Study Abroad & Exchange Programs

Scholarships

PLEASE NOTE: Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page.

If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship provides students who demonstrate financial need with the opportunity to secure funds to study or intern abroad.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen
  • Applicants must be an undergraduate student good academic standing at an accredited institute of higher education
  • Applicants must be the recipient of a Federal Pell grant during the time of application or while studying abroad
  • Applicants must study abroad for at least three weeks
  • Applicants must take courses that count toward graduation credits at their home institution

Scholarship:

For more information and to apply, visit the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship website.

Boren Awards for International Study

Boren Awards for International Study

The Boren Awards fund the study of language and culture abroad by U.S. graduate and undergraduate students through scholarships and fellowships. Eligible students may apply for a Regional Flagship Language Initiative or select/design their own study program.

Qualifications:

Applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens at the time of the national application deadline
  • A high school graduate or have earned a GED
  • Planning an overseas program in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia or New Zealand
  • Planning a trip to a country where they do not have citizenship
  • Matriculated for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program in an undergraduate or graduate degree program located within the United States and accredited by a body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Scholarships:

Boren Scholarship award amounts are dependent on the duration of the student's time abroad:

  • 8-11 weeks for a summer exchange: Up to $8,000 (STEM majors only)
  • 12-24 weeks: Up to $10,000
  • 25-52 weeks: Up to $20,000

Boren Fellowship award amounts are dependent on the duration of the student's time abroad:

  • 12-24 weeks: $12,000
  • 25-36 weeks: $20,000
  • 37-52 weeks: $24,000

Additionally, Boren Fellows have the option to apply for up to $12,000 for domestic summer intensive language courses (totaling $30,000).

For more information and to apply, visit the Boren Award for International Study website.

Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan

Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan

The Bridging Project, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ), provides nearly 100 scholarship opportunities for for U.S. students planning on participating in study abroad and exchange programs in Japan.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in undergraduate courses before and during their time abroad
  • Applicants must study abroad for at least three months and must earn credit that will transfer back to their home institution
  • Applicants must be willing to submit a report about their study abroad experience to AATJ within 90 days of return

Scholarship:

  • Recipients studying abroad for the duration of one semester will receive a stipend of $2,500
  • Recipients studying abroad for the duration of a full academic year will receive a stipend of $4,000

For more information and to apply, visit the AATJ website

British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) Scholarship

British Universities Transnational Exchange (BUTEX) Scholarship

The British Universities Transnational Exchange works to create partnerships between British universities and universities abroad by providing scholarship opportunities to students studying in Great Britain.

Qualifications:

Applicants must:

  • Be an undergraduate student attending a university with a BUTEX membership
  • Have been offered a study abroad or exchange place which is not eligible for an ERASMUS grant
  • Be planning to study abroad within the British academic year
  • Planning to study abroad for the duration of either one semester or one academic year

Scholarship:

Scholarship amount is £500 and will be awarded to recipients when they arrive at their receiving institution.

For more information and to apply, visit the BUTEX website.

Critical Language Scholarship Program

Critical Language Scholarship Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program works to increase the number U.S. students studying and mastering one of 15 critical foreign languages throughout the world.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or national at the time of application
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution at the undergraduate or graduate level for the fall academic term
  • Undergraduate applicants must have completed at least one full year of academic study before study abroad period
  • Some level of proficiency of intended language of study*

*Use this guide to see what level of proficiency your intended language of study requires.

Scholarship:

The CLS scholarship financially covers an eight to ten week exchange period to one of fifteen countries

To learn more about this scholarship or to apply, visit the CLS website

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

Diversity Abroad provides multiple scholarship opportunities for underrepresented, low-income and first-generation college students to participate in exchange programs.

Qualifications and Award Amounts

Each Diversity Abroad Scholarship has its own specific qualifications and award amounts.

To learn more about these scholarships and to apply, visit the Diversity Abroad website.

Freeman-Asia Scholarship

Freeman-Asia Scholarship

The Freeman-Asia Scholarship is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • Applicants must be currently receiving need-based financial aid
  • Applicants must be enrolled as an undergraduate student earning his or her first bachelor's degree
  • Applicants must maintain a GPA of at least 2.8
  • Applicants must apply through their home campus and have at least one full academic term remaining upon returning
  • Applicants must have been accepted to a study abroad program in East or Southeast Asia, and must spend at least eight weeks in a single country
  • Applicants must earn credit that transfers back to their home institution
  • Applicants must have little to no experience in the country they plan to visit
  • Applicants must be willing to complete a service project to promote studying abroad in Asia upon their return to the U.S.

Scholarship

Scholarship amounts are dependent upon the duration of the student's exchange:

  • Summer exchange programs: Up to $3,000
  • Semester/quarter exchange programs: Up to $5,000
  • Full academic year exchange: Up to $7,000

To learn more and apply, visit the Freeman Asia website.

Fund for Education Abroad

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) works to provide scholarship opportunities to historically underrepresented study abroad student populations.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Applicants must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at an accredited higher education institution
  • Applicants must take courses abroad that provide credit toward graduation at the student's home institution
  • Applicants must be willing to study abroad for at least four weeks

Scholarship:

  • Scholarship recipients studying abroad for the duration of a full academic year can receive up to $10,000
  • Scholarship recipients studying abroad for the duration of a full fall or spring semester can receive up to $5,000

For more information and to apply, visit the FEA website

Rainbow Scholarship

Rainbow Scholarship

The Rainbow Scholarship awards deserving LGBTQ students with funding opportunities for exchange programs.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must identify as an LGBTQI undergraduate student
  • Applicants must be willing to take courses that result in credit at their home institution
  • Applicants must be willing to study abroad for at least four weeks

To learn more and to apply, visit the Rainbow Scholarship website.

Directory

Studying abroad or at another university can provide the experience of a lifetime. You meet people from other countries, learn new customs—maybe even a new language—and take new courses.

Overview 

Aside from taking advantage of the opportunity to travel and live in a new place, participating in an exchange program can provide you with the experiences to achieve your personal, professional and academic goals. You will meet new people, learn about yourself and develop skills which are essential for your success post-graduation.

Western students have studied in Argentina, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, England, France, Greece, Harlaxton, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Thailand and all throughout the United States and Canada. Where will you go?

Eligibility

  • Have at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Be a degree-seeking student
  • Have completed 24 credit hours at Western
  • Be enrolled full-time the semester before participating
  • Be in good standing with Student Affairs 

How To Apply

Step 1: Explore Western's Study Away partner websites to research Study Away options and decide where you would like to go

Step 2: Visit the Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) in Library 121 to discuss the application process and hear about their experiences.

Step 3: Meet with Mikay Elliott, Western’s Study Abroad Coordinator.

Step 4: Apply for a passport if you don’t already have one.

Step 5: Talk with your academic advisor about timing and which classes you should take while on exchange

Step 6: Apply to your program and term. Be aware of specific application deadlines.

Step 7:  Review the Study Away Financial Aid information, and meet with Tanner Stillwell, Western's Exchange Program Financial Aid Advisor, to discuss funding options.

Step 8: Submit a Transfer Pre-Approval Form to Carrie Reinecke in the office of the registrar.

Earning Credit

All credits transfer back to Western when a student studies with an affiliate provider. Courses can be taken abroad that will fill major and minor requirements as well. Students have access to financial aid, loans or scholarships they are receiving through Western when studying with an affiliate provider. 

Other Considerations

  • Academics- What coursework do you want to take? Have you thought about research or an internship?
  • Language- Do you want to develop existing foreign language skills or learn a new language?
  • Timing- How long do you want to be on exchange? When do you want to be on exchange?
  • Location- Where do you want to go? What kind of climate and/or recreational activities are most appealing to you?
  • Finances- What is your budget for an exchange program? What sources of funding are available to you?
  • Value- What do you hope to gain from an exchange experience? How will this experience help you in reaching any personal, professional or academic goals?