Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid

Many students are eligible for financial aid to study abroad. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To maximize aid eligibility, apply between January 1 and March 2 of the calendar year in which you plan to begin the program abroad.

The total cost for a year overseas depends on a number of factors, including the cost of living in the host country, the local inflation rate, the currency exchange rate, the length of time spent abroad, and each individual's unique spending habits. While studying abroad, you will pay the same kinds of expenses that you pay here in California: rent, food, clothing, transportation, personal expenses, etc. It is important to study the cost requirements for your program very carefully. You must make sure that you understand the realistic costs and that you know where the money is coming from before you go, since you cannot and should not count on working while you are abroad.

Contact the Stanislaus State Financial Aid Office for information on financial aid and scholarships.

Scholarship Opportunities

Study Abroad Student Scholarship

The Office of International Education at California State University, Stanislaus is offering $500.00 scholarships to Study Abroad students (Undergraduate or Graduate). Eligible applicants must be participating in an affiliate providers program (e.g. CSU-IP, USAC or Exchange).  The scholarships will be awarded based on academic merit and community service.  The award will be applied as follows during the term the student is studying abroad.  Students may apply for multiple study abroad programs.  Preference will be given to students applying for semester and year-long programs. The number of scholarships awarded will depend on available funding.

Scholarship Requirements:

  1. A completed Study Abroad Scholarship Application
  2. An official Stanislaus State transcript
  3. 1 letter of recommendation, preferably from a college professor or academic advisor
  4. A 1-page, double spaced service-based statement of purpose

Stan State's University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) Scholarship

The USAC scholarship awards will range from $250 - $1000 and will be applied directly to the selected students’ USAC fees.  This scholarship is separate from the scholarships on your USAC Portal.

Scholarship Requirements:

  1. A completed Study Abroad Scholarship Application
  2. Scholarships are only availabel to Stanislaus State students participating in USAC programs.
  3. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA;.
  4. A 1-page, double spaced service-based statement of purpose

Both Application Deadlines: April 15th and November 1st

If you have any questions or need further information you may contact the Office of International Education at (209) 667-3117 or by email at

The 1-page purpose statement for both scholarships should discuss the following points.  You can use the same essay for both scholarships::

  • What are you academic, career and personal goals associated with this program? Why did you select this specific program and university in the proposed country?
  • What makes you an ideal American “cultural ambassador” and representative of Stanislaus State abroad?
  • How do you plan to “give back” to the international academic and student communities at Stanislaus State upon your return to the States? Please have a detailed proposal with a well thought out plan for promoting internationalization on Stan State’s campus.
  • Why do you need this scholarship and if selected to receive this scholarship, how do you plan to use the money?

Students who receive this scholarship have two important responsibilities as representatives of Stanislaus State:
1.) Represent Stanislaus State and the U.S. with dignity and pride while abroad, by respecting the cultural norms of the host country.
2.) Return to Stanislaus State and/or the U.S. with plans for raising international awareness on campus. Students who will graduate while abroad, may make special arrangements to fulfill the requirement.

All documents must be submitted to:

Office of International Education

California State University, Stanislaus

One University Circle, MSR 180

Turlock, California 95382


David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad

National Security Exchange Program (NSEP) –for study in all countries except Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Western Europe.
Eligibility: Preference given for study in areas deemed critical to national security.
Award: $2,500 summer, $4,000 semester, $6,000 - $10,000 academic year
Application deadline: refer to scholarship's website

Bridging Scholarship for Study in Japan

Award: 30 awards nationwide of $2,500 - $4,000 for study in Japan
Eligibility: academic excellence and financial need
Application deadline: refer to scholarship’s website

Critical Language Scholarship Program

Langauges: Arabic, Azerbaijani Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Persian, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu
Application deadline: refer to scholarship’s website

CSU International Program Scholarship

Award: $500 per year for students in CSU IP programs
Eligibility: academic excellence and financial need
Application deadline: refer to scholarship’s website

Freeman Asia Scholarship for Study in East and Southeast Asia

Award: $3,000 for summer, $5,000 for semester, $7,000 for academic year programs.
Eligibility: Must have verifiable need for financial assistance.
Application deadline: refer to scholarship’s website

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Award: $2,000 - $5,000 for study in Germany
Application deadline: refer to scholarship’s website

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad

Award: $3,000 - $5,000
Eligibility: must be receiving need-based federal financial aid.
Application Deadline: refer to scholarship’s

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Support Grant

Award: 20 awards nationwide of $1,000 each
Eligibility: Minimum GPA of 3.75
Application deadline: refer to scholarship’s website

Scholarships for students that have or will have a Bachelor's Degree: