Study Abroad

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Financial aid, scholarships, and awards are available for study abroad opportunities. Some awards are specific for participants in our faculty-led study abroad and internship programs—UC Davis Quarter Abroad, Summer Abroad, Summer Abroad Internships, USA Study Programs, Virtual Internships—and on UCEAP, service learning, and independent programs. The application process may be easier than you think so please research the information below and come to our office to speak to an advisor! Also, we encourage you to take advantage of the various workshops offered throughout the year by the Global Learning Hub, including how to write a successful scholarship application.

Click on the following financial aid and scholarship opportunities...
  • Receiving a Financial Aid Estimate
  • Please note: only UC Davis students who plan on participating in a program that provides UC or UC Davis units are eligible for an estimate using these steps. Programs that provide transfer units (or are not unit bearing) are not eligible for financial aid.

    1.  Identify your preferred program. If you are undecided, try to narrow it down to your top two or three; Financial Aid can only give estimates if you provide a specific program budget.
    2.  Obtain a copy of your selected program budget, one that covers both program fees and estimated personal expenses. For study abroad programs these can be found on the “Cost” tab on your program page. For UC Davis programs: If the budget for the year you are considering is not available, you may use a prior year’s budget for the same program to be given an estimate. 
    3.  Select one of the following ways to receive an aid estimate, also listed on the Financial Aid website: 

    Online: Visit the Study Abroad page on the Financial Aid and Scholarships Website. Navigate to the button on the right that says  “Study Abroad Estimate Request”. Click this button and follow the steps; you will need to upload a copy of your program budget as part of your request. You should expect a reply within 7-10 business days.

    If you are participating in a UC Davis Summer Abroad, Summer Abroad Internships or Virtual Summer Internships program, you are encouraged to use the Summer Abroad Financial Aid Estimator to receive an estimate of UC grants, federal grants and federal and UC loans you may be eligible for. Select your program of interest in the estimator; results are immediate.

    Remote Appointments  (Wednesdays and Thursdays): To schedule a 20-minute one-on-one session with a financial aid advisor, join the Global Learning Hub Zoom drop-in advising hours. During this time we can set you up for a phone appointment with our financial aid advisors. Have a copy of your program budget with you at the time of your appointment.

    You must have a valid FASFA or Dream Act Application on file in order to receive an estimate of aid eligibility. Students that historically have not been eligible for aid may become eligible depending on their selected program; for this reason, the Financial Aid Office encourages submitting a FASFA or Dream Act Application every year by the priority deadline. Aid may be offered in the form of grants or loans, and varies by student and program type.
  • UC Davis Study Abroad and Virtual Internship Program Awards
  • UC Davis Study Abroad and Virtual Internship Awards

    UC Davis always offers financial awards to selected applicants for UC David Study Abroad Programs. This year, UC Davis is expanding those financial awards to include students participating on our Virtual Internship Programs! We are pleased to announce that $17,500 is available for 2021 Virtual Internship Awards for UC Davis students!

    Award Application Deadlines:
    Virtual Internships, Summer 2021                  May 10, 2021 at 11:59pm
    Virtual Internship Award applications are available when enrollment opens for your virtual internship term.  You must already be saved a spot in a program by the applicable submission deadline; students with incomplete program applications will not be considered. You do not have to be eligible for financial aid in order to receive an award. 

    The award application will be available in your UC Davis Study Abroad account  once you have been saved a spot in your program.

    To apply for a Virtual Internship award, please follow these steps:

    1.       Log into your UC Davis Study Abroad account

    2.       Complete your enrollment for your program

    3.       On your “My Enrollments” portal, click on "Start your Virtual Internship Award Application here!"

    4.       Complete and submit your Award Application

    Follow the online instructions and answer the prompt:  How the specific virtual internship program you have chosen is related to your academic, personal, or professional goals (500 word limit; please remember to include a title).

    Applications will be considered on the strength of the essay, as well as financial need, as demonstrated on the FAFSA or CA Dream Act application. Award amounts usually range from $500-$2,000 per student. 

    Awardee selections and notifications will be made by May 17th, 2021. 

    Award Writing Workshops are periodically held over Zoom with Study Abroad Faculty Director and UWP Lecturer, Aliki Dragona and Operations Lead Chris Reeder.  Come learn how to strengthen your essays and improve your chances of winning an award! Stay tuned for details on the next round of workshops, in the meantime read Tips for Writing a "Statement of Purpose.
    Recorded Workshops:
    View the most recent workshop here. Please note that this recorded session was geared towards students participating in travel programs, so some details have changed. Please ignore references to dates and timelines, but the information about how to apply and tips for writing a strong essay are completely applicable. 

    Award Projects
    Awardees will be expected to complete a project highlighting their virtual internship experience. There are two Project Tracks (PDF) available to choose from: (1) Article Writing/Blogging, (2) Design Your Own project. Full details will be available around the time awards are announced. Related resources: Social Media Storyboard Template (.ppt)

  • Program/Major Specific Scholarships and Awards
  • UC Davis International Relations (IR) Study Abroad Scholarship

    Undergraduates majoring in International Relations
    $500-$1,000, multiple scholarships available
    Deadline: 2022 dates TBA

    In order to be eligible to receive a scholarship applicants must be full time UC Davis International Relations students, be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and plan to apply or have been selected to an eligible study abroad or unpaid internship abroad program.  Applications are available on the IR website. Submit the application & required documentation is due to Katy Pattison in 464 Kerr Hall.

    UC Davis American Studies Program Study Abroad Award

    Undergraduate American Studies Majors
    $500-$1,000, multiple scholarships available
    Deadline: 2022 dates TBA

    The American Studies Program is pleased to announce its scholarship program for international study. Awards are available to be used in conjunction with UC Davis Summer Abroad, Summer Abroad Internships, Quarter Abroad Fall, or UC Education Abroad Programs in the 2020/21 Academic year. Award winners will be announced in April 2020, and the funds will be made available once the student has enrolled in a study-abroad program (typical use of the award includes air travel, or program fees). Winners will be judged on the basis of their responses to the prompt below. All applications must be emailed to the Student Advisor by Friday, March 27, 2020 at 5pm. Winners will be judged on the basis of their responses to the prompt in the 2020 application, found on the American Studies homepage.  

    UC Davis Guardian Scholar & UC Davis Study Abroad Ann E. Pitzer Scholarship in International Education

    Undergraduate Guardian Scholars
    Up to $1,000
    Deadline: 2022 Dates TBA

    The Guardian Scholars Program and Study Abroad are pleased to announce the Ann E. Pitzer Scholarship for Guardian Scholar international study.  Applicant must be a Guardian Scholar to apply; you do not have to qualify for financial aid.  Selected applicants will receive up to $1,000 to be used toward any 2020-21 UC Davis or UCEAP study or intern abroad program. You do not have to be enrolled in a program yet to apply.
    Applications must be physically turned in to 107 South Hall. View the 2020 application.

    John Wasson Study Abroad Fellowship

    Undergraduates enrolled in the College of Engineering
    Deadline: 2022 Dates TBA

    UC Davis students in the Department of Chemical Engineering & the UC Davis College of Engineering are eligible to apply. The Fellowship will distribute $6,700 in award money to participate on a program with UC Davis Study Abroad Program: UC Davis Summer 2020, Quarter, Internship, Seminar, or UCEAP programs during the 2020-2021 academic year. The application is due by April 1, 2020 via email to

    CFHI Scholarships – UC Davis Quarter Abroad Mexico

    Undergraduate participants in the Fall Quarter Abroad Oaxaca Program
    Deadline: 2022 Dates TBA

    The UC Davis Study Abroad Latino/a Health Internship Scholarship offers financial assistance for For more information, please see the CFHI Scholarship page. This is for any student who intends to participate in the UC Davis Fall Quarter Latino/a Health Internship Program in Oaxaca, Mexico. Applicants must be in good standing and have a GPA of 2.0 or above. 

    ISA Scholarships – Summer Psychology Internships in Ireland, New Zealand, and Spain

    Undergraduate participants in the Summer Abroad Internship programs in Psychology 2021
    Amount varies
    Deadline: 2022 Dates TBA

    Students enrolled in ISA Internship and Service-Learning Programs are eligible to apply for ISA scholarships for which they meet the scholarship’s specific eligibility requirements. Scholarship-specific eligibility requirements and application process are outlined on the ISA website. Accepted participants must adhere to the scholarship deadlines and follow all instructions as listed on the ISA website in order to apply. UC Davis will communicate with ISA those students confirmed through UC Davis study abroad programs. 

    Sacramento Local Section of the American Chemical Society – International Travel Grant

    American Chemical Society member OR active member of a chemistry club
    Deadline: 2022 Dates TBA

    One award will be given  to support travel to an international chemistry conference/meeting/internship. Students participating in the Pharmaceutical Chemistry in Taiwan and Organic Chemistry in Nottingham programs are encouraged to apply. Click here for application form

    Chinese Government Scholarship for Chinese Language Programs

    Open to all students and scholars
    Full or partial scholarship
    Deadline: 2022 Dates TBA

    This scholarship includes full or partial scholarships in accordance with the educational exchange agreements or consensus between the Chinese government and governments of other countries, institutions, universities or international organizations. It supports undergraduate students, graduate students, general scholars and senior scholars. Applications must be made during the Winter Quarter. More information, including application instructions. 

  • UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies Grants
  • Blum Center Poverty Alleviation Through Action (PATA) Grants

    Up to $2,500
    Deadline: March

    Blum Center Poverty Alleviation Through Action (PATA) grants can be used to pursue fieldwork abroad in a developing country or work domestically on poverty alleviation, inequality, and topics related to global development. Fieldwork must be completed during the summer months (June – September).
  • UC Education Abroad Program Scholarships & Awards (UCEAP)
  • Visit the UCEAP Scholarship’s page for full funding details.

    UCEAP Promise Awards

    Undergraduate UCEAP participants
    Deadline: varies by program term

    Over 500 awards, $1,000 for summer to $2,000 for fall, spring, or academic year programs will be distributed. ​Award decisions will be announced by e-mail before the April 1 (Summer), May 1 (Fall), and November 1 (Spring) withdrawal deadlines.

    In order to apply, first register with MyEAP to start an application to study abroad. Once in MyEAP, look for a link to the scholarship application on the menu on the left side.  Be prepared to provide: 1) an application form, 2) a statement of purpose and 3) a copy of your transcript.

         – Duttenhaver Scholars Program (for year-long programs)

         – Jasmine Jahanshahi Scholarships (semester or year-long programs)

         – Undergraduate Research Awards (for those who have conducted research abroad on an UCEAP program)

    Chris Borton Memorial Scholarship

    Undergraduate UCEAP academic year participants
    Deadline: 2022 Dates TBA

    UC Davis students who apply for full year study abroad programs through UCEAP are eligible to apply for a $7,000 Chris Borton Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is merit based and applications will be considered based on the strength of the statement of purpose, reasons given why the candidate wishes to study abroad, and quality of academic record. The Borton scholarship seeks to reward motivated and dedicated student applicants who see the value of broader cultural and personal development that can be gained from a study abroad experience. For more information on the Chris Borton Memorial Scholarship Fund’s philosophy, history, and recipients please visit the Chris Borton Memorial Fund website.

    To apply please contact Tiffany Macias-Silva or Christina Siracusa.  Applicants must submit 1) an application form, 2) a statement of purpose, and 3) a copy of your most recent UC Davis transcript. 

    University of St. Andrews Scholarship

    Participants in programs at St. Andrews's University in Scotland
    Deadline: Varies by program term

    UC Davis students who apply for and are placed at the prestigious University of St. Andrews in Scotland, are eligible to apply for a $3,000 University of St. Andrews award, made possible by a generous UC Davis faculty donor. Please contact UCEAP Advisor Christina Siracusa for more information on this award.
  • Additional Scholarships & Financial Resources
  • Prestigious Scholarships

    The Undergraduate and Prestigious Scholarships office provides information, resources, and support services to students for highly competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships.  There are many prestigious scholarship programs that fund studying abroad, all of which require extensive applications, excellent academics, clear purpose for studying abroad, and strong letters of recommendation.  For more information, please visit their website, contact Scott Palmer, the UC Davis Prestigious Scholarship Advisor, or watch his workshop video.

    Some of these scholarships include:

    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

    Up to $5,000 is available through this scholarship through the U.S. Department of State that supports students studying and interning abroad. The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries or areas and world regions.

    Critical Need Language Award: Interested in studying a language abroad? Applicants who study a critical need language while abroad can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000 for a combined total of $8,000.

    To be eligible for a Gilman Scholarships applicants must meet all eligibility requirements. Want to put together a great application? Check out the videos, essay information and application tips on the Gilman website or better yet, attend an upcoming webinar or essay review session. NEW: Virtual Programs now eligible. 

    Upcoming Information Sessions and Essay Review:
    Information Sessions and Essay Review Sessions will be scheduled during the next application cycle.

    Application Opening Dates:
    -October 2021 Deadline: Application will open in Mid-August 2021 for applicants whose programs start between December 1, 2021 to October 31, 2022.

    Application Deadlines:
    -October 2021 Deadline (for applicants whose programs start between December 1, 2021 and October 31, 2022. This cycle encompasses Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022 and Academic Year 2022-2023 programs): Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. 

    Study Abroad Certifying Advisors: 
    - Select Nicole Uhlinger as the Study Abroad advisor for any UC Davis Summer Abroad, UC Davis Summer Abroad Internships, or Virtual Summer Internships programs.
    - Select Aspen Felt as the Study Abroad advisor for any UC Davis Quarter Abroad programs.
    - Select Tiffany Macias Silva as the Study Abroad advisor for any UCEAP or Independent Study Abroad programs. 

    Financial Aid Certifying Advisors
    - Select Scott Palmer as the Financial Aid advisor for any UC Davis Summer Abroad, UC Davis Summer Abroad Internships, or Virtual Summer Internships programs.
    - Select Joy Fisher as the Financial Aid advisor for any UC Davis Quarter Abroad programs.
    - Select Pauline Moreno as the Study Abroad advisor for any UCEAP or Independent Study Abroad programs. 

    For advising and essay review, please contact Scott Palmer.

    UC Davis has been recognized for producing the 3rd most Gilman Scholars in the country, with 51 students receiving Gilman scholarships in the 2018-19 year. Read more

    The Gilman/McCain Scholarship

    Open to eligible U.S. undergraduate child dependents of service members who receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid
    Deadline: Accepted on a rolling basis.

    The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is a congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and named after the late senator John S. McCain from Arizona. The scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. Read more about the eligibility requirements. Review the resources and advisors listed above and please attend one of our Information Sessions.  

    Critical Language Scholarship

    Undergraduates, Master’s and PhD Students, Professional Students
    Money to cover program costs
    Application Opening: Mid-August
    Deadline: Deadline: November

    The Critical Language Scholarship Program is a summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to study and master the following foreign languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.  Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply.

    David Boren Scholarship 

    U.S. Undergraduates
    Up to $8,000-24,000
    Deadline: February 5, 2020

    To be eligible for the David Boren Scholarship, students must be: a U.S. Citizen; working towards an undergraduate degree throughout the entirety of the scholarship; studying abroad in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, or the Middle East in a country that is critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad (see list of eligible countries on Boren website); study a foreign language during the study abroad.

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program

    Graduating seniors
    Funding toward participation in an eligible program
    Deadline: October 8, 2019

    Winners of the Fullbright U.S. Student Program receive funding to either conduct research or serve as English Teaching Assistants (ETA’s) for up to one (1) year in a participating foreign country after completing an undergraduate degree. Specific amounts and length of time vary by country.

    The Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship

    U.S. graduating seniors pursuing grad school
    Up to $96,000 for tuition, internships, and professional development
    Deadline: November 1, 2019

    The Donald M. Payne Fellowship is for students entering graduate programs in international development or pursuing careers in the USAID Foreign Service, fellowships of up to $38,000 are available. Applications for 2020 due November 1, 2019. More information

    Additional Outside Scholarships and Resources

    HI USA Explore the World Travel Scholarship

    Undergraduates, Master’s and PhD Students, Professional Students
    Deadline: Application period currently closed

    The Explore the World Travel Scholarship provides funding to help finance a trip outside of the United States that includes an educational or service component.

    Fund for Education Abroad

    U.S. Undergraduates
    Deadline: September

    The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) 2020-2021 scholarship application cycle is now accepting applications! American undergraduate students planning to study abroad on any program that meets our requirements in Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Academic Year 2020-2021 may be eligible to apply. Complete list of FEA eligibility requirements.

    Diversity Network Summer Scholarships

    Full-time undergraduates
    Deadline: April

    The Diversity Network scholarship provides several scholarship awards to students enrolled at its member institutions. Summer 2020:  Students enrolled at a Diversity Network Member institution and planning to study abroad during the summer of 2020 are encouraged to apply for the $1000 award. Students must follow this link for application details (opens Feb 1). If you are non-UC Davis student applying to a UC Davis Study Abroad program, make sure to list UC Davis as your institution when applying for this scholarship.

    UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships

    - Listing of external scholarships

    Comprehensive Study Abroad Scholarship Listings

    - Listing of external scholarships