Financial resources

A study abroad program may be more affordable than you think! Consider the options on the programs page for your major as soon as possible, and review the budget sheet for each program to understand more about estimated program costs. Budget sheets are divided into two parts: estimated U-bill charges and estimated out-of-pocket expenses. It is never too early to start saving money, and you should start exploring your grant, scholarship, and financial aid options as soon as possible.

Funding opportunities

The College of Human Sciences offers a wide variety of grants and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students studying abroad and participating in international activities.

COVID-19 Update: Please note that all CHS funding opportunities for student international travel are currently suspended because of the pandemic.

Financial Aid

You may be able to use your Iowa State University financial aid package to fund your study abroad experience. The Office of Student Financial Aid will receive a list of students committed to participate in a program, and each student’s aid will be adjusted to assist with the expenses listed in the program budget sheet at ISUAbroad. All expenses listed on the ISUAbroad budget sheet are eligible for financial aid. You are encouraged to set up an appointment with a financial aid adviser to understand your financial resources for participating in a study abroad program. 


Scholarships administered by the College of Human Sciences:

College of Human Sciences international scholarship

College of Human Sciences unpaid internship scholarship - if you are participating in International Student Teaching or an internship abroad we encourage you to apply for this scholarship

Scholarship administered by the ISU Study Abroad Center:

Study Abroad Center scholarship application

Additional international scholarship resources from outside of Iowa State:

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship -This scholarship is for students who receive a Pell Grant and are studying abroad for at least 3 weeks. 

Fund for Education Abroad - This is a prestigious scholarship that students can apply for if they are going on a program for credit that is at least 4 weeks in length

General scholarship resources - List of other national or international scholarships. Some have specific criteria, but if you qualify for the scholarship we encourage you to apply.