Study Abroad Scholarships

Every year, we award nearly $4 million in scholarships and aid to help students see the world

The opportunity to study abroad should be available to everyone, regardless of their financial means. Through merit-based and need-based scholarships, as well as personal fundraising tips and tools, AFS is dedicated to supporting you and your family in every way we can to make studying abroad a reality. Annually, we award scholarships to about half of our study abroad students.

Merit-based Scholarships


Full and partial merit-based scholarships for a variety of program destinations.

Need-based Scholarships


Full and partial awards for eligible students with demonstrated financial need.

U.S. Department of State

U.S. State Department

Full, merit-based scholarship programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.



Explore fundraising tips and tricks, or join Sponsor an AFSer, a free online fundraising tool that allows friends and family to support your journey.

Geoffrey DatzI've learned that I can do much more than I ever thought possible. This is thanks to AFS and a generous scholarship that made this incredible, awe-inspiring, unforgettable, irreplaceable, exciting year of my life possible. - Geoffrey D., Springfield, IL
AFS Returnee, USA to Italy