Funding for Study Abroad

Bowdoin College is committed to making semester and academic year study abroad programs financially feasible for all students. For students wishing to study abroad over the summer, there are many external funding sources available. Whenever Russia fits your schedule, we can help you find a way to make it fit your budget too.

Families who receive Bowdoin aid will be able to transfer that aid toward the total cost of their student’s program, up to the total cost of a semester on-campus. Beyond Bowdoin, there are also many different external grant agencies that can help with funding study abroad, whether during the summer or the academic year.

Grant Opportunities
  • NEW THIS YEAR!  Bowdoin College’s Summer Russian Language Learning Award - up to $5,000 for intensive summer language study that will lead to advanced-level proficiency or higher, for students who have already demonstrated a commitment to learning Russian; preference will be given to students with financial need (pilot program in summer 2019)
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program - up to $8,000 for U.S. citizens with financial need to study or intern abroad
  • Boren Scholarships - for U.S. undergraduates studying critical languages abroad; up to $8,000 for summer (STEM students only), $10,000 for a semester, $20,000 for an academic year
  • Fund for Education Abroad scholarships - for U.S. undergraduates studying in programs 4 weeks and longer; grants range from $1,250-10,000
  • American Councils Study Abroad Scholarships - need-based and diversity scholarships for summer, semester, and academic year RLASP participants, typically $500-$2,500
  • Fulbright-Hays Fellowships - up to $7,000 for advanced language training for U.S. citizens and permanent residents (juniors and seniors only) with a commitment to teaching
  • Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program - a highly competitive but fully funded opportunity for intermediate- or advanced-level summer Russian study by U.S. undergraduates and graduate students
  • Title VIII Language Training Fellowships - awarded to participants in the ACTR RLASP program on the basis of merit and financial need; may cover up to 75% of program costs
  • SRAS challenge grants- for programs 6 weeks and longer; awarded for a variety of challenges including blogging, research (up to $1,000), and combining a variety of back-to-back SRAS programs in different locations ($1,500 for summer alone, $2,000 for two programs or $2,500 for three) 
  • SRAS home and abroad scholars– combines intensive language study with a resume-building internship in fields such as economics, translation, history, and art; provides $5,000 for a semester-long program