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In an effort to encourage and make more accessible study abroad, the Ramapo College Office of Study Abroad prepared the following list of financial resources. We encourage you to apply to all that are relevant to your intended program. We will be constantly reviewing and updating this website. If you see something that is no longer accurate or know of other resources, please do inform us as soon as possible.

Ramapo College Study Abroad Scholarships

Ramapo College’s Roukema Center for International Education Scholarship

Ramapo College’s Roukema Center for International Education scholarships are available only to Ramapo College students participating in an international academic (for-credit) program. The numbers of scholarships per term and award amounts vary according to the strength and number of applicants. Criteria to determine scholarship awards depend on a number of factors, including, but not limited to: individual applicants’ unmet financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid; motivation to study abroad as determined by the scholarship essay; student academic record; student diversity; and extracurricular activities and leadership. Each scholarship category below has additional criteria that have been identified for each award. Recipients of Ramapo College institutional grants (e.g., Presidential or similar scholarships) are eligible for special consideration. Factors weighed in these cases are students’ access to alternative funding sources and college strategic and budgetary considerations. All students must have a minimum of 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. and be participating in an Approved International Program. Students are eligible for a maximum of 2 scholarship awards per program. The available scholarships are as follows (click on the hyperlinks for more information and/or to apply):

General Scholarship

Diversity Scholarship

Faculty-Led Programs Scholarship

International Exchange Programs Scholarship

International Internships Scholarship

Language – Intensive Programs Scholarship

Research/Field Based Programs Scholarship

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Scholarship

Special Regional Focus Scholarship

SSHGS Study Abroad Scholarship (2017 – Cuba: Revolution & Evolution Program) –
with support from the Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies.


Perillo Study Abroad Scholarship

The Perillo Study Abroad Scholarship was established by Steve Perillo, whose company Perillo Tours has been in the travel business since 1945. Most well known for its trips to Italy, the company has expanded its business to include “Learning Journeys.”  The Perillo Study Abroad Scholarship builds on this theme of learning through travel by helping deserving students defray the costs of study abroad. This award is administered by Ben Levy, Director of International Education.

Ruth Johnson International Scholarship

This fund was created by Dick Johnson in memory of his wife, Ruth. The Johnsons were Mahwah residents for 20 years. Their son Andrew graduated from Ramapo in 1990 with a degree in Literature, then worked in England as an advertising copywriter. “Starting this scholarship was a way to memorialize Ruth and her appreciation of learning,” Mr. Johnson has said. The award benefits students who participate in a cooperative education experience abroad and the recipient is selected by the Director of International Education.

  • Intended for students participating in an approved, international internship program (minimum 4 weeks)
  • Recipient selected by the director of International Education

Hiden Family International Honors Scholarship

The Hiden family understands the importance of international experiences in the education of young scholars. Therefore, they generously provided funds to make such experiences more accessible and encouraged to students in Ramapo College’s Honors Program.

Criteria

  • Enrolled member of the Ramapo College Honors Program
  • Accepted into an approved study, intern or research abroad program that is a minimum of 4 weeks in length. Preference is given to students participating in semester programs.

Century 21 Study Abroad Scholarship

This award was created by the CEO of Century 21, Mr. Anthony Marino, and his wife Gail Marino, so that students may have the opportunity to study abroad. The award is for students enrolled in the College Honors Program. Minority students are preferred. Up to five scholarships will be awarded every Spring semester.

William and Sandra Frech Scholarship Award

William Frech, Ph.D. is a professor of International Business at Ramapo College and a Fulbright Scholar.  Dr. Frech’s teaching interests are the cross cultural aspects of international business and international risk management issues, among others.

He and his wife, Sandra, share the opinion that studying abroad provides students with a valuable insight into other cultures, and gives students first hand experience with different perspectives in any field, from business to art history.  Two of the Ramapo College’s four pillars of education are to provide students with an experiential and international education.

In creating the scholarship Dr. Frech said, “My goal is to have all students have an experience outside of the United States.”  Helping students with study abroad expenses demonstrates a dedication to the mission of the College.

  • Ramapo College student participating in a College-approved study abroad program or international internship
  • Applicant in good academic standing
  • Recipient selected by Dr. and Mrs. Frech based on recommendations from the faculty and the Director of International Education.

Ramapo Foundation Scholarships

The available scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are NOT specific to study abroad. Please review all available options to see how you might meet the eligibility criteria to apply.

Ramapo College’s Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Ramapo College Educational Opportunity Fund

For more information on these opportunities, please visit their website.

Partner Scholarships

*The following scholarships are available only to students participating in the hosting organizations’ programs.   

Arcadia University

Scholarship Application for Study Abroad:  The College of Global Studies The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University is committed to an extensive scholarship program awarding more than $2 million annually. Eligibility is based on financial need and aims to help students for whom financial assistance can mean the difference between participating in a study abroad program or staying home.

CEPA Foundation Scholarships (European Study Center program in Heidelberg, Germany)

For more information: Click Here

Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE)

CIEE Global Institute: Open Campus Grants (Berlin, Germany; London, England; Paris, France; and Rome, Italy)

Ramapo College students have the opportunity to apply for 5 CIEE Open Campus Grants, in the amount of $5,000 each, for CIEE Global Institute: Open Campus programs.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Berlin, Germany

For more information about the CIEE Global Institute Program in Berlin, Germany: Click Here

London, England

For more information about the CIEE Global Institute Program in London, England: Click Here

Paris, France

For more information about the CIEE Global Institute Program in Paris, France: Click Here

Rome, Italy

For more information about the CIEE Global Institute Program in Rome, Italy: Click Here

For more information about the CIEE Global Institute: Open Campus Grants and to access the application: Click Here

GAIN Scholarship

The GAIN Scholarship was developed to aide in diversifying study abroad by providing opportunities for students who are economically challenged, from diverse backgrounds, students with documented disabilities, or underrepresented fields of study. Eligibility Available to CIEE Study Center applicants only. The applicant must self-identify as one or more of the following:

  • majoring in an academic area traditionally underrepresented in study abroad
  • a member of a social or ethnic group traditionally underrepresented in study abroad
  • a 1st generation college student
  • a military veteran or ROTC member
  • an NCAA athlete
  • a non-traditionally aged student
  • have demonstrated financial need and/or
  • otherwise define barriers to overcome in order to be able to study abroad

GAIN Reward The GAIN Rewards were developed to help provide grants to further assist students who are selected as awardees by the highly respected Benjamin A. Gilman and David L. Boren Scholarship programs. Eligibility Available to CIEE Study Center applicants only. The applicant must have been selected to receive the Boren Scholarship for International Study or the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, and have greater than $1000 in outstanding, documented financial need. (NOTE: Students apply for the CIEE GAIN Reward prior to learning if they have received the Boren or Gilman award, and will be prompted by CIEE at a later date to submit additional documentation that they have been granted these awards, and to update financial aid information.) The Ping Foundation From 1993-2004, Dr. Charles Ping served as the Chairman of the CIEE Board of Directors. To honor Dr. Ping’s service to CIEE, the organization established a permanent endowment in his name: The Ping Foundation. The Foundation aims to serve CIEE’s mission through three activities; advocacy for international educational exchange, research designed to advance the field of international educational exchange, and funding of scholarship programs. The following awards are funded through the Ping Foundation:

Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)

DIS offers need-based scholarships allocated from various funds including the Mary Dau Foundation to study abroad with DIS.

  • DIS Scholarship – need-based up to $5,000 per semester; $250-1,000 per summer depending on course/program selection
  • Work-Study Scholarship – up to $500 per semester (limited number)
  • Diversity Scholarship – DIS seeks to promote a diverse student body by providing need-based financial support to academically excellent students from populations traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. Such students may have diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, economic, sexual orientation and educational backgrounds and experiences.  First generation college students (meaning neither parent has a college degree from any country) are also encouraged to apply. Funding is available up to $5,000 per semester, $250-1,000 per summer depending on course/program selection

International Studies Abroad

ISA awards over $600,000 in grants and scholarships to participating students each year in a variety of categories, amounts and eligibilities. Visit the website for more information on their scholarships, as well as scholarships available through their partner host institutions.

School for Field Studies

SFS awards over $330,000 in need-based scholarships and grants each year, and about 90% of students who apply for SFS aid receive it. The application is due at least 60 days before the program begins for semester applicants, and at least 30 days before the program begins for summer applicants.

SIT Study Abroad

SIT Study Abroad offers numerous scholarship opportunities to provide greater access to international opportunities. In addition, we would like to highlight the following:

SIT Study Abroad Scholarship (for RCNJ Students only)

Ramapo College students have the opportunity to apply for a SIT Study Abroad Scholarship. This scholarship can be used towards SIT Study Abroad semester or summer programs. The maximum award for a semester program is $5000 and the maximum award for a summer program is $2000. Ramapo College students must demonstrate financial need, be in-state residents, and meet SIT admissions requirements to be eligible.

Application Deadline

Summer/Fall Application Deadline: early March
Spring Application Deadline: early October

For more information about SIT Study Abroad programs: Click Here

For more information about the SIT Study Abroad Scholarship and to access the application: Click Here

University College Dublin – Generation Study Abroad Scholarship

UCD is proud to be a commitment partner of the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Generation Study Abroad (GSA) initiative.  In support of the initiative’s aim to substantially increase the number of American students studying abroad, UCD is delighted to announce the UCD Generation Study Abroad Scholarship.

All tuition-fee paying American students participating in UCD Study Abroad programmes for the full academic year 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 are eligible for a €1,000 tuition fee GSA Scholarship.

For more information about the UCD Generation Study Abroad Scholarship and application: Click Here

Pell Matching Scholarship Program

SIT study abroad offers a scholarship program for undergraduate Federal Pell grant recipients. SIT will automatically match a student’s Pell award used for a semester program with SIT, thereby placing high quality, field-based study abroad programs within greater financial reach of a wider range of undergraduate students.

General Scholarships

GSF Student Grant (The Global Studies Grant for Student Travel and Study Abroad)

Designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad, this grant provides supplemental funds for American students who already are studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution.

Benjamin A. Gilman International 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. Undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities are eligible to apply.

Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship

GO! Overseas is proud to support international education through $1000 scholarships available to students participating in study abroad programs. Scholarships are awarded each academic year. The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions.

Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship

The fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad. The length of time for the travel is expected to be between 4 and 6 weeks and should include interactions with individuals from other nations. During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission and/or Embassy. Following the travel, the recipient agrees to submit a report describing experiences and analyzing objectives achieved; share his/her experiences with others; and be available to make a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.

Fund for Education Abroad 

FEA is an independent organization that is committed to increasing opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of scholarships. FEA goals include increasing the number and diversity of students studying abroad, in particular underrepresented students. Up to $5,000 for a semester and $10,000 for a year. Foundation for Global Scholars The Foundation for Global Scholars offers 4 different scholarship opportunities with different eligibility requirements and award amounts. Please refer to the website for further information about the following scholarship opportunities:

  • Foundation for Global Scholars General Scholarship
  • STA Travel Scholar Award
  • Diversity Abroad / GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Scholarship
  • Banks Family Scholarship

Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarship 

Undergraduate members who are currently enrolled in a study abroad program or who will be enrolled the academic year immediately following the granting of the awards are eligible for one of then $1,000 awards presented each year-three for the October 20 deadline and seven for the April 15th deadline.

Region/Field of Study Scholarships

Specific to Region

Boren Awards for International Study (various)

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 American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Boren Scholars study less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. 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. More information and application materials are available on the Boren website.

GoEuro European Study Abroad Scholarship (Europe)

We work hard to create a better connected Europe at GoEuro. Our mission is to make travel easy by improving access to all towns and cities across the continent, whether it be by train, bus, or plane.

For students completing a study abroad program in Europe, traveling to new and exciting destinations is all part of the experience. However, figuring out how to get to smaller towns and cities with no major airport connections can be a complicated process. Which is why we are determined to help students find the best ways to get around!

GoEuro would like students to experience the best that Europe has to offer their own way, no matter what mode of transport they prefer. To allow students the chance to explore and travel the continent, GoEuro is offering this great European scholarship to financially assist international students with their studies.

For three lucky international students, their European experience will be one to remember. To help them get the most out of their program by making it easier for them to travel and see as much of the continent as possible, GoEuro will be granting three individual scholarships up to €2,000.

The three individual scholarships that will be awarded are:

1st place: €2000 | 2nd place: €1500 | 3rd place: €500

Upper Midwest Rebild Scholarship (Denmark)

The Upper Midwest Rebild Scholarship Corporation supports U.S. university students who study abroad in Denmark, with the aim of helping to strengthen the cultural and friendship ties between our two countries. This award, up to $3,000, supports a student of Danish background or one who has demonstrated a strong interest and commitment to Denmark and “matters Danish”. The application, along with detailed criteria, timing and instructions, is available at the link above, and is open to US citizens or permanent residents attending any U.S. college or university, registered to study abroad in Denmark for a minimum of one semester/trimester.

Study in New Zealand Scholarship (New Zealand)

Go Overseas is running the 3rd annual ‘Study in New Zealand scholarship’ on behalf of Education New Zealand and the NZ institutions. This is a full scholarship (US$15,000) for US students to study abroad in New Zealand for either spring or fall semester in 2017.

In addition to the US$15,000 scholarship, there are five NZ$1,000 scholarships available for students who select the University of Auckland programme.

Applications close October 7, 2016.

LIVfund (Latin America)

The Learn, Intern, and Volunteer in Latin America fund offers scholarships to any student in need of financial assistance and planning to study or intern abroad in Latin America (including Argentina and Cuba). The fund will award two $500 scholarships each month.

Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo / Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperacion (Spain) 

The Brazil Initiation Scholarship (BIS) (Brazil)

Read a Word document with the full description of this scholarship BIS is a key component of the Brazilian Studies Association’s (BRASA) agenda to expand Brazilian Studies in the United States. BRASA invites applications from graduate and undergraduate students for a one-time $1,500 travel scholarship to do exploratory research or language study in Brazil. This scholarship targets aspiring Brazilianists with relatively little or no experience in Brazil. It seeks to contribute to the student’s initial trip (for a period from six weeks to three months), to heighten the student’s interest in Brazil, and deepen his/her commitment to Brazilian studies in the United States. Students are encouraged to combine this scholarship with other grants or awards. Recipients will be recognized during the awards ceremony of the next BRASA international congress in Brasilia. Funding will be disbursed prior to travel. BRASA will award up to four fellowships in this competition.

Chinese Government Scholarship Award

The Educational Office, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, in Washington, D.C., has approved Chinese Government Scholarship awards for undergraduate students attending AASCU member colleges and universities. Students must be attending one year of full time academic study at a designated university in China. The scholarship coverage includes: tuition, room and board, international health insurance, and a stipend. International round-trip airfare is the responsibility of the student. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to be eligible.

Bridging Scholarship (Japan)

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit U.S. – Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year.

Student Exchange Support Scholarship (Japan)

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) offers scholarship for qualified international students who are accepted by a Japanese university, graduate school, junior college, college of technology (3rd grade or upper) or professional training college (hereinafter referred to as “Japanese school”) under a student exchange agreement or other student exchange arrangement on a short-term basis from 8 days to one year between Japanese school and their home higher educational institution outside Japan (hereinafter referred to as “home school”).

Freeman Asia Scholarship Program

Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) is designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia.  The program’s goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.  Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program’s goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States.From 2001 to 2009, Freeman-ASIA supported over 4,000 U.S. undergraduates from more than 600 institutions with their study abroad plans in East and Southeast Asia.  With generous funding from the Freeman Foundation, the Institute of International Education (IIE) will re-launch the Freeman-ASIA Program for two academic years, beginning in Summer 2011.

Specific to Field of Study

Critical Languages Scholarship

A program of United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program will offer intensive summer language institutes overseas in thirteen critical need foreign languages. The selection process will be administered by the

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) with awards approved by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The CLS Program will be administered by CAORC and the

American Councils for International Education.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students.

  • Arabic, Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate or advanced level;
  • Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu: Beginning, intermediate or advanced level;
  • Chinese, Japanese, Russian: Intermediate or advanced level.

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Countries may include: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, or others where the target languages are spoken. Please see Information for Applicants for eligibility requirements, grant benefits, and language levels and pre-requisites.

Diversity Scholarships

The Marion Wright Edelman Scholarship (for a person of minority background)

The candidate chosen will demonstrate:

  • A history of commitment to the creation of a just and peaceful world.
  • Ability to follow through with projects which work with and toward world community.
  • Concrete evidence that others will benefit from the experience of the scholarship winner.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund believes that the country prospers when all Americans have access to the opportunities a college education can afford. As the nation’s leading Hispanic higher education fund, HSF works to address the barriers that keep many Latinos from earning a college degree.

United Negro College Fund

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. UNCF provides operating funds for 38 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), scholarships and internships for students at about 900 institutions and faculty and administrative professional training.

The National Italian American Foundation

For Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. Area of study: open.

Point Foundation – The National LGBT Scholarship Fund

Point Foundation provides financial support, leadership training, mentoring and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression. You do not need straight A’s to apply but we are looking for individuals who have proven leadership skills, excellent scholastic achievements and want to make a difference in the world. All applicants are evaluated on the totality of their situation including, academic accomplishments, financial, emotional and social need, extracurricular activities, personal circumstances and goals for the future. This website provides link to a number of different resources geared towards LGBTQ students.

Pride Foundation

Pride’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and straight-allied scholarship program is one of the largest of its kind in the country. We partner with the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), to administer and award scholarships. Together Pride Foundation and GSBA have awarded more than $2.2 million to over 650 recipients since 1991. For Pacific Northwest students (WA, OR, ID, MT, AK)  

DiversityAbroad Scholarships

DiversityAbroad.com has partnered with several organizations to offer study abroad grants and scholarships.