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Scholarships, Grants and Professional Development Opportunities for Studying Abroad

IAU is committed to making studying aboroad a reality for students who othewise may not have the opportunity. Through a robust offering of merit scholarships, grants, and need-based assistance for its semester, summer, and J-Term students, IAU is a leader in the industry when it comes to breaking down the cost barrier. 

To be eligible for IAU scholarship and grant opportunities, students must abide by all IAU policies and regulations as stated on the policies page and maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA while attending IAU. Specific grants are awarded automatically based on the criteria listed below. 


Merit Scholarships

  • Presidential Scholarship - Awarded to students with exceptional academic ability who also have demonstrated outstanding out-of-classroom and co-curricular involvement and leadership. Students applying for this scholarship must have a 3.5 GPA or higher. Selected recipients receive up to $5,000 each semester. Summer and January term recipients receive up to $2,500.
  • Dean’s Scholarship - Awarded to students with consistent outstanding academic achievement. Students applying for this scholarship must have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Selected recipients receive up to $2,500 each semester. Awards range from $500 to $1,500 each summer and January term.

Program-Specific Scholarships

  • Amos Booth French Honors Scholarship- In honor of Amos Booth, esteemed teacher, director, and second President of IAU, IAU offers a merit-based scholarship to eligible students who have been accepted into the French Honors Program. Students applying for this scholarship must have a 3.5 GPA or higher. Selected recipients receive up to $1,500 each semester. Summer recipients receive up to $500.
  • Spanish Honors Scholarship - IAU offers a merit-based scholarship to eligible semester and summer students who have been accepted into the Spanish Honors Program in Barcelona. Students applying for this scholarship must have a 3.5 GPA or higher. Selected recipients receive up to $1,500 each semester. Summer recipients receive up to $500.
  • John Rewald Art & Art History Scholarship - IAU offers an endowed scholarship in honor of Mr. John Rewald, art historian and colleague of Leo Marchutz- namesake of the Marchutz School of Fine Arts. Through the collaborative study of artist Paul Cezanne’s work in Aix and the surrounding region, Rewald and Marchutz sought to deepen understanding of Cezanne’s impact on the art world and preserve his memory in the city of Aix. This scholarship is awarded to students of art and art history who demonstrate consistent and profound study in the disciplines of art and art history. Students applying for this scholarship must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Selected recipients receive up to $1,000 each semester. Summer and January term recipients receive up to $500.
  • Judith L. Rice International Relations & Global Studies Scholarship - IAU offers a merit-based scholarship to students majoring in political science, international relations or global studies. This scholarship is made possible by the generous support of Judith L. Rice, a University of Oregon alumna and IAU student in 1967-1968. Students applying for this scholarship must have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Selected recipients receive up to $2,000 each semester. Summer and January term awards range from $500 to $1,000.

J-Term Seminar Scholarship -
January Term Traveling Seminar Scholarships range from $100-$500.

Diversity Scholarships

  • The Yamina Boudellal Diversity Scholarship - In honor of Yamina Boudellal, for her forty-six years of untiring and devoted service to the students of the Institute for American Universities, a diversity scholarship has been created to assist students in studying abroad with IAU. Yamina's love of IAU will always inspire us!

    Funds from this scholarship will be used to attract outstanding students from diverse backgrounds who are traditionally underrepresented in international education. This group includes, but is not limited to, students identifying by a certain race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, disability, age, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin or veteran status as well as first-generation college students, students from low-income families, and students with a history of overcoming adversity. Semester awards range from $500 to $2,000 while summer and January term awards range from $500 to $1,000.

Scholarship Applications

IAU Scholarship Applications
CCIS Diversity Scholarship Application*

*For students applying through CCIS only.

Scholarship Application Deadlines
Spring Semester: October 1
January Term: October 1
Summer Term: April 1
Fall Semester: May 1

Recipients will be notified within one month of the application deadline. 

Students interested in applying for a scholarship must complete the online application and submit any other application requirements to Students are welcome to apply for more than one scholarship. Applications submitted after the application deadline will not be considered for scholarships.

Students applying for the Presidential, Dean's and Diversity Scholarships who wish to be considered based on financial need must submit a copy of their Student Aid Report to

Recipient Responsibilities
If awarded an IAU scholarship, recipients are expected to share their experience at IAU in one of the following ways:

• Post a minimum of two photos to his/her own Instagram profile, Twitter account, or Facebook page per week. IAU must be tagged and the hashtags #IAUstudyabraod and #TheIAU must be used in the caption. Or, he/she may participate in a 24-hour IAU "Instagram takeover" once per month. Posts should reflect academic experiences and engagement with the local culture. 

• Share a video (2-minute minimum) of his/her time at IAU at the end of the program. The video should highlight program activities, class activities, food, culture, and student experiences. The video must be submitted no longer than 1 month after the program end date and be YouTube compatible.

• Upon completion of the program, become an IAU Ambassador and work with prospective students and faculty on his/her home campus.

For more information on IAU scholarship and grant opportunities and the application process, please contact Ms. Jennifer Nativo.


Grants are awarded automatically based on the criteria listed below. Please note, students must check with their IAU Enrollment Advisor for grant eligibility.

Alumni Grants

IAU welcomes and encourages alumni to return to IAU, either to enroll in programs that drew them to IAU in the first place or to experience IAU through one of the many new offerings.

ProgramGrant Eligibility
3-credit Summer Program $250
6-credit Summer Program $500
January Term Travelling Seminar $250
Semester Program $1,000

Legacy Grant 
IAU’s Legacy Grant is awarded to the children of alumni who wish to carry on the tradition of studying at IAU. Grants range from $250-$1,500 depending upon the duration of enrollment.

Herbert Maza Academic Year Grant - IAU offers a $1,000 grant in honor of Dr. Herbert Maza, co-founder and first President of IAU, to qualified students who enroll for an academic year (two full semesters). The $1,000 scholarship will be applied against the student’s spring semester invoice. Depending on the billing arrangement IAU has with the student’s home institution, IAU will either credit the student’s spring semester invoice or provide the student with a check for $1,000 on-site. All students who spend a semester in Aix and maintain a 3.0 IAU GPA after their first semester will automatically qualify to receive the grant.

January Term & Spring Semester Grant - Students who enroll in a January term and a spring semester consecutively are eligible to receive a $2,000 grant credited to their spring invoice. In order to be eligible to receive the grant, students must participate in the Early Start Program.

On-site Professional Development Grant 

IAU is pleased to offer several professional development opportunities each semester and summer term in Aix-en-Provence, France and Barcelona, Spain. Eligible students will be asked to work closely with faculty, staff, and students to fulfill various assignments throughout their term including:

  • IT assistance for the IAU computer labs
  • Event preparations (orientation, receptions, lecture series)
  • Study tour and field studies support
  • Social media correspondent to the IAU U.S. Office
  • Clerical duties as needed by the on-site staff (copying, printing, filing)
Work time associated with assignments will amount to 10-12 hours per week, and each student should be prepared to answer to at least ONE last-minute request (none of which will be tasks of more than three hours in length). The On-site Professional Development Grant helps to subsidize the cost of housing and the amount will depend on each term.

Interested applicants must complete the online application. Students can expect to receive notification of their application status prior to their arrival abroad.

On-site Professional Development Grant Deadlines
Spring Semester: October 1
Summer Term: April 1
Fall Semester: May 1

Need Based Grants 

  • Pell Grant Matching Program (NEW! Starting Fall 2020 (Semester only)  In an effort to encourage socioeconomic diversity in study abroad and expose more undergraduate students to international academic experiences, IAU will automatically match a student’s Pell award used for any of its semester programs.
  • Go Beyond Grant – (Short-Term Programs only) The Go Beyond Grant is available to students enrolled in any of IAU’s short-term programs who possess high financial need. Federal Pell Grant recipients are guaranteed a Go Beyond Grant. These grants range from $500 to $1,500.

Foundation & Institutional Scholarships

The Ella Bandes ScholarshipIAU offers the Ella Bandes Scholarship for qualified Macalester students accepted to a semester or summer abroad with IAU's Marchutz School of Fine Arts. The scholarship, created in memory of Ella, a former Marchutz School of Fine Arts student, offers two semester scholarships and one summer scholarship for qualified Macalester students accepted full-time into the Marchutz School. The scholarship selection is administered by the Macalester's Department of Art and Art History. Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded per academic year, as well as a $3,000 summer scholarship. All scholarships will be based on merit and financial need. Summer students must enroll in a minimum of six units to qualify.

The Meredith Hope Emerson French Honors ScholarshipIAU is proud to offer the Meredith Hope Emerson French Honors Scholarship for qualified University of Georgia students interested in a semester or summer abroad with IAU. Created in memory of Meredith, a former IAU French Honors student, this scholarship offers two half-tuition semester scholarships and one half-tuition summer scholarship for qualified UGA French students enrolled in IAU's French Studies Classes.

Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honors Society - In partnership with Pi Delta Phi, IAU is proud to offer one full tuition (6-credit) scholarship each summer to qualified students. The candidate is selected by Pi Delta Phi to participate in the IAU French Honors Program, a comprehensive immersion program for advanced French students.

The Steven J. Rubin Scholarship - The Steven J. Rubin Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded annually to an Adelphi University student enrolled at IAU.  Dr. Rubin, Professor Emeritus and former Associate and Acting Dean of Adelphi’s College of Arts and Sciences, studied at IAU as an undergraduate student. This $2,000 scholarship will be applied directly to the cost of housing while in France.

Third-party Scholarships

IAU strongly encourages students to apply for Third-Party Scholarships in addition to IAU scholarships.