Studying abroad can be a costly endeavor. For some, it may seem way out of reach. At APA Paris, we understand that you’re faced with a range of expenses that aren’t covered by financial aid, including visa fees, travel costs, and more.
To help ease this burden, we’re pleased to offer three special scholarships for students who demonstrate high academic achievement and leadership.
To be considered, you must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater, show a keen interest in engaging in French culture, and have a serious desire to take part in a full-immersion program.
New Media Leadership Scholarship
For a student skilled in communication, journalism or English, with an interest in new media, blogging and social networks , who would become the voice abroad, the opportunity to use and hone these skills while in France. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence and demonstrated interest in the role of communicating on his/her experience in Paris via the various new media outlets. The goal is for students to develop leadership skills while working with APA Paris administration and independently. Student must demonstrate leadership experience or prior involvement in online editorials at his or her home institution.
Financial support to academically excellent students. The students must present an original and interesting topic to research about the French culture and language. At the end, they must produce a report on how they will share the knowledge gained about the French culture at their home institution. This report will be kept at our Paris office for reference and can be available for distribution to students and/or partner universities.
Similar to the Merit grant, APA Paris will attribute to a student demonstrating academic excellence a grant to defray costs such as visa application, health insurance and airfare. Students will be asked to take note of their experience in preparing to go abroad (difficulties or not with the visa process, tips for travel, packing, etc.), and this report will be used to assist future APA Paris students in preparing to embark on their adventure abroad!
APA Paris scholarships include:
Completed scholarship applications must be submitted by:
March 1, 2017 for Academic Year 2017-18/ Fall Semester 2017
October 1, 2017 for Spring Semester 2018/Spring Semester 2018 with summer internship.
APArrival Rebate: George Washington University students
This exclusive arrangement is currently only available to students enrolled at George Washington University. A deposit rebate is available in the amount of $500.00 to offset the initial costs of arriving in Paris such as textbooks and course materials and meals outside of room & board selection.
The APArrival Rebate is applicable to all matriculated GW students who will be studying with APA Paris. No additional application is required. The $500.00 deposit rebate will be issued in US dollars to the student's specified US address during the first week of the program and can be applied to out-of-pocket expenses that are not included in the program fees.
Refer a Friend
APA's referral program allows both parties to take advantage of savings. Receive $500 off your program fees for referring a classmate and each referee will receive $150 off their program fees. Simply enter your friend's name in the "How did you hear about us?" part of the application.
Additional APA Initiatives
The Gilman Scholarship Program
offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. 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- and intern-abroad programs worldwide.
The Fund for Education Abroad
provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students in study abroad programs worldwide.
Diversity abroad offers study abroad scholarships each year to non-traditional study abroad students. Scholarships are only available for students studying on programs offered by a Diversity Abroad member organization. APA can consider becoming a member of Diversity Abroad.
Global Studies Grant for Student Travel and Study Abroad
Global Studies Foundation (GSF) offers grants to students planning on studying abroad. Designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad, this grant provides supplemental funds for American students who already are studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution.
Carpe Diem Foundation Scholarship
This award is not specifically for study abroad but may be used for that purpose if the student is attending a program sponsored by an accredited U.S. university.
Application Deadline: Typically early May.
The Howard Chapnick Grant
W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund for students of photojournalism.
International Center of Photography
The Howard Chapnick Grant
W. Eugene Smith Fund, Inc.
1133 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP)
For undergraduate students studying Development studies, Economics, International studies, Statistics.
Institute for International Public Policy
2750 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 600
Fairfax, VA 22031
John T. Petters Study Abroad Scholarship
John T. Petters Foundation provides scholarships for students looking to study international business abroad.
John T. Petters Foundation
4400 Baker Road
Minnetonka, MN 55343
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant
Phi Kappa Phi Society provides grants to students studying abroad at the undergraduate level.
Walter J. Jensen Fellowship
Provided by the Phi Beta Kappa Society, fellowships are awarded to professionals as well as undergraduate students who are looking to study the French language, French studies and teaching in Europe, Western Europe and in France.
The Phi Beta Kappa Society
Awards Coordinator, Awards Coordinator
1606 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
This program is called Explore the World. HI USA is committed to creating a more tolerant world, and these scholarships create a whole new breed of young travelers inspired to make the world a better place, but lack the financial means to go abroad. The scholarship is open to individuals, ages 18-30, who will engage in an educational or service learning component during their trip.
Other Independent Scholarships in The U.S.
Scholarships in France
The SPFFA - Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique - provides scholarships for American undergraduates who wish to study in France
IEFA is the premier Internet resource for financial aid information for students wishing to study in a foreign country. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist students in their pursuit to study abroad.