Plan for your study abroad experience
- Attend a Study Abroad 101 information session.
- Acquaint yourself with the program options on this website and research potential programs.
- Make an appointment with a study abroad advisor at https://barnardglobal.youcanbook.me or by calling 212-853-0275.
- Speak to students who are back from studying abroad.
- Make an appointment with your major advisor to discuss departmental and general education requirements and how best to fulfill some of them while abroad.
- Students should have completed two years (or the equivalent at the college level) of the language of the host country, provided the language is offered at Barnard or Columbia, regardless of the language of instruction; OR have completed one year (or the equivalent at the college level) of the language of the host country, if enrolling in a program with an intensive language program at the start of the semester. (For students interested in pursuing other academic opportunities abroad, for instance in STEM fields, language requirements may vary.)
- Students must be currently enrolled at Barnard and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
- Students must have declared their major in order to apply for study abroad and make a plan with their major advisors on fulfilling major and college requirements for graduation.
- A student may not end the semester prior to studying abroad with an incomplete (I) or a deferred exam (X) on her record.
- If you are approved to study abroad, you remain enrolled for that semester (or semesters) and continue to pay Barnard tuition as well as a study abroad assistance fee of $110 and an off-campus comprehensive fee of $50.
- Since you remain enrolled at Barnard, you continue to be eligible for all federal, state, and institutional financial aid during your time abroad.
- Barnard will in turn pay the cost of tuition only to your host university or study abroad program. Please note that you will need to pay your host university or study abroad program directly for all non-tuition costs, such as room and board.
- Pay attention to application fees that some study abroad programs and universities will charge. In some cases it may be possible to waive the fee if you are a high-financial-need student.
The following two prestigious awards require nomination from Barnard. If you are interested in applying for the Boren Scholarship, please contact Jennifer Lech in the Beyond Barnard office at firstname.lastname@example.org. For the Gilman Scholarship, please be in touch with Krista Rockholt in the Barnard Global office at email@example.com.
Boren Scholarships support U.S. undergraduate students studying abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Easter Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. Preference is given to undergraduate applications proposing a full-year academic study. Summer-only programs are limited to science, technology, engineering and mathematics students. As a condition of funding, all Boren Scholars must agree to work in the Federal Government in a position with national security responsibilities for one year within three years of graduation. Awards range from $8,000 for summer study, $10,000 for a semester and up to $20,000 for an academic year. The on-campus deadline for this scholarship is around early January and the national deadline is usually in early February. Interested students should look at the Boren website and contact the Beyond Barnard office for more information.
This award provides undergraduate students of limited financial means the opportunity to pursue academic studies abroad. Applicants must be Pell Grant Recipients. The scholarship awards up to $5,000 for U.S. students to study abroad for up to one academic year. Students who receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Scholarship Program, for a total possible award of up to $8,000. The deadline every year for the spring semester is around early October and it is in early March for the fall and full-year programs. Interested students who are Pell Grant recipients should contact the Barnard Global office in early September or late January, depending on their study abroad plans. Applications and more information can be obtained on the Gilman website.
Some other scholarships to consider are listed below:
Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project for Study Abroad in Japan: Recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for academic year programs). Undergraduates majoring in any field are eligible. No prior language required. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association: Each year BUTEX awards eight scholarships to students studying in the UK for either a semester or for a whole academic year. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university.
Critical Language Scholarships: CLS provide group-based summer intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for eight to ten weeks. CLS institute dates are posted once finalized, but the institutes generally begin within the first three weeks in June, and end within the first three weeks in August. All CLS program costs are covered for scholarship recipients. This includes travel between the student's US home city and program location, mandatory pre-departure orientation costs, applicable visa fees, room, board, program-sponsored travel within country, and all entrance fees for program activities. Please note that U.S. passport fees will not be paid by the scholarship, and students will be required to travel to and from his or her US home city and the airport for CLS Program travel.
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst: DAAD offers a wide range of opportunities to students, scholars, and higher education institutions of the United States and Canada, from undergraduate students to faculty, for study and research in Germany.
Diversity Abroad Scholarships: Barnard is a Diversity Abroad member.
FLAS Scholarships: The FLAS Fellowship competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students of Columbia University and Barnard College who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who are enrolled in a full-time program(either domestic or overseas) that combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies. The FLAS award offers fellowship assistance to meritorious students undergoing beginning, intermediate, or advanced training in modern foreign languages with concentrations in related international or area studies. Undergraduates students must be at the intermediate or advanced level of language proficiency and can apply for a Less Commonly Taught Language, except French German and Spanish.
Fund for Education Abroad: FEA is committed to increasing opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. They are independent non-profit organization with a board comprised of study abroad professionals and other supporters of international education from around the country. Scholarships are $5,000 per semester or $10,000 for the year and are not limited to specific programs, destinations, or fields of study - however - FEA gives priority to underrepresented students (including but not limited to minorities, students planning to study in non-traditional destinations and community college students). The online scholarship application can be accessed at http://www.fundforeducationabroad.com/applicants/. Unlike many other scholarship programs, FEA asks our scholars to apply one year in advance of their academic abroad year.
Society of Teachers of French and Francophone America: SPFFA welcomes all French teachers or teachers interested in research or activities that involve the use of the French language. The SPFFA has several scholarships or research which are awarded annually to students who wish to continue their work in France or Quebec. The Exchange Dufrenoy is aimed at students of scientific disciplines; the Marandon Scholarships are open to different types of students and researchers specializing in literature, humanities, or the arts. Scholarships in Quebec allow students to attend a session of summer school in a Quebec university.
MASA Israel: Grants for study abroad in Israel at affiliated universities.
Upper Midwest Rebild Scholarship Corporation: This program supports U.S. university students who study abroad in Denmark, with the aim of helping to strengthen the cultural and friendship ties between our two countries. This award, up to $3,000, supports a student of Danish background or one who has demonstrated a strong interest and commitment to Denmark and "matters Danish". The application, along with detailed criteria, timing and instructions, is available at the link above, and is open to US citizens or permanent residents attending any U.S. college or university, registered to study abroad in Denmark for a minimum of one semester/trimester.
The World Affairs Forum: Based in Stamford Connecticut, the World Affairs Forum has established a scholarship program for deserving university students to encourage study abroad for those interested in pursuing an international career. Applicants must be residents of Fairfield County, CT or Westchester County, NY.
Choosing a Program
- We strongly advise you to narrow your program choice down to your top pick and an alternate. It is not usually necessary to apply to multiple programs as long as you meet the necessary pre-requisites.
- Begin your application to the program or programs as early as possible, as most programs will make admissions decisions on a rolling basis. Please note that some popular programs will fill before their posted deadline date. Wherever possible, we note which programs tend to fill early.
- Move on to the Apply section.