AIFS Abroad recognizes the challenges that today’s students face with meeting the cost of their education. We believe that a study abroad and/or intern abroad experience is an essential component of well-rounded education and are committed to providing financial assistance to as many students as possible in support of their goal to study abroad. AIFS funding, combined with other sources of financial support students can access, will help make international education goals attainable.
We are committed to Access, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity. So, we have converted several scholarships into automatically awarded grants to eligible students as part of the application process; students do not need to complete a separate scholarship application. As an applicant to one of our programs, you will know immediately which grants you are eligible or may be eligible to receive. Over 50% of our students receive financial support in the form of grants!
Students may receive multiple grants they are eligible for, up to a maximum of $2,500 for a semester study abroad program or $1,500 for a summer, J-term, or internship program.
AIFS Abroad will award a $500 grant for students attending a Minority Serving Institution.
MSIs are institutions of higher education that serve minority populations. They are unique both in their missions and in their day-to-day operations. Some of these colleges and universities are located in remote regions of the country, whereas others serve urban neighborhoods. Some are only a few decades old, whereas others, have been striving for more than a century to give their constituents the social and educational skills needed to overcome racial discrimination and limited economic opportunities.
AIFS Abroad will award a $500 grant for students attending a Historically Black College or University.
There are 91 four-year and 17 two-year institutions of higher education established prior to 1964 for the primary purpose of educating African-Americans. The majority of the 102 HBCUs are located in the Southeastern states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands. HBCUs comprise 3% of America’s institutions of higher education, yet enroll 16% of all African-American students in higher education and award 24% of all baccalaureate degrees earned by African-Americans nationwide.
AIFS Abroad will award an additional $500 to each student who receives a Pell Grant and uses it toward any AIFS catalog program.
Federal Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor’s, graduate, or professional degree.
AIFS Abroad will award an additional $500 to each student who receives a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and uses it toward any AIFS catalog program.
This program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, “enables American students to gain proficiency in diverse languages and cultures” regardless of whether they have the financial means to study abroad. Students who are eligible for a Pell Grant are automatically eligible.
AIFS Abroad will award an additional $500 to each student who receives a Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship and uses it toward an AIFS semester or academic year catalog program.
AIFS is a Supporting Access Partner of FEA. This means that every academic year since 2017, AIFS has contributed a specific amount of funds to support both scholarship applicants on AIFS programs, and the daily operations of the organization itself. Together we aim to increase the accessibility of AIFS Abroad study, internship, and customized faculty-led programs for underrepresented participants. We work together on marketing, outreach, and support for applicants and scholars.
AIFS Abroad will award an additional $500 to each student who receives a Boren Scholarship and uses it toward any AIFS catalog program.
The Boren Awards fund the intensive study of language and culture abroad by U.S. undergraduate or graduate students. Students must be 18 years or older and U.S. citizens to apply.
For students eligible to receive GI Bill education benefits, AIFS Abroad will provide a $500 grant for any AIFS catalog program.
If you studied abroad on an AIFS Abroad program previously, you will receive a $500 grant to study abroad on an AIFS semester, academic year, summer catalog program, or Global Experiences Internship Program.Apply in your Portal
Over 400 colleges and universities are affiliated with AIFS, which helps make the process of applying for an AIFS program easy, and may provide access to special affiliate scholarships.Find out if your home institution offers an Affiliate Grant in your Portal