Financial Planning

Study Abroad ► Financial Planning

Study abroad is an investment in any student’s future. With proper preparation any student can plan a great study abroad experience that fits their financial needs. Budgeting is one of the most essential steps for study abroad planning. We recommend that you begin by making your personal budget for study abroad.


Identifying Costs
What is the estimated budget for your prospective study abroad program? Meet with the Study Abroad Financial Aid Advisor to further discuss your program costs and the break down. Don't forget to note if it is a short-term or semester/yearlong program. Use tuition comparison table to help decide.


Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Apply before the March 1 deadline, if possible.

  • Confirm financial aid.
    Review your aid package and verify with your financial aid counselor what types of financial aid can be applied to your study abroad program. Investigate if aid can be increased due to additional costs associated with study abroad.
  • Assess Current Funding
    Compare program costs to your current funding resources (personal savings, parental support, Financial Aid, scholarships, etc.).
  • Plan for Shortages
    Make a plan for how you will fund your study abroad experience and explore additional funding options if your program costs more than your current resources. Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor if you want to discuss budgeting and applying for additional funding, such as Financial Aid and Scholarships.


Attend a financial workshop.
Learn more by attending one of our information meetings on Financing Your Study Abroad Experience. Helpful information from financial aid advisor.


Apply early for scholarships.
There are many options for scholarships available to Dominguez Hills study abroad students.

Check with your academic department to see if they offer any scholarships that may apply to your study abroad. Visit scholarship websites

View our Scholarship info below...

External Study Abroad Scholarships

Ashley Soulé Conroy Foundation Scholarship

Award: $4,000
Deadline: Fall 2019: 06/01/19

The Conroy family established a non-profit foundation in loving memory of Ashley. The mission is to create a permanent endowment and award scholarships to qualified students for the travel and studies abroad, based on merit, personal qualities and/or financial need.

Benjamin A. Gillman Scholarship

Award: Up to $5,000
Deadline: Fall 2019: 03/05/19

The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries and world regions. The program also encourages students to study languages, especially critical need languages (those deemed important to national security). Veterans of military service are encouraged to apply, and preference is given to veterans when other factors are equivalent. By supporting undergraduate students who have high financial need, the program has been successful in supporting students who have been historically underrepresented in education abroad, including but not limited to first-generation college students, students in STEM fields, ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, students attending HBCUs or other minority-serving institutions, students attending community colleges, and students coming from U.S. states with less study abroad participation.

Boren Awards

Award: Ranges: $8,000-$20,000 for undergraduates;
Up to $30,000 for graduate students
Deadline: Fellowships: 01/30/19 | Scholarships: 02/07/19

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. Check online for the program that suits your interests best.

Critical Language Scholarship

Deadline: 11/ 27/ 18

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.

Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

Award: Up to $2,500 semester and $1,000 summer
Deadline: 2/14/19

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between CIEE and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (PENN CMSI), in an effort to make study abroad accessible to students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI). Ten scholarships are awarded annually based on a combination of financial need, academic achievement, and nominations from students’ MSI senior leadership.

Fund for Education Abroad

Award: Up to $10,000 ($5,000 per semester)
Deadline: 1/21/19 (Summer 2019, Fall 2019 & Academic Year 2019-20)

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA Scholarships) was established in 2010 to help independent study abroad programs. Since then, they have sent roughly 100 students abroad from all over the United States. In order to be eligible for these Hispanic student scholarships, applicants should be participating in an academically rigorous and immersive study abroad program that ideally includes a language component. FEA offers Dedicated Scholarships to applicants that meet general eligibility requirements and fit specific demographic, regional, or semester criteria.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)

Award: $500-$5,000
Deadline: 03/30/19 | Application opens 12/31/18

The HSF Scholarship awards, serving as Hispanic student scholarships, are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to high school seniors, undergraduate students (all years), community college students transferring to four-year universities, and graduate students.

The Generation Google Scholarship (for both undergraduate/graduate students)

Award: $10,000 USD
Deadline: 12/06/18

The Generation Google Scholarship was established to help aspiring computer scientists excel in technology and become leaders in the field.!?detail-content-tabby_activeEl=detail-university-students-content

National CPR Foundation Healthcare and Education Scholarship Program

Award: $500
Deadline: Monthly Check website for more details

Every month the National CPR foundation will award a $1,000 scholarship to students pursuing careers in healthcare or education. “We are thrilled to support passionate individuals who make a difference not just in the classroom, but through all aspects of their lives.”

Study Abroad Japan: Bridging Scholarships

Award: $2,500 for students on semester-long programs |
$4,000 for students on academic year programs
Fall 2019 Deadline: April 10, 2019

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships.

Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship

Award: $1,000 scholarship, 1 Outbreaker Backpack
Deadline: Fall 2019: May 20, 2019 | Spring 2020: December 20, 2019

The scholarship may be used for tuition, room and board, books, or travel. Funds will be sent directly to the winner's study abroad program or university. In cases where this is not possible, alternative arrangements will be made.

University of Haifa Need-Based Scholarship

Award: Varies

Each year, the University of Haifa awards need-based scholarships to students. All students seeking financial assistance are encouraged to apply.

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Study Abroad Scholarships at CSUDH

International Studies Scholarship

Award: To be determined by CEIE Scholarship Committee

To apply for this scholarship, you must:

  • Already have been selected for the International Program by CSUDH
  • Possess a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Be highly motivated in broadening their international experience (preference given to students with limited prior experience living outside the U.S.)
  • Demonstrate a need for financial assistance (to be screened and reviewed by Scholarship committee)
  • Have completed a minimum of 12 CSUDH residential units
  • Must be a continuing student in the 2017-2018 academic year

Del Amo Scholarship

Award: To be determined by CEIE Scholarship Committee

For students of Spanish/Hispanic Studies. To apply for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Have no relation to any faculty member
  • Have been previously enrolled full-time for at least two (2) years as a CSUDH graduate or undergraduate student majoring in Spanish/Hispanic Studies, prior to applying for the Del Amo Scholarship
  • Have expressed a strong desire to pursue a professional career in Spanish/Hispanic Studies
  • Have proficiency in both Spanish and English languages
  • Be in good academic standing with the University
  • Must be a continuing student in the 2018-2019 academic year

Peace Scholarship

Award: To be determined by CEIE Scholarship Committee

For International (F-1, J-1 or similar Visa) Students of outstanding achievement. To apply for this scholarship, you must:

  • Already have been selected for the International Program by CSUDH
  • Must be a continuing student in the 2017-2018 academic year

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