Financial resources

A study abroad program may be more affordable than you think! Consider the options at ISUAbroad 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. Review this list (PDF) for the opportunities available to you this academic year.


Scholarships administered by the College of Human Sciences:

College of Human Sciences international scholarships: complete one application to be considered for multiple scholarships

Scholarships administered by the ISU Study Abroad Center:

General scholarship resources

Study Abroad Center scholarship application

Additional international scholarship resources from outside of Iowa State:

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Fund for Education Abroad


Financial Aid

You may be able to use your Iowa State Uniersity 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.