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Review this section to get more information about finances, funding sources, budgeting tools and scholarships while going abroad. 


Swarthmore Semester/Year Abroad Program participants remain registered at Swarthmore, are billed according to the regular billing cycle, and remain eligible to receive financial aid. Students are charged the comprehensive fee of Swarthmore College tuition, room, and board for each semester abroad. For the purposes of distribution of financial aid, the student's financial relationship remains with Swarthmore College during study abroad, not with the host school.

For each semester of participation Swarthmore College pays the program tuition, room and board (based on the budget for each program), round-trip travel (with Philadelphia as the gateway city), local transportation as required, the cost of the application fee to the program that a student commits to attend and the cost of the student visa (if applicable is also covered). Swarthmore College financial aid budgets include an allotment for books, personal expenses, and the student activity fee (the student activity fee is not charged while students are abroad). Students should consider their costs for books, personal expenses, personal weekend or vacation travel, immunizations, travel medications, and the loss of the campus work opportunity for the semester. 
See Budgeting Tool:  Student Budget Worksheet.xlsx
Students can consult the financial aid office if they are interested in pursuing a loan.

Many abroad programs offer scholarship opportunities. "Scholarships" is a searchable parameter in the database of programs. Financially aided students should consult with the financial aid office about how receipt of a scholarship may affect their funding at Swarthmore.

Each year several Swarthmore students receive outside scholarships that assist them with the costs of studying abroad. You are encouraged to apply to any to which you are qualified. Please note that the following information is subject to change without notice. Check the program websites for the most current information and be mindful of deadlines.

US-Japan Bridging Foundation. Bridging Scholarships are open to US citizens or permanent residents.

Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

BUTEX Scholarships for North American Students. Open to undergraduate students currently enrolled at an institution in the US or Canada, for study for a semester or academic year at a BUTEX-affiliated institution in the UK. Each scholarship is for 500 pounds, payable after awardees have arrived and registered at the host university.

Scholarships for Study in German

Freeman-Asia 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.

The General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts offers up to $500 in scholarships to students whose permanent home is in Massachusetts who will study abroad during the summer, fall, spring, or academic year.

The Benjamin A. Gilman Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship. Open to US citizens or nationals who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding. Awards cover up to $5,000 for a semester abroad. Students studying "critical need" languages (including Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Russian) potentially are eligible for an additional award of $3,000.

The St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia. $15,000 award. Open to students who will study for the academic year at the University of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, or St. Andrews. Institutional nomination is required. For more information visit the Office of Fellowships and Prizes.

Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship (Japanese Studies Program, for a year of study in Japan). Awards are open to US citizens between the ages of 18 and 29 who are undergraduate students studying the Japanese language , Japanese affairs or culture at a university outside of Japan. Students must be able to study at a Japanese University in Japanese.

Turkish Coalition of America Scholarships TCA's scholarship program encourages students to choose Turkey as a study abroad destination. TCA scholarship recipients build people-to-people bridges between the U.S. and Turkey, and the program has served to engage a new generation of young Americans who have cultivated an interest in Turkey and Turkish culture, thus fulfilling TCA's mission.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State, that annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals, between the ages of 18½–24, the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.
CLS is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century's globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness. The Critical Language Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government. It is supported in its implementation by American Councils for International Education.