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Financial Assistance

Plan Ahead

The first step is to select a program that meets both your academic needs and your budget limitations, keeping in mind that there are numerous scholarships available to help reduce the cost. You may wish to consult with a study abroad advisor as you are making this decision. Next, develop a financial plan, drawing from all available resources such as scholarships, financial aid and personal funds.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Federal financial aid may be used on every SDState Abroad program. Students will need to consult with the Financial Aid Office to discuss how their student loans can be applied to their study abroad program costs. Please call 688-4702 to set up an appointment with the Assistant Director of Financial Aid.

SDSU Scholarships

Scholarships including the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship and the Jackrabbit Guarantee can be applied to the cost of a study abroad program. Please consult with SDSU Scholarship Coordinator by calling 688-5202.

External Scholarships

External scholarships and grants offer students the opportunity to offset the costs of their study abroad program. These scholarships are highly competitive, therefore students should take the process seriously and plan ahead. 

Nationally Competitive Scholarships

  • Boren Awards - The Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students for language-focused study abroad.
  • Critical Language Scholarship Program - The CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 14 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.
  • The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) - This scholarship works to increase the number and diversity of American students studying abroad through the provision of game-changing scholarships of up to $10,000. Preference is given to underrepresented students and those with a demonstrated financial need.
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship - provides funds specifically for study abroad participants who receive the Pell grant.
  • Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS) - provides summer funding to students who want to learn a 'Critical Language' as designed by the Department of State.
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program - various opportunities for graduating seniors, and Master's and doctoral candidates.
  • Phi Kappa Phi - provides scholarship to students with a GPA of 3.75 or higher.
  • Udall Foundation - a scholarship specific to Native American students wishing to engage in international academic activity (study, research, etc.)

Funding Offered by Private Organizations

Funding is also available from foundations and other sources that support international study and research. 

Scholarships Offered by Foreign Governments or Organizations

Foreign governments and private organizations can be a great source of funding for study abroad program costs.