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Apply! Study Abroad UC San Diego's Scholarship Application

Complete this one application to be considered for several UC San Diego scholarships of up to $5,000 each. 

  • Current cycle: Summer 2024 - Spring 2025 programs
  • The application is now open! APPLY HERE
    • Early Decision Deadline (Round 1): Friday, February 9, 2024, 11:59pm
    • Final Decision Deadline (Round 2): Friday, March 1, 2024, 11:59pm

Explore even more UC San Diego, national, and international scholarship opportunities below!

Financial Aid & Scholarships Guide: Global Seminars - Winter 2024

Video Presentation

Financial Aid for UC San Diego summer Global Seminar programs, and available scholarship opportunities.


Presentation PDF Slides

PDF slides of the video presentation.

PDF Slides

Financial Aid & Scholarships Guide: UCEAP Summer - Winter 2024

Video Presentation

Financial Aid for summer UC Education Abroad Programs (UCEAP), and available scholarship opportunities.


Presentation PDF Slides

PDF slides of the video presentation.

PDF Slides

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Scholarship Database

There is a wide variety of scholarship opportunities. Use our database to identify scholarships you are eligible for!


Popular Scholarships

See the most common scholarships that UC San Diego students apply for and receive. All are also included in the database.

2024-25 HANDOUT

Financial Aid and Scholarships for Study Abroad

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Writing Your Scholarship Essay

  • Here are some additional do's and don'ts.

  • Attend a Scholarship Essay Writing Workshop during Winter Quarter. See our calendar in Winter for details. 

About Important Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships are included in the database.

UCEAP Sponsored Scholarships

Many students need financial assistance to study abroad. In addition to applying for 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 more information about the various UCEAP specific scholarships on UCEAP's scholarship page

UCEAP Scholarship Webinar Recordings:

UCEAP Scholarships: Making Your Application Shine: Come along to the UCEAP Scholarships workshop to learn about what kind of funding is available for your study abroad program. We will discuss the best essay techniques and offer tips about making your application stand out. Parents are welcome to sit in on the session as well.

UCEAP Year-Long Systemwide Scholarships: Through international academic experiences, UCEAP inspires students to explore and transform their lives, UC, and the world. 

Global Seminars Scholarships

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 the OAP Affiliate Scholarship Application to begin.
  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 and Fall, the deadline to apply is MAY 1st.

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.

Donor Sponsored Scholarships

Chris Borton Memorial Scholarship

The Chris Borton Memorial Scholarship fund was established in 1996 in memory of Chris Borton.  As an undergraduate at UCSD, Chris spent a year studying in Germany through the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP), an experience that profoundly influenced the direction of his life.  After his passing, his family and friends established the scholarship fund to honor Chris’ memory by giving other deserving UC students the opportunity to live and study abroad.

Up to four (4) $8,000 scholarships are awarded annually to students who will pursue a full academic year of study abroad.   These funds can support students studying abroad through the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) or through our partner programs in the UCSD Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP).

These are merit based awards.  Students are not required to have financial need to be eligible to apply.  The minimum cumulative GPA required is 3.0.   Qualified applicants will embody the mission of the scholarship fund: to promote cultural understanding, to foster connections and collaboration in the international community, and to support the next generation of global thinkers and leaders.

Interested students apply in the winter quarter of each year through the UCSD Study Abroad Scholarships application which is accessible from the UCSD Financial Aid and Scholarships Office website, 

For more information, visit

For questions about eligibility or the application process, please contact UCSD Study Abroad. 

Other Scholarship Search Engines

The following search engines are also good sources for finding scholarships to go abroad:

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Scholarships of up to $5,000 are awarded for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad.

The Gilman

Crowdfunding - A great way to raise money for your study abroad experience!

  • Set a funding goal, reach out to friends and family, thank them in your own special way, and get one step closer to financing your program abroad.

  • There are many crowdfunding sites to choose from, here are a few options to consider: