It's all about finding the right resources.....
Going to Japan has always been a dream of mine but it wouldn’t have been possible without many of these financial aid sources. My suggestion: research, research, research. There are many more study abroad grants and scholarships than I could have imagined. Here are some of the best ones that I’ve found…

Study Abroad Scholarships:

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Apply: Semester before departure
How much: up to $5000
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Connelly-Delouvrier Scholarship (Villanova ONLY)
Apply: Spring before departure year (ex. Applied Spring 2011 for a Spring 2012 departure)
How much: Villanova Semester tuition, approx. $20000!!!
More info at:">Villanova's CURF Website

Bridging Scholarship (Japan ONLY)
Apply: Semester before departure
How much: $2500
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Other Scholarships:

Blue and White Scholarship (Villanova Rising Juniors + Seniors ONLY)
Apply: Spring before school year
How much: up to $4500 for the year
More info at: