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Funding sources for science students traveling abroad

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Penn State Scholarships & Grants:

Penn State Education Abroad Scholarships & Grants – The Office of Education Abroad at Penn State has several different awards: 
Some of which are aimed at semester-long or summer abroad students with high financial need (Grant-in-Aid); 
Diverse backgrounds on a semester-long or summer program abroad (Diversity Grant-in-Aid);
Who are travelling through a faculty-led embedded course during winter or spring break (Embedded Programs Scholarship); 
And/or who are traveling to non-traditional locations for an entire semester or summer (Africa/Latin America Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship).
The Back to the World Scholarships offer additional funding to students participating in any sort of international program through Penn State.

Student Engagement Network Grant – The Student Engagement Network offers grants funding opportunities for students that support the breadth of student engagement experiences, including education abroad.

Schreyer Ambassador Travel Grant – Schreyer students are eligible to apply for funding to assist with travel expenses on any experience in which they participate (credit or non-credit).


Penn State Office of Student Aid:

The Office of Student Aid has information specific to study abroad on their website. Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad through Penn State programs. Exceptions are work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

Students enrolled in for-credit Penn State courses abroad (short-term science, embedded courses, etc.) may contact the Office of Student Aid and request that their Cost of Attendance (COA) be temporarily increased to cover travel costs related to the course. This should then allow the student to receive aid up to this new COA.

If you are not studying on a Penn State-approved program, you are not eligible to receive financial aid from Penn State toward your study abroad program as Penn State does not participate in financial consortium agreements.

Science Global Experiences Scholarship

Awarded to College of Science Students incorporating international experience into their undergraduate degree

The Eberly College of Science supports increasing the accessibility and affordability of study abroad for all interested undergraduate students. The Office of Science Engagement administers the Global Experiences Scholarship to qualified students participating in Penn State study abroad programs.


Eligibility and Selection

Recipients must be full-time, undergraduate, Eberly College of Science students (e.g. enrolled in an Eberly College of Science major or pre-major) enrolled in one of the following types of international activities:

  • Semester, academic year, or summer education abroad programs through Penn State’s Education Abroad office
  • Short term embedded courses taught by PSU faculty
  • Research or internship at an international institution through Penn State’s Education Abroad office

Recipients shall be selected from eligible applicants based on a number of factors, including financial need, application responses, program content, program length, program cost, and study abroad experience. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that all eligible applicants will receive a scholarship.


Award Amount

Award amounts will vary based on scholarship availability, scholarship requirements, and program details. The minimum award amount is $200, and the average award amount is $750.


Application Deadlines

October 1

  • Winter break programs, including Tropical Field Ecology (BIOL 499A) and African Savannah Biology (BIOL 497)
  • Spring semester programs, including the ISI Florence Biology Track

January 15

  • Spring short-term abroad programs, including Coastal Biology (BIOL 482), Anatomy in Italy (SC 475N), and Global Biotech Entrepreneurship (SC 497)

February 15

  • Summer programs, including faculty-led classes abroad like Biology of Ecohealth in Tanzania (BIOL 489) and Renewable Energies (SC 290)

April 1

  • Fall semester programs
  • Academic year programs


Award Recipient Notification and Distribution

Students will be notified by email of scholarship decisions. Every effort will be made to notify recipients prior to the program commitment deadline.

Awards will be distributed to the student’s bursar account for the abroad semester. The award will be removed from the student’s bursar account if the student withdraws from the program, does not participate in the program, or the program is cancelled.

Apply Here for the Science Global Experiences Scholarship