Learning Abroad Center

American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) Scholarships

AIFS has more than doubled the amount of scholarship money awarded annually to program participants. Each year, more than $600,000 in scholarships will be given to summer and semester students who submit application materials demonstrating high academic achievement. Scholarships are available for both summer and semester programs. The AIFS Scholarships include: AIFS International Scholarships Each semester AIFS offers 40 scholarships of $1,000 to students who demonstrate high academic achievement and write an essay addressing “How study abroad will impact my academic and personal growth.” AIFS-HACU Scholarships The purpose of the program is to provide up to $50,000 in scholarships for outstanding Hispanic students to study abroad with AIFS. This special scholarship will be available to students attending HACU member schools. To find out more about HACU, visit www.hacu.net. Scholarship winners can study for a semester (Fall or Spring) on any AIFS program. AIFS-NAFEO Scholarships AIFS and the National Association For Equal Opportunity in Higher Education are working together to provide scholarships for outstanding students at black colleges to study abroad with AIFS. These special scholarships will be available to students attending NAFEO member institutions. To find out more about NAFEO visit www.nafeo.org. Scholarship winners can study for a semester (Fall or Spring) on any AIFS program. Diversity Abroad Achievement Scholarship Each semester, AIFS offers up to 10 semester scholarships of $1000 to outstanding students from under-represented groups.


Africa & Middle East
Asia & Oceania


Internship (non-credit)


Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences
Architecture & Design
Biological Sciences
Communication/Cultural Studies/Literature
Engineering/Math/Computer & Physical Sciences
Health Sciences/Health Services
Social Sciences/Human Services
Visual Arts/Performing Arts




Academic Level

  • Undergraduates
  • Graduate

Diversity-Based Eligibility

  • First Generation College Students
  • LGBTQIA Students
  • Low-income/Primarily Financial Need-based Scholarships
  • Multicultural or Ethnic Minority Students/Students of Color
  • Non-traditional Students
  • Students with Disabilities
  • Women

Open to Non-US Citizens


Other Eligibility

Students must meet the minimum requirements for the program to which they are applying, have at least a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA, show leadership potential and be involved in extracurricular activities centered on multicultural or international issues.


Varies depending on specific scholarship

Contact Information

Website https://www.aifsabroad.com/financial-aid/
Email [email protected]
Phone 1.800.727.2437

American Institute For Foreign Study College Division River Plaza 9 West Broad Street Stamford, CT 06902-3788