Program Fees & Funding

Grants & Scholarships

For some program locations and/or languages, partial scholarships are offered. These often stem from alumni whose experience has been life changing and profound and who would like to stay connected with the IUHPFL.

Please Note: 529 College Savings Plans cannot be used to pay IUHPFL program fees as IUHPFL is not a post-secondary, credit-earning program. While we are associated with IU, our participants are not students of the University. 

Click the name of scholarships listed in red to be linked to their direct website for additional information. 

Scholarship Details


*New* IUB Germanic Studies Automatic Scholarship made available exclusively to participants in the IUHPFL Graz Program by the Indiana University Germanic Studies Department. For Summer 2017, each participant will receive an automatic $1,000 scholarship to be applied toward their IUHPFL Program Fees.




Max Kade Scholarship - The IUB Department of Germanic Studies consistently offers Graz participants scholarships with funding from the Max Kade Foundation. Such scholarships have ranged in the past from $750-$1,500. For the past several years, five $1,000 scholarships — provided by IU's department of Germanic studies with funding from the Max Kade Foundation — were offered to Graz and Krefeld participants.

$750 - $1,500


Indiana German Heritage SocietySince one of the missions of IGHS is to increase interest in German language and culture among its younger constituents, the organization will be supporting high school students participating in educational programs in Germany. Applications are accepted from students participating in official programs such as Youth for Understanding (YFU), I.U. Honors Program, or the German American Partnership Program (GAPP).

$500 - $1,000

February 15


John and Barbara Busch Scholarship - The Busch Scholarship assists North Central High School students who qualify for and participate in the IUHPFL in French. Mr. and Mrs. Busch are graduates of North Central High School (Class of 1969), and Mr. Busch is an alum of the IUHPFL who studied in St. Brieuc in 1968. All North Central High School IUHPFL French participants qualify for the scholarship. No application or demonstration of need is required. It is Mr. and Mrs. Busch's hope that should recipients of this scholarship be in a position to assist others in the future, they simply "pay it forward."  

$750 - $1,000


All Languages

Dave Hefner International Exchange Fund, Inc. - For students living in northeastern Indiana, the fund helps provide financial assistance for both school approved programs and recognized international travel programs for high school students, which includes the IUHPFL. Students are able to apply for the sponsorship on their website


February 1

Ripley Hunter - We encourage students who participate to apply for this scholarship after the program has been completed.  Do you have a story to tell about your favorite trip, and what you learned from it? Maybe you learned how fish breathe underwater while visiting an aquarium? Perhaps you experienced how different it is to live in France while visiting Paris with your high school French class? How about the time you learned Canadian history while traveling to one of the country's national monuments? Students who write an essay describing what they learned and how they were impacted by travel could earn a $1,000.00 scholarship! The SYTA Youth Foundation offers scholarships to students who use their creativity to compose an article or speech that illustrates a student travel experience.

The application opens on January 30, 2017. Winner is announced the week of July 19, 2017.



The Global Studies Grant for Student Travel and Study Abroad - Designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad, this grant provides supplemental funds for American students who already are studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution. As with our faculty grants, GSF seeks to support a formative experience abroad for the recipient, who also must share this experience with others upon his or her return – ideally, with multiple audiences and varied media. We are particularly interested in funding the study of strategically important countries and languages (as defined by the US Departments of State and Defense).

Not updated

Common Knowledge Scholarship FoundationTake a quiz, show us what you know, win scholarships. It's that easy! At CKSF there are no essays, no applications, and no GPA requirements.

$250 - $5,000


Create-a-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest - The Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest is open to currently enrolled high school and college students in the United States. To enter, you must design a holiday, get well, or birthday greeting card and submit your work to be judged. Your photo, art, or graphics submitted must be your own original work and you must be at least 14 years of age to be eligible for this award.

Open until March 2, 2017; Winners announced May 1, 2017.



I Have a Dream ScholarshipSubmit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the question: "We want to know... what do you dream about? Whether it's some bizarre dream you had last week, or your hopes for the future, share your dreams with us for a chance to win $1,500 for college."

Winner announced around April 30, 2017.



Sweet and Simple ScholarshipSubmit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the question: "Not every gift has to be expensive or extravagant. In fact, sometimes it's the sweet and simple things that make a real difference in our lives. Think back and tell us about something you received as a gift and why it meant so much to you."

Winner announced May 28, 2017.



Superpower ScholarshipSubmit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the question: "Which superhero or villain would you want to change places with for a day and why?"

Winner announced June 30, 2017.