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.


Valparaiso Univeristy Office of International Programs Scholarships:

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

Valpo Study Abroad Study Center Photography Scholarship (NEW!) - $500

Two awards of $500 each will be given to creative students with a passion for photography who are spending a semester abroad through Valparaiso University. Recipients of this scholarship are expected to submit images and film footage to the Office of International Programs upon their return so the OIP may use for promotional materials. A committee, comprised of OIP Study Abroad and IMC staff, will select the awardees each semester based on their application, portfolio, and study abroad destination. 

- Participate in an approved for-credit, semester-long Study Abroad program (preference given to VU Study Center participants: Reutlingen, Cambridge, San Jose, Hangzhou)
- Completed Photography Scholarship application
- Submitted creative portfolio of photographs (virtual or hard copy)
- Minimum 2.75 GPA
Deadlines: December 1 for the following spring semester, April 1 for the following fall semester


Valparaiso Univeristy Department of Foreign Language & Literatures Scholarships:

The Henry & June Giebel Scholarship 

For students attending a year-long program in Germany.

The Rev. & Mrs. Arthur L. Reinke & The Rev. & Mrs. Augustus Reinke Memorial Scholarship

For Classics students who have completed one year of college Latin or Greek.

The John & Dorothea Helms Endowed Scholarship

Annual award; preference to students studying Greek or Latin.

Delta Upsilon Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi Scholarship

For students who have had at least one year of Greek or Latin; preference given to Eta Sigma Phi members.

The Professor Carol Petersen Scholarship

Awarded every year to an incoming student majoring in French or German - must be nominated for this scholarship.

The Patterson McLean Friedrich French Scholarship - $1,000

For junior French majors; students are nominated by French professors.


For more information on the previously-mentioned Foreign Language Scholarships for upper-class students in Classics, French, or German, please click here.


Valparaiso University 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.


Valparaiso University Gilman Scholarship Program:

 Benjamin Gilman Scholarship - up to $5,000
The Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce that the Fall 2015 and Year 15/16 application is now available online for students to access.  Applications are due October 7, 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: One month before the student application deadline

Submit your final application 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.  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



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.

Boren Scholarship
The U.S. government administers the National Security Education Program (NSEP) scholarships for undergraduates who will specifically pursue the study of languages and cultures currently under-represented in study abroad, especially those critical to U.S. national security. 

Diversity Abroad
Diversity abroad was founded to ensure that all students are aware and have equal access to study and travel abroad opportunities. The mission of Diversity Abroad is to increase minority students’ participation in study and travel abroad programs.

Bridging Scholarship
The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan.

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.