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Study Abroad

Several departmental scholarships contribute toward programs with a focus in a world language, linguistics, or literature. Preference is given to students with a major in French, Japanese or Spanish, or a minor in Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish, but all World Languages and Literatures students may apply. These scholarships are awarded yearly.

Excellence in World Languages & Literatures

The department sponsors a number of scholarships recognizing excellence in a world language. Preference is given to students with a major in French, Japanese or Spanish, but all minors and WLL students may apply. These scholarships are awarded yearly.

Funds for these scholarships may come from different Endowed Support Funds for the Department of World Languages and Literatures.

Visit the UAB Bsmart website for detailed information on these scholarships:

Applications are open October 1 through March 1. Apply through the UAB Bsmart website.

UAB Scholarships

UAB offers many scholarships that you can apply for. Important information, including the application process, eligibility requirements, and deadlines, are available on the UAB Bsmart website.

Scholarships focused specifically on education abroad are also available. You can learn about them on the UAB Education Abroad website.

External Scholarships

After checking out UAB’s resources, here are a few external opportunities that we encourage you to explore.

  • College Language Association Study Abroad Scholarship

    The College Language Association (CLA) Study Abroad Scholarship is to support students at member institutions who want to participate in a study abroad program. The scholarship is open to any student who meets eligibility requirements and is presently attending a CLA college or university. A CLA college or university is one where a member of the CLA is presently employed or is a retiree. All students are encouraged to apply.


  • Scholarships for Students of Chinese

    Check out the scholarship information in our Chinese program to learn about opportunities for students of Chinese.

  • Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship (Japanese)

    This scholarship is funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). It enables students from around the world to earn undergraduate degrees, study Japanese language and culture at the undergraduate level, train in Japanese specialized training colleges, and research a broad range of topics at the graduate level in Japanese universities. UAB students who wish to apply to the MEXT scholarship need to contact the Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta.


  • JET Program (Japanese)

    The JET Program is an initiative sponsored by the Japanese government to promote internationalization at the grassroots level by bringing young, college-educated individuals to work in communities throughout Japan. JET participants work full-time as assistant language teachers in the public school system or as coordinators for international relations in local government offices. With the JET Program, participants can gain valuable work experience abroad and explore a rich and historical culture.


  • Mayan Medical Aid (Spanish)

    Mayan Medical Aid was founded in 2004 with the express purpose of funding medically related projects to benefit the Maya of Guatemala. Medical & Dental Spanish and International Medicine Scholarships are matching grants and are provided on a first-come, first-served basis to students and residents.


  • Sigma Delta Pi Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship (Spanish)

    Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, has several scholarships available for education abroad and for continuing studies. You must be a member to be eligible for these scholarships. Awards are available for undergraduate and graduate students.


  • AATSP Summer Study-Abroad Programs

    There are two sources of funding for the AATSP Summer Study-Abroad Scholarship Programs:

    1. Funds for tuition and other expenses for study-abroad programs in Argentina, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, or Spain. These funds vary by program and are explained in detail under the name of each individual study-abroad program.
    2. AATSP travel stipend of $1,000 for study-abroad programs.
      The travel stipend is designed to help offset travel to the study program. It will probably not cover all travel expenses.


  • Study Abroad in Japan: Bridging Scholarship

    The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships.


  • Critical Language Scholarship Program

    The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.