Student Support



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.


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

SMC Specific Scholarships

SMC Global Citizenship Scholarship (Due to the pandemic this scholarship is temporarily suspended)
The SMC Global Citizenship Scholarship for SMC Study Abroad Programs awards range between $500 and $2000 towards the program cost for session programs Students must have a FAFSA on file with SMC Financial Aid office to be eligible. Open to full time students at least 18 years of age. Additional information and eligibility requirements.

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. Must be US Citizen. SMC Study Abroad programs of 2 or more weeks are eligible for this program.

  • Gilman-McCain Scholarship: The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of up to $5000 for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit bearing-programs. For students receiving Pell grants. Must be a US Citizen. SMC Study Abroad programs of 2 or more weeks 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Scholarship 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.

  • The BackPackerCo Scholarship The scholarship program held by TheBackPackerCo is open for all the students who are passionate about traveling. For this scholarship, applicants need to make a personalized video of any destination where he/she has traveled,and the best one will be the awarded with $500. There are no limits aside from your creativity for this. The winner will be based on the quality of video. Take out your camera and start shooting; let the whole world know your story.