There are some federal study abroad scholarships that can significantly defray the costs of study abroad, particularly if you are willing to study outside of Western Europe or Australia.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship provides grants to undergraduate students with limited financial means to study abroad to better prepare them for significant roles in an interdependent world. Its aim is to broaden the student population that studies abroad by providing funds to those who might not otherwise participate. Applicants must be eligible for a Pell Grant. Applicants are strongly encouraged to choose non-traditional destinations and to study critical need languages, such as Arabic or Chinese. When they return, students must carry out a Follow-on Project that promotes international education at SAU or in the community.
The Boren Awards Program provides scholarships (undergraduate) and fellowships (graduate) for students to study in world areas critical to U.S. interests and national security (loosely defined). The goal is cultural and linguistic immersion, and students must study a critical language. In exchange for support, students must commit to working for the federal government for one year, preferably in a national security role.
For more information please contact Dr. Barbara Pitz, Federal Scholarship Program Advisor.