Center for International Education

Financial Support


Money from around the world

Financial support from Berea College is available for any major. 

Internal Scholarships

Global Education Opportunity (GEO) Scholarship

Significant scholarship funding is available for a semester abroad. Financial Aid is available to cover the total cost including tuition and fees, room and board, international airfare, in-country transportation to program site, books, passport, visa, insurance, inoculations, and personal expenses (program budget must be approved by the Education Abroad Advisor).

The Global Education Opportunity (GEO) Scholarship is considered an institutional contribution to the Cost of Education (COE) for the term abroad. All students must contribute a minimum of $1000 (self-help), and financial aid for the remainder of the cost will be based on need as determined by the FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Loans (not grant aid) will be awarded for the balance after the COE grant, $1000 self-help, and EFC. In all cases, however, total grant aid provided by the College (i.e., the COE grant plus any institutional grants awarded toward the need-based remainder) will not exceed $11,000. Endowed funding is variable every year, as are the number of applicants, so the scholarship may be capped at a lower amount.

The CIE also administers two other scholarships that are awarded for a term abroad:

Bolin Blaine Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to assist a Berea College junior with study outside the United States for a minimum period of one month during the junior year. The amount of the scholarship is typically $500. The fund was established in 2004 and named for John Seelye Bolin and Sandra Anne Blaine Bolin in memory of their families and their contributions to Berea College. Both John and Sandra Bolin served as instructors and administrators of Berea College.

Charles E and Patricia Timberlake International Scholarship:

A $1000 scholarship is awarded each term for study in a non-traditional location (especially outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand) to a student with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

No additional applications are necessary for the Bolin Blaine and Timberlake scholarships; recipients are selected from the pool of students approved for a term abroad.

External Scholarships

In addition to funding from Berea College, there are also external scholarships to help pay for a semester abroad. Some of these can be used for programs anywhere in the world (e.g., Gilman International Scholarship), while others are specific to a region or country (e.g., Bridging Scholarship for Japan). Some providers (e.g., ISA, SIT Study Abroad, CGEE and others) also offer scholarships to participants in their programs.
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College loans, based on need, will be available for the $1000 self-help contribution and for any additional need. College loans will be interest-free, except for those applied to the $1000 self-help requirement. Stafford Loans will be available to replace EFC.

Travel Grants

Planning to visit cultural or historic sites beyond the scope of your formal education abroad program? Already approved for a semester abroad? If so, apply for the Emilie Strong Smith Travel Grant, which provides up to $500 for non-program travel. Deadline: November 1 for Spring and April 1 for Fall.


Contact the Education Abroad Team at or (859) 985-3453, or drop by Woods-Penniman 205.