Financial Aid for Study Abroad


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 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 here or at and submit with your other application materials by the February 1 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  Not available for summer programs.

Freeman-Asia Award

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.  Awards available for summer (8 week study or more), semester (12 week study or more) and academic year.  Awards range from $3,000-$7,000.

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 Ambassador Scholarships.

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

Diversity Abroad, in cooperation with the AIFS Foundation, will offer twenty, $1,000 scholarships for spring, summer and fall 2011 study abroad. Six scholarships are available for the fall and spring and eight for the summer. Scholarships are only available for students participating in a study, intern, volunteer or language immersion program abroad offered by a partner organization . 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 February 1.


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.

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