Financing Your Study Abroad Experience

Learn about financial aid and scholarship options available to help fund your study abroad experience.

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Financial Aid

You can use your federal, university and/ or departmental financial aid award on study abroad programs.

Even if you have not received financial aid in the past, you are encouraged to explore funding options as you consider participating in a study abroad program. Because of increased costs, many students who have been previously ineligible do receive aid. It never hurts to apply!

Check out SDSU’s Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship website detailing the study abroad process and how to use your financial aid. 


Aztecs Abroad is the SDSU study abroad tool available via the International Student Center. Log into the Aztecs Abroad database so you can begin searching to find study abroad scholarship opportunities.

The Associated Students Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded each semester to students pursuing study abroad programs. Scholarship awards are a minimum of $400 and can be used towards all components of a study abroad program. Students must apply online. Application includes a short essay and SDSU Scholarship Application.

The International Student Center provides an extensive list of databases to search for available scholarships. Take the time to consider all possible scholarship options. An increasing number of scholarships are available for students studying in non-western countries. Many organizations want to encourage students to study in these locations.

Be sure to do an extensive search of scholarship options via Aztecs Abroad.

Applicants for study/ research awards design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. The study/ research awards are available in approximately 140 countries.

Note: only the Spain trip is eligible for this scholarship.

The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the US 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.

A variety of scholarships are available for students interested in studying abroad. While San Diego State University offers a wide variety of scholarships, there are many, many more available through private organizations or other outlets. Be sure to do an extensive search via Aztecs Abroad and by talking with an advisor.

For example, the San Diego Foundation Scholarship has a specific award for students planning to study abroad.


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