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Study Abroad

Plan Ahead

The key is to begin early! The first step is to select a program that meets both your academic needs and your budget limitations, keeping in mind that there are numerous scholarships available to help reduce the cost. You may wish to consult with a study abroad advisor as you are making this decision. Next, develop a financial plan, drawing from all available resources such as scholarships, financial aid and personal funds.

Financial Aid & USD Scholarships

Federal financial aid may be able to be used on USD study abroad programs. Students must be sure to submit their FAFSA in a timely manner and meet with the USD Financial Aid Office and complete their USD study abraod application as soon as possible to receive the maximum aid available. Often times, since the cost of studying abroad can be more expensive than attending USD, the amount of federal financial aid students may receive is increased.


External scholarships and grants offer an opportunity for students to offset the costs of studying abroad. They are highly competitive, therefore students should take the process seriously and plan ahead. The information below outlines the on-campus scholarships and criteria, as well as the nationally competitive scholarships and country-specific funding opportunities.

Students who receive USD Scholarships including, the Mickelson, the Presidential Alumni, Ullyot, Coyote Commitment or South Dakota Opportunity, may have their scholarship funds applied toward the cost of the study abroad program when participating in a USD-approved program.

Students may use USD-specific scholarships, including Coyote Commitment, Presidential Alumni, South Dakota Opportunity and Ullyot Mickelson toward the cost of direct/exchange, USD-approved third-party program providers and the National Student Exchange, Plan B (or Home Payment Plan) programs.

On-Campus Scholarships

Nationally Competitive Scholarships

  • Gilman International Scholarship - provides funds specifically for study abroad participants who receive the Pell grant.
  • Gilman-McCain Scholarship - for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. Among other elibility requirements, qualifying students must receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid.
  • Critical Languages Scholarships (CLS) - provides summer funding to students who want to learn a ‘critical language’ as designated by the DOS.
  • Boren Awards - Similar to CLS, but students may choose where they want to study and may choose a semester- or year-long program. Summer funding is also available for STEM students.
  • Fulbright - various opportunities for graduating seniors.
  • Udall - a scholarship specific to Native American students wishing to engage in international academic activity (study, research, etc.)

Country- & Region-Specific Scholarships


Germany & Austria




  • JASSO- Fully funded opportunity to study in Japan; USD students from the Beacom School of Business automatically qualify, but only guarantee one student per year.
  • Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan - Scholarships for American students participating in study abroad programs in Japan to assist with travel and living expenses. eligible to apply for these scholarships.

East/Southeast Asia

  • Freeman-ASIA - Undergraduate students with a 2.8 GPA pursuing their first bachelor’s degree and applying to a program of at least 8 weeks in: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.

United Kingdom

  • BUTEX North American Scholarships - £500 scholarships are awarded each year to currently registered students at U.S. universities who will study abroad at a BUTEX member institution in the UK.

New Zealand

  • Education New Zealand - Education New Zealand offers US $2,000 Education New Zealand study abroad travel awards to help students fund flights to New Zealand.

Other Scholarships