A passport is the first step to studying abroad! If you do not have a passport yet, and receive need-based financial aid at CC, you may apply for an Academic Opportunities Grant to cover the cost.

Make sure you've read Colorado College's policies about financial aid transferral to off-campus study, so that you understand what already may be covered, and what you may need to find from external sources. Completing the current Cost & Aid Calculation Worksheet linked on that page is a vital tool to help you figure out what the total cost of your program will be.

Start with these five funding steps:
1) Start early - some scholarship and funding deadlines can be up to a year in advance of when you plan to study off-campus.
2) Colorado College's Financial Aid Office is a resource for students who receive financial aid currently, or wish to inquire about how off-campus study can be made more affordable.
3) Program providers (like IES, IFSA, DIS, HECUA, etc) often have a wide range of innovative and generous scholarship and funding options, both need and merit based. Make sure to apply for these, and pay attention to deadlines!
4) All students should see if their major department at CC may offer grants or funding.
5) In addition, a searchable database of international scholarships can be found at IEFA (International Education Financial Aid Directory):, and both GoOverseas and have listings of many scholarships.


  • AJC Auschwitz Program for Students Abroad in Europe - Funds 4-day study trips through Poland, providing an exceptional scholarly learning environment through which students can engage intensively with the history of the Holocaust and of Jewish life in Poland. The AJC's programming offers a unique opportunity for North American students to visit Krakow and Oswiecim, work with scholars, take in-depth tours of Auschwitz-Birkenau, hear testimony, and engage in meaningful discussion. Open to students of all majors and backgrounds.
  • American-Scandinavian Foundation - offers grants and fellowships to students planning to pursue study abroad or research in one or more Scandinavian countries for up to one year. Awards are granted in all fields.
  • Asian Languages Study Prize - In order to promote and support extended study in Asian languages by CC students, the CC Asian Studies program offers ten Language Scholarship Prizes of $500 to current CC students to support their language study in Asia on CC-approved study abroad programs.
  • Bridging Scholarship Program - For undergraduates studying in Japan. Stipends are $2,500 for semester programs and $4,000 for year long programs.
  • Benjamin A. Gilman Awards - Over 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year 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 being approximately $4,000. Students who apply for and receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Scholarship Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. During the 2011-2012 academic year, 50 Critical Need Language Supplements were offered to Gilman Scholarship recipients.
  • Boren Scholarships for International Study - 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 & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. Scholarship recipients incur a service requirement upon completion of degree.
  • BUTEX Scholarship for Study in the United Kingdom - For students studying at many institutions in the United Kingdom, awards of £500. Check the link for a list of eligible institutions.
  • Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) - Provides fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and postgraduate students. Languages include Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels; Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels; Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.
  • DAAD German Academic Exchange Service - Support for students studying, doing senior thesis research or completing an internship in Germany.
  • Diversity Abroad Scholarships - Search a variety of different scholarships available through this terrific compendium of resources and support for diverse students going abroad.
  • FEA Fund for Education Abroad - Scholarships range from $1,250 to $10,000. Check their website for eligibility details and the variety of different scholarships they offer.
  • First Generation College Students (neither parent graduated from a four-year college) should look closely at special initiatives designed to support their off-campus study.
  • Freeman Awards for Study in Asia - Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Semester awards can be up to $5,000 and full-year awards of up to $7,000. Summer programs of eight weeks or longer are also eligible, with awards up to $3,000.
  • Gaylord Independent Study Research in Asian Area Studies- The Gaylord prize has been made possible by the Gaylord Endowment for support of scholarly development in Asian Area Studies. See the CC Asian Studies faculty advisors for more information.
  • GoOverseas Study Abroad Scholarships - GoOverseas offers a variety of scholarships, some country-specific, others related to the type of program. Browse all open applications on their website.
  • Humanity in Action - Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in exploring issues of human rights and majority and minority relations in Denmark, the Netherlands and the United States.
  • IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants - Grants for study abroad programs, requires service after you return as a campus ambassador for IIE.
  • International Education Financial Aid (IEFA) - Website provides free searches for scholarships for study abroad.
  • Japan American Society of Colorado Rikai Scholarship - The staff and Board of Directors of Japan American Society of Colorado recognize the great value in a quality study abroad experience. The word "rikai" or 理解 means understanding. It is through personal connections that we can truly understand one another. Applicants must be permanent residents of the State of Colorado. In 2018-19, JASC will grant $3000 to one qualified applicant.
  • New Zealand Scholarship through GoOverseas - up to $15,000 NZD!
  • Rotary Scholarships of Southern Colorado - Rotary International offers the opportunity for scholars to apply for and receive scholarships valued at up to $30,000 for international study. All scholarships require application through a Rotary club within the district with endorsement to the District Scholarship Committee.
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