Funding Study Abroad


SUNY Oneonta Education Abroad Scholarships:

Several study abroad scholarships are available to SUNY Oneonta students through the College at Oneonta Foundation. The scholarships are made possible through gifts and grants from alumni, faculty, staff and community members who share a commitment to SUNY Oneonta and its students.

All short-term faculty-led program participants, international internship participants, and semester study abroad participants with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above are eligible to apply.

The Office of International Education is now collecting scholarship applications for Fall 2021:


Fall 2021 Programs Deadline: Thursday, April 8, 2021 by 4 pm - EXTENDED to Friday, April 16, 2021 by 4pm!


SUNY Oneonta Education Abroad Scholarships Offered:
  • College at Oneonta Foundation 30th Anniversary Scholarship
  • Dr. Warren & Mrs. Rita Wellman Scholarship for Study Abroad
  • Gerald J. Ferrante '77 Scholarship in Memory of Margaret A. Ferrante
  • Gary '71 and Pamela '73 Tutty Study Abroad Scholarship
  • Martha and Joseph Forgiano Fund for International Travel
  • Carrie Krumholtz-Liebman '92 Scholarship - Awarded to students who major in Art
  • Bill and Khuki Woolever Scholarship - Awarded to students participating in programs that take place OUTSIDE of Western European countries, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • Global Connectedness Fund - Awarded to undergraduate AND graduate students


SUNY Oneonta Career Development Scholarships (For International Internship Participants)


Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship (External Scholarship) for Pell Grant Recipients

This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Programs must be at least three weeks (21 days) in length for students from 4-year institutions.

Deadline: The March 9, 2021 Deadline application will open in mid-January 2021 for applicants whose programs that start between May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022. This cycle encompasses Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Academic Year 2021-2022, and Spring 2022 programs.

*Students should make an appointment with an OIE professional advisor for help with Gilman Scholarship guidelines, essay, & form. You must notify your home campus Study Abroad Advisor and Financial Aid Counselor, as they must both certify the Gilman application after you have submitted it. 

 Gilman ScholarshiP WEBSITE 

Selection Criteria     Essay Prompts


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SUNY Diversity Abroad Honors Scholarship Program

SUNY’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) is again offering its undergraduate scholarship program to diverse students interested in participating in one of SUNY’s many study abroad programs.  The Diversity Abroad Honors Scholarship Program (DAHSP) recognizes the valuable benefit that SUNY’s international education programs provide.  Campuses nominate students who might not otherwise be able to study abroad for the Diversity Abroad Honors Scholarship Program through their Study Abroad Program Office or coordinator.  Through this program, ODEI hopes to offset the costs of participating in an approved credit-bearing overseas academic program.

*This SUNY scholarship has been paused until further notice.*

  • Guidelines & Requirements
  • Application Form
  • Reference Form

Application Deadline:


*Students should make an appointment with an OIE advisor to discuss Diversity Scholarship guidelines, essay, & form.

Financial Aid

The cost of studying abroad varies considerably with respect to duration, location, institution, and the timing of your travel.  With careful research and planning, you can turn your study abroad dreams into reality.

Though the cost of studying abroad can be significant, the benefits far outweigh the expenditures.  SUNY Oneonta has cost-effective exchange programs, as well as faculty-led programs, that are quite reasonable on a student’s budget.  Within the SUNY system, amidst 1,000-plus locations to choose from, you’re bound to find a site that matches your financial means. The Office of International Education encourages you to start saving and planning early in your academic career for the study abroad experience since there are a variety of factors that affect the cost of going overseas.

There are a variety of ways students fund their overseas experience:  personal savings, FAFSA, alternative loans, scholarships, grants. The earlier you plan, the more fiscally responsible you are, the more valuable overseas experience will be.

Several factors weigh in on the final costs of going on an exchange program or study abroad program:  the exchange rate, global economics, cost of living in a particular country, room & board, differential costs of the overseas university, internship vs. classroom, touring, and of course, your overall financial picture in going abroad and sustaining your time overseas.

Prior to your application and final selection of an exchange program or study abroad experience, consult your financial aid counselor first to see if you will qualify for sufficient funding to support your overseas journey.  This will help you narrow down your choices of programs and you will need to demonstrate sufficient funding to the overseas site and for immigration and acquisition of student visa purposes.  Unless you’re exclusively using personal savings, the financial aid counselor can give you the best advice on your financial aid eligibility.  Bring a cost sheet with you of the program, which is typically downloadable on any of the SUNY sites, including SUNY Oneonta’s. 

The Financial Aid Office is highly skilled in advising and preparing students for their study abroad experience, once they are accepted into the direct study abroad or exchange program.

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