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Financing Your Semester Abroad

Don't let cost get in the way of your chance to study abroad. With financial aid, good budgeting, and saving and planning, study abroad can be very affordable. In addition, the returns on your investment — academic learning in an intercultural environment, broadened horizons and new cross-cultural skills — will prove invaluable for decades to come. Use all of the information provided to you by the CIP office and Hawk Central to make informed decisions about how to finance your semester abroad. Make sure you understand the policies and procedures surrounding cost, scholarships and financial aid:

SJU Study Abroad Grants Scholarships
 SJU Approved Semester Abroad Programs Scholarships
 U.S. State Department IIE Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
 External Study Abroad Scholarships 
SJU Financial Aid 
 
SJU Study Abroad Grants & Scholarships

SJU Study Abroad Grants
Saint Joseph's University offers several scholarships from $500 to $1,500 for Saint Joseph's University students studying abroad on semester or year programs.  Students who have not studied or traveled abroad in the past are strongly encouraged to apply.  Awards are granted on the basis of merit, need, and the quality of the essay.  Scholarships are for only one semester of study.  Previous award winners are not eligible.  Completed scholarship applications must be submitted in full to the Center for International Programs and received by March 15 for Fall programs and October 15 for Spring programs.  All applications will be reviewed by a committee.  All award decisions are final and may not be appealed.  

The Society of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick Irish Studies Fund
The Society of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick have generously donated monies to Saint Joseph's University to aid in the support of an SJU undergraduate student(s) who is accepted by SJU and the overseas university to study abroad in Ireland for a semester or year academic program. This award is made once a year.  All students must apply by April 1st prior to the academic year during which they plan to study abroad. Scholarship award amounts vary year to year, but are estimated to be a minimum of $1,000 designated for tuition only and are awarded on a need and merit basis. Preference shall be given to students who pursue courses in Irish Studies or the Humanities while in Ireland.  

Department of Asian Studies Scholarship
A limited number of scholarships are available to Asian Studies majors and minors for study in Asia, through SJU approved programs at The Beijing Center in China or Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, or through a petition program in Asia. Preference is given to Asian Studies majors & minors, but others are welcome to apply. Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Find out more information on the Department website, or by contacting Dr. David Carpenter for an application. 

Department of Political Science Scholarship Thomas Fund Scholarships:
In addition to the financial assistance for lectures,  the Thomas Family Fund provides funding to Political Science students who are studying abroad for a semester. In the last two years alone, four students have benefitted from the Thomas Family Fund. In spring 2010 Alyssa Ryan '11 studied in London and interned with a Member of the British Parliament; Frederick Roth '11, studied in Leuven, Belgium and interned in the European Union Parliament in spring 2010; Megan Scheidemann '11, also studied in Leuven, Belgium and interned for the European Union Parliament in spring 2009; Amar Sharif '12 traveled to South Africa for the fall 2010 semester and participated in the Marquette program. The Fall 2014 recipient was Milena Vulopas, also headed to the Belgium Internship Program. To apply, click here.

Charles F. Shreiner ('50) Scholarship for Study Abroad in Latin America
The Charles F. Shreiner ('50) Fund for Latin American Studies is the gift of several generous alumni of Latin American Studies at Saint Joseph's University.  Thanks to this endowment, the Latin American Studies Program can now offer 3 partial scholarships of $600 each to SJU students to support study in Latin America in Fall 2017.  This might be in the form of a study tour, semester abroad, or internship abroad.  Preference will given to SJU study tours to Latin America that are approved Latin American Studies courses.  More information about eligibility requirements and the application process can be found HERE.  Applications are due March 15th.
 

Semester Abroad Programs with Scholarship Opportunities

Alliance for Global Education
Augsburg CGEE 
IFSA-Butler
IES Abroad 
Casa de la Solidaridad 
Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)
John Cabot University 
Saint Louis University
Sophia University

Temple University Rome
The Beijing Center

*Always check with your study abroad program to see if any scholarships or travel grants are offered!
 U.S. Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
 
The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  The Gilman Program aims to diversify the kinds of U.S. undergraduate students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.  Awards of up to $5,000 are made for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award for a semester being $4,000. Students studying a critical need language while abroad in the Middle East, North Africa or other non-traditional locations are also eligible for an additional $3,000 Gilman Critical Need Language Supplement. To learn more about the Gilman Scholarship Program, please visit the website.
 
IIE Freeman-ASIA Scholarship
Freeman-ASIA is sponsored by the Freeman Foundation and administered by the Institute for International Education (IIE). The Freeman Foundation's major objectives include strengthening the bonds of friendship between the United States and countries of East 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. Awards of up to $5,000 are made for U.S. citizen undergraduates spending a semester abroad. For more information, please visit their website

 External Study Abroad Scholarships 

For a comprehensive list of 40+ national scholarships for studying abroad, please see our Outside Scholarships ChartNote: These scholarships are not endorsed by the CIP, just provided as a starting place for your research. For the most up-to-date information, please see individual scholarship websites.  

Additional Scholarship Search Engines: For help with outside scholarships, consider contacting the Saint Joseph's University Fellowships Office.
 

SJU Financial Aid 
 
If you are an SJU student receiving financial aid, please read the Financial Aid tab, which details information about policies and procedures regarding studying abroad with your financial aid package. 
 

Additional Financial Aid Resources
Additional Sources of Funding

Get creative! Consider some personal fundraising. Here are some tips:
  • Be prepared to explain why you are fundraising. Why do you want to volunteer/intern/study abroad? Convince people that your experience abroad will be valuable.
  • Ask as many people as possible to contribute – every little bit helps. If you’re holding a fundraising event, such as a bake sale, be sure to advertise it.
  • For donations, ask different people for different amounts. People who are financially secure will be able to donate more. Also, remember that if your suggested amount is too low, people might not donate more than that because they don’t realize how much you actually need.
  • Use technology to your advantage. Consider setting up a blog or website where people can donate.
  • Be sure to say thank everyone who contributes. In addition to verbal thanks, you may want to send thank you notes to express your appreciation. Keep them updated while you are abroad.