Funding Your Study Abroad

So, you want to study abroad.  Whether you hope to spend a summer or semester exploring an exciting international city, spend an entire year in and new country, living and studying abroad might be an experience that sets you apart from the rest of your potential colleagues.  This is also an adventure of a lifetime.  What if this price tag is a little daunting?  Do you think your international study abroad is our of touch?  Not quite!  Here are several options (but you are not limited to only these) that can help fund your study abroad program.

Deciding How to Pay for Study Abroad 

With the options below on how to fund your study abroad program, how do you know which is the right option for you?  The great thing is, you are not limited to just one option.  You might want to mix and match several of the options to fund your study abroad.  Using some federally funded financial aid with scholarships, savings or your 529 College Savings plan - or other combinations- might be the most effective strategy for your financial situation and personal aspirations.

The important thing is to get started as early as you can.  Give yourself extra time so you might make it a little easier to find the best balance for your future self.  While this might seem a little daunting at first, by utilizing all of your resources, you can make big strides towards achieving your goal, which is ultimately studying abroad.

Financial Aid

Radford University offers a financial aid application that may be submitted prior to being accepted into an exchange, study abroad, or affiliate programs. Learn more about the process. You must complete the online study abroad financial aid application.  For specific questions regarding your financial aid, please email

Scholarship Database

The Center for Global Education and Engagement has created a database of scholarships [XLS] for students who are interested in studying abroad.  Please email to schedule an appointment at

McGlothlin Student Study Abroad Award 

Each year Radford University financially supports students studying internationally in through a generous gift from the McGlothlin Fund. If you are interested in applying for the Awards please complete the online application.

Boren Scholarships

The Boren Scholarships provide a unique funding opportunities up to $20,000 for undergraduate students to study abroad in less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and in underrepresented study abroad countries such as Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

This scholarship offers U.S. undergraduate students receiving Federal Pell Grants the opportunity to receive funding for study abroad or internships abroad. For more information on this scholarship, please visit the Gilman Scholarship website.

AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants

These scholarships and grants are specifically for the students who are participating with AIFS programs.  Radford University partners with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) connecting RU students to educational experiences around the globe. AIFS offers scholarships and grants to students participating in summer and semester programs. Visit AIFS for more information.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offereing opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.  The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.  Fulbright U.S. Student alumni populate in a range of professions and include ambassadors, members of Congress, judges, heads of corporations, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors, and teachers.  Deadline for the 2019-2020 Competition:  October 9, 2018 5:00pm EST

Other Opportunities

There are other opportunities to fund your study abroad program.   You are not limited to the ones below.  If you are willing to do research and apply for external study abroad scholarships, it is a possibility that you can fund your entire program.