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Fundraising & Scholarship Opportunities

Why travel is worth it
Travel is an investment for your future. Whether you want to land your dream job, are aiming for a promotion, or want to leave your comfort zone, international travel gives you the experiences and skills to succeed in an increasingly global world.

  • Gain confidence: 96% of students that studied abroad reported an increase in self-confidence as a result of their experience.

  • Land your dream job: 93% of students who studied abroad and entered the workforce were employed within 6 months of graduation, compared to 49% who did not study abroad.

  • Get better grades: 100% of students who studied abroad saw greater improvement in GPA after their study abroad experience.

*Sources: 1: IES Abroad 50-Year Alumni Survey; 2: IES Abroad 2015; 3: Georgia Learning Outcomes of Students Studying Abroad Research Initiative 2010  

Your flexible financing options
Cookies are great. Cookie-cutter payment plans are not. Decide when and how you want to pay for your program with multiple financing options—and continue scrolling through the page for fundraising ideas, scholarship opportunities, and more.

  • Automatic payments: Make financing your program hassle-free with a monthly or bi-weekly payment plan that gets automatically processed. Bonus: Our monthly payment plan is always interest-free.

  • Apply financial aid: Many students that travel for credit are able to apply financial aid to part or all of the program cost. Talk with your institution's financial aid office for more information.

  • Fundraise: Use TripFunder, our free online donation tool, through your EF website. Share it with friends and family via email and social media to ask for the gift of travel.

  • Call us: Not sure which plan is “the one”? Give us a call at 877-485-4184 or email us to chat about finance flexibility, and we’ll find the plan that's best for you.

Apply for an EF study abroad scholarship
Every student should have the opportunity to study abroad, and it's our mission to create as many global experience opportunities as possible. Starting in May 2024, students traveling on one of our programs will be eligible to apply for a scholarship through our partnership with the Fund for Education Abroad.

Additional scholarship opportunities
Go the extra mile and explore handpicked third-party scholarships to help fund your program.

EF Study Abroad is not affiliated with these scholarships and does not determine the outcome. Any questions should be directed to the provider listed below.

Award amount: $2,000
Learn more: Visit their website for full details

“At HI USA, we think travel should be as much about making a difference in the world as it is about seeing it. That’s why we’ve created Explore the World Travel Scholarships. Recipients receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip that includes an educational or service component. In 2019, we awarded 115 scholarships to young people across the U.S. so they could go learn Arabic in Jordan, volunteer in India and Vietnam, teach math in the Dominican Republic, or board a plane for the very first time to study abroad in Europe. Scholarship recipients have returned home from their travels with a profound sense of intercultural appreciation, and a renewed dedication to spreading the word about travel and tolerance at home.”

Award amount: $1,500
Learn more: Visit their website for full details

“Our mission at Going is to help people travel and experience the world. Since 2017, we've helped young travelers get out there and get going. Twice a year, two outstanding students will win $1,500 scholarships toward their upcoming study abroad program.”

Award amount: $1,000 & one travel backpack
Learn more: Visit their website for full details

“Young people deserve to experience the world beyond their college campuses, but not everyone can afford to travel, especially if you’re on a student budget. The Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world.

At Tortuga, our mission is to help you live on your terms, including students studying abroad. When customers purchase luggage from us for their trips, they are 'paying it forward' by funding scholarships for students like you.”

Award amount: Varies
Learn more: Visit their website for full details

“HSF empowers families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional students as possible.”

Award amount: $1,000
Learn more: Visit their website for full details

“Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. 125 $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Applicants do not have to be Society members but must attend an institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter.”

Don't see a scholarship that fits your needs or matches your interests? Use the following scholarship resource websites to start researching other opportunities.

Study abroad can fit your budget
Download our Budgeting Guide for everything you need to know about building a short-term study abroad experience into your budget.

Our guide includes a short-term study abroad budget calculator, fundraising and scholarship ideas, the return on study abroad, how to leverage study abroad to get a job and so much more.

Fundraising ideas
Did you know that when you sign up for an EF Study Abroad program you automatically receive a fundraising website designed specifically for you and your program? It's located on your account page.

You also get access to our complete Fundraising Guide, which outlines how to start fundraising and get the word our to friends and family, and gives you over 20 ideas of different fundraising activities. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Traditional fundraisers: Use these tried-and-true fundraising techniques to raise money for your study abroad program.

  • Holiday fundraisers: Ask for the gift of travel from friends and family during the holiday season with these fundraising tips.

  • Restaurant fundraisers: Partnering with a restaurant can be a great way to raise some quick money for your program with minimal effort.