Financial Aid for Study Abroad

Students on approved study abroad programs are entitled to apply Title IV federal financial aid to their program costs.


The Emanuel Bronner Study Abroad Scholarship for Global Understanding

Available to CSUSM students who have been accepted to one of the CSUSM exchange programs or the CSU International Programs (CSU IP) for Fall/Year study. Application forms will be emailed to all eligible students approximately one month prior to the June 15 deadline. 

The Ernie and Leslie Zomalt Study Abroad Scholarship

Available to CSUSM students who have been accepted to one of the CSUSM exchange programs or the CSU International Programs (CSU IP) for Fall/Year study. Application forms will be emailed to all eligible students approximately one month prior to the June 15 deadline. 

The Zwick Study Abroad Scholarship

Available to CSUSM students in the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences who have a 3.0 GPA and above and are studying abroad a semester or more.  Application forms will be emailed to all eligible students approximately one month prior to the May 1 (Fall/Year applicants) and November 1 (Spring applicants) deadlines.

The CSU International Programs Scholarship

Available to CSUSM students who are applying to one of the programs offered by CSU International Programs. The CSU IP scholarship is made possible through the generous donations of past IP students. Download the IP Application at and submit with your other application materials by the December 15 deadline.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education, this program enables students who have limited financial means to participate in study abroad opportunities worldwide. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students at two- and four-year institutions to pursue semester or academic year-long study opportunities in other countries. To be eligible students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba. For more information, application deadlines, and the online application, please access the Gilman Program website at  Limited awards now available for summer programs due in early March.  Two application cycles in October and March for Spring and Fall applicants respectively.  Awards mostly granted to diverse applications going to under-represented locations in study abroad.

NSEP: National Security Education Program Undergraduate Scholarship

Boren scholarships provide support to U.S. students to pursue the study of languages and cultures currently underrepresented abroad.  This scholarship application is extensive and requires several months of serious preparation, knowledge of country, and an essay regarding how the overseas program will support national security interests abroad.  Following participation, awardees are expected to fulfill one year of governmental service.  Awards range from $10,000-$20,000.

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship

FEA Scholarships are awarded once a year for U.S. citizens studying abroad more than 4 weeks.  Becoming a scholar requires a service commitment to your home campus to aid in the promotion of study abroad.  Preference given to diverse students, foreign language study abroad, and diverse study locations.

Rotary Scholarships

The Rotary Foundation is the largest private source of scholarships in the world.  The Rotary Foundation seeks to promote international understanding through student exchange. Contact your local Rotary club and visit the Rotary Foundation website for Grant Opportunities.

Diversity Abroad/AIFS Achievement Scholarships

Diversity Abroad, in cooperation with the AIFS Foundation, will offer $500 and $1,000 scholarships for students participating in an AIFS program. Economically disadvantaged students, African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino and Native-American students are strongly encouraged to apply.

STA Travel Scholarships

The STA scholarships are designated for students from underrepresented areas in international education who are majoring in Photography, Film and Art, Travel and Tourism, International Business, International Studies, and Foreign Language.  Limited $1,000-$2,000 scholarships are available.  Must be a U.S. citizen on a recognized study abroad program to apply.



The Wang Family Scholarship provides support to CSU San Marcos students to pursue their studies in the CSU International Program in China and Taiwan.  The application is due alongside other application materials on December 15.


Denmark’s International Study Program (DIS), the CSU IP program in Denmark, has allocated funds for students who otherwise would not be able to study abroad. Read about the DIS Scholarship Opportunities.



  • Bridging Project for Study Abroad/Japan is sponsored by the Association of Teachers of Japanese.   Applications are accepted twice a year, usually in April (Fall Study) and October (Spring Study).  Awards of $2,500 for one semester and $4,000 for an academic year.

Latin America

  • LIVFund--Learn, Intern, & Volunteer in Latin America is designed for anyone who wants to learn, intern, or volunteer abroad in Latin America.  Two scholarships per month in the amount of $500 will be offered to outbound participants going to any of the following 21 Latin American countries:  Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela.  Candidates may apply up to six months in advance of their program start date.  Applications accepted year-round, but currently on hold as of April 2014.

United Kingdom  

The Rhodes Scholarships:

The British Marshall Scholarships:

Butex Awards (British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association):


CSU San Marcos Office of Financial Aid