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Scholarships & Funding

 

BCA Study Abroad has committed to increasing the number of undergraduate students from diverse ethnic, faith, sexual & gender identity and socio-economic backgrounds who study abroad. As part of this mission, we strive to make studying abroad affordable for all students and as part of this commitment offer various scholarship opportunities for students participating on BCA program. There are also many other grants and scholarships available and creative ways for you to save and fundraise for your study abroad program.

BCA Semester Program Scholarships

The BCA Semester Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship toward the cost of a BCA semester program. Students who are applying to study abroad for a year are eligible to apply for both semesters. The scholarships are open to all BCA applicants who meet the requirements and apply by the deadlines with the appropriate documentation.

To be considered, you must:

  • Be enrolled at a U.S. college or university
  • Complete the BCA application for the program to which you are applying by the deadline (you do not need to be accepted into the program when you apply for the scholarship)
  • Complete and submit the BCA Scholarship Applicationby the deadline*
    • To be eligible, you must submit the most recent copy of your Financial Aid Award letter from your college or university with the scholarship application
  • Application Deadlines:
    • Fall Semester Abroad: March 15 (Award Notification: April 1)
    • Spring Semester Abroad: October 15 (Award Notification: Nov 1)

 BCA Summer Program Scholarships

The BCA Summer Scholarship is a $500 scholarship toward the cost of a BCA summer program. The scholarships are open to all BCA applicants who meet the requirements and apply by the deadline with the appropriate documentation.

To be considered, you must:

  • Complete the BCA application for the program to which you are applying by the deadline (you do not need to be accepted into the program when you apply for the scholarship)
  • Complete the BCA Summer Scholarship Applicationby the deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    • Summer Abroad: March 1 (Award Notification: March 15)

How do you select students?

Eligible students are evaluated based on demonstrated financial need and the quality of the BCA program application submitted.

How will I be notified?

If you are awarded a BCA scholarship, you will receive an award letter within two weeks of the application deadline. You will be required to sign the letter and return it to BCA by the stated deadline. By accepting the scholarship and signing the letter, you will also be committing to participate in the program.

BCA Bonner Scholars Award

Students who are Bonner Scholars can apply for the BCA’s Bonner Scholarship to receive a $500 scholarship. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in one of our semester or year programs that offers multiple opportunities for volunteer placements. Our commitment to Bonner Scholars will ensure that students can fulfill 140 hours of service work during their semester or year abroad with BCA.

To be considered, you must:

  • Complete the BCA application for the program to which you are applying by the deadline (you do not need to be accepted into the program when you apply for the scholarship)
  • Complete the Bonner Scholars Scholarship Applicationby the deadline*
  • Application Deadlines:
    • Fall Semester Abroad: March 15 (Award Notification: April 1)
    • Spring Semester Abroad: October 15 (Award Notification: Nov 1)

Program Opportunities:

  • Chennai, India
  • Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Valladolid, Spain
  • Xalapa, Mexico

BCA Storyteller Scholarships

Generate funds while abroad by sharing your experiences on social media! BCA will award 5 social media savvy students, per study abroad term, to partner with us for this unique scholarship opportunity. Share images and videos, write blogs and host social media takeovers on platforms like InstagramFacebookPinterestTwitterYouTube and Snapchat! Use this experience to help build your resume, generate extra spending money for your time abroad and get recognized as an official BCA Storyteller!

To be considered, you must:

  • Complete the BCA application for the program to which you are applying by the deadline (you do not need to be accepted into the program when you apply for the scholarship)
  • Complete the BCA Story Teller Scholarship Application and submit all required media samples by the deadline*
  • Application Deadlines:
    • Fall/Year Semester Abroad: June 1 (Award Notification: June 15
    • Spring Semester Abroad: December 1 (Award Notification: December 15
    • Summer Abroad: April 15 (Award Notification: May 1)

Other Available Study Abroad Grants and Scholarships

There are many outside organizations that offer grants and scholarships for study abroad students to help offset the cost of the program and travel. There are also several search engines that you can use to identify additional scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply. Learn more on our non BCA scholarships page.

Saving & Fundraising for Study Abroad

When considering study abroad, it’s important to plan in advance so you have time to save money for your experience. Many students use summer and winter breaks, or on campus jobs, to make and save money toward their study abroad experience.

Additionally, instead of asking for the usual items at holidays or birthdays, you could ask for a suitcase, camera, power adapter, passport holder and other travel accessories. You could also ask for money to go towards your program fee, passport, airfare, personal travels, and more.

Crowd Funding Campaigns

If you want to reach a large audience of people and ask for donations to your study abroad experience, you should consider setting up a crowd funding campaign. This is a great way to reach your family members and friends who may be interested in helping you achieve your goal of studying abroad. Through your campaign, you can also set up ways to help them feel engaged in your experience as you prepare for your trip, have adventures overseas, and return to the U.S.

Social media enables you to share a link to your campaign and watch it take off! You never know how far your fundraiser could go. FundMyTravel is a popular site to use, but there are a lot of options, so check them out.