• For U.S. Students

    EducationUSA helps promote study abroad opportunities for U.S. students, who can prepare for leadership roles in today's globalized world through an international education. Find programs and resources below.

  • For U.S. Students

For U.S. Students

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U.S. Department of State Study Abroad Programs


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program:  The Gilman program provides scholarships for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means and diverse backgrounds to pursue academic studies in non-traditional study abroad destinations. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in a global economy and in an increasingly interdependent world. Established under the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, Gilman scholarships provide up to $5,000 for American students to pursue overseas study for college credit. Students studying critical need languages are eligible for up to $3,000 in additional funding as part of the Gilman Critical Need Language Supplement program, for a possible total of $8,000 in funding.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program:  The CLS program provides overseas foreign language instruction and cultural enrichment experiences in 13 critical need languages for U.S. students in higher education. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Undergraduate, master's and doctoral-level students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply for the seven-to-10-week-long programs. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. 

Fulbright U.S. Student Program:  The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a country outside the United States. Applicants for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program include recent graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals.



Ideas for Studying Abroad


Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET): CSIET is a private, not-for-profit organization that identifies reputable international youth exchange programs, provides leadership and support to the exchange and educational communities, and promotes the importance and educational value of international youth exchange. CSIET publishes an annual Advisory List of organizations that have been evaluated and deemed to meet CSIET standards.

IIE Passport:  The Institute of International Education's IIE Passport allows you to search for learning opportunities to match the needs and interests you define.

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP): ISEP is a membership organization of nearly 220 higher education institutions in the United States and 35 other countries that are committed to international exchange.

Mobility International USA:  MIUSA’s mission is to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in international exchange and development programs.

National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE):  With support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, NCDE goals are to increase the participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in the full range of international exchange opportunities.

National Security Education Program (NSEP):  The Institute of International Education administers the NSEP to provide U.S. undergraduates with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experience in countries and areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation.

Studyabroad.com:  An online directory of study abroad opportunities.



Resources for Work Abroad


Center for International Career Development:  CICD offers internships, professional training, volunteer and work and travel opportunities.

Council on International Educational Exchange:  For U.S. students, faculty, and administrators, CIEE offers programs including study abroad, teach abroad, and faculty development seminars.

Cultural Vistas (formerly AIPT-CDS):  Cultural Vistas offers a number of programs for students and professionals from the U.S. to work abroad and provides program support before and during international assignment.

InterExchange:  Work and travel jobs, international internships, au pair/childcare, volunteer, informal teaching and farm worker programs around the world.

International Exchange Locator:  Whether you are an exchange practitioner, an international student, a job seeker, an embassy official, a student looking for financial aid, or if you just want handy information on programs, this book — available from the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange — will prove an invaluable resource.

Michigan State University Directory of International Internships:  Guide to international internships sponsored by educational institutions, government agencies, and private organizations.

University of Michigan Directory of Work Abroad Websites:  Collection of sites for work abroad and international careers.

The U.S. Department of State’s Office of English Language Programs has programs that send English teaching professionals overseas. 

U.S. Foreign Service:  The U.S. State Department recruits diplomats and specialists and offers listings of job announcements for the United Nations and other international organizations.



EducationUSA Internships Abroad


In the last few years, U.S. students have increasingly sought out internship opportunities abroad. To support U.S. study abroad efforts, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs promotes opportunities for students to spend time at overseas EducationUSA Advising Centers to meet and share experiences with prospective foreign students. EducationUSA Internships allow students enrolled in accredited U.S. institutions to share details of American life, academic programs, and fields of study either in person or through Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternships. For other internship opportunities related to EducationUSA's mission, please visit the U.S. Department of State's Student Programs site. Please see EducationUSA Internships in the following six world regions for application procedures and a list of current opportunities. Click on the links below to view currently available opportunities:



Know Before You Go


Find everything you need to know about travel documents, staying healthy, handling emergencies, and daily living issues while abroad through these great U.S. State Department resource guides for students abroad.


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