Paying for a summer, semester or even academic year education abroad program is not as difficult as you might think. First you should spend some time researching and understanding the costs involved to participate on your chosen program using some of the budget guidelines below. In addition, we've also provided some details and links to research how you can use your current financial aid while abroad as well as scholarship opportunities, both internal and external.
1. MTSU Education Abroad Scholarship
The MTSU Education Abroad Scholarship is offered annually for each term (fall/full year, spring semester, winter, and summer). This scholarship application is always available on this website at least four weeks, if not longer, prior to the deadline.
Read through the Eligibility Requirements to see if you are eligible to apply for this scholarship!
MTSU EA ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES:
Late applications are not accepted or considered.
Winter 2015-16 programs: September 30th, 2015 (this cycle is closed)
Spring 2016 semester programs: October 22nd, 2015 (this cycle is closed)
Summer 2016 programs: February 10th, 2016
Fall 2016/Full-Year 16-17: February 25th, 2016
Please note: Applying for the MTSU EA scholarship is separate from the education abroad program application process.
2. MTSU Academic Success Grant
The MTSU Academic Success Grant is new for the Summer 2016 term! This grant has been created for undergraduate students planning on participating on a summer education abroad program who have a GPA between a 2.000 and a 2.799 to help further promote academic success while abroad.
Read through these Eligibility Requirements to see if you are eligible to apply for this grant!
TO APPLY, follow the same steps as listed in the MTSU Education Abroad Scholarship step-by-step guide, but make sure you click on the Academic Success Grant instead of the scholarship!
MTSU ACADEMIC SUCCESS GRANT DEADLINE:
Late applications are not accepted or considered.
Summer 2016: February 10th, 2016
MTSU Financial Aid
The MTSU Financial Aid Office provides students with information about federal/state aid, scholarships, and private/alternative educational loans. The financial aid website contains details on where to start, calculating the costs, and frequently asked questions. All education abroad participants must be taking courses abroad which are required to complete their MTSU degree (the equivalent of 12 U.S. credits during the semester & 6 U.S. credits during the summer) in order to receive federal aid. After choosing an education abroad program, students should contact Judith.Fogus@mtsu.edu to schedule an appointment with questions regarding aid and education abroad. Students should email Ms. Fogus at least two weeks in advance of the requested meeting and bring a program cost sheet, which can be obtained from the Office of EA.
Budget for Education Abroad
It’s best to understand how you will fund your education abroad program in the early stages of the process, so you can better prepare. Comparing program costs can be confusing because education abroad program fees do not always contain the same inclusions (for example, some might include meals and others do not!). Pay attention to what’s included when comparing costs and always make sure you budget for emergencies. We've created the attached document to assist you with creating a budget after your decision has been made. Some tips for choosing a budget-friendly program are also included!
OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIP LISTING
Below is a list of education abroad scholarship opportunities outside of MTSU. All outside scholarships have different criteria, application materials, award amounts, and deadlines. This list will never be complete, so students are encouraged to research other options on their own as well.
Below are some of our affiliated programs which offer their own unique scholarships to help students with expenses abroad. Please check the following websites to find out about possible opportunities and procedures for applying.
Confucius Institute Scholarship:
The Confucius Institute in partnership with universities in China offers scholarships for American students to study in China for a semester or a year. Please click here for more details.
Phi Kappa Phi scholarship:
This scholarship is given to dozens of students (membership in Phi Kappa Phi unnecessary) annually who are studying abroad with at least a 3.75 GPA. For the application details and current deadlines, click on their website here and then the Study Abroad Fact Sheet.
This scholarship is awarded to US citizen undergraduate students who are recipients of the federal Pell Grant and applying to study abroad. The Gilman aims to diversify the kinds of students who study/intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. For the eligibility requirements, current deadlines, and online application please click here for their website. To encourage and assist our MTSU students through the Gilman application process, the Office of EA will provide feedback on the Gilman essays if students email them by the internal deadlines listed on our Events & Deadlines page.
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Boren scholarships are funded by the NSEP (National Security Education program) which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. For more details on eligibility requirements and the application process, please click here for the Boren Scholarship Website. MTSU applicants will be contacted by the Office of EA in November for an on-campus interview in December. In addition, MTSU has a separate internal deadline which is earlier than the Boren deadline.
The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. Approximately 100 scholarships are awarded each year and there are two application cycles. For more details, please click here for their website.
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
Scholarships, of up to $5000, are intended to support students planning to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs of 4-weeks or longer. Early deadlines! Click here for their website.
Fund for International Service Learning (FISL)
The Fund for International Service Learning (FISL) offers $500 scholarships to aid students who are enrolled (or in the process of enrolling) in an accredited International Service Learning program. Recipients are selected based on their academic and professional goals and accomplishments, as well as financial need. Please click here for their website.
Each year BUTEX awards a number of scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a full academic year in the UK. Click here for the application materials and eligibility requirements.
Global Studies Foundation Grant
This grant is designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad. Grants are awarded based on academic merit, program merit, and outreach potential. Click here for more application details.
Tourism Cares Scholarship Program
Tourism Cares awards roughly $100,000 per year in scholarships. Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student in a Travel, Tourism, or Hospitality program. Click here for more application details.
Turkish Coalition of America
TCA awards up to 100 scholarships per year for African American, Hispanic American, and Native American Students. These scholarships are awarded to eligible undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted to a university in Turkey, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, or Bosnia. Please click here for more details.
General Search Engine for Study Abroad Funding Opportunities
This valuable funding resource allows students to search by country or subject to find study abroad funding information. It is a comprehensive database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants can help make any student’s dream of studying abroad a financial possibility and a profound reality. Click here for the search engine.