Grants & Aid for SU Students

Syracuse Abroad is committed to making study abroad a reality for students seeking academic opportunities beyond their home campus. There are a variety of grants and incentives for undergraduate Syracuse University students participating in Syracuse Abroad programs. Syracuse students should connect with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs for more information.

Learn more through our Financing Study Abroad video series!

Spring 2023 programs** (fall 2023 details coming soon!)

Academic Excellence Award (Merit Based)
Full-time Syracuse University undergraduate semester program students with a GPA of 3.7 – 4.0 attending a fall or spring semester program will receive an academic excellence award in the following amounts. The award is automatic, based on cumulative GPA as reported at the time of application to the program.

  • Spring 2023: $500

Need-Based Award (Need Based)

Eligible full-time Syracuse University undergraduate semester program students with financial need will receive an award in the amount listed below. The award is automatic, based on the financial need level of the student, which is determined by the Syracuse University Office of Financial Aid.

  • Spring 2023: $1,000

Travel Assistance Grant* (Need Based)

Eligible full-time Syracuse University undergraduate semester program students will receive an award in the amount listed below. This grant will be awarded to students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the Syracuse University Office of Financial Aid.

  • Spring 2023: $750

This award will be a part of a student’s total financial aid package. Students will need to cover upfront costs of purchasing the flight as these funds will not be disbursed until closer to the start of the semester. If you need assistance covering the upfront costs of purchasing a flight for your program, you can learn more about our Plane Ticket Loan program here.

Syracuse students who have questions about their study abroad awards should work with their financial aid counselor.

*Students enrolled in a World Partner Program who are receiving travel assistance from the partner are not eligible for this grant.
**Grants and Aid for academic year 2023-2024 are subject to change. Award and grant amounts and types of awards and grants offered for the 2023-2024 academic year may be different than currently noted.

Fall 2023 Location grants

All Syracuse University students enrolling in Syracuse Santiago Center and Exploring Central Europe programs for the fall 2023 semester will receive a $2,000 location grant. Grants will automatically be applied to program costs.


Additional Grants & Scholarships

Study Abroad Grants (Need Based)

Grants are awarded for a student’s first abroad experience based on need, which is determined by the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. Please note that it is the policy of the Office of Financial Aid to provide abroad-specific aid for one semester. Only undergraduate students are eligible. Award amounts vary depending upon need level.

Named Scholarships

Friends of the University have made generous contributions which enable us to award scholarships for specific study abroad experiences for Syracuse University undergraduate students. Full list available here.

Fall-Only Supplemental Aid

Up to 10% supplemental aid, based on previous semester’s aid, for undergraduate students who study abroad in the fall semester. (Not available for continuing students)

Plane Ticket Loan Program

The Syracuse Abroad Plane Ticket Loan Program allows undergraduate students who are fully funded with need based financial aid to apply their financial aid funds toward the purchase of their plane ticket abroad. More information available here.

Himan Brown Fellowship

The School of Education has received over $1 million in support from the Himan Brown Trust to provide scholarships for students interested in going abroad through the Himan Brown Fellowship.  This scholarship is exclusively for School of Education students.  For more information, contact your study abroad counselor or  Dr. Marlene Blumin from the School of Education at mfblumin@syr.edu.

Honors Study Abroad Grants

Study Abroad grants provide one-time funding of up to $ 1,500 to Honors students in good standing with the Honors Program to help fund study abroad programs. Award funds are primarily meant to lessen travel expenses associated with travelling to and from the study abroad destination. Applicants must meet with their financial aid advisor to discuss any implications the award may have on their financial aid package. Learn more: Honors Funding Abroad


Summer Grants & Aid

A variety of grants, aid and scholarships are available to help make summer study abroad possible.

  • Summer Merit Scholarship
  • Need-based Summer Grants
  • Need-based Summer Grants for Center programs
  • Outside Scholarships

Learn more


Financial Aid 101

  • Student aid is based on the total cost of the program you are attending (including tuition, program fee, airfare, and additional personal expenses)
  • Students keep institutional aid when studying on a Syracuse Abroad program (center or World Partners)
  • Undergraduate students may be eligible for a need-based grant based on the completed FAFSA and CSS Profile
  • Students may need to combine need-based grants with loans and other federal aid to cover the total cost of the abroad program
  • Student enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by Syracuse University may be considered enrollment at Syracuse University for the purpose of applying for Federal Title IV financial aid
  • Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs at (315) 443-1513 or via email .

Financial Aid Scholarship Listserv

Looking for scholarship opportunities to support your abroad experience? Join the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs’ listserv and receive information about external scholarship opportunities. Sign up by visiting the scholarship listserv website and following the instructions on the page. You’ll start receiving emails within a few days.


International Students

International students matriculated at SU are not eligible for federally funded financial aid administered by the Syracuse University Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship programs, which includes Study Abroad Grants. For more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs . International undergraduate students may qualify for Named Scholarship awards.


Multiple Semester Students

For students considering a second semester abroad, please note that it is the policy of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs to provide abroad-specific aid for one semester. If you are considering an additional semester abroad, please meet with the financial aid office to discuss your aid options before beginning your application with Syracuse Abroad.