Study abroad is more accessible than you think. There are many opportunities to find funding for study abroad, but it requires some planning and research. We have listed some resources below to help you find the financial support you need.
The Nancy and Jonathan Wolf Global Academic Initiative
The Nancy and Jonathan Wolf Global Academic Initiative award has a purpose of facilitating programmatic exchange that will promote ties between UCF and the American University of Cairo (Egypt). Awards are made based on evaluations of written applications and recommendations. Awards will vary depending on full-semester programs versus short term programs.
The Boren Scholarship
The David L. Boren Scholarship program supports undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests. The scholarship provides up to $20,000 and is funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. The scholarship is open to all undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens at the time of application and are matriculated in an undergraduate degree program within the United States.
The Gilman Scholarship
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program, run by the U.S. Department of State, enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad. The program aims to encourage students to study languages and areas of the world deemed critical to U.S. national security. Those with financial need and veterans of military service are encouraged to apply.
For additional scholarship opportunities and information about study abroad, please visit UCF Study Abroad.
To prepare for a career in foreign service, please check the opportunities below:
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship provides academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, representing America’s interests abroad. The Fellowships is for undergraduate and graduate students in such academic programs such as international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Pickering Fellows make a commitment to a minimum of five years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer. The Fellowship is open to individuals of all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds interested in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State.
Rangel Graduate Fellowship
The Rangel Graduate Fellowship attracts and prepares outstanding candidates for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of state. The program selects fellows annually from a highly competitive process and supports those chosen through two years of graduate study, internships, mentoring and professional development activities. The Rangel program encourages applications from minority groups, women, and those with financial need.
The Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship is a program which seeks to attract outstanding individuals interested in pursuing a career in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Fellowship provides up to $96,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities. Those who successfully complete the program as well and met all USAID Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Offices with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Those interested in facing global challenges such as poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism are encouraged to apply.