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Semester Financial Aid

Financial Aid Considerations

In order to determine the applicability of Financial Aid, students will need to consult with their financial aid advisor. Generally speaking, Federal/State and Wheaton Financial Aid and independent scholarships may be applied to participation on Approved Semester Programs. Programs not on the Approved Semester Programs list will not be eligible for Wheaton Financial Aid.

Other Scholarship sources:

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship – a scholarship based on the financial aid one is already receiving (must be getting the Federal Pell Grant) and the location of the study abroad program. 

  • Boren Scholarships – an initiative of the National Security Education Program provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East).  Recipients of this scholarship commit to seek work in the federal government. 

  • Fund for Education Abroad - The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population.

  • Freeman-Asia - Freeman 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. 

  • ELIC – If you’re interested in teaching English in Asia, ELIC will pay for your Masters degree in Education, Intercultural Studies, TESOL.

  • CIEE Global Access Initiative (GAIN) – The GAIN Scholarship was developed to aid in diversifying study abroad by providing opportunities for students who are economically challenged, from diverse backgrounds, or underrepresented fields of study. Federal Pell Grant-eligible students applying to a CIEE program can receive a GAIN Travel Grant up to $1,000 when they complete CIEE's Scholarships and Grants application by the published deadlines.

  • Fulbright Scholarships - For both Americans going abroad and incoming foreign students. Grants are made to citizens of participating countries, primarily for: university teaching, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

  • Rhodes Scholarship - Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. The Rhodes Trust provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. 

  • DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service - association of the institutions of higher education in the Federal Republic of Germany, whose goal is to promote closer international relations among universities and other institutions of higher education, especially through the exchange of individual students and scholars.

  • Rotary Foundation Scholarships - the Ambassadorial Scholarships Program of The Rotary Foundation is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. More than 1,200 scholarships were awarded for study in 2000-01.

  • BUTEX Scholarships – Eight $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year to currently registered students at US universities who will study abroad at a BUTEX member institution in the UK.
  • Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants - Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.