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External funding

The following organizations offer scholarships specifically for study abroad. Apply directly to the sponsor.

General scholarships

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Selected by competition, recipients receive $5,000 to defray the costs of study abroad. In addition, students studying a critical needs language can receive up to an additional $3,000.
  • Diversity Abroad Study Abroad Scholarships: Diversity Abroad, in cooperation with the AIFS Foundation, will offer $500 scholarships for fall, spring and summer study abroad. Five scholarships are available for the summer, and five are available for the fall and spring. Economically disadvantaged students, first-generation college students, students with disabilities, and ethnic and racially diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Fund for Education Abroad: Scholarships are offered up to $5,000 per semester and are not limited to specific programs, destinations or fields of study. FEA awards funds to students planning to study abroad on academically rigorous programs with a strong preference for underrepresented students. In addition to the general scholarships, FEA also awards the Rainbow Scholarship, awarded to a deserving LGBTQ student who aims to participate in an education abroad program.
  • Institute of International Education: This independent non-profit organization founded in 1919 is a world leader in the exchange of people and ideas. IIE administers more than 200 international scholarship programs serving more than 20,000 people each year.
  • Phi Kappa Phi: Phi Kappa Phi is a highly selective academic honor society that draws members from all academic disciplines within colleges and universities. Phi Kappa Phi study abroad grants are designed specifically to recognize and assist undergraduates as they seek knowledge abroad. Fifty grants, valued at $1,000 each, are awarded annually. In order to be eligible, students must have earned at least 56 but no more than 90 college credit hours and have a GPA of at least 3.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Scott's Cheap Flights Study Abroad Scholarship: A $1,000 scholarship awarded each fall and spring semester to a permanent U.S. resident enrolled in an accredited higher education program and planning to study abroad.
  • Start the Adventure Scholarship: Two $2,500 dedicated scholarships through FEA for U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying abroad during the summer term. Must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the U.S. and participating on a credit-bearing study abroad program that is at least four weeks in country.
  • Scholarship Essay Contest: One $1,000 scholarship to help make going abroad a possibility for more students. Must be a students in a U.S. college/university, legal U.S. resident and able to demonstrate enrollment in a study abroad program on or before March 31, 2019.
  • Tortuga Backpacks study abroad scholarship: Two $1,000 scholarships and travel backpacks, one for the fall semester and one for the spring. To be eligible, students must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or studying in the U.S. on a student visa; full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing at a four-year degree-granting university in the U.S.; and have applied to or been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit.

Location-specific scholarships

  • EAST OR SOUTHEAST ASIA | Freeman-ASIA: Freeman Awards for Study in Asia provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
  • FRANCOPHONE COUNTRIES | Walter Jensen Scholarship for Study Abroad: Awarded to a future teacher of French to help pay for a semester or a year studying French abroad in an accredited program in any Francophone country. Students must be currently enrolled in an established teacher education program in French and must be sponsored by a member of the American Association of Teachers of French. Awards are based on financial need and can be used to cover tuition, fees, travel or housing costs. Level: undergraduate or graduate / Award amount: $1,500
  • GERMANY | DAAD — German Academic Exchange Service: Scholarships may be granted for a minimum of four and a maximum of 10 months for study in Germany. Recipients are awarded a monthly stipend plus additional funds to help defray travel and research expenses, as well as health insurance. For additional information or for assistance with your application, please contact Tim Parshall in the MU Fellowships Office.
  • JAPAN | Bridging Scholarship for study in Japan: This program helps American students pay for their study abroad experiences in Japan.
  • JAPAN | JASSO scholarship: Recipients of this scholarship from the Japan Student Services Organization receive round-trip airfare to Japan, a monthly stipend and a one-time allowance. Applications are available from your MU study abroad adviser.
  • JAPAN | Monbukagakusho Scholarship for Japan: The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) offers five different scholarships for non-Japanese nationals wishing to study in Japan.
  • NEW ZEALAND | Education New Zealand: Generation Study Abroad excellence and travel awards: Travel awards offer $2,000 to help students fund their flights to New Zealand. Excellence awards offer $500 for study at one of eight New Zealand universities. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens or residents, current students of sophomore standing or above, at least 18 years old and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • NORWAY | Sons of Norway Foundation scholarships: Approximately 25 scholarships awarded each year to promote cultural exchange and support higher education.
  • SOUTH KOREA | Global Korea University Study Abroad Scholarship: Scholarship for exchange and visiting students studying at Korea University. This scholarship is divided into three categories: 1) admission scholarship includes monthly stipend for students in their first semester of study at Korea University; 2) travel scholarship helps students meet basic travel costs; 3) merit scholarship includes monthly stipend for students in their second semester of study at Korea University.
  • UNITED KINGDOM | BUTEX: British Transatlantic Exchange Association scholarships are open to all undergraduate students currently registered at institutions in the United States or Canada. To be eligible to apply, a student must have been offered a place as a study abroad or exchange student in a United Kingdom university that is a member of BUTEX. The value of each scholarship is $1,000 and is paid to the winners after they have arrived and registered at their host universities.

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