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Scholarships and Financial Aid for Education Abroad

Students should first attend a general education abroad information session to obtain basic information about education abroad funding options. During these sessions, the education abroad advisor, Ali Garfinkle, will provide an overview of the education abroad program options available at PCC, the application process, financial aid, and the application process for competitive scholarships. General information sessions are held several times each quarter; see the home page for upcoming sessions, or contact Ms. Garfinkle at extension 7117 or via email at studyabroad@pcc.edu.

Many PCC students are awarded multiple scholarships for education abroad! You can read about the adventures of one PCC student, Rocks Zayda, who was awarded a Gilman and an FEA scholarship to study in Chile in summer 2015.

Financial Aid

All federal and state financial aid can be applied towards any PCC education abroad program, and any program through the Dual Admission/Co-enrollment agreement with PSU.


There are numerous scholarship and aid opportunities available to help you fund your education abroad experience!

  • PCC Scholarships can be applied towards any PCC education abroad program that awards PCC residential credit.
  • Many private and external scholarships that support PCC students such as OSAC, Ford Family Foundation, and others can be applied towards a education abroad program; check with the scholarship sponsor for details.

In addition, a number of national and international scholarships specifically designed to support education abroad are available. If you are interested in applying for any of the opportunities listed below, or for other external education abroad scholarships, contact Ali Garflnkle, at ext. 7117 or studyabroad@pcc.edu for a scholarship advising appointment.

General Scholarships:
  • Gilman Scholarship: For students receiving Pell grants participating in programs abroad for 2 weeks - 1 year. Up to $5,000. Over 2,000 students receive Gilman funding every year; PCC students have an excellent record with Gilman funding! Deadlines: 3 times per year, 6-8 months prior to term abroad.
  • Fund for Education Abroad: For education abroad programs of at least 4 weeks. Up to $10,000. Approximately 20 scholarships each year. Additional PDX Abroad scholarship specifically for students attending Portland-area colleges and universities. Additional Rainbow scholarship specifically for LGBTQI students. Deadline: January each year for the following summer, fall, winter, and spring.
  • Foundation for Global Scholars: For education abroad programs of at least 4 weeks. Up to $2,000. General scholarships as well as scholarships for Pell grant recipients, students majoring in science/technology fields, ethnically diverse students, and veterans. Deadlines: 3 times per year, 1-3 months prior to term abroad.
  • Diversity Network: For summer education abroad programs. $1,000. Economically disadvantaged students, African-American/Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, multiracial/ethnic or Indigenous/Native-American, students with disabilities and first generation college undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to apply. Deadline: early April for the following summer.
Location-Specific Scholarships:
  • Freeman Awards for study in East or Southeast Asia(Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam). Awards up to $3,000 for summer (minimum 8 weeks), $5,000 for semester/quarter, $7,000 for academic year study in one of the listed countries. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have a minimum 2.8 GPA, and have demonstrated financial need. Applicants for summer awards cannot have spent more than 4 weeks in the country they intend to study in within the last 5 years; quarter/semester/year applicants cannot have spent more than 6 weeks in their target country in the last 5 years.
  • DAAD Scholarships for study in Germany: the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers scholarships for U.S. students to study in Germany. Options include:
    • University Summer Course Grants of approximately $1,500 - $1,800, for students enrolling in summer courses offered by German universities. Applicants must have completed at least two years of college-level German language study and one year of college study by the time of participation.
    • Undergraduate Scholarships providing a monthly stipend of approximately $850 per month plus additional funds to help with travel costs, for students studying in Germany for a semester or an academic year. Applicants must have completed the second year of college prior to participation.
  • Fulbright UK Summer Institutes for study in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Fully-funded (airfare, room and board, cultural activities, academic credit) 3-6 week summer programs for U.S. first-year and second-year college students to study at British university summer schools. Approximately 50 scholarships each year. In 2015, institute options include Shakespearean theater in London, archaeology in Durham, urban studies in London, art/humanities/design in Nottingham, Irish studies in Belfast, Scottish studies in Dundee and Glasgow, history of the transatlantic slave trade in Bristol, leadership and sustainability in Exeter, and Welsh studies in Cardiff, Bangor, and Aberystwyth. Minimum 3.5 GPA required.
  • Education New Zealand Scholarships for students studying in New Zealand for a semester or year. Options include Travel Awards of $2,000 to help cover flight costs for study in New Zealand, and Excellence Awards of $500 for students studying abroad at a New Zealand university. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, be currently at least a sophomore at a U.S. college or university, be at least 18 years old at the time of application, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Bridging Scholarships for study in Japan: scholarships of $2,500 for a semester or $4,000 for a year of study in Japan. Approximately 100 scholarships each year. Students must be enrolled in a degree program at PCC; no prior study of Japanese is required.
  • Critical Language Scholarships: Fully-funded (airfare, room and board, cultural activities, academic credit) study at designated 7-10 week intensive summer language institutes abroad in critical foreign languages. Approximately 600 scholarships each year. In 2015, institutes are offered in Jordan, Morocco, Oman, and Tunisia (Arabic); Azerbaijan; Bangladesh (Bangla); China; India (Bangla,Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu); Indonesia; Japan; Russia; South Korea; Tajikistan (Persian); and Turkey.
  • Boren Scholarship for study in geographic areas and languages designated as critical to U.S. national security, including any country in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Up to $10,000 per semester. Approximately 150 scholarships each year. Includes a service requirement that recipients work in a national security position with the Federal government after graduation.
Program-Specific Scholarships:
  • Many of the programs offered through PCC's Dual Admission/Co-Enrollment option with PSU offer scholarships for participants in their programs. Opportunities include:
    • Carpe Diem: Scholarships of up to several thousand dollars offered annually to PCC Future Connect students through the Carpe Mundi College Program
    • CIEE: Gain Scholarships (up to $1,500 for students with high need); Bowman Travel Grants (up to $2,000 for students with high need studying in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, or Latin America); Academic Excellence scholarships (up to $2,500 for academically high-acheiving students)
    • DIS: Diversity scholarships (up to $1,000 for summer, $5,000 for semester for under-represented, LGBTQ, and first generation college students); DIS scholarships (up to $1,000 for summer, $5,000 for semester for students with high financial need)
    • IFSA-Butler: First Generation Scholars (up to $2,500 for students who are first-generation college students)
    • SIT: Pell Match Grants (for every student participating in a semester-length program who receives a Pell Grant, SIT awards a scholarship equal to the amount of the Pell Grant the student receives)