Scholarship Resources

We have compiled a list of scholarship resources for your convenience. You may want to look for more opportunities on your own.

Scholarships for BC study abroad programs

1. Fund for Education Scholarships (application due usually in January)

2. The Gilman International Scholarship (application due in early Oct-for programs departing next Spring and Early Summer Program, and in early March-for programs departing Next Academic Year)

3. Freeman Asia Scholarship (Good for the Japan program)

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. A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc. Interested students should apply to Freeman-ASIA in the academic term before their study abroad program begins.  Applications must also be endorsed by both the study abroad adviser and the financial aid adviser by the specified deadline.

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For additional scholarship opportunities for US college and university students, please refer to:

Academic Year Scholarships

(If you receive this kind of scholarship, you are usually expected to study for a year in the destination country; BC credits no long apply immediately as you will study in a local university. This kind of scholarships are ideal for students who are looking for a full-year experience during a gap year.)

  1. Boren Scholarship (application due in early February each year)
  2. Fulbright US Student Scholarship (application due 5pm, Oct 11, 2016 EST; good for destinations worldwide)

Program-specific Scholarships
(If you receive those scholarships, you will participate in those programs only and your scholarship only applies to the expenses related to that particular program)

  1. The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship (application due in early October of each year)
    CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) have partnered in an effort to increase the opportunities for the most financially challenged students from the nation’s nearly 600 Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Named in honor of Frederick Douglass—the African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and international statesman—the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship seeks to break down the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture to make study abroad accessible to students from MSIs. Bellevue College is recognized as one of the MSIs. Each cohort of 10 students will take part in a summer study abroad program designed to enhance their leadership and intercultural skills.
    Selected Frederick Douglass Global Fellows will be meritorious individuals who demonstrate high academic achievement, possess exemplary communication skills, display the hallmarks of self-determination, exhibit characteristics of bold leadership, and have a history of service to others. In the spirit of one of America’s most powerful intellectuals, communicators, and scholars, Frederick Douglass Global Fellows will commit to sharing their experiences and intercultural growth with peers and classmates before, during, and after the fellowship.
    Please access application through this link
  2. Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) ProgramThe Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Supported languages include:

    See more details at:; application due in November.


Additional search portal for study abroad scholarships
1. Institute of International Education Study Abroad Scholarships

2. CIEE Study Abroad Scholarships (merit-based and need-based)


Disclaimer: all scholarship information posted here has been compiled from external websites, where information gets periodically updated. We encourage you to research those opportunities on your own at their home websites and it is your responsibility to verify the accuracy of the specific scholarship information. Good luck!

Last Updated January 30, 2020