Of CSU Students going abroad are Pell Grant recipients

Awarded annually to CSU students going abroad

Scholarships accessible through a single application

To compare the cost of going abroad to a semester on campus, check out CSU’s Cost of Attendance.

Short Term Programs

Short-term Education Abroad programs provide a range of options and flexibility. There are programs offered during fall break, winter break, spring break, and summer. Depending on the program, students can earn anywhere from 3-12 credits, though most short-term programs fall in the 3-6 credit range.

Semester Programs

Semester Education Abroad programs provide longer-term experiences that span an entire CSU semester. Many semester programs can be extended to a full academic year, depending on the academic needs of the student. Students on semester programs earn a minimum of the equivalent of 12 CSU credits and most semester programs have a 15-16 credit maximum.


Complete the on-line financial aid application: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and consult specialprograms@colostate.edu for Education Abroad-specific financial aid.

Federal and State Aid may be available as grants and/or loans.

  • Colorado Student Undergraduate Grant (Colorado residents only)
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Graduate Grant (Colorado residents)
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loan
  • Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans


Most CSU scholarships and grants may be used on approved study abroad programs, including:

  • CSU Tuition Assistance Grant
  • First Generation Award
  • Partnership Award
  • Presidential, Provost, and Deans Scholarships
  • And many others!


This application serves as a common application for ALL education abroad scholarships listed on the Office of International Program (OIP) Scholarships page. Click here to review General Criteria for all scholarships available through the Education Abroad Common Scholarship Application.


Education Abroad Scholarship Common Application


  • Scholarship Cycle 1 Application Deadline: October 1
  • Scholarship Cycle 2 Application Deadline: March 1


Additional Scholarship opportunities exist through External scholarships and CSU University-Wide Scholarships. Scholarships listed on these sites have a separate application process.


CSU students with financial need can apply for the CSU Passport Scholarships. Students must be first-time adult applicants who have not yet applied for a passport. Scholarship checks are made payable to the U.S. Department of State to be included with the passport application. APPLY NOW.


Check out some of our upcoming events below and visit our Events Calendar for updated dates, times and location of all upcoming workshops!

Scholarships & Beyond Workshop

A one-stop shop for information on scholarship opportunities for education abroad through International Programs, CSU departments and external scholarships as well as tools to determine your budget, make a financial plan, and fill the gap with crowdfunding campaigns.

Gilman Scholarship Workshop

A nationally-competitive scholarship open to undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens and Federal Pell Grant eligible.

For more information

Contact CSU Education Abroad
Office of International Programs
(970) 491-5917

The following information is designed to help students consider the financial aspects of participating on an education abroad program and developing a strategy for choosing a program that fits their budget/financial resources. Check out the Start Here page and meet with a Financial Aid for Education Abroad Coordinator to get information about choosing an affordable program, scholarship opportunities and using financial aid.

The Office of Financial Aid provides CSU students with dedicated financial aid counseling services specifically designed to assist you in determining how your financial aid package may be able to be applied to an education abroad experience and to further assist you in considering additional financial aid options. We recommend all students planning to go abroad take advantage of this service. You can contact Financial Aid for Education Abroad via email at specialprograms@colostate.edu or schedule an appointment with a Financial Aid for Education Abroad Coordinator.