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Funding Study Abroad

Depending on the program and site, a semester or year abroad on a Partner Program is comparable in cost 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 allows students to take 100% of their loans, grants, and scholarships on approved Partner Programs.

Supplemental study abroad scholarship money is available to students demonstrating exceptional financial need, as funds allow.

Drake Global Learning Scholarships

  • Burmeister Scholarship for Uganda Summer Travel Seminars
  • David Wright Scholarship for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication Majors
  • Gendron Scholarship for Non-European Programs
  • Johansen Scholarship for Pharmacy and Health Science Majors
  • Levin Scholarship for Promoting Better Understanding Between Persons of Different Faiths
  • Nelson Scholarship for International Relations, International Business, Language minors, East Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, and Global and Comparative Health
  • Olson Global Service-Learning Scholarship
  • The Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Scholarship
  • Thibodeau Scholarship for Global Citizenship
  • Zimpleman Scholarship for Global Experiential Learning

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

Apply for the Drake Global Learning Scholarships through your Drake International online program application!

National Study Abroad Scholarships

If you are applying to an Partner Partner program, you are likely eligible for their scholarships and grants. These may be need or merit-based awards, and require a separate application directly with the Partner. Scholarship deadlines may be earlier than the study abroad program deadline, therefore, early planning can pay off! Check out other sources for study abroad scholarships:


Begin application in

Most of the work takes place in


Critical Language Scholarship

Fall semester

September to November

Usually mid-November

Fulbright U.K. Summer Institute

Fall semester of first year or sophomore year

Fall semester

Usually late January

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

January for study abroad in the following fall (or full academic year)

August for study abroad in the following spring

Either application cycle for summer study abroad

January to March OR

August to October


Usually early March and early October


Tuition Exchange or Tuition Rebate

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

Study Abroad Travel Warning Policy

In most cases, 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.