Program Overview

Financial Aid

Studying abroad doesn’t have to be a financial burden for you. ISDSI works to make studying abroad more affordable, because we understand the value that the experience will provide you.

At ISDSI, scholarships are awarded to individuals who show the potential to excel in ISDSI’s programs, but may not be able to attend without financial assistance. We have three scholarship options available.

  1. Need-based scholarships are awarded every semester, and qualified individuals receive $500-2,000 per semester. Although there is no application deadline for this scholarship, funds are limited and are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Email us at [email protected] today if you want to apply for this assistance.
  2. Early Application Scholarship – If your semester application is complete by the early application deadline, you will be automatically awarded $1000 scholarship. Deadlines for eligibility are as follows: Fall – Jan 15, Spring – Aug 15. (Exceptions can be made for passports in renewal.)
  3. Alumni Scholarships of $500 are available to any alumni from ISDSI’s semester program who wish to attend our summer program or vice versa. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Additionally, ISDSI’s “comprehensive fee” system allows you to apply existing financial aid to tuition and cost-of-living in Thailand. (See more details at Tuition and Fees.)

There are a number of other  sources of financial aid for students going on study abroad. We’ve listed some below, but talk with your study abroad advisor — many schools offer special scholarships and aid for study abroad, and your study abroad office will be able to help you with the most up to date information.

  1. Your Home Education Institution – Many schools allow students to apply part or all of their financial aid package towards studying at ISDSI. Check with your study abroad office advisor for more details.
  2. Gilman Scholarships – based both on current financial need as well as where you are studying.
  3. Freeman-Asia Grant – based on financial need and specifically for students studying in East and Southeast Asia.
  4. Boren Awards for International Study – funding for students in areas important to U.S. interests including Thailand. Provided by the National Security Education Program with a focus on language learning. Recipients go on to work with the U.S. federal government.
  5. Fund for Education Abroad – multiple study abroad scholarship opportunities for under-represented student populations.
  6. Tortuga Backpacks Essay Scholarship – 500-word essay on the prompt, “What do you hope to learn by experiencing another culture? How do you expect to apply these lessons when you return home?”
  7. NAFSA has a list of study abroad scholarships available to a variety of populations through their Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List.

Additionally, some schools have formal partnerships with ISDSI.  If so, you may be able to pay through your home institution, depending on their study abroad/tuition policy. Please check with your study abroad office to find out if this is the case at your school.

Studying abroad at ISDSI can be a reality for you. Let us know how we can help. Email us at [email protected] today if you want to know more about financial aid.

Application Deadlines

Semester Application Deadlines: Fall – March 15 / Spring – October 15

Summer Application Deadline: April 1

After the deadline we will accept students on a space available basis, so contact us at [email protected]

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