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Financial Planning and Scholarships

Listed below is information regarding scholarships and grants to help fund a study abroad experience. Make sure you plan early as deadlines may or may not coincide with study abroad application deadlines.

The Lougheed Center for Applied Learning oversees several study abroad scholarships.

  • Available scholarships can be applied to online via the SUNY Potsdam Scholarship Opportunities portal.
  • For Fall and Summer experiences, scholarship applications open in March.
  • For Spring and Winterim (December, January) experiences, scholarship applications open in October.

Please contact us if you have more questions! 

In addition, some departments have funding to support study abroad for their majors - Please contact your academic department for minimum qualifications, deadlines, and application materials.

If you are ready to move beyond SUNY Potsdam funding for study abroad, start with NAFSA.

NAFSA: Association of International Education
NAFSA maintains a page dedicated to Financial Aid & Study Abroad: Basic Facts for Students. This page provides a basic overview for students on the different types of financial aid that could be included in a campus financial aid package, how that aid may (or may not) be applied to a study abroad program, and information on additional study abroad specific aid and other resources.  This site requires you to register for a free account with NAFSA.

Diversity Abroad
Diversity Abroad has a database where you can Search Study Abroad Scholarships & Fellowships.
Find study abroad scholarships & global fellowship by keyword, country, subject or check out the recommended searches.

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes
Scholarships for U.S. citizen undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D. students to participate in beginning, intermediate, and advanced level intensive language programs at American Overseas Research Centers.

The German Academic Exchange Service, (DAAD) offers financial support for US undergraduate students for study in all fields, for 2-10 months in Germany. These scholarships could be for a summer course at a Germany university, internship, senior thesis research or a study abroad semester/year. This is a flexible program that can work for you within the framework of an existing exchange relationship between SUNY Potsdam and a university in Germany (Universitat Potsdam) or a study abroad program of another US university. Or you can design your own program.  Information at:

North American Wales Foundation
The Foundation exists to promote education and cultural links between Wales and North America.  There are two scholarship opportunities for North American students who are studying abroad in Wales – the Lloyd Family Travel Scholarship and the Exchange Scholarship.  For more information and application materials, visit NAWF.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants
 Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. One hundred twenty-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Applicants do not have to be Society members but must attend an institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter.

For more information and application details please visit Phi Kappa Phi.

The American Women’s Club in Sweden offers AWC travel grants for U.S. citizens (both men and women) studying in Sweden.  For more information and application details please visit AWC.