Scholarships and Financial Aid for Study Abroad

Vencel Square in Prague, Czech Republic

Vencel Square in Prague, Czech Republic
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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.

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.

The Office of Global Programs hosts in-person and virtual info sessions throughout each semester. Visit their website for specific event dates and information.


A spring study abroad scholarship has been established by a generous donor to support high-need, high-performing Tisch undergraduate students pursuing a Tisch study abroad track in the 2023-2024 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.

All accepted Tisch majors in a Tisch spring study abroad track will be considered for this partial scholarship fund. The scholarship will be awarded to high-need, high-performing students.

NYU Financial Education

Visit NYU Financial Education to learn about types of aid, public service loan forgiveness, understanding your bill, speaking with a counselor, and financial education events.

NYU iGrad

iGrad offers videos, calculators, articles, recommendations, games, and other resources that can help improve your finances. Their suite of interactive tools is designed to provide you with knowledge on a variety of topics including budgeting, financial aid, banking, investing, and more.


NYU undergraduates do not need to complete an application to be reviewed for NYU summer scholarship. All students are reviewed for federal financial aid as long as they have a valid FAFSA on file, are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits (combined total for all summer sessions), and are otherwise eligible. Visit the Office of Financial Aid website for more information.

NYU Graduate students will be reviewed automatically by NYU Financial Aid based on enrollment of at least 6 units or more, OR fewer 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.

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. Please contact for more information.
The winter 2024 - fall 2025 application will open in mid-August 2024.


Boren Undergraduate Scholarships
Up to $20,000
Eligibility: Study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East.
2025-2026 Deadline: Wednesday, January 29, 2025 

Diversity Abroad Scholarships
Amount: $500
Eligibility: Demonstrated financial need, diverse backgrounds.
Recipients must be willing to share their experiences abroad with the community via bi-weekly blogs, picture and videos, participate in travel abroad forum and do a study abroad testimonial at the end of their time abroad.
The application is closed.

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.
The application is closed.

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).
The application is closed.

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.
The application is closed.

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.
The application is closed.

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.
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.
Scholarship search engine from the U.S. Department of Labor. Search more than 7,500 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities.
Resources to explore financial assistance options and other things to consider when studying abroad.

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