Financial Assistance Resources

Students participating in a Bentley-sponsored semester education abroad program are eligible to utilize federal, state and institutional funding. Eligibility for non-Bentley education abroad programs includes federal and state funds only. All students who are interested in studying abroad and are receiving any type of financial aid should meet with an adviser in international education as well as the Office of Financial Assistance.

Check out the Office of Financial Assistance's CashCourse guide to paying for education abroad.

Scholarships and Grants for International Study

We strongly encourage students interested in studying abroad to apply for scholarships! An adviser 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, generously funded by Sovereign Bank, is a new scholarship exclusively for Bentley students that aims to encourage participation in international academic programs.  Students who meet financial eligibility will be invited to apply for one of the many available awards ranging from $1000 to $5000.  Award recipients are required to complete self-designed Cultural Investigation Projects which include field-based research and reflection.  Students will present their work to Sovereign and Santander representatives upon returning to Bentley.  Priority is given to academic-year and semester programs outside of Western Europe and Australia, but all eligible Bentley students will be considered.

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 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.

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 $2000 or $1000 are awarded to students from underrepresented areas who are 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. $1,000 scholarships 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 of $6,000 and twenty scholarships of $2,500 per academic year. Students from non-traditional majors or minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply. There are also additional study abroad scholarship funds available for disbursement in smaller amounts. Students who have been accepted into an Alliance program are eligible to apply for study abroad scholarship awards of up to $2,000 per student for the fall and spring terms and up to $1,000 per student for the summer term. Awards are based on financial need.

GO Overseas! Study Abroad Scholarships of $1000 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 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
IIEPassport's Financial Assistance Database
International Education Financial Aid
A listing of international scholarship possibilities
Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students
Sources and tips on obtaining financial aid for study abroad
Internet scholarship search service
Financial Aid options for exchange and study abroad programs

Financial Assistance
Bentley Office of Financial Assistance
U.S. Dept. of Education FAFSA

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