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Undergraduate 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.

"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 students in preparing their 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 their 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. Two scholarships of $2500 are available for 2018-2019. 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. Students have the chance to earn up to $5000 to fund their study abroad experience! 
    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. Over 2,900 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year. 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.

    The student application deadline for Spring and Early Decision Summer 2019 terms is Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time (CST).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.

    Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Academic Year 2019-20 Applications will open in early January 2019.

    explore the world

    The Explore the World travel scholarship will award multiple $2000 scholarships. Students must be a US Citizen or permanent residents and demonstrate financial need to apply. Students are able to 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(FEA) 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.FEA awards scholarships of up to $10,000 for students who plan to study abroad for a full academic year; $5,000 for students who plan to study abroad during the fall or spring semester; and awards that are prorated by number of weeks in-country (with a minimum of $1,250) for students studying abroad during summer. 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.Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for Bridging Scholarships. Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs).

    Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships.

    boren scholarships

    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.

    Maximum scholarship awards are:

    • $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum)
    • $10,000 for a semester
    • $20,000 for a 6 - 12 months

    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 Travel Lovers' scholarship

    The Travel Lovers' Scholarship offers $1,000 scholarships to be used for study abroad.

    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.

    Worldstrides Higher Ed Traveler Scholarships

    Worldstrides Higher Ed Traveler Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate and graduate student travelers of WorldStrides ISA faculty-led programs. They offer a $3,000 scholarship each fall, spring and summer. 

    Databases of Funding Sources for International Study