Financing Study Abroad
YOU CAN'T AFFORD NOT TO GO!
Study Abroad: An Investment in Your Future
Studying abroad involves a commitment and is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires advance planning, careful management, creativity, and perseverance. The personal, academic, and professional rewards will last a lifetime.
If you currently receive financial aid, you will be able to apply financial aid to most study abroad experiences (except CSULB faculty-led courses in summer and winter).
Also, all students are eligible for either need-based subsidized or unsubsidized non-need-based federal direct loans. A list of alternative student loans is available in the CSULB Office of Financial Aid (BH-123).
ASI-CSULB Study Abroad Scholarship
The Associated Students Inc. (ASI) and the Center for International Education are pleased to announce a new scholarship to enable more students to study, intern, or volunteer abroad.
CSULB students in good standing are eligible to apply.
Awards will be given to students who have applied and been accepted to study, intern, or volunteer abroad through
CSU International Programs (IP)
CSULB Direct Exchange Programs
CSULB London Semester
CSULB Affiliate Programs (e.g., Lorenzo de Medici, FIE, etc.)
Independent programs (e.g., AIFS, API, CEA, ISA, Semester at Sea)
One semester, or
Short-Term (less than one semester)
(NOTE: Students who have applied and been accepted to a CSULB faculty-led, short-term course in Summer or Winter Session are also eligible for one-half tuition fee waiver scholarships.)
Click here to find more information and to apply for the scholarship.
Career Development Center Scholarships
The CSULB Career Development Center offers a total of eight study abroad scholarships during each calendar year
for CSU International Program (Academic Year)--2$750
for Semester and Short-term programs--6
- Must be a U.S. citizen and currently enrolled student at
CSULB in good academic standing.
- Must be selected and agree to participate in a CSULB study abroad program.
- Must be a recipient of a Federal Pell Grant (undergraduate student) or a State Grant (graduate student).
- Must have parents who have not received a Bachelor's degree from a college or university.
Submit a typed essay (no more than 2 pages double-spaced that describes how your study abroad will enhance your skill development, academic preparation, and career readiness. In your essay, please specify the highest level of education completed by each of you parents. Attach a cover sheet that contain: your name, student ID number, phone number, e-mail address, major, country destination, and program type (academic year, semester, short-term).
Submit essay with cover sheet to the Career Development Center, Brotman Hall 250, c/o Cindy Hale, Coordinator, Career Services and Resources or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Award recipients will be notified approximately one month after the application deadline.
Upon return from studying abroad, recipients will be required to give a brief presentation regarding their experience to the Career Development staff.
CSU International Program (Academic Year) - March 14, 2016
HSC 420 International Health summer course in Mexico - March 14, 2016
Fall 2016 Direct Exchange - March 14, 2016
Spring 2017 Direct Exchange - November 3, 2016
For information on other semester and year-long scholarships, see the list below.
Schedule an Appointment:
>Appointment Procedures and Guidelines
>How to use Advisor Connect
Preeminent Scholarships & Fellowships
Boren Undergraduate & Graduate Scholarships Non-traditional education abroad countries & language study—For more detailed information see, Boren Undergraduate.docx. and Boren Graduate Fellowship.docx
Campus Deadlines: 12//15/2015 (U) & 1//15/2016 (G)
Fulbright Scholarships—Graduate Study Research or English Teaching Asssistantships (must have bachelor's degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant). For more detailed information see, Fulbright Information.pdf; Fulbright Application Process Overview.docx; Fulbright ETA Pre-Application.docx; Fulbright graduate study and research Preapp form.docx; Fulbright Essays Basic Information.doc; Fulbright Guidelines for Writing Personal Statement Essay.docx; Fulbright Check off List.pdf
Campus Deadline: 9/28/2015
Gates Cambridge Scholarships (graduate students)
Campus Deadline: 9/26/2015
Gilman International Scholarships (undergraduate students) Must be Pell Grant recipient. Semester, academic year, and summer (4 week minimun). Funding for internships also available. For more detailed information see, Gilman information.docx
Campus Deadline: 10/1/2015 and 3/2016
Freeman-Asia Scholarships (undergraduates) Available for students studying in the following countries: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam. 2.8 GPA minimum. Must show verifiable need for financial assistance. Permanent Residents are Eligible.
Campus Deadlines: Summer: March 1, 2016 (8 weeks minimum)
Fall: April 1, 2016
Marshall Scholarships (graduate students--UK)
Campus Deadline: 9/26/2015
Mitchell Scholarships (graduate students--Ireland)
Campus Deadline: 9/26/2015
Rhodes Scholarships (graduate students--Oxford University, UK)
Campus Deadline: 9/26/2015
Whitaker Engineering Fellows & Scholarships (graduate students) with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering Campus Deadline: 12/15/2015 for spring 2016 and 2/2/2016 for summer 2016
For more information on these scholarships, e-mail our Scholarship Advisor, Linda Olson Levy (Linda.Olsonlevy@csulb.edu) to schedule an appointment or call (562) 985-4108. We encourage you to visit the websites on this list before your appointment.
Campus Scholarship Resources - General
Center for Scholarship Information (University Student Union)
Campus Scholarship Resources - Departmental
Other Resources - General
Other Resources - By Country or Region
- Calculate all of your current costs, including rent or dormitory costs, travel, entertainment, books and supplies, etc. to determine your annual budget. Use this as a baseline for comparison of costs abroad. Do not plan with the idea that you will find work abroad.
- Various factors influence study abroad program costs: country, local cost of living, length, and type of program. Determine your needs and interests and compare the features and costs of various programs to find the best match. Make the program work towards your long-term goals and it will be worth the investment.
- Apply for financial aid far enough in advance to determine your financial aid award and budget accordingly.
- Set your priorities. Work longer hours or get that part-time job if you will need additional funds for studying abroad.
Creative Fundraising Ideas
Fundraising will help to make your overseas experience more affordable and serves as a way to educate the public. If you select a program that helps to achieve your long-term goals, it will be easier to solicit funds from external sources. Keep in mind that local, regional, and national groups, as well as individuals, are all possible contributors. They include: heritage groups that have interest in specific countries (e.g., Japan America Society), civic groups (Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions Clubs), foundations, travel agents, high school alumni associations, professional and business clubs, media (newspapers, radio, and TV stations), sororities and fraternities (local and national chapters), and charitable, ethnic, religious, and campus organizations. Direct, informal appeals often work. Be specific as to how you intend to spend the funds (airfare, program fee, tuition, personal travel, special projects, etc.) Include a photo of yourself with your requests so that the recipient will establish a personal connection with you. Enthusiasm, creativity, and perseverance on your part, and not fearing rejection in some instances, will likely take you a long way.
In exchange for financial support, you should pledge to 'give something back,' such as regular updates while you are abroad, or upon your return, write an article; show a video or slides of your experience; lead a discussion or seminar; organize a topical campus or community forum; promote educational and business exchanges; participate in radio and televised interviews and broadcasts; contribute community service and outreach; or help others to have a similar international experience.
Ideas That Have Worked!
- Waive holiday and birthday gifts and request financial gifts or loans instead.
- Subscribe to a fund-raising website like: GoFundMe.com
- Write a creative letter to all of your relatives and family friends, asking for financial support in exchange for monthly letters while abroad and a presentation and dinner upon your return.
- Contact your local newspaper and ask to be paid for a series of columns to be sent from abroad.
- Hold a bake sale, garage, flea, or rummage sale.
- Ask friends to join you in raising money by painting, cleaning, or car wash services.
- Organize an event where you and/or some friends offer workshops for a reasonable fee (computer skills, cooking, quilting, yoga, karate, dancing, sign language, stained glass, woodworking, etc.).
- Sell coffee and baked goods with a sign stating your purpose.
- Collect used books, CDs, computer software, etc. and have a sale.
- Ask your church, synagogue, or temple to sponsor a special offering, dinner, or raffle and give the proceeds for study abroad.
- Approach stores for donated supplies (such as clothes, camping gear, equipment, etc.).
- Find out if your parents' employers have a scholarship program for their children.
- Ask your employer to make a cash advance to be paid back through payroll deduction. (No harm in asking!)
- Sell T-shirts at a dance marathon.
- In exchange for the use of your car while you're gone, ask a friend or sibling to make all or part of your car payments.
- Organize a can/bottle drive in the residence halls.
- Collect cans/bottles during homecoming tailgating. (Be sure to identify yourself and the purpose so fans will readily pass on their cans and bottles.)
- Investigate getting paid to assist with special event parking or to clean up a venue where an event has been held and ask your friends to join you.
- SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!
Keep a careful record of who supported you and the amount. Be sure to express your appreciation for their support. Your energy and enthusiasm for an international experience will be contagious! Good luck.