Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Study Abroad Scholarships

Financing Your Study Abroad Experience

Typically, students (and parents!) feel great anxiety when thinking about financing a semester abroad.  However, there are many things you may not know about how financial aid applies to study abroad, or the special scholarship opportunities that exist to help finance this experience.

Canisius Specific Information

As a matriculated student at Canisius College, all of your scholarships, grants, and loans will be applied to the cost of your study abroad program. The Student Financial Aid Office will help you determine your expenses and present funding solutions.

All students are required to meet with an Associate in the Student Financial Aid Office during the semester prior to going abroad. Those students who attend Canisius under the ROTC, ULLC, or HEOP must make an appointment with Mary Koehneke. Tuition Exchange or Child of Employee programs must make an appointment to meet with Sean Hudson. All other students are free to meet with their Associate on a walk-in basis. The Student Financial Aid Office can be reached at 888-2300 and is located in Old Main 100.

Please be sure to have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  You will also need to respond to any requests for information in a timely fashion.

Students who normally commute from home will have their financial aid packages re-evaluated to determine whether there is any additional eligibility for aid based on the room and board estimates for the semester abroad.

While borrowing large amounts of private alternative loans or PLUS loans is not generally recommended as a financing strategy, studying abroad is seen as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Studies indicate that employers identify job candidates with study abroad experience on their resume as more desirable, truly making it an investment in your future.

Additionally, special scholarship opportunities for study abroad are also available through the Study Abroad Office.

  • The Gilman Scholarship- The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

  • The BUTEX North American Scholarship 2012 -  The Scholarship is open to all undergraduate students currently registered at an institution in the USA or Canada. To be eligible to apply you must have been offered a study abroad or exchange place a UK university or college which is BUTEX affiliated. Your study abroad or exchange place must be for the academic year 2012/13 and your place must be for a minimum of one semester. If you are not sure whether your host institution is BUTEX affiliated, link to our list of members. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university.

  • Boren Scholarships provide undergraduate students up to $20,000 for an academic year's study abroad.  Boren Fellowships provide graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. The application deadline for the Boren Fellowship is January 31 and the deadline for the Boren Scholarship is February 9.

    The applications for the 2012-2013 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

  • US-Brazil Grant provides an opportunity for Canisius students to receive a semester stipend of $4,000 while studying abroad in Brazil.  A maximum of two students per year may receive the scholarship.