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Scholarships and Financial Aid for Study Abroad

If you are a NYU student planning to study abroad, here are a few things you should know:

  • Studying abroad does not necessarily cost more than studying in New York. The cost of housing, meals, and daily living abroad is comparable and in some cases less expensive than New York City.
  • The cost of tuition and registration fees remains the same, and your NYU financial aid package applies while you study abroad. However, please note that students participating in a study abroad program through Tisch Special Programs are not eligible for work-study and resident assistant positions abroad.
  • Students who apply and qualify for financial aid will be considered for additional aid for their semester abroad.
  • Need-based and merit-based study away scholarships and grants are available through many external organizations, but it requires advance planning. In most cases, you do NOT need to have been accepted into your study away program at the time of scholarship application so do not wait!
  • Don't limit yourself to just study abroad scholarships. Reconsider some of the scholarships you may have overlooked or didn't get when first applying to NYU.


The Spring Study Abroad Scholarship was established by a generous donor to support high-need, high-performing Tisch undergraduate students pursuing a Tisch study abroad track in the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholarship may be used for tuition, housing, and/or living expenses for Tisch students studying abroad on a Tisch track.

Eligibility: Tisch undergraduate students who have demonstrated financial need and are in good academic standing with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Application deadline: October 2nd

All accepted Tisch majors in a Tisch study abroad track for Spring 2018 will be considered for this scholarship fund. Scholarships will be awarded to high-need, high-performing students. Some students may be awarded a full scholarship, covering tuition, housing, and fees.

NYU Scholarships and Financial Aid

Fall and Spring Semester

All admitted undergraduate students applying for financial aid to study abroad are automatically evaluated for an additional need-based award. The Global Pathways Scholarship provides up to $4,000 per semester (depending on demonstrated need) to cover the additional costs of international study. Students will receive an award notification beginning in June (for Fall semester) and in November (for Spring semester). You must follow the regular Office of Financial Aid process for applying for need-based aid.  Additional information is available here.

Every Friday throughout the semester, the Office of Global Programs will host a Study Abroad Funding information session. Each session will be held at the Academic Resource Center, Room LL05, 18 Washington Place, New York, NY 10003. You can RSVP here.


Summer 2018 aid to be announced.

Summer 2017 Awards:
Enrolled 1-5 points -- no scholarship
Enrolled 6 to 8 points -- up to $1,700
Enrolled 9 to 11 points -- up to $2,550
Enrolled 12 points or more -- up to $3,400 

NYU Undergraduate students studying in NYC or abroad this summer must fill out a Summer 2017 Scholarship Application to be reviewed for aid.  The application will be available on the NYU Financial Aid website, under Applications and Forms, beginning the first week of March. It will be due May 1st for aid consideration along with a student's FAFSA from 2016-2017 if they did not use the 2016-2017 FAFSA last summer or a student's 2016-2017 FAFSA. After May 1st, Financial Aid will award federal aid based on enrollment of 6 units or more.

NYU Graduate students will be reviewed automatically by NYU Financial Aid based on enrollment of at least 6 units or more, OR less than 6 units with half-time equivalency.

Visiting students should check the NYU policy on financial aid for non-NYU students here.

January Term

Please visit the NYU Financial Aid website for scholarship and financial aid information.


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External Scholarships

The following are some external scholarship opportunities we encourage students to apply for:

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
Amount: Up to $5,000
Eligibility:  U.S. undergraduate students who are currently receiving a Pell Grant as part of their tuition package.
Deadline: March 6, 2018 for fall 2018 programs. 
Please contact gilman@nyu.edu for more information.

Boren Undergraduate Scholarships
Amount: Up to $20,000
Eligibility: Study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East.
Deadline: February 8, 2018 at 5:00pm ET.

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship to Germany
Monthly Stipend
Eligibility: 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. Candidates should demonstrate an interest in contemporary German and European affairs and who explain the significance of their project in Germany to their future studies, research or professional goals.
Deadline: January 31, 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Diversity Abroad Scholarships
Amount: $500
Eligibility: Demonstrated financial need, diverse backgrounds.
Recipients must be willing to share their experiences abroad with the DiversityAbroad.com community via bi-weekly blogs, picture and videos, participate in DiversityAbroad.com travel abroad forum and do a study abroad testimonial at the end of their time abroad.
Deadline: June 1, 2018 for fall 2018

Diversity Network Summer Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Eligibility: Economically disadvantaged students, African-American/Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, multiracial/ethnic or Indigenous/Native-American, students with disabilities and first generation college undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to apply.
 This scholarship is now closed for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Fund for Education Abroad General Scholarship
Up to $5,000
Eligibility: US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks (a minimum of 30 days).
Application cycle for 2018-19 programs (summer 2018, fall 2018, spring 2019)
Application Open: 
November 15, 2017
Application Deadline: This scholarship is now closed for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Fund for Education Abroad Rainbow Scholarship

Amount: Up to $5,000
Eligibility: This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. Applicants must meet general FEA scholarship eligibility requirements & preferences.
Application cycle for 2018-19 programs (summer 2018, fall 2018, spring 2019)
Application Open:
November 15, 2017
Application Deadline: This scholarship is now closed for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship
£500 for a semester or term abroad
Eligibility: Study in the United Kingdom. The merit-based scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of the value of an international educational experience and who agrees to share with AASAP/UK members the ways in which the scholarship has helped to fulfill their academic and personal ambitions.
Deadline: This scholarship is now closed for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Other Scholarship Resources

Institute of International Education
IIEPassport is an excellent resource for study abroad funding opportunities. It is an online database of various scholarships, awards and grants for study abroad. Be sure to read eligibility requirements very carefully.

Tisch Scholarship Guide
Includes U.S. government, international, corporate, and private funding agencies that support graduate and undergraduate study and research in the performing, cinematic and related arts.

Maintaining unique databases of information on the nearly 100,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S. and 2.1 million of their recent grants. Its Foundation Directory Online subscription service is the most popular means for searching these databases.

Provides a list of scholarship links.

Offers a scholarship directory where you can search scholarships.

International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search (IEFA)
General listing of scholarship opportunities searchable by country, academic plans, and demographics.

Fundraising Websites


Visiting Students

NYU does not offer scholarships to visiting students, but non-NYU students who receive financial aid from their home school are able to apply some or all of their financial aid toward studying abroad through NYU. To initiate the transfer process, visit the financial aid office at your home institution ASAP and ask to have a consortium agreement established with NYU. This allows your school to process federal aid and transfer it to NYU for a semester or year abroad.

The Office of Financial Aid of your home institution should fax the form to our Financial Aid office at (212) 995-4661. Their email is financial.aid@nyu.edu.