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Study Abroad

Where will you go?

Looking to experience the joy of learning in another country? Getting to know another culture or language? Understanding what it means to be part of a global, interconnected community?

Take advantage of more than 150 opportunities to study abroad in 50 countries. From France to New Zealand. From Thailand to Cyprus. Make connections between what you’re learning and the places you get to explore. The world is out there waiting for you.

Check back later in Fall 2023 for more information on semester study abroad

May Term Travel Courses

May Term travel courses offer a study abroad experience in a few short weeks. You’ll gain first-hand knowledge of another culture while traveling with a BC professor and your fellow students.

Discover more about the world around you. From England to Argentina. From Hungary to South Africa. Travel and learn with BC.

May Term is an intensive three-week class session in May, after the spring semester, focused on experiential learning courses. You’ll take only one course, typically for 3 credits.

Preregistration begins in the spring semester the year prior to the travel course, when professors often post information and hold sessions for interested students.

May 2025 Courses

BUS 365X: Cross Cultural Issues in BusinessSwedenProf. Daniel Finseth
EDUC 380X: PracticumKenyaDr. Tracy Hough
HIST/FREN 304X: Canadian Culture & CivilizationCanadaDr. Chris James & Dr. Brandon Marsh
SPAN 306X: Culture of MexicoMexicoDr. Alma Ramirez-Trujillo

For more information or to sign up, contact the listed faculty member.

Forms to complete include:

  • Agreement, Assumption of Risk and General Release Form
  • Informed Consent/Privacy Act Waiver
  • Privacy Act Waiver for U.S. Department of State
  • Mandatory Medical Insurance Agreement
  • Cancellation and Refund Policy Agreement
  • Emergency Contact & Medical Form
  • Conduct Record Release Authorization (for student participants only)

If you need paper copies or links to the forms, contact the Director of Study Abroad at or contact your faculty trip leader.

Mandatory insurance: All participants in May Term travel courses are enrolled in the “Comprehensive Ultimate” plan from iNext, which includes supplemental natural disaster and political evacuation coverage. If you have any questions, contact

Cancellation insurance: International travel experiences can be expensive, so we encourage you to reduce the risk of travel interruption losses to the extent possible. Each participant is responsible for obtaining travel interruption or cancellation protection, on a voluntary basis. There are multiple sources of insurance to cover such events as illness or family emergencies that might result in the loss of trip deposits or other expenses. Should you need help identifying some plans, speak to your current insurance representative or contact the Director of Study Abroad at

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Study Abroad Scholarships

Students thinking of studying abroad should speak to the Director of Study Abroad ( and the Office of Financial Aid, as well as exploring the resources below. It is important to note that many scholarship opportunities have deadlines that differ from Bridgewater College’s internal deadline, and students are advised to research their options at least six to 12 months before the semester in which they plan to study abroad.

BC believes all students should be able to pursue their goals and dreams. Generously supported by donors, the Globalization Fund grants every semester abroad participant $1,000 towards their study abroad costs.

In addition, there are many outside scholarships available for students who want to study abroad for a semester or longer. Students who find additional scholarships or grant opportunities are encouraged to speak with the Director of Study Abroad.

If you plan to seek accommodations for a disability, please contact the disability services office as early as possible in the process.

Enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by Bridgewater College may be considered enrollment at Bridgewater College for purposes of receiving financial assistance from federal and state financial aid programs. The College establishes an annual limit on the availability of institutional funds to support study abroad programs.

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program supports students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. Applicant must be a citizen of the United States and a Federal Pell Grant recipient.

Gilman-McCain Scholarship
The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. Open to U.S. citizens who receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid.

Boren Awards for International Study
The Boren Award promotes long-term linguistic and cultural immersion and a commitment to federal service. Applicants must be U.S. citizens planning an overseas program in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

Critical Language Scholarship
A fully-funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students interested in learning a critical language.

Fund for Education Abroad
A non-profit organization committed to increasing the opportunities for students to study abroad. Scholarships can be applied towards semester, year-long or summer programs. They also have a dedicated scholarship for LGBTQ students.

GO! Study Abroad Scholarships
GO! Overseas offers scholarships of up to $1,000 to students currently enrolled in, or in the process of applying to, study abroad programs of any duration. Awards are made on the basis of creativity, analytical thinking, and passion for studying abroad.

IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding

Rotary International
Scholarships range from $12,000 – $26,000. Deadlines vary from March to mid-July for study beginning the next academic year.

German Academic Exchange Service
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) administers a variety of scholarships as well as provides financial support to over 50,000 highly-qualified students and faculty per year for international research and study.

Scholarship Portal
Funding opportunities for studying, working or performing research in one of the European nations.

Bridging Scholarship
The Bridging Scholarship offers a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs). Japanese language study is not a prerequisite.

Freeman-ASIA Scholarships
Freeman-ASIA provides financial support to American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need to study abroad for academic credit during the summer, semester or academic year in one of 15 countries/regions in East and Southeast Asia.

Upon their return to the U.S., students are required to promote study in Asia by sharing their experiences with peers on their home campuses and in their communities.

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarship
Scholarships available through the Japanese government for study in Japan.