Boren Scholarship

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The selected study abroad program must include a language component. Applicants must relate their study abroad program and future academic and career goals to U.S national interests, broadly defined. Applicants must go through a campus review process and recipients must fulfill a one-year service requirement. 

 Boren Scholarship, Special Initiative for STEM Majors 

Boren STEM scholarships fund up to $8,000 for summer study (minimum 8 weeks) for students majoring in the STEM fields. All students applying for a Boren Scholarship are expected to have a significant language component in their proposed study abroad program. Although many STEM students choose study abroad programs that offer courses in STEM fields, it is not required. 

 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

The CLS program offers fully funded summer language institutes for U.S. university students. Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu are offered at the beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Arabic and Persian are offered at the advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, and Chinese, Japanese, and Russian are offered at the intermediate and advanced levels.


DAAD is the German national agency for international academic cooperation and exchange. It offers a wide range of opportunities to undergraduate students including funding for study abroad, internships, and senior thesis research. DAAD also offers study scholarships for graduating seniors. Requires institutional endorsement.

 DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)

RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and engineering. RISE interns are matched with a doctoral student at universities and research institutes across Germany for a period of 2-3 months during the summer. The working language is English. All scholarship recipients receive stipends to cover living expenses, and partner institutions providing housing assistance. 

 Fulbright Summer Institutes for U.S. Undergraduates

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers Summer Institutes for U.S. citizens to participate in three, four, five, or six-week academic and cultural summer programs. The Summer Institutes cover round-trip airfare, tuition and fees at the host institution, accommodation, meals, and in some cases a small daily allowance. Applicants must have at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete. 

 Gilman Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic study abroad. Award recipients are chosen through a competitive selection process and can use the award to defray study abroad costs such as tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, and international airfare. Applicants must receive a Federal Pell Grant and must study abroad for a minimum of four weeks in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least four consecutive weeks. 

 Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

PKP Study Abroad Grants support undergraduate as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields through studying abroad. Fifty $1000 grants are awarded each year. Applicants must have a 3.75 GPA. 

 Study Abroad in Japan: Bridging Scholarships

The US-Japan Bridging Scholarship awards about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with travel and living expenses while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year. Applicants for the spring semester apply in early October. Applicants for the fall semester apply in early April. 

The Honors College strongly encourages students to study abroad. In addition to the range of study abroad options available through the Center for Global Engagement, students can choose programs that are specifically tailored to the interests of Honors students. 

Our programs combine the hallmarks of Honors education--interdisciplinarity, self-directed study, academic rigor--with a global focus on cultural competencies, mutual understanding, and diversity of thought and experience. With exciting destinations in different parts of the world, you can find the program that fits best for you.

Interested students should consult with the Director of Honors Advising and Global Initiatives to learn more. 

Financing Study Abroad

To make our short-term programs affordable and accessible, the Honors College contributes significant funding to lower the cost for all students.

In addition, Honors offers need-based scholarships to qualified students. Students who are pell-eligible or have documented financial need are strongly encouraged to apply for these funds. The number and amount of these awards vary per year. Please contact the Director of Honors Advising and Global Initiatives to learn more.

Other sources of study abroad funding include:

Honors Abroad in 2021-22

While international travel is still uncertain, we are very hopeful about the coming year. Plans are not final and are liable to change, but we currently anticipate offering the following study abroad opportunities in 2021-22:

  • A winter term program in Puerto Rico.
  • Our well-established spring term global studies seminar that incorporates a spring break trip to the Dominican Republic.
  • The Leadership at Sea program involving travel on a cruise ship in summer 2022.
  • A 6-credit seminar abroad program studying 20th- and 21st- century Catalan history and culture in Barcelona, Spain.
  • A 6-credit seminar abroad program focused on sustainability in Tanzania.

In addition, we hope to provide opportunities for short-term domestic travel that are educational, enlightening, and fun. Ideas include a spring break trip to California, day trips to the Smithsonian, and half day trips within the Shenandoah Valley.

The Oxford and St. Andrews programs remain open for the 2021-22 academic year.

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