Scholarships and Funding for Study Abroad

Inquire with the Office of International Programs for additional ways to fund your study abroad experience.  Remember Valparaiso University Financial Aid and Scholarships apply to affiliated programs abroad, with the exception of some music/athletic performance scholarships, so your payment plan remains the same.


Wallace L. Pretzer Study Abroad Scholarship - $1,250

Past Recipients: 

  • Sterling Summerville, Spring 2013, Windhoek, Namibia Program, International Service Major
  • Danielle Burris, Fall 2012, Cambridge, England Program, Music Education Major
  • Amelia Vivens, Spring 2011, Windhoek, Namibia Program, Politcal Science & Theater Major
  • Aaron Bueltman, Spring 2011, Reutlingen, Germany Program, Theology Major
  • Madelyn Horvath, Fall 2010, Cambridge, England Program, Social Work Major
  • Eric Kutemeier, Fall 2010, Reutlingen, Germany Program, German/Geography Major


 Benjamin Gilman Scholarship - up to $5,000



The Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce that the Fall 2014 and Year 14/15 application is now available online for students to access.  Applications are due March 04, 2014 by 11:59 p.m. (central).  For an application to be complete, students will need to have their application certified online by a study abroad advisor and a financial aid advisor to be considered.  All applicants will be notified of their status in June.  For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, webinar schedules, and other helpful resources please visit the Gilman Scholarship website.  


Valpo Internal Deadline: February 10, 2015


Submit your final application by February 10 to the Office of International Programs to have your essay statements reviewed by a faculty committee.  You will be matched with a faculty member to review your essay statements before the final submission deadline of March 03.  Get started now!  

For more information on how to apply yourself, please visit:

Past Recipients:

  • Alex Grask, Spring 2014, La Rochelle, France Exchange Program, International Business Major
  • Carly Tolle, Spring 2014, Anglia Ruskin University Exchange Program in England, Biology Major
  • Daniella Tripodi, Spring 2014, Cambridge, England Study Center Program, Art Major
  • Jon Bicanic, Spring 2014, Cambridge, England Study Center Program, Mechanical Engineering Major
  • Tyler Clark, Spring 2014, Zaragoza, Spain Exchange  Program, Spanish Major
  • Michael Schrag, Year 2014/15, Zaragoza, Spain Exchange Program, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Loren Schmidt, Fall 2013, Hangzhou, China Study Center Program, International Economics & Cultural Affairs & Chinese & Japanese Studies Double Major
  • Sterling Summerville, Spring 2013, Windhoek, Namibia Cooperative Program, International Service Major
  • Amelia Vivens, Spring 2011, Windhoek, Namibia Cooperative Program, Politcal Science & Theater Double Major
  • Jasmine Glab, Spring 2011, Japan Exchange Program, Psychology Major
  • Claire Simonpietri, Spring 2011, Windhoek, Namibia Cooperative Program, Nursing Major
  • Austin Hook, Fall 2009, Reutlingen, Germany Study Center Program, Finance & International Business  Double Major
  • Kari Rogers, Spring 2009, Puebla, Mexico Exchange Program, Spanish Major

Office of Financial Aid

All students can consult with the Office of Financial Aid to discuss the various costs estimates as well as seek guidance on developing a budget for the term abroad.  A Financial Aid Counselor can help students identify extra sources of funding. Visit for more information.


Other Resources

Financing Study Abroad:

Study Abroad Loans
Parent's Guide to Studying Abroad
Study Abroad Writing Contest -

Study Abroad Scholarships and Funding

DAAD-German Exchange

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers Undergraduate Scholarships to highly qualified undergraduate students.

Fulbright Scholarships
Since 1946, the Department of State Fulbright Program has funded U.S. students and faculty to study and/or conduct research in other countries, in order to foster mutual understanding between nations.

Benjamin Gilman Scholarship
This program offers a competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university.

A searchable, continuously updated, database of funding opportunities in biomedical research and science education.

IIE Passport listing of scholarships
List of financial aid, grants, and scholarships for individuals.

National Security Education Program
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) funds U.S. students to study and/or conduct research in other countries, to educate Americans in cross-cultural and global issues and strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness and national security.

Information for both US and international students looking for scholarships to attend college in the USA.

The British Council
This page explains the ways that you might be able to get a scholarship to study in Britain.

United Nations Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organization listing of scholarships (UNESCO)
Information on scholarships offered by higher education institutions and international organizations in 129 countries.