Apply for an EF study abroad scholarship

Every student should have the opportunity to study abroad, which is why we award more than $20,000 worth of scholarships each year to select students so they can enjoy meaningful global experiences.

To be eligible you must be:
  1. Enrolled on an EF College Study Tours program
  2. 18 years of age or older
  3. A part-time or full-time student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program
  4. In good standing with your institution

View our full terms & conditions here.


To apply, provide the following through our application linked below:

1. Letter of recommendation

Ask an educator (a professor, administrator, or teacher, for example) to paint a holistic view of you as an individual and as a student, in about 250 to 500 words. No need for a paper copy—you'll simply be copying and pasting your recommendation in the application.
Below are some suggestions if the person writing your recommendation is looking for inspiration:
  • Your academic strengths and interests
  • Your personal qualities
  • Your role in your community
  • Why you are deserving of an EF scholarship
Please provide the first name, last name, and email address of the educator who has written your recommendation for verification purposes.

2. Original travel quote

Open-mindedness, confidence, collaboration, and cultural awareness are important skills gained from traveling and studying abroad. Like Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

In 280 characters or less (including spaces), write your own original travel quote about open-mindedness, confidence, collaboration, and/or cultural awareness.

Find your application deadline

Your Beyond the Classroom Scholarship application deadline is based on your program departure date as outlined below. 

Program departure date

Application deadline

October 2019 through January 2020                    August 7th, 2019 
February 2020 through May 2020 October 31st, 2019 
June 2020 through September 2020 January 31st, 2020 


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Ready to apply?

Submit both your letter of recommendation and your original travel quote together by the deadline outlined above!
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