Scholarships for Students Going Abroad

Don’t let finances stand in the way of your dream exchange!

Over the years we have seen the positive impact that a cross cultural education has had on both American and International students, and we want everyone to have the opportunity to go abroad. In addition to our own discounts, we offer our ISE Travel & Study Abroad Ambassador Scholarship. We have also complied a list of other available scholarships.

ISE Ambassador Scholarship

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Designed for students who would like to engage deeply with their host community and reflect on their experience via blog/video contributions. 

Additional Scholarships

We gathered a list of some additional scholarships that can help finance your dream exchange

ISE Travel & Study Abroad Ambassador Scholarship

Students selected for this scholarship represent the Travel & Study Abroad Program and act as ambassadors for both their home and host country. This scholarship is designed for students who would like to engage deeply with their host community and reflect on their experience via blog/video contributions. Students will document the experience, impact, and importance of their international exchange periodically throughout their program.


Entry Criteria:

Applicants must be passionate about storytelling and excited to fully immerse themselves in a new way of life. Prior blogging/vlogging experience is not a requirement – we welcome all interested and qualified students! Students with experience blogging/vlogging are strongly encouraged to apply and include links to their existing posts!


To Apply:

Please provide a link to a sample post on your preferred blogging platform (Youtube, WordPress, Medium, Wix, Weebly, etc.) that speaks to why you wish to study abroad. Posts should:

  • Be between 500-800 words
  • Include at least 3 photos
  • Video submissions should be at least one minute long


Expectations & Allocation:
Every ISE Ambassador will become an accredited author of the ISE Blog. They are all expected to submit a motivational piece at the beginning of their program (the application/entry blogs are accepted) and 1 piece at the end of their program summarizing their learnings and experiences. Depending on the program duration, Ambassadors are expected to produce at least 1 blog / vlog every 2 months. Upon submission, their blog articles will be reviewed by ISE Blog editors and, if needed, the Ambassadors will be expected to make necessary corrections. Editors will always be available to provide guidance and potential topics to explore.


Program Type Duration Min # of blogs / vlogs Scholarship Amount
Summer / Short Term 2 – 8 weeks 2 $150
High School 3 months 3 $450
5 months 4 $650
10 – 12 months 6 $1000


Scholarships are awarded at any time prior to the final program payment deadline.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

SYTA Youth Foundation - Road Scholarship

The Road Scholarship is financial aid granted to individuals or groups of 5 or more who have been nominated by a teacher or youth group leader and who meet criteria within 5 categories: Achievement, Need, Initiative/Involvement, Service/Citizenship, and Connection. The grants are vetted and approved through the SYF Board of Trustees.

  • Award: Varies
  • Deadline: There are application periods each season (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter)

IvyPanda Video Scholarship

Each year IvyPanda awards creative and talented movie making students with scholarships. Applicant must record an original video on one of the following topics:

  1. Money-Managing Tips for Students
  2. Socializing in College: Your Advice
  3. How to Enhance Your Studying With the Use of Digital Age Tools
  • Award: $1,000 to winner, $500 to runner up
  • Deadline: October 7th, 2020

FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

Family Travel Forum (FTF) are offering scholarships to encourage teens to share travel experiences in words and images. Have you taken an unexpectedly wonderful — or terrible but funny — trip with your family? Or have you journeyed somewhere with a school group or sports team and have some advice on how to make the most of your experience or destination? Have you gone somewhere — near or far — that opened up new ways of looking at the world?

Family Travel Forum invites you to submit travel blogs that are serious, funny or contemplative, as long as they are informative.

  • Award: 
    • First Place: $1,000
    • Second Place: $500
    • Third Place: $250
  • Deadline: July 14th, 2020

Explore The World Travel Scholarship

HI USA thinks travel should be as much about making a difference in the world as it is about seeing it. That’s why they’ve created Explore the World Travel Scholarships. Recipients receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip that includes an educational or service component.

Award: $2,000

Deadline: Varies


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