Finding Funds

Dedicate some time and effort to finding the scholarship opportunities that are available to you. Think about your network. Scholarships can come from many outside sources and can be associated with an organization you or your parents belong to or from a foundation or a place of employment. In most cases these funds are offered to help you with your studies, and your SJSU study abroad experience is part of that journey. Look for scholarships and aid given by outside agencies such as:

  • Churches
  • Labor unions
  • Service groups like Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, E.O., Zonta, Soroptomist, etc.
  • Community interactions (bank, credit union, grocery store, department store, coffee house)
  • Parent’s place of employment
  • Professional organizations in your major, i.e. “Society of Women Engineers”
  • Local city or county library for scholarship books
  • National, state, and local foundations

Here are a few organizational scholarships to get you started:

Scholarships & Eligibility  Deadlines Amount
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
Eligibility: Undergraduate; 2.8 GPA; receive need-based financial aid; Studying in East or Southeast Asia w/ intensive language program 
February (Fall,
AY, Sum.)
October (Spring)
 up to $7,000
County of Santa Clara / Florence, Italy Sister County Commission Scholarship
Eligibility: Studying abroad in Florence, Italy; upper division undergraduate standing; 3.0 GPA; Resident of Santa Clara County for at least 6 months
April  Varies
Go Overseas Scholarships
Eligibility: Varies greatly by Scholarship 
Varies Varies
Japan Student Services Org. (JASSO) Scholarship
Eligibility: Students accepted by a Japanese University. Application process will vary by university. Contact SJSU's study abroad office for more details. 
Varies a monthly stipend of up to ¥80,000
Bridging Scholarships
Eligibility: Undergraduate; Studying in Japan; other requirements apply
 up to $4,000
WSA Cultural Bridge Scholarship
Eligibility: Studying in Europe; 3.0 GPA; based on financial need, merit, and passion
TBA (Spring)

PHI KAPPA PHI Study Abroad Grant

Eligibility: You do NOT need to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi to apply, undergraduate, GPA of at least 3.75

BUTEX Awards
Eligibility: accepted to study abroad in the UK for at least a semester, review other requirements on their website
June 15th (all semesters) £500
Scott's Cheap Flights Study Abroad Scholarship
Eligibility: open to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents

Oct. 15th (Fall)
TBA (Spring)

International Student: Travel Video Contest
Eligibility: Currently studying abroad or if not currently abroad describe your proposed study abroad

Oct. 13th


ItaliaRail's Italy Study Abroad Scholarship

Eligibility: Accepted or applying to a semester / academic year program in Italy

June 30th $1,000

GO Abroad / Lonely Planet / STA Travel Scholarship

Eligibility: Applying for or accepted into a SJSU study abroad program. 

Sept. 25 $3,000

Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship Program

Eligibility: American or Japanese citizen accepted into a study abroad program in Japan. 

Spring All program expenses

We Make Scholars

Eligibility: An online portal for study abroad opportunities with varying eligibility requirements.

Varies Varies


Online Scholarship Search Engines

Also be sure to fully utilize internet resources for finding scholarships for study abroad. Every year thousands of dollars of scholarship money go unused simply because students do not apply. Make sure to do your research to help make your experience as affordable as possible. There are several scholarship search engines that students can search through to find scholarships they are specifically eligible for:


Scholarship Scams

Keep in mind that scholarships are funds available to help you with the cost of your education and there should not be any cost associated with applying for them. Protect yourself from scholarship scams. 

According to the Federal Trade Commission, unscrupulous companies guarantee or promise scholarships, grants or financial aid packages. Many use high-pressure sales pitches at seminars where you’re required to pay immediately or risk losing out. Some unscrupulous companies guarantee that they can get scholarships on behalf of students or award them “scholarships” in exchange for an advance fee.

The FTC cautions students to look and listen for these lines as signs of possible scams:

“The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”

“Youcan’tget this information anywhere else.”

“I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship.”

“We’ll do all the work.”

“The scholarship will cost some money.”

“You’vebeen selected” by a “national foundation” to receive a scholarship or

“You’re a finalist” in a contest you never entered.

The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them. Visit or call toll-free at 1-877-382-4357.