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Scholarships through SMCCCD Study Abroad

SMCCCD students may apply for a limited number of study abroad scholarships. Recipients of Study Abroad Scholarships are expected to act as ambassadors for their study abroad program and for the SMCCCD Study Abroad Office.


  1. Priority is given to students who demonstrate high financial need.
  2. Students must be in good standing, with a minimum GPA of 2.25.
  3. For our semester abroad programs, students must have earned a minimum of 12 units of college credit prior to the study abroad program .
  4. Apply for one of our programs prior to completing a scholarship application .

Note: Community Travel Programs are not eligible for scholarships.

Questions? Contact us.

How to Apply

Your application will be considered based on the program to which you have applied. There are 4 essay questions in this application. Complete these 4 essays BEFORE starting the application form, in a separate word processing application, so you can paste the essays into the application. You CANNOT save your work and return to the form. Please limit each essay to 250 words.

  1. Purpose: What do you hope to accomplish with this study, transfer, or intern abroad experience?
  2. Achievement: How have you distinguished yourself academically?
  3. Opportunity/Need: How will this scholarship enable/make possible your study or intern abroad experience?
  4. Giving Back: How might you share your learning with the SMCCCD community while away and/or when you return from abroad?

SMCCCD Study Abroad Scholarship Types

Apply for this scholarship if you are participating in any SMCCCD study abroad program. This includes the 2024 Global Internship Scholarships (five $1,000 awards) and 2024 Umoja-Ghana Scholarships (only for Umoja students). Scholarship amounts vary but typically range between $200 - $500, and up to $1,000. These funds are made available by generous donations to the Study Abroad Scholarship Fund at the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation and other resources. Priority will be given to students who demonstrate high financial need and articulate clear goals for the program.

NCSAC Semester Abroad program participants may apply. The AIFS Scholarship is made possible by donations from the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) and ranges from $500 - $1,000. The scholarship is deducted from the balance of program fees. Recipients of the AIFS Ambassador Scholarships are specifically required to work with AIFS personnel to make regular informational posts on the AIFS Facebook site for their program. In addition, AIFS Ambassador Scholars are expected to share their learning with prospective future students during the Semester following the program.

SMCCCD Study Abroad will offer 10 First Passport Grants in 2023 to SMCCCD students who plan to study abroad, but never had a passport. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen by birth or nationalization and must be applying for an adult U.S. Passport for the very first time. The deadline is December 1, Friday.