Funding Study Abroad

Financial Aid

You can use your financial aid to study abroad during academic terms. Your award will be adjusted based on study abroad expenses such as airfare, local living expenses, and local tuition costs. If you receive financial aid, we recommend that you meet with your financial aid counselor as well as a MISTI Program Manager at least one term before you study abroad to start planning how your aid will be affected.

MISTI and Student Financial Services will work together to gather and verify cost information for your study abroad program. Based on this information, your financial aid counselor will advise you on your adjusted financial aid package and process your refund accordingly. Learn more about using financial aid to study abroad here.


MIT-Managed Funding

Summer and IAP Scholarships

Scholarships for summer and IAP study abroad programs are available for undergraduates. These scholarships are provided by different sources within and outside of MIT to support program costs (tuition and fees), airfare, and related expenses, even if the program is not managed by MIT. Amounts vary, from partial to full funding, depending on the program and financial need. Funding will be disbursed in advance of the program, based on a written agreement. 

Kelly-Douglas Fund

The Kelly-Douglas Fund supports MIT sophomores, juniors, and seniors traveling during IAP or summer to deepen their understanding of the humanities, arts, or social sciences. Awards are up to $1,500.

External Study Abroad Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides scholarship opportunities of up to $5,000 for U.S. students on Pell Grants to help fund study-abroad experiences for the summer, fall, spring, or full year. In 2010, the Gilman program launched a new summer scholarship program for students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Boren Scholarships

Boren Scholarships offer up to $20,000 for U.S. undergraduate students interested in language studies in areas of the world that are underrepresented by many study abroad programs. Boren offers similar fellowships to graduate students.

Boren launched a special summer initiative for STEM majors. The scholarships fund up to $8,000 for summer study (minimum eight weeks).

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) 

Freeman-ASIA provides up to $7,000 in need-based funding to assist U.S. undergraduate students with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.  

The Bridging Scholarship

The Bridging Scholarship program provides 60 scholarships to U.S. students interested in studying in Japan. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized exchange or independent program are eligible to apply. Recipients will receive stipends ranging from $2,500 to $4,000, depending on the length of their study program.

China Government Scholarships

The Chinese government offers the China Government Scholarship to provide full funding for a select group of MIT students to study in China for one semester or one year. Interested students should contact MISTI at for further information.

The Critical Language Scholarships

The Critical Language Scholarships program provides seven to ten weeks of group-based overseas foreign language instruction and cultural enrichment experiences for U.S. citizens who are students at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels.

Morgan Stanley Japan

Morgan Stanley Japan awards two $7,500 scholarships per year to undergraduate students studying abroad in Japan who have an interest in economics and international finance and have been accepted to study in Japan for the full academic year. Applicants must submit an essay on a designated public-policy topic with their application.