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Scholarships can help fund your journey abroad! The following tools will assist you in finding that perfect award - there is a 'Search Tool' database, a handout of our currently 'Available Scholarships', and a link to our 'Deadlines Calendar'. There is also information about an array of scholarship funding sources, including UCSD study abroad scholarships available through Academic Works.


UC San Diego Study Abroad Scholarships Fall 2019 Cycle:

For students studying abroad during Winter and/or Spring 2020

Scholarships available this cycle include:

Friends of the International Center Scholarships (3.3 minimum GPA)

Study Abroad, UC San Diego General Scholarships (2.8 minimum GPA)

OAP Scholarships for the following programs: FIE, ISA and SIT  (*see important information below about these OAP scholarships)

Click here to access the Scholarship Application Form and Instructions.

Application Deadline for Friends of the International Center and Study Abroad General Scholarships:  Monday, October 14, 2019, 4:00 pm

Please submit all items in hard copy (paper) to the UC San Diego Study Abroad Office by the date and time listed. 

*Separate Application Deadline just for OAP Scholarships:  If you are going on one of the OAP programs identified above, and you want to apply only for the OAP scholarships, you may submit your application by Friday, November 15, 2019.  

Other Scholarship Opportunities:

UCEAP Sponsored Scholarships

Many students need financial assistance to study abroad. In addition to applying federal and state aid toward the cost of your program, studying with UCEAP makes you eligible for UC Financial Aid as well as UC and UCEAP scholarships.

Find information about the various UCEAP specific scholarships on UCEAP's scholarship page.

Global Seminars Scholarships

There are several scholarships that are only available to students applying to a Global Seminar:

OAP Affiliate Scholarships

Available Scholarships

Listed below are scholarships available from our affiliates and open to Undergraduates ONLY. These scholarships are administered by Study Abroad UC San Diego. Award amounts vary by provider; check the "OAP Affiliate Scholarships for Study Abroad" flyer for specific amounts.

  • FIE
  • ISA
  • SIT

In addition, Semester at Sea offers a special scholarship for UC San Diego students. Participants will be contacted directly about the opportunity from Semester at Sea if you apply. 

  • While abroad, scholarship recipients must send e-mails and pictures about their experiences abroad to our office
  • Volunteer to work the Study Abroad UC San Diego EXPO or a General Orientation
  • Volunteer to speak as returnee for an Information Session, Country Session, or Country Orientation
  • Actively support OAP outreach and recruitment efforts upon return
  • All service will be tracked and recorded to ensure fulfillment of requirements

There is a service requirement associated with these scholarships.

How to Apply

  1. Click on this link to access the OAP Affiliate Application.
  2. "Save As" the blank application to your computer before filling it out.
  3. Open the saved blank application form.
  4. Follow the checklist to completion.
  5. Save the completed application form to your computer.
  6. Please email the completed application form along with all other requested documents from the form's checklist to with the subject line "OAP Affiliate Scholarship Application".


For programs departing in Summer 2019 and Fall 2019, the deadline to apply is MAY 1st.

Campus-Based Scholarships

Triton Research and Experiential Learning Scholars Program (TRELS): Study Abroad Scholarship

Applicants must demonstrate a strong connection between the student’s academic program, performance, and study abroad goals; that the chosen program will provide educational experiences the applicant might not otherwise have; a plan to share their experiences with their college and UC San Diego communities upon returning; and financial need. 

Awards of $3000 each

Student Success Coaching Scholarship:

Student Success Coaching and Study Abroad have created a new scholarship called Tritons Abroad by 2020.  20 awards of $1000 each are available on a first-come, first-serve basis to members of the SSC program and who intend to study abroad between June 2019 and May/June 2020.  Apply here beginning on October 15, 2018.

University of Oslo scholarship:

Students interested in applying for the University of Oslo's International Summer School program (offered through UCEAP) are eligible to apply for scholarships of approximately $1750 USD which would cover about half the cost of the summer program tuition and housing fees, excluding any transportation costs.  Please make an appointment with the Study Abroad advisor to Norway by calling 858-534-1123 or emailing to learn more.

College Based Scholarships:

Most of UCSD's six college provide their own scholarships. Check with your academic advising office to find out what scholarship opportunities your college has to offer.

National and General Scholarships

There are several national and general scholarships you may apply for separate from the UCSD-specific scholarships, above.  Among them are:

Amounts and eligibility vary.  Please see links above for requirements and applications.

Other Scholarship Search Engines

Writing Your Scholarship Essay

Here are some tips for writing a scholarship essay. You should also attend one of our Scholarship Essay Writing Workshops during Winter Quarter. See our calendar for details.