Study abroad can be expensive, so students and their families should carefully plan for study abroad program costs. Fortunately, there are a number of outside sources to help finance study abroad, so be sure to review the following opportunities.

Paying for Study Abroad

Under the Sewanee Pledge, students can apply the majority of their Sewanee institutional aid (scholarships, grants, loans) to approved semester-long study away programs; as a result, they pay the same charges (tuition, room, board, and fees) that they would typically pay to study at Sewanee*. Sewanee then pays the providers of the programs for the standard tuition, room and board of their programs. Different regulations apply for summer study away, but pell-eligible students may be able to apply for additional funds for summer study away. For more information on the Sewanee Pledge, download the FAQs.

*Please note that if students receive work study funds, they are unable to receive those funds during the semester they are abroad, as they are unable to work for Sewanee during that time.

Unlike many schools, Sewanee does not levy additional charges for participating on study away/study abroad and treats Sewanee-run and third-party programs equally. Because students are traveling to another country to study, there will be additional costs. These costs are the responsibility of the student, and they are outlined below:

  • International airfare to and from the international destination
  • Additional course fees
  • Additional room fees
    Some study abroad programs offer a variety of housing options, including apartments and single rooms at an additional charge. If study abroad participants select such options, the student will be responsible for paying such additional charges.
  • Non-program costs, including in-country travel, visa, passport, books, etc.
  • Any additional costs if a study abroad program is more expensive than Sewanee’s comprehensive tuition & fees

If a study abroad program does not provide full room or board, Sewanee’s treasurer’s office will credit the student's account for the uncovered portion (on a pro rata basis for board).


Students should consider making a budget based on their study abroad goals. Below are websites that provide educational resources on budgeting while on study abroad.


Many governmental and educational entities offer scholarships for study abroad. Below is a handful of opportunities:

Eligibility: US Citizen/Perm Res, PELL Recipient

The Gilman Scholarship, established in 2001, “is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Department of State” and facilitates study abroad or interning abroad for programs worldwide for U. S. citizen undergraduates who are already receiving Federal Pell grants. The stated goal of the program is to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad “and the countries and regions where they go.” There is a preference for non-traditional locations. In addition, there are “critical need languages” awards for those who will be studying Arabic, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese, Turkic (see list), Persian (see list), Indic (see list), Korean, Russian, or Swahili. Please contact Dean Bruce in the Office of the Dean of the College for additional information.

Boren Scholarships

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. Any applicant considering applying should be aware that in exchange for scholarship funding, all Boren Scholars must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement to provide a period of Government Service after studying abroad. Please contact Dean Bruce in the Office of the Dean of the College for additional information.

Critical language studies scholarships
eligibility: U.s. CitiZen or national and meet language requirements for the program to which they apply.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. 

Pamela harriman foreign service fellowship
eligibility: U.s. citizen

This fellowship is offered annually to three outstanding undergraduate students from across the nation, chosen from students serving in a summer professional position with U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Embassies in London and Paris. Learn More Here!

thomas j. watson fellowship
Eligibility: U.S. citizen or senior Int'l student 

The Watson Fellowship is a one year grant for independent travel and study outside the United States. It is awarded to graduating seniors nominated by their home institution.

David l. Boren graduate fellowship
eligibility: U.s. Citizen/graduate students

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarships support U.S. undergraduate students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. national security but are less frequently studied by U.S. students, i.e., areas of the world other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Graduating seniors who are applying for graduate study in appropriate fields may apply for Boren support.

Fulbright U.s. student opportunity
eligibility: u.s. citizens or national

The Fulbright program provides one-year study, research and teaching opportunities for U.S. college graduates and students involved in graduate study. The Fulbright program operates in more than 140 countries. Projects may include university course work, independent library or field research, or professional training in the arts. The application process is lengthy. Complete applications are generally due in early September. Students are encouraged to contact the Fulbright advisor in the spring of their junior year.

fund for education abroad SCHOLARSHIPS

The Fund for Education Abroad provides scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of US undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the US population. Since 2010, FEA has awarded $1.8 million in scholarships to 466 undergraduates, helping students from all over the United States follow their dreams abroad.


Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. A Freeman-ASIA award provides funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.


Individual providers award scholarships to students studying on their programs. Most providers have scholarships particularly geared toward students of diverse backgrounds and/or students who demonstrate high financial need or are pell-eligible. Select a provider below to view their scholarship offerings.

SEWANEE scholarships

need-based ScholarshipS

Through generous endowments given by donors, there are two scholarships available for students with demonstrated financial need to assist with study away travel costs. 

  • Dunn-Rankin Family Endowment Fund for Study Abroad -- Established by Janie Wagenknecht Dunn-Rankin, C'82, P'10, P'13 & David Dunn-Rankin, C'80, P'10, P'13 in 2016, the Dunn-Rankin fund provides funding for Pell-eligible and high financial need international students to study away. Funds may be requested for costs associated with travel to and from the study abroad or study away destination (airfare, visa, passport, etc.)
  • Holland West (C'1975) & Family Study Away Endowment -- Established in 2021 by Holland West (C'1975) and Debbie West, the Holland West fund provides funding for travel-related expenses for students who come from educational, cultural, or geographic backgrounds that are under-represented and under-served and who are experiencing financial disadvantage or hardship and are in need of financial support and resources in order to participate in study away programs. Student groups who are historically under-represented in study away programs include Pell-eligible students, first generation college students, and students from minority cultural backgrounds.

Qualified students for either scholarship may apply here. Application deadlines are below:

  • Fall study away: April 1st
  • Spring study away: October 15th
affordable program grant 

Sewanee students who select a program on our qualified "Affordable Options" list will receive a $500 - $1,000 credit on their student accounts. These funds may be used for any educational or study abroad purpose. Interested students should speak to their Study Abroad Advisor.