition remains the same regardless of where you choose to go, costs associated with housing and meals are often equivalent to those in DC, and may even cost less.

All students who have completed and submitted their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Office of Financial Aid by the appropriate deadlines will be considered for financial assistance each year, though federal work-study awards may not be used to pay for study abroad experiences.

Learn more about how to utilize financial aid awards to study abroad.

Understand costs & billing

  • Costs included in the bill: Standard, full-time AU tuition; the mandatory technology fee; and international travel insurance. Standard payment deadlines apply and students can continue to utilize the American Installment Plan (AIP) to pay for the term abroad.
  • Costs not included in the bill: Airfare, transportation, health insurance, visa fees, miscellaneous personal expenses such as entertainment are paid out-of-pocket, while living expenses such as housing and meals are paid directly to the partner institution or landlord abroad.

Find additional funding

There are a wide variety of scholarships, grants, and loans available to help cover study abroad costs. Because application deadlines for scholarships vary, students are encouraged to consider this early in their planning process.

Did you know? Tuition remains the same while you're abroad, while housing and meal costs are often equivalent, if not cheaper.


AU/SIS scholarships

Charles O. and Margaret Lerche Travel Grant

For MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) program students pursuing practical learning experiences or research in the field of IPCR and American peace policy. The grant may be applied toward travel-related SRP/thesis research, internship experience, or conference attendance.

SIS Graduate Research, Conference, and Internship Travel Support

SIS offers this funding opportunity to help offset costs associated with research, internship, or conference travel. Applications are open twice each year, in the fall and spring.

The Fall 2018 application is now open.
Deadline: October 28, 2018 at 11:59PM
Fall 2018 Travel Support Instructions and FAQ
Fall 2018 Travel Support Student Information Form
Questions? Contact

Tinker Field Research Grants, AU Center for Latin American and Latino Studies

For graduate students conducting preliminary dissertation or thesis research in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Tinker-Walker Fellowships, SIS International Development Program

For MA in International Development and MS in Development Management students who are pursuing Substantial Research Paper or thesis research, a practicum, or an internship abroad.

External scholarships

American Association of University Women

Fellowships and grants, including an International Fellowship for women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Cosmos Scholars

Provides grants to meet specific research needs not covered by other supporting funds for graduate students at DC-area universities.

Rotary Foundation Global Grants

For graduate students spending one or more academic year abroad.

Rotary Peace Fellowships

Provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving conflicts around the world.

U.S. government fellowships

Boren Fellowships

For graduate students studying world regions and languages critical to US interests (excluding Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand).

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships to take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S.



Scholarships for study in Germany

The Institute of Turkish Studies Grant Program

Offer grants and fellowships in the field of Ottoman and modern Turkish studies to graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, universities, and other educational institutions.

American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year.

Latin America

Inter-American Foundation PhD Grassroots Development Fellowship Program

Supports dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean for PhD candidates in a US university. Fellows must be US citizens or citizens of the independent Latin American countries.

Organization of American States

Scholarships available for a full academic year (renewable for second year).


External scholarships

Fund for Education Abroad

For students who represent groups that are traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. Award ranges from $1,250–$10,000.

Rotary District Grants

Offers clubs and districts flexibility in carrying out activities that support the Rotary Foundation's mission. Districts may distribute these grant funds for relatively short-term local and international activities.

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship Program

Diversity Abroad offers a scholarship to full-time undergraduate students. This award is for students who are typically underrepresented. The award amount is $500 per student.

Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship 

For passionate under-graduate students who want to explore the world, the winning student will be awarded $1,000 for studying abroad and a travel backpack.

U.S. government scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

For undergraduates spending one semester or more abroad outside of Western Europe or Australia.

Boren Scholarships

For undergraduates studying world regions and languages critical to US interests, on a study abroad program (excluding Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand).

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

For juniors planning to enter the U.S. Foreign Service, includes a summer internship overseas with the Department of State.


AATJ Bridging Scholarship

For study in Japan.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.


AU Initiative for Russian Culture (AUIRC) Summer Stipends

To defray the cost of summer study and/or research in Russia.

North America

Killam Fellowships Program

Provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in the United States to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada. Note: Must be a U.S. citizen to qualify.

All Students

Scholarship opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students while studying or interning abroad.

External scholarships

Christianson Grant

Awarded to individuals who have arranged their own work abroad programs. Proposed programs must be at least six months in length and emphasize a work component. The grant program does not support independent research projects or academic study abroad programs.

Gamma Nu Scholarships Program

Provides support to gay men who want to further their education at a college, university, or vocational or professional training program.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Assists students of Hispanic heritage to obtain college degrees.

National Federation of the Blind

Offers scholarships ranged between $3,000-$12,000 to students who are legally blind.

Rainbow Scholarship

Offers up to $10,000 scholarship to a deserving LGBTQ student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous study abroad program.

Study Abroad Loans

Private loans for study abroad programs.

Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship

Scholarship between $1,500 and $3,000 awarded to LGBTW members who identify themselves as women.

United Negro College Fund

The UNCF helps students of African American heritage to achieve success in college.


Six grand prize winners will be awarded $2,500, ten second prize winners will be awarded $1,000, and twenty-five third place winners will receive $500. 

Explore the World Scholarships

Recipients receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip that includes an educational or service component. 

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

Grand Prize Winners will be awarded $500 towards their next opportunity abroad and round trip international airfare.

FlipKey Study Abroad Scholarship

Award of $1,000 to put towards any of the expenses associated with studying abroad.

U.S. government scholarships

Critical Language Scholarship Program

Offers fully-funded summer language institutes for U.S. university students and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.


Blakemore Foundation Language Grants

For the advanced study of Asian languages abroad.

Luce Scholars Program

Provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for US citizens who are college seniors, graduate students, or young professionals with limited exposure to Asia.

U.S. Japan Council Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship

The U.S. Japan Council Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship will support up to the full cost of attendance of a study abroad program in Japan. Scholarship grants awards to students based on financial need and other qualifications.


GoOverseas New Zealand Scholarship

For the undergraduate Scholarship, you can study at any participating program. For the postgraduate Scholarship, you can study at the University of Auckland, University of Otago, or Victoria University of Wellington (there will be one winner for each).

Useful for finding resources and funding for specific locations and disciplines. You should also try looking for smaller, local organizations pertaining to your gender, race, or religion that offer funding.