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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, an education abroad advisor 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 Education Abroad at extension 7117 or via email at studyabroad@pcc.edu.

Download our handy Study Abroad Expense Worksheet to fill in your estimated budget and determine how your funding sources might come together to cover the costs of your program.

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 a Fund for Education Abroad scholarship to study in Chile in summer 2015.

Scroll down to see a table of general study abroad scholarship deadlines and award amounts.

Financial Aid

All federal and state financial aid can be applied towards any PCC Education Abroad program, and any program through the co-enrollment agreement with PSU. Because each student's financial aid situation is unique, we recommend that you contact the Financial Aid Office as your first step, to find out what is available.


There are numerous scholarship and aid opportunities available to help you fund your education abroad experience! A number of national and international scholarships specifically designed to support education abroad are available. These scholarships generally fall into one of three categories:

  1. General Study Abroad Scholarships such as the Gilman Scholarship, which can be applied toward any study abroad program (often providing it meets program length criteria).
  2. Location/Language/Discipline-Specific scholarships, which usually focus on awarding funds to students focusing on a particular language, going to a particular part of the world, or studying a particular field.
  3. Provider scholarships, which are open to students studying with specific study abroad program providers.

In addition, there are numerous scholarships that go toward funding your education which can be applied to study abroad opportunities as well.

  • PCC Foundation 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 an education abroad program; check with the scholarship sponsor for details.

If you are interested in applying for any of these opportunities, or for other external education abroad scholarships, contact Education Abroad at ext. 7117 or studyabroad@pcc.edu for a scholarship advising appointment.

Helpful Scholarship Resources
General Study Abroad Scholarship Parameters and Deadlines
Name of Scholarship Description Next Due Date Award Amount
Gilman For students receiving Pell Grants participating in programs abroad for 2 weeks – 1 year. March 7, 2017 Up to $5000 depending on program length
Fund for Education Abroad For Education Abroad programs of at least 4 weeks. Includes additional PDX Abroad scholarship, Rainbow Scholarship. January 11, 2017 Up to $10,000 depending on program length
Foundation for Global Scholars For Education Abroad programs of at least 4 weeks. Includes general scholarships as well as scholarships for Pell Grant recipients, students majoring in science/technology fields, ethnically diverse students, and veterans. Currently unavailable Up to $2000
Diversity Network For economically disadvantaged students, African-American/Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, multiracial/ethnic or Indigenous/Native-American, students with disabilities and first generation college undergraduate students attending summer education abroad programs. April 7, 2017 $1000
Explore the World Open to residents of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, ages 18-30, who lack the financial resources to go abroad. Award is to be used for an overseas trip and must involve an educational or service learning component. March 15, 2017 $2000
Go Overseas For any student participating in study a study abroad program. The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions. TBA $500
The Guide to Online Schools For students enrolled at a public community college, junior college, technical college, or city college, and working towards a certificate, diploma or degree. February 25, 2017 $2500


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