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In addition to Colorado College's policies about financial aid transferal to off-campus study, students have a variety of ways to investigate other funding opportunities to assist with their plans to study off-campus for a semester. 

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. The Financial Aid Office can help you work out an individualized budget for different off-campus study options you are considering, so you understand early on in the process how affordable a specific program might be.
3) Also make sure to investigate your program provider (IES, IFSA-Butler, DIS, HECUA, etc), as many of our partner programs offer a wide range of innovative and generous scholarship and funding options, both need and merit based. 
4) All students should see if their major department at CC may offer grants or funding.
5) In addition, a good searchable database can be found at the IIE Portal:
  • 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.
  • The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Grant & Coit Family Scholarship Funds - The primary goal of these funds are to support CC students with high financial need, usually a Pell Grant recipient, for additional costs incurred while studying abroad. Administered through the CC Financial Aid Office. 

  • Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) provide 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.

  • 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. 
  • Foundation For Global Scholars - Over 200 scholarships between $500 and $2,500 will be awarded this calendar year for U.S. and Canadian citizens to study internationally. Award amounts will vary with the average award being approximately $1,000.

  • 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.
  • Fund for Education Abroad - Up to $5000 for study abroad program longer than 4 weeks in duration. Student must be committed to supporting education abroad in his/her campus community through work with the FEA and his/her campus education abroad staff upon return.
  • 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.

  • Global Studies Foundation - Designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad, this grant provides supplemental funding for U.S. citizens studying abroad. GSF seeks to support a formative experience abroad for the recipient, who must also share thisexperience with others upon their return. Preference is given to funding study in "strategically important languages and countries (as defined by the US Departments of State and Defense). 
  • 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. Campus contact: Sandra Wong (Dean's Office. Armstrong Hall, x6682).
  • International Education Financial Aid (IEFA) - Website provides free searches for scholarships for study abroad.
  • New Zealand Scholarships - a variety of scholarships to support study in New Zealand.
  • New Zealand Scholarship through GoOverseas - up to $15,000 NZD!
  • Rainbow Scholarship from the Fund For Education Abroad - a scholarship designed for deserving LGBTQI students who aim to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs. 
  • 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