At EZC Study Abroad we truly believe that an experience abroad should be accessible to everyone and one of our aims is to help students find funding anywhere possible. Here below you can find some funding options, scholarship information and special promotions to help reduce the overall cost of your experience abroad. We are always on the lookout for innovative ways to help fund your experience, so if you have discovered another way to receive any funding, share it with us so we can continue to assist other students!
FAFSA Financial Aid
You may be able to use your current financial aid, such as Pell Grant, student loans, or other funding towards your study abroad program. Your first stop should be your study abroad and/or financial aid office to learn if your current aid you receive through FAFSA can help pay your study abroad program fees! Not sure what questions to ask? Contact us and we can help guide you so you go into your meetings knowledgeable and confident.
Home Institution Funding
Many U.S. universities offer scholarships specifically for studying abroad! You’ll need to speak with your study abroad or international office and/or check their website to see what scholarships may be available to you! Remember, pay attention to their deadlines!
A limited number of fall semester grants are available to early applicants for both intern and study abroad programs.
To obtain an internship grant, applicants must submit the online application materials and pay the $100 application fee by May 10.
Study grants are limited and are available on a first come first served basis. Study grants are reserved based on the order in which the applicant pays their $100 application fee, prior to the final application deadline for their program.
All Fall 2019 Internship Programs: $600 Grants available
$1,000 grants available
$500 grants available
$500 grants available
Valencia, Spain (15 credit program only)
$300 grants available
EZC First Generation Flight Scholarships
$400 Flight Scholarships
EZC offers two $400 flight scholarships each term (Spring, Summer, and Fall) to first generation college students. To qualify, a student must have at least one parent who has not completed a four-year college degree at the time of application to study abroad. To apply, students need to submit a short video essay (no more than three minutes long) to firstname.lastname@example.org that discusses the following:
- Why is studying abroad important to you?
- Discuss your journey towards study abroad. Are there any challenges you are working to overcome to make studying abroad possible?
- Why did you choose EZC Study Abroad, and why did you select your specific program?
The winning videos will be featured on the EZC Study Abroad website, YouTube channel, and shared on EZC Study Abroad social media. (All winners will need to sign an agreement granting EZC Study Abroad permission to post and share their video and agreeing to the rules of the scholarship.)
Selected students will receive a certificate in the mail with their individual voucher code. Flights must be booked using the site www.studentuniverse.com. Students must post a picture of their scholarship certificate on social media with #EZCabroad once they receive it in the mail to confirm receipt and as a requirement of the scholarship.
- Summer: April 1
- Fall: June 15
- Spring: October 15
#LifeChanging – EZC Externship
#EZCAbroad wants to spread the word! Studying and doing internships abroad is a #lifechanging experience, and students shouldn’t just take our word for it. Students should rely on other students!
EZC offers select students the opportunity to complete a social media marketing externship during their program.
We are looking for social media gurus. If you cannot live without your phone, or if you know that making videos is a true art form, or if blogging is constantly making you procrastinate, you have a place here!
What is an externship? It’s a peek inside a career field; it’s a ‘getting your feet wet’ experience; it’s an opportunity to receive professional guidance.
What will I do? You’ll create social media posts that detail your experience abroad under the guidance of the EZC Marketing team. Your focus can be photography, video, or blog. You’ll create a specified amount of content for EZC’s social media and website, and your name along with EZC Study Abroad will be attached to your work. On average, you’ll likely spend approximately 10 hours during a summer program or 15 hours during a semester program creating content. You will also receive mandatory training prior to departure as well as attend two required one-hour sessions with EZC’s on-site team during the program in order to gain professional insight into the fields of social media marketing and international education.
What skills/knowledge/equipment is required? Students doing photography and video should have their own equipment that allows them to create high-quality images. Students should have some sort of prior experience, which could include a previous internship, maintaining your own blog, creating your own videos, or have a major or minor focused on social media, marketing/advertising, public relations, or have a desire to go into the field of international education.
What’s in it for me? Glad you asked! After completing the externship at the end of the program, students who met all requirements will receive a $300 award, given to you either as cash (check or direct deposit) or a flight voucher for your next adventure – your choice! You will also have your contributions on EZC Study Abroad’s website and/or its social media platforms, YouTube channel, etc. This can be a great showcase for your resume!
How do I apply? Complete the #LifeChanging Externship application form by the appropriate deadline below:
- Summer 2019 Programs – April 1
- Fall 2019 Programs – June 15
At EZC Study Abroad we are delighted to partner with FundMyTravel to offer you another way to help gather donations from family and friends for your experience abroad. With this easy-to-use online tool, you can crowdfund your program abroad and make it really simple for people to contribute. Check out all the details by clicking below and start funding your trip today! Tip: Write your potential donors a hand-written letter and mail it to them. While this may sound like the way your parents would have done this, that personal touch can often go a long way.
Non-EZC Scholarship Opportunities
There are other scholarship opportunities available to you! Check out the ones below to see if you qualify. Each scholarship has specific requirements, deadlines and preferences as to who is awarded the scholarship. While EZC can provide some guidance on your application to these scholarships, ultimately you should check with the organization offering the scholarship regarding any questions you may have.
If you plan to apply to any of these scholarships, please let us know!
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (Open to Pell Grant recipients only)
Go Overseas Scholarships (scholarship opportunities change from time to time)
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (open to students currently attending an institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter – you do not need to personally be a member of the organization, just your institution)