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Scholarships, Awards and Financial Aid

Students often assume it is more expensive to study abroad than to remain on UT's campus, however, many education abroad destinations offer lower tuition and cost of living. Students pay only the cost associated with their program abroad (UT tuition OR an affiliate program fee) and a UT international academic program fee (affiliate and faculty-led programs only). In most cases, students can apply federal, state and institutional aid to education abroad experiences. Below are general guidelines to follow, however, students should meet with a financial aid counselor to determine how financial aid will be applied to their specific education abroad program: 

  • Financial Aid that typically transfers may include the Pell Grant, EASE, FSAG, Bright Futures Scholarships, Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized loans, and Parent PLUS loans.
  • UT Exchange Programs and UT  Partner Programs do allow for the transfer of institutional aid (UT merit scholarships, departmental scholarships and UT need-based grants).
  • Affiliate Programs may or may not allow the transfer of institutional aid. Please meet with a financial aid counselor to verify the parameters for your specific program. 

A student's enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by the home school may be considered enrollment at the home school to apply for assistance under the Title IV, HEA programs.

***If you have high financial need, you may contact to inquire about our departmental scholarships. Awards are not based on merit but based on verifiable need.***

It is important to budget wisely and plan for how to afford to live abroad. Part of this process may include applying for study abroad scholarships. Several foundations and affiliates offer funding for study abroad.  Below you can find a list of scholarships we recommend.

Please note: This list is not exhaustive, and we recommend doing independent research as well. Please carefully check the eligibility requirements of each scholarship before applying.

University of Tampa Scholarships

Foundation Scholarships

Please note: The International Programs Office does not directly administer these scholarships, rather we can provide advising support. For detailed information about the scholarship, please contact each organization directly.

If you are seeking assistance with your scholarship essays, you can submit a scholarship advising application in the UT Study Abroad Portal.

  • Boren Awards  
    Boren invests in linguistic and cultural knowledge for aspiring federal government employees.

  • Bridging Scholarship
    Bridging awards scholarships to US undergraduate students to study for one semester or academic year in Japan.

  • Critical Language Scholarship
    An intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at US colleges and universities. Students spend 8 to 10 weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages.

  • Freeman Asia Scholarship
    Freeman provides scholarships for US undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

  • Fulbright US Student Program
    Fulbright offers research, study and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent undergraduates and graduate students.

  • Fund for Education Abroad
    The Fund for Education Abroad offers scholarships to US citizens and permanent residents who plan to participate in an accredited study abroad program for undergraduate credit.

  • Gilman Scholarship Program
    Open to undergraduate US citizens who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

  • Gilman-McCain Scholarship
    The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active-duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs.

  • Phi Kappa Phi
    Applicants do not have to be Phi Kappa Phi members for this scholarship.


Diverse Student Scholarships

  • Diverse International Woman of Color Study Abroad Scholarships (DIWC)
    DIWC’s mission is to inspire, encourage and promote opportunities for women of color to travel abroad, experience different cultures and broaden their horizons beyond the US.

  • Douglass-O'Connell Global Internship
    Annually 10 exceptional student leaders are selected for a transformative eight-week summer internship program in Dublin, Ireland, where they will draw inspiration from the legacies of two remarkable social just leaders: Frederick Douglass and Daniel O’Connell.

    Please visit the program websites for eligibility requirements and application deadlines.

Affiliate Scholarships

Most affiliates offer both merit and need-based aid. Consult the affiliate's website for available scholarships, deadlines and eligibility information.

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Have you found a scholarship not on our list? Please email with the subject line  "Scholarship Resource" to share additional scholarship resources or suggest updates to this page.