Financial aid

If you are an SMC student planning to study abroad through SMC, the financial aid application steps are the same as if you were studying on campus.

However, it is particularly important that you complete your financial aid application early so funds will be available to you before you go abroad. The amount and type of aid will vary depending on the program type and your individual aid package.

Scholarships

There are numerous scholarship and aid opportunities available to help you fund your study abroad program.

SMC Specific Scholarships

SMC Global Citizenship Scholarship
The SMC Global Citizenship Scholarship for Study Abroad Programs awards range between $500 and $2000 towards the program cost for session programs (Latin America summer 2017; South Africa winter session 2017) and up to $1000 for Field Studies Abroad programs (Copenhangen Denmark and St. Petersburg Russia – spring break 2017). Students must apply for FAFSA to be eligible. F-1 students are also eligible for this scholarship. Additional information and eligibility requirements.

CCIE Soonchunyang University in Korea
California Colleges for International Education (CCIE) has awarded Full scholarships for study at Soonchunhyang University in Korea in the fall and spring. These scholarships are for only for students from CCIE member colleges. Santa Monica College is a CCIE member college, making our students eligible to apply for this opportunity. The scholarship includes the following tuition, airfare (up to $700); room/board (not meals or daily expenses) and weekly living expense support (approximately $100 per week).

Other Scholarships for Study Abroad

  • Gilman Scholarship: For students receiving Pell grants participating in programs abroad for 2 weeks - 1 year. Up to $5,000. SMC programs to South Africa and Latin America are eligible for this program.

  • Freeman Awards for study in East or Southeast Asia(Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam). Awards up to $3,000 for summer (minimum 8 weeks), $5,000 for semester/quarter, $7,000 for academic year study in one of the listed countries. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have a minimum 2.8 GPA, and have demonstrated financial need. Applicants for summer awards cannot have spent more than 4 weeks in the country they intend to study in within the last 5 years; quarter/semester/year applicants cannot have spent more than 6 weeks in their target country in the last 5 years.

  • DAAD Scholarships for study in Germany: the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers scholarships for U.S. students to study in Germany. Options include:

    • University Summer Course Grants of approximately $1,500 - $1,800, for students enrolling in summer courses offered by German universities. Applicants must have completed at least two years of college-level German language study and one year of college study by the time of participation.

    • Undergraduate Scholarships providing a monthly stipend of approximately $850 per month plus additional funds to help with travel costs, for students studying in Germany for a semester or an academic year. Applicants must have completed the second year of college prior to participation.

  • Fulbright UK Summer Institutes for study in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Fully-funded (airfare, room and board, cultural activities, academic credit) 3-6 week summer programs for U.S. first-year and second-year college students to study at British university summer schools. Approximately 50 scholarships each year. In 2015, institute options include Shakespearean theater in London, archaeology in Durham, urban studies in London, art/humanities/design in Nottingham, Irish studies in Belfast, Scottish studies in Dundee and Glasgow, history of the transatlantic slave trade in Bristol, leadership and sustainability in Exeter, and Welsh studies in Cardiff, Bangor, and Aberystwyth. Minimum 3.5 GPA required.

  • Education New Zealand Scholarships for students studying in New Zealand for a semester or year. Options include Travel Awards of $2,000 to help cover flight costs for study in New Zealand, and Excellence Awards of $500 for students studying abroad at a New Zealand university. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, be currently at least a sophomore at a U.S. college or university, be at least 18 years old at the time of application, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. SMC has an articulation agreement for specific majors with University of Otago.

  • Bridging Scholarships for study in Japan: scholarships of $2,500 for a semester or $4,000 for a year of study in Japan. Approximately 100 scholarships each year. Students must be enrolled in a degree program at SMC; no prior study of Japanese is required.

    Read about previous Scholarship Winner Daniel Zarate.

  • Critical Language Scholarships: Fully-funded (airfare, room and board, cultural activities, academic credit) study at designated 7-10 week intensive summer language institutes abroad in critical foreign languages. Approximately 600 scholarships each year.

  • Boren Sch​olarship for study in geographic areas and languages designated as critical to U.S. national security, including any country in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Up to $10,000 per semester. Approximately 150 scholarships each year. Includes a service requirement that recipients work in a national security position with the Federal government after graduation.

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