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By studying Russian, students have access to federally-funded and university-sponsored scholarships to fund their studies. When applying for study abroad programs, look into potential scholarships through the programs. Most programs (RLASP, SRAS, etc) have their own financial aid opportunities. Students are encouraged to apply through the UNC Study Abroad office to also be considered for UNC financial aid and scholarships.


Outside Funding

Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Program offers scholarships to U.S. undergraduate students of high financial need participating in credit-bearing abroad programs in locations with Level 1 or Level 2 Travel Advisories or approved Level 3 locations. Must be a Pell Grant Recipient or Military Dependent.

Deadline: Typically early October (fall deadline) and early March (spring deadline)


Boren Scholarship

Boren Scholarships fund study abroad by U.S. undergraduate students in world regions critical to U.S. interests. Students are required to complete federal service following study abroad/completing their education.

Deadline: Typically early spring (Jan/Feb)


Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship Program is a fully-funded summer study abroad opportunity through the Department of State for studying critical languages. Applicants apply for the language, not the location.

Deadline: Typically Late October/Early November


Foreign Language & Area Studies

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships support students taking less commonly taught language and area studies coursework. This program provides both academic year and summer fellowships to UNC graduate and undergraduate students at the intermediate level and above. Students may only apply to FLAS through one UNC area studies center.

Deadline: Typically early spring (Jan/Feb)


Fund for Education Abroad

Fund for Education Abroad provides scholarships and ongoing support to students with financial need who are underrepresented among the U.S. study-abroad population.


Check here for other funding opportunities.