Scholarships for Study Abroad

The College of Global Studies at Arcadia has one of the most extensive scholarship programs of any study abroad organization. As a non-profit university, Arcadia aims to help students for whom financial assistance can mean the difference between participation in an Arcadia program and staying home. Eligibility for our scholarships is based on financial need and approximately 70% of study abroad students who apply for aid from Arcadia receive some form of award.

Arcadia Scholarship Ranges:

  • Semester programs: $500 - $2,500
  • Summer programs: $250 - $1,000
  • Overall average award per student: $1,250

You may still receive a scholarship from Arcadia even if you already receive aid from your home school.

More than one way to fund your study abroad

Aside from need-based scholarships, many other foundations also offer scholarships to study abroad students and our staff can help you find out about all funds for which you are eligible.

Financial Aid

Our staff can help you find out about all opportunities for which you are eligible. We can also help you process other financial aid such as federal (Pell Grants, Stafford or PLUS Loans), state and other forms of aid.  Contact our Student Billing Office for more details

To Apply

Complete the Arcadia Scholarship Application. Either fax or scan and email the completed form to us:

F: 215-572-2174
Send a message to Jennifer Darvas

Only students who have been accepted to a program from The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University, prior to the programs start, will be considered for an award.


Applications are received on a rolling basis:

  • Complete applications received by the 20th of the month will receive notification by the 1st *
  • Complete applications received by the 5th of the month will receive notification by the 15th *
  • Scholarships can not be awarded to students if their program has already begun.

*Deadlines outside of scheduled business hours (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday) will divert to the next business day.

Available Study Abroad Scholarships

The Gilman Scholarship Program

Students receiving a Pell Grant may be eligible for this scholarship, which provides up to $5,000 for any semester abroad, including summer. Gilman scholarship recipients who apply for an Arcadia Scholarship are guaranteed a scholarship of at least $1,000 from us for semester and year programs and $500 for summer programs. For more information, please contact the appropriate person below:

Last Name A-D: Phone: 832-369-3477 or email:
Last Name E-K: Phone: 832-369-3484 or email:
Last Name L-Q: Phone: 832-369-3475 or email:
Last Name R-Z: Phone: 832-369-3485 or email:

FEA Scholarship

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) offers scholarships to students studying abroad. The foundation has a strong preference for, but is not limited to, students studying a foreign language, participating in an academically rigorous program, attending in a non-traditional destination, and/or representing an under-represented group for education abroad, such as a minority or a community college student. The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University is a supporter of FEA's Annual Reception.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Grants for students preparing to participate in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Grants may be used toward study abroad. For more information, please contact the Assistant Director at

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

Undergraduates in all fields of study who attend an institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may apply for a study abroad grant. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded annually to support students seeking knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. For more information, please e-mail:

Order Sons of Italy in America Scholarship Program

Two scholarships, the Italian Language Scholarship and The Joseph J. Bracone Memorial Scholarship, are available for U.S. citizens of Italian descent.

UMN Scholarship Database

The University of Minnesota hosts an extensive listing of available study abroad funding and scholarship opportunities.

This information is available for all study abroad students, not just University of Minnesota students. 


The following scholarships are offered by commercial organizations.

These scholarships are usually open to full-time, undergraduate students who will be studying abroad.  Generally, you will need to submit an essay on a travel-related topic and you must be over the age of 18 and a citizen or permanent resident of the United States to be eligible. 

Be sure to review individual eligibility requirements for each opportunity below.

Scholarship Names:


The University of Melbourne Scholarship

The University of Melbourne offers a unique funding opportunity to eligible students. To find out if you’re eligible, please complete Arcadia’s Scholarship application. For more, please contact Caitlin Barnett, Program Manager.

Macquarie University Student Representative Scholarships

Macquarie offers an exciting scholarship opportunity for students interested in becoming ambassadors for study abroad. As a part of the program, you would receive a tuition scholarship at $1000 (AU), in addition to participating in a variety of exclusive activities. These include receiving your own Samsung Tablet and GoPro to document your time abroad, training in communication skills and a profile in Macquarie’s newsletter. You will also learn from Macquarie’s expert staff from the Career Service, Alumni Relations and Marketing teams, as well as take part in professional photo shoots. 

For more information about eligibility, please contact Caitlin Barnett, Program Manager.


University of Technology Sydney Study Abroad Excellence Award

The University of Technology Sydney offers merit awards for commencing study abroad students. Awards are granted solely on the basis of academic merit considering achievement in the most recently completed tertiary qualification recognized for entry into the UTS study abroad program. All admitted study abroad students who meet the criteria will receive an Award valued at AUD $1,000.

For more information about eligibility, please contact Caitlin Barnett, Program Manager.

Great Britain

The Society of the Sons of St. George Scholars Program

This scholarship is allocated to: students who will attend a university in England, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, can show English ancestry, and reside in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, or Chester counties in Pennsylvania or Camden, Burlington, or Gloucester counties in New Jersey.

AASAP/UK Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship

Merit-based scholarship for students studying abroad in the United Kingdom who demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the value of an international education.

BUTEX North American Scholarships (United Kingdom)

This is open to all undergraduate students currently registered at an institution in the USA or Canada. To be eligible to apply, you must have been offered a study abroad or exchange place at a U.K. university which is BUTEX affiliated. Your study abroad or exchange place must be for a minimum of one semester. Each scholarship is worth £500 and will be paid once the recipient has arrived and registered at their host university.

Study Abroad Excellence SCHOLARSHIP - King's College, University of London

King’s College offers several Study Abroad Excellence Scholarships to distinguished study abroad students in the Faculties of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Public Policy, and Natural and Mathematical Sciences. Students who have been accepted to the program at King’s College are eligible to apply. In total there is £7,500 available to successful candidates each semester. The awards will be made to candidates of outstanding quality, who can best demonstrate how their time at King’s builds on their academic record, and how it will help fulfill their personal and academic ambitions. It is important to note the awards are not made purely on the basis of high academic grades or GPA; the awards panel gives equal weighting to the personal statement. For more information, please contact your Program Manager


Go Overseas Full-Tuition Scholarship

Go Overseas and Education in Ireland are offering 15 undergraduate full-tuition scholarships worth more than $290,000. Two lucky students will also receive free round-trip airfare to Ireland, courtesy of Aer Lingus.

Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick

This grant is for students planning to spend a semester or full-year of study in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Each scholarship will be for at least $1,500.

For more information, please contact The Society.


Trinity College Dublin scholarships

The following scholarship categories are available:

  • Study Abroad STEM Scholarship
  • Global Study Abroad Excellence Scholarship
  • Need-based Scholarships

The awards vary in value and are generally worth between €1500 and €3000. The deadline for application is 15 April for Fall semester and Academic Year 2017/2018 and more information can be found here.

In all cases, awardees will have to have applied to study at TCD.

University College Dublin Business Study Abroad Scholarship

The Business Study Abroad Scholarship launched for the Spring 2018 semester - the School of Business has two tuition scholarships of €1000 each to award to Business Study Abroad students each semester.

All students who are offered and accept a place on the Study Abroad program are eligible to apply. Applications for the scholarships will be made online, and the portal will open to a student once they have been offered and accepted their place on the Business Study Abroad program. Students will receive information on how to apply with their offer.

This will be a recurring scholarship.

New Zealand

Canterbury Study Abroad Awards

The University of Canterbury, New Zealand, offers special scholarships for students studying abroad on semester or Southern Hemisphere Academic Year programs with Arcadia. They are allocated according to merit and financial need. For more, please contact Caitlin Barnett, Program Manager.

Diversity Abroad & University of Auckland Scholarship

Partnering with Diversity Abroad, the University of Auckland offers one full scholarship of $12,750 and several scholarships of $1,000 for under-represented students to study abroad in Semester One 2018.


Go Overseas and Education New Zealand are offering the chance to win a full scholarship ($15,000) plus roundtrip flights for spring or fall semester 2018. 

In addition, five scholarships of $1,000 are available for students attending University of Auckland. 

New Zealand Education | Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards

  • Generation Study Abroad offers a choice of three excellence and travel awards to assist in financing a study abroad experience in New Zealand.
  • The Education New Zealand Study Abroad Travel Awards (ENZTA) assists students with the cost of their flight to the country ($2,000).
  • New Zealand Universities Excellence Awards (NZUEA) offers a financial award to students based on the in country university they choose to study at ($500).
  • The New Zealand Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics Excellence Awards (NZITPEA) awards students who study at certain technological programs ($500).


The University of Aberdeen Study Abroad Scholarship

The University of Aberdeen offers two scholarships per semester for students who will be attending the University of Aberdeen through Arcadia. The scholarships are worth £500 per student.

Students who have been accepted to the program at the University of Aberdeen for a semester or for a year are eligible to apply for this scholarship, and will be expected to complete a co-curricular project based on the northeast of Scotland. For more information, please contact Shannon Bernardo, Program Manager.

University of St. Andrews - Inbound Study Abroad Scholarships

Students accepted to St. Andrews are eligible to apply for an Inbound Study Abroad Scholarship. Two scholarships of £4,000 will be awarded. Details of how to apply for this scholarship will be included in the offer letter sent to admitted students. For more information, please contact Shannon Bernardo, Program Manager.

Countries Excluding Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand

National Security Education Program (NSEP)

NSEP provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East).

The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. NSEP was designed to provide Americans with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government. More information is available on the web or through the Boren Awards staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP.