Scholarships for Certain Countries or Regions

Center for International and Cultural Education


Freeman-Asia Scholarship

  • Aims to increase the number of U.S. undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia by providing them with information and financial assistance.
  • Awards amounts varying from $3,000 for a summer program to $5,000 for a semester program to $7,000 for an academic year program.


Upper Midwest Rebild Scholarship

  • The Upper Midwest Rebild Scholarship Corporation is operated exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes that preserve and strengthen the Danish heritage of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest area.
  • Provides up to $3000 to support a period of study in Denmark by a young person of Danish background and extraction and/or an individual who has demonstrated a strong interest and commitment to Denmark and “matters Danish.”
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
  • Deadlines are mid-April for fall and mid-October for spring.


Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant

  • Provides awards of $900 to U.S. undergraduate students for study or internship in France.
  • Eligibility includes: sophomore, junior, or senior standing; and enrolled in a double major program combining a major in French and a major in another discipline in an American University when applying. Consideration will also be given to students enrolled in a minor/certificate in French and majoring in another subject.
  • Applications from students who are in a course combining French and a non-humanities major such as pre-med, law, engineering, sciences, computer sciences, mathematics, business and management are encouraged.

French Embassy Generation Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Provides awards of $2,500 to support US undergraduate students to study at a Frnech institution in France.
  • Students are nominated by their institution and must first have been selected to receive a $5,000 incentive grant.
  • Eligibility includes sophomore, junior, or senior standing; and one of the following: financial need, first-generation students, underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, students with disabilities, underrepresented academic discipline, gender, community college or transfer students, veterans, student athletes, or students who have never traveled abroad
  • Application deadline for fall semester is June 29, 2018


Deutscher Akademischer Austaschdienst (DAAD) University Summer Course Grant

  • Provides financial support to U.S. undergraduate students for a 3- to 4-week summer course at a German university.
  • These intensive summer programs focus mainly on German language and literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Extensive extracurricular programs complement and reinforce the core material.
  • Applicants must have sophomore standing or higher and must have taken at least four semesters (two years) of college German.

Deutscher Akademischer Austaschdienst (DAAD) RISE Program

  • Provides financial support to about 300 U.S. undergraduate students each year, in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and engineering, to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer.
  • RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors.
  • The working language will be English.
  • All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities and research institutes provide housing assistance.

Other DAAD Awards

  • The DAAD operates numerous other programs, funding short-term research for graduate and undergraduate students, language study, combined study & internship (SIP), German Parliament internships, graduate study scholarships in the creative and performing arts and architecture, a graduate-level RISE professional program for placement in German science firms, and more.
  • Please visit the DAAD website and search under either the Undergraduate or Graduate program tabs.


Go Overseas and Education Ireland

  • Provides 15 undergraduate full-tuition scholarships per year.
  • Covers cost of tuition for one semester (Note: does not cover accommodation, food, books, or additional provider fees).
  • Two recipients will also be awarded free round-trip airfare to Ireland. 
  • Application cycles open in January and close in March.


ItaliaRail Scholarship

  • Provides awards of a $1000 scholarship each.
  • Recipients will also receive a free 3-day Italy rail pass.
  • Deadlines have been the end of June for spring semester and November for the spring semester.


Japanese STUDIES Scholarships

  • Provides one-year scholarships to students with major/minor in Japanese studies or related field. Intermediate Japanese language proficiency is required.
  • Awards offered are $1,250 to $1,525/mo allowances for airfare, tuition, residence hall or apartment, and some medical coverage.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

  • Applications usually due in early October.
  • Awards offered are $2,500 for semester programs and $4,000 for an academic year.


  • Applications for 2019-20 are due on February 17, 2019.
  • US citizens and permanent residents planning to study in Japan for credit at a Japanese university, college, or approved academic program.
  • Awards up to the full costs of participation!!
  • Preference to applicants raised by single parents and/or first-generation students (students whose parent/s or guardian/s did not receive a 4-year college degree).
  • Priority for students studying abroad for one year or less.

New Zealand

Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards

  • Applications due in two cycles: December for February/March start dates; April for July start dates.
  • Three different awards are offered, as follows:
    • Education New Zealand Study Abroad Travel Awards (ENZTA) offer US$2,000 to help students fund their flight to New Zealand.
    • Generation Study Abroad New Zealand Universities Excellence Awards (NZUEA) offer US$500 for study at one of the eight New Zealand universities.
    • Generation Study Abroad New Zealand Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics Excellence Awards (NZITPEA) offer US$500 for study at participating institutes of technology and polytechnics.
  • Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, undergraduates, sophomore standing or higher, enrolling in a New Zealand university through a study abroad program, minimum 3.00 GPA.

GoOverseas New Zealand Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Provides up to $15,000 to cover full semester tuition and round trip flight for students to study abroad at a New Zealand institution.
  • This scholarship is open to international students!
  • Students select their top three program choices, submit a 300-word essay, and a creative New Zealand-themed photo. 
  • Application deadline for the next calendar year is in mid-October. 


Women Who Swim Against the Current (Laskelaget Foundation)

  • Open to women (from Minnesota or attending college in Minnesota) who are planning to study in Norway.
  • Majors in STEM (science/tech/engineering/math) especially encouraged, but others welcome to apply.
  • Must be full-time undergraduate with at least one year of studies completed, and a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Awards begin around $1,000 and are sometimes higher.
  • Deadline has been March 1 in the past.



  • Awards roughly equivalent to round-trip airfare to and from Sweden
  • Applicants must be US citizens
  • Deadline has been in March


  • One award of $1,000 each year
  • Open to Minnesota residents who are planning to study in Sweden
  • Criteria include academic merit, a one-page statement of goals for study in Sweden, and three references. 
  • Deadline has been mid-May in the past


  • Awards of up to $10,000 for students who plan to study in Sweden
  • Must have a working knowledge of the Swedish language


  • Various scholarship programs
  • Page is in Swedish

United Kingdom

BUTEX Scholarships (British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association)

  • Scholarships of £500 (about $750, depending on the exchange rate) for students participating in a UK study abroad or exchange program for at least one semester.
  • Application includes a form and also either a student-designed picture or poster promoting study abroad or an essay (see the website for details).
  • Awardees are paid after they arrive and register at their host university.

UK Fulbright Summer Institutes for U.S. Undergraduates

  • Provides full costs of participating in one of nine different UK Summer Institutes held at universities and locations across the entire UK (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland).
  • Open to current U.S. university freshmen and sophomores only (including juniors-by-credits only in their second year at university and still having at least two years of university study remaining).
  • Institutes include credit-bearing coursework, and credits may be transferrable to Gustavus.
  • Deadlines vary by specific institute chosen and range between late February and early March.
  • For more information and assistance with essay drafts, please contact the Gustavus Fellowships Office.