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.

Graduate Students

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 Grant
To help offset costs associated with research, internship, or conference travel. Applications are open twice each year.

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.

Europe

DAAD
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.

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).

Undergraduate Students

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.

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.

Asia

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.

Europe

AU Initiative for Russian Culture (AUIRC) Summer Stipends
To defray the cost of summer study and/or research in Russia.

Latin America

LIVFund Scholarship
For anyone who wants to learn, intern or volunteer in Latin America and is seeking financial assistance to offset their program or living abroad expenses.

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.

AU/SIS scholarships

Leeanne J. Dunsmore Study Abroad Scholarship
For SIS students from historically underrepresented groups who wish to study abroad through AU. Applications are open twice each year.

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.

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. 

Asia

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.

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.

AU's Office of Merit Awards National Scholarship Directory

IIE Passport

StudyAbroad.com

GoAbroad.com

International Scholarships.com

GoOverSeas.com