Center for International Programs - Semester/Year Abroad

Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

SJU Study Abroad Scholarships

SJU Study Abroad Grants:

Saint Joseph's University offers several scholarships from $500 to $1,500 for Saint Joseph's University students studying abroad on semester or year programs.  To be eligible for consideration, you must be an SJU degree-seeking undergraduate student and complete the SJU Study Abroad Application.  Students who have not studied or traveled abroad in the past are strongly encouraged to apply.  Awards are granted on the basis of merit, need, and the quality of the essay.  Scholarships are for only one semester of study.  Previous award winners are not eligible.  Completed scholarship applications must be submitted in full to the Center for International Programs and received by March 15 for Fall programs and October 15 for Spring programs.  All applications will be reviewed by a committee.  All award decisions are final and may not be appealed.  Please refer to the Study Abroad Grant Information Sheet for details on qualifications, eligibility, and expectations.

The Society of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick Irish Studies Fund:

The Society of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick have generously donated monies to Saint Joseph's University to aid in the support of an SJU undergraduate student(s) who is accepted by SJU and the overseas university to study abroad in Ireland for a semester or year academic program. This award is made once a year.  All students must apply by April 1st prior to the academic year during which they plan to study abroad. Scholarship award amounts vary year to year, but are estimated to be a minimum of $1,000 designated for tuition only and are awarded on a need and merit basis. Preference shall be given to students who pursue courses in Irish Studies or the Humanities while in Ireland.  Please stop by the Center for International Programs for more information.

Department of Asian Studies Scholarship

A limited number of scholarships are available to Asian Studies majors and minors for study in Asia, through SJU approved programs at The Beijing Center in China or Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, or through a petition program in Asia. Preference is given to Asian Studies majors & minors, but others are welcome to apply. Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Find out more information on the Department website, or by contacting Dr. David Carpenter ( or Susan Andrews ( for an application. 

Department of Political Science Scholarship

Thomas Fund Scholarships: In addition to the financial assistance for lectures,  the Thomas Family Fund provides funding to Political Science students who are studying abroad for a semester. In the last two years alone, four students have benefitted from the Thomas Family Fund. In spring 2010 Alyssa Ryan '11 studied in London and interned with a Member of the British Parliament; Frederick Roth '11, studied in Leuven, Belgium and interned in the European Union Parliament in spring 2010; Megan Scheidemann '11, also studied in Leuven, Belgium and interned for the European Union Parliament in spring 2009; Amar Sharif '12 traveled to South Africa for the fall 2010 semester and participated in  the Marquette program. To apply for the study abroad scholarships, click here.

Department of Modern and Classical Languages Scholarships

Italian: The Coccia Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship provides matching funds, which range from $100 to $250 to students studying abroad in Italy. Requests are limited to once a semester.  Requests for all Awards and Grants are submitted on Coccia Foundation Application Forms (one for Matching Funds the other for all other Awards) and are subject to approval of the Coccia Foundation Board of Trustees. For further information on criteria, click here. For an application, click here.

SJU Approved Programs:

*Always check with your Study Abroad program to see if any scholarships or travel grants are offered!

Outside Scholarships

For a comprehensive list of 40+ national scholarships for studying abroad, please see our Scholarship Chart. Note: These scholarships are not endorsed by the CIP, just provided as a starting place for your research. For the most up-to-date information, please see individual scholarship websites.  

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Financial Aid and Loan Information 

SJU Resources

**All forms of financial aid can be applied to Saint Joseph’s semester abroad programs.  This includes Saint Joseph’s grants, loans, scholarships, and state and federal awards, such as Pell Grants and Guaranteed Student Loans.  Students who have questions about their current financial aid package should contact their Financial Aid Advisor.**