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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid

Students participating in a Bentley-sponsored semester Study Abroad program are eligible to utilize federal, state and institutional funding. Eligibility for non-Bentley Study Abroad programs includes federal and state funds only. Students studying abroad who receive any type of financial aid or Bentley grants or scholarships should visit the Office of Financial Assistance's page on study abroad and schedule an appointment with a financial aid advisor to discuss applicability so that students can be fully informed throughout the study abroad application process.

While we encourage students to spend an entire academic year abroad, Bentley institutional aid (such as merit scholarships) is guaranteed for one semester abroad only. To request to be considered for continuation of Bentley institutional aid for a full year abroad, students must submit a petition as part of their study abroad application.  Due to financial aid budget constraints, only a small number of petitions will be approved.  We strongly encourage students to contact a study abroad advisor and financial aid counselor for guidance.


We strongly encourage students interested in studying abroad to apply for scholarships! An advisor in international education can assist you in preparing your application. Review the opportunities below and begin as early as possible. 

  • The Santander Universities Study Abroad Scholarship encourages Bentley students to study abroad by offering multiple scholarships each semester, exclusively to Bentley students! Each student can earn up to $5000. Priority is given to academic year and semester programs outside of Europe and Australia, but all applications will be considered. Scholarship recipients are required to complete self-designed Cultural Investigation Projects. Students may also apply for the Santander Universities Scholarship for Faculty-led International Courses and GBE's. Scholarship recipients will earn up to $3000 towards the cost of their Faculty-led International Courses or GBE.
  • The Earle and Sloan Travel Fellowship assists one Bentley student with financial need to participate in a short-term, GBE or Faculty-led International Course each year. The selected student will be awarded up to $5200 to defray the cost of his/her faculty-led international course.
  • Bentley's Multicultural Center offers two scholarships: the MCC Scholarship Fund and the Robert Alan Study Abroad Scholarship. The MCC Scholarship Fund offers scholarships to ALANA students who wish to study abroad, and the Robert Alan Study Abroad Scholarship offers scholarships to STEP students only. Contact the Multicultural Center for more information about eligibility criteria and the application process.
  • The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is open to U.S. citizen undergraduates who receive a Federal Pell Grant or will be receiving a Pell Grant. The program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to students with high financial need, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. Click here to view an information video about the Gilman Scholarship Program and how to apply.
  • The Freeman-ASIA Program, generously supported by the Freeman Foundation and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), aims to increase the number of U.S. undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia by providing them with the information and financial assistance they will need. Award amounts vary from $3,000 for a summer program to $5,000 for a semester/quarter program to $7,000 for an academic year program. From 2001 to 2009, Freeman-ASIA provided scholarships for more than 4,000 U.S. undergraduate students to study in East and Southeast Asia.
  • The Explore the World travel scholarship will award $2000 scholarships to six students in the Boston area. Students can apply for the scholarship if they are traveling a minimum of seven days. The scholarship is open to students up to 30 years old.
  • The Fund for Education Abroad offers a variety of scholarships for study abroad students, including dedicated scholarships for students in the Boston area, scholarships for athletes, and scholarships for LGBTQ students. Applicants must meet general FEA scholarship eligibility requirements.
  • The Bridging Scholarships will award at least 20 scholarships to American students participating in study abroad programs in Japan beginning in Spring 2014. Recipients of Bridging Scholarships will receive stipends of $2,500 or $4,000, depending on the length of their study program in Japan. The scholarships are funded by donations from U.S. corporations and foundations to the US-Japan Bridging Foundation. Since 1999, the Bridging Scholarship program has awarded more than 1,4000 scholarships to students studying abroad in Japan. Beginning in the Fall 2013 semester, 71 students from colleges and universities in 32 states received scholarships for study in Japan.
  • The DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship to Germany awards scholarships to highly qualified undergraduate students, which are intended to fund study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year.
  • Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. NSEP awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Fall, spring and summer cycles.
  • STA Travel scholarships of up to $2500 are awarded to students who are U.S. or Canadian citizens majoring in International Business, International Studies, and other majors, and are studying abroad for a semester or summer.
  • Diversity Abroad Scholarships are awarded in cooperation with AIFS.  Scholarships of up to $1000 are awarded to full-time undergraduate students studying abroad in fall, spring, or summer. Applicants must be participants in a study abroad program offered by a Diversity Abroad member organization.
  • Alliance for Global Education Scholarships are available to students enrolled in an Alliance programs in China or India. The Alliance awards one of two scholarships in amounts up to $4500. Students from non-traditional majors or minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
  • GO Overseas! Study Abroad Scholarships of $500 are available to students participating in study abroad programs all over the world. The scholarship is awarded based on creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions. Recipients must be successfully accepted into a study abroad program.
  • Sally Whitcher Travel Grants are awarded to students at New England colleges. Application cycles are published by Hostelling International USA Eastern New England Council every year in March and October.
  • The Ashley Soule Conroy Foundation Scholarship awards $3,000 to undergraduate degree seeking students on semester or year study abroad programs with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. Students must have demonstrated financial needs as determined by the FAFSA. 
  • FlipKey Study Abroad Scholarship awards one student a $1,000 scholarship to cover any of the expenses associated with studying and traveling abroad. Essays will be judged based on the following criteria: content, style and creativity.
  • The Foundation for Global Scholars provides U.S. undergraduate or graduate students awards of $2,000 for summer, semester, or academic year programs.  A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required.
  • The Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world.  Winners receive a $1,000 scholarship and a Tortuga travel backpack.
  • The Scholarship offers $1,000 scholarships to be used for study abroad.
  • The General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts awards an International Scholarship.
  • The Gates Cambridge Scholarship supports graduate study and research in the UK.

Databases of Funding Sources for International Study