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A wide range of financial aid opportunities are available for study abroad, including a number of competitive scholarships that are awarded based on different criteria. Keep reading to learn more about the Study Abroad scholarships and other sources of support that may be available to you as a Cal State San Marcos student. You can find more information on the qualifications needed to apply for these Study Abroad scholarships and how to apply in the Office of Global Education. If you have questions about financial aid, please see the Study Abroad Advisors in the Office of Global Education.

General Study Abroad Scholarships

The Emanuel Bronner Study Abroad Scholarship for Global Understanding

  • Eligibility: Available to CSUSM students who have been accepted to one of the CSUSM exchange programs or the CSU International Programs (CSU IP) for fall semester or full-year study. 
  • Deadline: Application forms will be emailed to all eligible students approximately one month prior to the June 15 deadline. 

The Ernie and Leslie Zomalt Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Available to CSUSM students who have been accepted to one of the CSUSM exchange programs or the CSU International Programs (CSU IP) for fall semester or full-year study. 
  • Deadline: Application forms will be emailed to all eligible students approximately one month prior to the June 15 deadline. 

The Zwick Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Available to CSUSM students in the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral, and Social Sciences who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and are studying abroad a semester or more. 
  • Deadline: Application forms will be emailed to all eligible students approximately one month prior to the May 1 (Fall semester/Year applicants) and November 1 (Spring Semester applicants) deadlines.

The CSU International Programs Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Made possible through the generous donations of past IP students, this scholarship is available to CSUSM students who are applying to one of the programs offered by CSU International Programs.
  • Deadline: Click the link above to download the IP Application at and submit with your other application materials by the December 15 deadline.

ISEP Scholarship Opportunities

  • Eligibility:  Vary, must be studying abroad through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). Specific scholarships for specific destinations also avialable.
  • Deadline: Click the link above to check specific dealines.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education, this program enables students who have limited financial means to participate in Study Abroad opportunities worldwide. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students at two- and four-year institutions to pursue summer (4+ weeks), semester or academic yearlong study opportunities in other countries.
  • To be eligible, students must be a US Citizen & receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba. These awards are mostly granted to diverse applicants going to underrepresented locations in Study Abroad.
  • Deadline: For more information, application deadlines, and the online application, please click the link above to access the Gilman Program website. There are two application cycles in October and March for Spring and Fall applicants respectively, with limited awards available for summer programs (applications due in early March).

Freeman Asia Award

  • Awards range from $3,000 to $7,000 for U.S. citizens studying abroad in Asia for a summer, semester or academic year.  Only students with GPAs of 2.8 and above will be considered.  Candidates studying intensive languages or Asian studies are highly encouraged to apply.  Scholarships are due in two cycles:  October for Spring study, March for Summer/Fall/Year study.

NSEP: National Security Education Program Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Boren scholarships provide support to U.S. students to pursue the study of languages and cultures currently underrepresented abroad. The application for this scholarship is extensive and requires several months of serious preparation, knowledge of country, and an essay regarding how the overseas program will support national security interests abroad. Following participation, awardees are expected to fulfill one year of governmental service. A Boren fellowship award is also available for graduate students. Awards range from $10,000-$20,000. Please visit the program websites for deadline information.

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship

  • Eligibility: FEA Scholarships are awarded once a year for U.S. citizens studying abroad for more than 4 weeks. Becoming a scholar requires a service commitment to your home campus to aid in the promotion of study abroad. Preference is given to students from underrepresented groups, those engaging in foreign language study abroad, and less commonly visited study locations. Please visit the program website for deadline information.

Rotary Scholarships

  • Eligibility: The Rotary Foundation is the largest private source of scholarships in the world. The goal of these scholarships is to promote international understanding through student exchange. Contact your local Rotary club and visit the Rotary Foundation website for specific information on grant opportunities and deadlines.

Diversity Abroad/AIFS Achievement Scholarships

  • Eligibility: Diversity Abroad, in cooperation with the AIFS Foundation, offers $500 and $1,000 scholarships for students participating in an AIFS program. Economically disadvantaged students, African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native-American students are strongly encouraged to apply. Please visit the program website for deadline information.

STA Travel Scholarships

  • Eligibility: The STA scholarships are designated for students from underrepresented areas in international education who are majoring in Photography, Film and Art, Travel and Tourism, International Business, International Studies, or a foreign language. Limited $1,000-$2,000 scholarships are available, and you must be a U.S. citizen on a recognized study abroad program to apply. Please visit the program website for deadline information.

National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Ed (NADOHE)

  • Sponsored by Insight into Diversity and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Ed (NADOHE) to support underrepresented students to participate in study abroad opportunities.

Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship (CIEE)

  • Eligibility: Must be a current undergraduate freshman or sophomore attending a Minority Serving Institution. Students must also have a minimum GPA 3.00 and Pell Grant recipient. Reside in the U.S. with student status or be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident.
  • Deadline: February 14, 2020
  • The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between CIEE and the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (Rutgers CMSI), in an effort to make study abroad accessible to students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI).
  • 100% of a recipients’ program fees and travel costs are covered for an intensive 4-week, 3-credit summer study abroad program designed to enhance their leadership and intercultural skills. Frederick Douglass Global Fellows commit to sharing their experience and intercultural growth with peers and classmates.
  • All qualified applicants who don’t receive a Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship are guaranteed a $1,500 grant toward summer '20 programs. 

Country/Region-Specific Study Abroad Scholarships


The Wang Family Scholarship provides support to CSU San Marcos students to pursue their studies in the CSU International Program in China and Taiwan. The application and all additional materials is due December 15.


Denmark’s International Study Program (DIS), the CSU IP program in Denmark, has allocated funds for students who otherwise would not be able to study abroad. Follow this link to learn more about the DIS Scholarship Opportunities.


Baden-Wurttemberg Fellowship Program: Only open to students in Advanced German, this scholarship for CSU IP Germany applicants could provide up to 400 Euros a month for the duration of your program. Please see the IP website for a list of scholarship requirements. 

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a wide range of scholarships for study in Germany. For an overview of the scholarship programs, please see the application section of their website.

CDS International provides information on scholarships, internships, and study abroad opportunities in Germany.  


The Bridging Project for Study Abroad/Japan is sponsored by the Association of Teachers of Japanese. Applications are accepted twice a year, usually in April (Fall Study) and October (Spring Study). Awards are made in the amount of $2,500 for one semester of study and $4,000 for an academic year.

Latin America

LIVFund–Learn, Intern, & Volunteer in Latin America is designed for students who want to learn, intern, or volunteer abroad in Latin America. Two scholarships per month in the amount of $500 are offered to outbound participants going to any of the following 21 Latin American countries: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Candidates may apply up to six months in advance of their program start date. Applications are accepted year round. Please note that this program is not accepting applications at this time.

United Kingdom  

Several prestigious scholarships are available for study in the UK. Please note that some are for postgraduate study; applicants apply during their senior year of college. See the websites below to learn more about each program.

More Financial Aid and Scholarship Resources for Study Abraod

Here's a list of useful links for finding more information about financial aid, scholarships, and other funding for Study Abroad: