Funding Study Abroad

Depending on the program and site, a semester or year abroad with a Drake-affiliated program is comparable in cost for tuition, room, and board to a semester or year at Drake.

Financial aid is available for study abroad, and the Office of Student Financial Planning reviews each student's package individually. Drake University grants and scholarships awarded to a student are limited to 50% for study abroad on a Drake affiliated provider and 100% for an exchange program and for two semesters only. All other financial aid (i.e., federal grants and loans, outside scholarships) can be awarded as allowable at 100%.

Supplemental study abroad scholarship money is available to students demonstrating exceptional financial need, as funds allow.  Students who receive a Federal Pell Grant may also be eligible to receive a supplemental Study Away scholarship from Drake.  These scholarships are awarded automatically to eligible students and do not require a special application process.

Drake Global Learning Scholarships

  • Zimpleman Scholarship for Global Experiential Learning
  • Olson Global Service-Learning Scholarship
  • Allen Service-Learning Travel Scholarship
  • Thibodeau Scholarship for Global Citizenship
  • International Relations Experiential Learning Scholarship
  • The Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences Scholarship

These scholarships are designed to enable students to reach their full potential as responsible global citizens. All six scholarships are need based, but have slightly different selection criteria. Learn about the selection criteria for each of the Global Learning Scholarships.

 Apply for the Global Learning Scholarships


Other Study Abroad Aid

Many Drake Affiliated study abroad programs also offer education abroad scholarships and grants. These may be need or merit-based awards, and require a separate application directly with the Affiliated Partner. The scholarship deadline may be earlier than the study abroad program deadline, therefore, early planning can pay off! Talk to the Education Abroad staff if you have any questions.

Gilman Scholarship—sponsored by the Department of State and provides awards for undergraduate students who receive Pell grants as part of their financial aid package.

Boren Scholarship—sponsored by the National Security Education Program and provides up to $20,000 to study a language or area that has been deemed critical to US foreign interests.

German Academic Exchange Service—Administered by the German Government, this program provides short and long-term scholarships for Americans wanting to go to Germany. This includes internship exchanges in science labs, the German Bundestag (Congress), and journalistic areas


Tuition Exchange or Tuition Rebate

These programs cannot be applied toward study abroad. Please meet with Student Financial Planning if you have questions.

Study Abroad Travel Warning Policy

Under normal circumstances, Drake University financial aid cannot be used to support study in a country where the State Department has issued a travel warning. Exceptions may be granted by the Provost after consultation with the Risk Assessment Committee.

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