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USC Scholarships and Outside Scholarships

During the 2014-2015 school year, students on our programs earned over $210,000 in outside and Overseas Studies-sponsored scholarships!

There are many scholarships for study abroad. However, most are geared to promote the study of critical languages (Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, etc.) and destinations outside Western Europre and Oceania (Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East). Students should research scholarships well in advance of studying abroad as many applications are due six months to more than a year in advance of travel. Plan strategically to give your application a competitive edge. Overseas Studies Advisors can offer guidance.


Existing Scholarships & Study Abroad
All scholarships granted by USC and all outside scholarships may be applied to the cost of a semester or year-long study abroad program.  Tuition-based scholarships (e.g. Trustee, Presidential, and Dean’s) are adjusted proportionally according to the total tuition (including the USC administrative fee) of the program to which the student is accepted.  All scholarships must be reported to USC Financial Aid, and all scholarships are factored into calculations of student need.

Tuition Assistance Benefit (TAB) & Study Abroad
For students who receive a tuition assistance benefit because of a family member's employment at USC,  the amount of tuition remission is based on the total tuition (which includes the USC administrative fee) of the program to which the student is accepted. On many study abroad programs, students can earn more, or less, than 16 units. Some programs require students to take 18 units or even 20 units. The number of units attempted on the study abroad program is the number of TAB units that will be "used up" or deducted from the total number of TAB units available.


USC Scholarships:

Travel grants for USC Paris, USC Madrid, and USC in the UK

USC offers a limited number of grants for students participating in the USC Paris, USC Madrid, and USC in the UK programs offered through the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences (excludes BADA). These need-based awards are offered in the form of a stipend, and can be used for travel to or within the host country. Upon acceptance to their program, students can contact their study abroad advisor for details on how to apply.

USC Africa Student Fund

The USC Africa Student Fund is an endowment to support undergraduate student travel to African countries for study, research, service-based learning and internships. Applications are welcome every October for travel during the following year. Applicants must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA to qualify. Find more information here.

CIEE Foreign Language Scholarships for USC Students

To promote the intensive and sustained study of Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, CIEE has designated merit scholarships specifically for USC students accepted into CIEE's programs in Brazil, Chile, China/Taiwan, Japan, Jordan and Russia. This is only available for spring semester CIEE programs. Awards are for $1000 or $2000. Application available here.

Del Amo Scholarships for study abroad in Spain

USC Dornsife majors participating in the USC Madrid or Bilbao programs can apply for a scholarship from the Del Amo Fund, which aims to promote education and increase understanding between Spain and southern California. These awards are merit based. Upon acceptance to their program, students can contact their study abroad advisor for details on how to apply. Students must have a major in USC Dornsife to be eligible for this award.

Hovel Scholarship for study abroad in Germany

Students participating in the IES Berlin or Boston University Dresden programs are encouraged to apply for the Hovel scholarship, an award of up to $10,000 for students demonstrating a high level of interest in German language, culture, history, politics, economics, and society. Students must have a German minor in order to be eligible. The application can be found here

Gold Family Scholarships

Believing that overseas experiences have tremendous impact on personal and intellectual growth, Stan and Ilene Gold established this scholarship for outstanding Trustee scholars seeking to study abroad. Applicants must write an essay describing their chosen study abroad program and how it will benefit their studies at USC.

Awarded once a year.

Dean Joan Metcalf Schaefer Scholarships
These are merit scholarships for students in the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Students must be of junior status or above and have a minimum cumulative USC GPA of 3.5. Applicants should have demonstrated scholarly excellence and a continuous love of learning.

Awarded once a year.

Scholarships for USC-Approved Programs:

U.S. Government Scholarships:

NSEP David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarships offer a unique opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad. NSEP awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Interested students should contact USC's Office of Academic and International Fellowships

Gilman Scholarships

You must be receiving Pell grants to be eligible to apply for a Gilman scholarship. Preference goes to applicants with high financial need, and those applying to study in countries outside Western Europe and Australia. Awards can be as high as $5,000. During the academic year, approximately 25 recipients will be eligible to receive a $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement for a total possible award of up to $8,000. Critical Need Languages include: Arabic (all dialects), Chinese (all dialects), Korean, and Russian.

United States Department of State Critical Language Scholarships

Scholarships for intensive summer overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. The CLS Program provides fully-funded seven to ten week group-based intensive language instruction and extensive cultural enrichment experiences. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply.

Other Scholarships:

Bridging Scholarships for Programs in Japan
About 40 scholarships are awarded each semester to American students studying in Japan.  The award amount for one semester is $2,500 and for one year is $4,000.     

BUTEX: British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association
BUTEX awards £500 scholarships to students spending a semester or year in the UK. Recipients are selected based on their poster or essay submission.

DAAD: German Academic Exchange Service
The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year.
Funding and other information for underrepresented and minority students

Education New Zealand
Education New Zealand is supporting Generation Study Abroad students with excellence and travel awards.

Freeman – ASIA
Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

Foundation For Global Scholars
FGS empowers globally minded students to gain international understanding and perspective, without regard to financial ability, and to return the investment by making an impact on their local/wider communities.

The Fund for Education Abroad
Scholarships of up to $10,000 to stupport study abroad.

Go Abroad Scholarship
The Go Overseas scholarships are available to students currently enrolled in, or in the process of applying to, study abroad programs. More info can be found on the Go Overseas website at our Study Abroad Scholarship page.

Hansard Scholars Programme UK
For almost 30 years the Hansard Society’s prestigious Hansard Scholars Programmes have been bringing undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals from around the world to study and experience British politics from the inside.

Hostelling International USA Travel Grants
Hostelling International USA (HI-USA) presents an annual Travel Grant in the amount of $1,000 in the greater Los Angeles area to an individual who is just beginning his or her travel experiences in life.

IIE Scholarship Database
Comprehensive study abroad scholarship database.
Comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings

Japan Student Services Organization
Listing of scholarships available for study in Japan.

Phi Kappa Phi: Study Abroad Grant Competition
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa is pleased to sponsor this Study Abroad Grant competition. The society's Board of Directors encourages qualified undergraduates in all areas of study to apply. Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards 50 Study Abroad grants of $1,000 each.

Rainbow Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program.
Online database of scholarship opportunities.

Study in Holland
Information on scholarships and grants for study in the Netherlands. Study Abroad Scholarship
Travel company that has an essay contest; winners awarded with travel scholarships.

Turkish Coalition of America
The Turkish Coalition of America provides up to 100 scholarships per year for students of the following backgrounds: African American, Armenian American, Bosnian American, Filipino American, Hispanic American, Macedonian American, Native American. These scholarships are awarded to eligible undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted to a language program or university study abroad program in Turkey.