Study Abroad Scholarships
The Office of International Programs offers a merit-based scholarship to assist qualifying students cover some of the expenses of studying abroad. Due to limited funds, scholarship awards are on a first come, first serve basis. Contact the Study Abroad Coordinator, Cassie Cure (email@example.com) for more info.
To receive the scholarship, applicants must adhere to the following requirements:
- Undergrads: Have a 3.0 or better SHSU GPA. Graduates: Have a 3.5 or better SHSU GPA.
- Be participating in an authorized study abroad program, and be receiving academic credit for that program.
- Submit the scholarship application by the deadlines, along with a copy of your unofficial transcript.
- DEADLINES: November 1st for winter break 2014 programs, spring semester and summer 2015 programs; February 1st for summer 2015 programs (Note: for those going on fall 2015 semester programs, you may turn in your application early by the Feb. deadline); June 15th for fall 2015 semester programs; September 15 for winterbreak 2015 programs.
- If awarded the scholarship, submit the Scholarship Acceptance Form along with proof of registration in the study abroad course (if faculty-led) to the Study Abroad Coordinator in the Office of International Programs as soon as possible.
- Scholarships are disbursed either at the end of the semester before you will be studying abroad or the semester during your study abroad program (depending on financial aid status).
Some departments and colleges also offer scholarships for students participating in study abroad programs. To find out more about these opportunities, speak with the department.
Non-SHSU Study Abroad Scholarships
The Gilman Scholarship Program
Awards of up to $5,000 to support U.S. citizen undergraduate receiving Federal Pell Grant funding. Students studying in Critical Need Language may receive a $3,000 supplement for a total possible award of $8,000. Applicants must be studying abroad for at least 4 weeks.
Application Deadline: Students studying abroad in spring have until October 7. For summer & fall study abroad programs, the deadline is March 3.
Boren Scholarships & Fellowships
Funding from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security, supports U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions (Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). Maximum scholarship awards for undergraduates are $8,000 for a summer program (only for science, technology, engineering and mathematics students; 8 weeks minimum), $10,000 for a semester and $20,000 for a full academic year. Boren Fellowships for graduates provide up to $24,000 for overseas study.
Application Deadline: February 4 (undergraduates); January 27 (graduates)
Foundation for Global Scholars
Awards scholarships to U.S. undergraduates & graduates studying abroad. Scholarships are valued at $2,000. General eligibility requirements include a minimum GPA of a 2.5 and studying abroad for at least 28 days/4 weeks. Several study abroad scholarships are offered including the STEM Scholarship (majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics discipline), the Financial Need Scholarship for PELL Grant Recipients, Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarship, and Veterans Scholarship.
Application Deadline: Mid-November for spring programs; mid-April for summer programs; late June for fall programs.
Fund for Education Abroad
Offers 30 scholarships of up to $10,000 to support U.S. undergraduate students planning to participate in education abroad programs for a minimum of 4 weeks/30 days. There are also two dedicated scholarships that are awarded to a student who demonstrates a love for Vietnam and a desire to give back to the world community as well as a scholarship award for a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program.
Application Deadline: For the 2015-2016 academic year & summer 2015, the deadline is January 16, 2015.
Go Overseas Scholarship
Go Overseas.com awards a $500 scholarship to any student studying abroad through a photo essay contest.
Application Deadline: Dec. 5
Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship
The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet have not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad.
Application Deadline: Fall 2014 (for projects conducted in winter/spring 2015): Sept. 22, 2014
Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship
The Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded to passionate students who want to see the world. The winner will receive $1,000 for a semester abroad plus a travel backpack. Requirements: U.S. citizen or student visa holder, full-time undergraduate student in good standing, applied to or been accepted into a study abroad program.
Application Deadline: Dec. 20 for Spring 2015 programs; May 20 for Fall 2015 programs
Study Abroad in Japan: Bridging Scholarships
The American Association of Teachers of Japanese offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. They award up to 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 academic year. Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs).
Application Deadline: Students who are studying abroad in Spring 2015 have until October 8, 2014.
BUTEX Scholarships: Study Abroad in the U.K.
The Scholarship is open to all undergraduate students who are studying abroad at a university in the U.K. that is affiliated with the British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX). You must be studying abroad between September 2015 and August 2016 for a minimum of one semester. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university.
Application Deadline: Students studying abroad during the 2015/2016 academic year are now being accepted. The deadline for all applications is June 15th, 2015
Eligible U.K. Universities: http://www.butex.ac.uk/members/list-of-members/
TCA Scholarships: Study Abroad in Turkey for American Minority Students
The Turkish Coalition of America awards up to 100 scholarships per year for African American, Hispanic American, Native American and Filipino America undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted to a study abroad program at a university in Turkey for a summer or semester. TCA awards range from $500 to $2,000 to full-time undergraduates and graduate students on a case-by-case basis.
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
GoOverseas.com: Study Abroad in New Zealand
The New Zealand government has partnered with GoOverseas.com to offer a full-tuition scholarship (up to $15,000 NZD) for a well-deserving US student to study among the kiwis for a semester. We've got the flight covered, too -- thanks to our friends at STA Travel!
You can check out the application here. The deadline to apply is October 15th, 2014 and the winner can choose whether they'd like to use the award for Spring, Summer or Fall 2015.
Independent Affiliated Program Study Abroad Scholarships:
Automatic $400 grant (semester) or $200 (summer) for SHSU students who attend an AIFS study abroad program, since SHSU is affiliated with AIFS. Other study abroad scholarships & grants are available.
Application Deadlines: Fall Semester: April 15; Spring Semester: September 15; Summer: March 1
Students may apply for multiple API scholarships (though may only be awarded one) and are encouraged to refer to the list of additional scholarship and funding resources included on their website.
Application Deadlines: Fall Semester: June 25; Spring Semester: October 25; Summer: April 15
As affiliate partners, SHSU students will get an automatic $200 discount on all ISA programs and are eligible to apply for the Carlos Casteneda semester scholarship of $2000, which is only available to students from affiliated universities. There are additional ISA scholarships & there is a list of outside scholarships easily accessible for students.
SHSU students who attend a KEI-affiliated university or college may receive a $1000 grant for a semester abroad. Affiliate grants may be combined with other grants, scholarships, promotions and payment plans offered by KEI. The KEI Scholarship Program also offers awards of $500-$1,000 if students have a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0.
Online Directories of Study Abroad Scholarships:
Institute of International Education
Features a detailed directory of hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students. Students can search by Keyword, Field of Study, and Destination.
Browse study abroad scholarships based on a list of merit-based, student-specific, destination-specific, program-specific, and subject-specific.
Search for general study abroad scholarships, grants and fellowships as well as study abroad scholarships in diversity and for nontraditional countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
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