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.
"All STEP students are eligible for the Robert Alan Study Abroad Scholarship offered through Bentley’s Multicultural Center."
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 earle and sloan travel fellowship
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.
the global social responsibility fund
The Global Social Responsibility Fund assists Bentley students with financial need to participate in a short-term, GBE or Faculty-led International Course each year. The selected student awards will defray the cost of their faculty-led international course. The faculty-led international course must take place in the developing world, and address issues of social concern.
International Citizens Group Study Abroad Scholarship
The International Citizens Group Study Abroad Scholarship is exclusively available for Bentley students who participate in a faculty-led international course or GBE. The scholarship is provided by the generosity of Joe Cronin, Sr., the fifth President of Bentley University, and Joe Cronin, Jr., MBA ’94, the President of the International Citizens Group. Joe Cronin, Sr. was a champion of internationalism, doubling the number of international students enrolled during his tenure. Bentley’s International Office is named in his honor. The International Citizens Group is a specialized international health insurance agency offering world class insurance plans to those living and traveling around the world. Joe Cronin, Jr. is a BC High, Georgetown University, and Bentley University graduate who lives in Hingham, MA with his wife and three children. He ranks his Bentley led study abroad trip to Japan as one of his most powerful educational experiences.
bentley's multicultural center
Through Bentley's Multicultural Center all STEP students are eligible for the Robert Alan Study Abroad Scholarship. Contact the Multicultural Center for more information about eligibility criteria and the application process.
the benjamin A. gilman international scholarship
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
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 its inception in 2001, Freeman-ASIA has made study abroad in East and Southeast Asia possible for over 4,600 U.S. undergraduates from more than 600 institutions.
explore the world
The Explore the World travel scholarship will award multiple $2000 scholarships. 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
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 PROJECT
The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships.
the daad undergraduate scholarship to germany
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
STA Travel scholarships of up to $2500 are awarded to students who are U.S. or Canadian citizens who will study abroad for a semester or summer. They strongly encourage students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. Those groups include, but are not limited to minority students, first-generation college students, students with disabilities, student athletes, veterans and returning learners.
diversity abroad scholarships
Diversity Abroad Scholarships are awarded in cooperation with AIFS. Each semester, AIFS offers 2 $5,000 scholarships to outstanding students from under-represented groups. Applicants must demonstrate high academic achievement and/or participate in community service activities.
alliance for global education scholarships
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
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.
the ashley soule conroy foundation scholarship
The Ashley Soule Conroy Foundation Scholarship awards $4,000 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
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 tortuga study abroad scholarship
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 tripping.com Travel Lovers' scholarship
the general federation of women's clubs of massachusetts
The General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts awards an International Study Abroad Scholarship towards a 12-credit summer, semester or academic year study abroad program.
alltherooms Study abroad scholarship
AllTheRooms understands that not everyone has the means or opportunity to travel which is why they are offering a $1,000 scholarship to students who are enrolled in or have an interest in studying abroad. The scholarship will be awarded by winning essay submission.
Scott's Cheap Flights Study Abroad Scholarship
The Scott's Cheap Flights Study Abroad Scholarship awards a $1,000 scholarship each fall and spring. The scholarship will be awarded by winning essay submission. Summer students may also apply.
Databases of Funding Sources for International Study
- International Education Financial Aid
- A listing of international scholarship possibilities
- Sources and tips on obtaining financial aid for study abroad
- Internet scholarship search service
- Financial Aid options for exchange and study abroad programs