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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. 

To see an overview of Scholarship & other study abroad deadlines, please see our Events and Deadlines page.

 
MTSU Office of 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!
TO APPLY, follow this step-by-step guide
MTSU EA Scholarship Deadlines
Late applications are not accepted or considered
Winter 2016-17 programs: September 29, 2016
Spring 2017 programs: October 20, 2016
Summer 2017 programs: February 8, 2017
Fall 2017 and Full Year 2017-18 programs: March 2, 2017
You must apply for the scholarship for the term you plan to study abroad (i.e. If you are applying for a USAC Summer 2017 program to Costa Rica, please apply for the OEA Summer 2017 scholarship, otherwise your scholarship application will likely not be registered correctly or considered)
 
MTSU Academic Success Grant
The MTSU Academic Success Grant was new for the Summer 2016 term and we have continued this for Summer 2017! This is 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 the 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 2017 programs ONLY: February 8, 2017

We've created the Education Abroad Program Cost Comparison Sheet to assist you with creating a budget after your decision has been made.  
Some tips for choosing a budget-friendly program are also included!


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Outside Scholarships
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. 

A few of these scholarship opportunities may not be directly applicable to study abroad program terms through the Office of Study Abroad, but provide additional study abroad opportunities - such as for post-graduation - and are valuable resources as you plan ahead. 
Program-specific scholarships
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.
CCSA Scholarships:  If a CCSA Scholarship is available, you will be contacted after applying to the program.
KIIS Scholarships
ISEP Scholarships
ISA Scholarships
GlobaLinks Scholarships
Learning Abroad Center (UM) Scholarship

USAC Scholarships
CIEE Scholarships
 
Benjamin Franklin Travel Award
A man of the Enlightenment, philosopher and scientist Benjamin Franklin was also a great diplomat and friend of France. This travel grant is named after him and aims at giving students enrolled in an American university an opportunity to discover France. It is open to sophomore, junior, and senior students who are enrolled in a double major including one major in French and one major in another discipline. Consideration will also be given to students enrolled in a minor/certificate in French and majoring in another subject. Applications from students who are in a course combining French and a non-humanities major such as pre-med, law, engineering, sciences, computer sciences, mathematics, business, and management are encouraged. For more details: http://highereducation.frenchculture.org/grants-and-fellowships/ben-franklin-grant


Boren Scholarship
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.

Bridging Scholarship
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: Bridging Scholarship


BUTEX
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. For application and eligibility information: BUTEX

CCSA Storyteller Scholarship
This scholarship provides up to a maximum of $1,000 per award for a CCSA participant to complete a media-based project. The awardee is expected to provide CCSA quality writing and/or imagery. The deliverable product must be appropriate for the CCSA web site, although the student may propose alternative formats such as a blog or a YouTube© project. Project must be completed and submitted to CCSA within three weeks after the program end date. For more details: CCSA Storyteller Scholarship

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship
The Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. There are two major components to the Rangel Program: an International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program that provides support for graduate school, professional development, and entry into the U.S. Foreign Service, and an undergraduate International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program that provides undergraduates with the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding about U.S. foreign policy.  For more details: Charles B. Rangel Fellowship

College of Liberal Arts Scholarships (MTSU)
In an effort to encourage students to participate in internships and study abroad, the MTSU College of Liberal Arts will offer several scholarships of up to $500 each for faculty-led study abroad or internship activities during the calendar year and one scholarship for $1000 for faculty-led study abroad.
Eligibility:
  1. Student must have declared a major in Liberal Arts
  2. Student must have completed 30 hours prior to the semester in which the award will be made.  At least 15 hours must have been earned at MTSU.
  3. Student must have a GPA equal to or greater than 2.5
  4. Student must be participating in one of the following: A faculty-led program or a credit-bearing internship
Applicants should submit the following electronically to cla@mtsu.edu
  • A letter, which must include the student's M#, outlining eligibility requirements 1-3 above and describing the activity for which the student is requesting support and how the activity will contribute to the student's professional development or plan of study (maximum length = 3 pages)
  • A budget, listing costs and all other anticipated funding (except student loans)
  • A letter of recommendation from a Liberal Arts faculty member or advisor emailed from the recommender to cla@mtsu.edu
  Deadline: Applications will be considered for activities taking place during the Spring, Summer, or Fall semesters. The application deadline is February 1, 2017
 
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: Confucius Institute Scholarship
 
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs provides American students with the opportunity to enjoy fully-funded overseas summer language and cultural immersion programs through the awarding of Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) each year. Applicants are selected based on their commitment to studying non-traditional languages abroad, including Arabic, Japanese, Swahili, and Russian. The Critical Language Scholarship is only open to American undergraduate and graduate students.  Students interested in the CLS Scholarship should contact Laura Clippard in the MTSU Honors College at Laura.Clippard@mtsu.edu.  For more details: http://clscholarship.org/

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
Undergraduate or graduate students can apply for scholarships to fund traditional study abroad programs, research, and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad/international opportunities in Germany and at German universities. For more details: DAAD website 
 
Foreign Language Area Studies Award (FLAS) Vanderbilt University
The Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University receives funding from the Department of Education to support Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Awards for Intensive Studies of Portuguese or indigenous Latin American languages. Fellowships provide tuition expenses for the study of Portuguese, K'iche' Mayan, or another indigenous language (up to $5,000) and a stipend of $2,500. Any graduate or undergraduate student with Luso-Brazilian or indigenous language-related interests and who is a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident is eligible to apply.  Fellowships are for one year, but can be extended provided the student remains in good standing and successfully completes the FLAS re-application process. There are also FLAS fellowships for summer programs which support students enrolled in formal domestic and overseas programs of intensive language study.  For more details: FLAS Vanderbilt University

Fulbright
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.
This is designed for students who have graduated but you should start the application process at least one year advance.  For more information please contact Laura Clippard in the Honors College at Laura.Clippard@mtsu.edu.  For more details: Fulbright


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! For more details: Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
 
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. For more details: Fund for International Service Learning (FISL)   
 
Gilman Scholarship
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 go their website: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

To encourage and assist our MTSU students through the Gilman application process, the Office of Education Abroad will provide feedback on the Gilman essays if students email them by the internal deadlines listed on our Events & Deadlines page. 

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. For more details: Global Studies Foundation Grant


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, please go to their website: Phi Kappa Phi, Study Abroad Grants and refer to their Study Abroad Fact Sheet.

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. For more details: Tourism Cares Scholarship Program


Goldwater
The purpose of the Goldwater Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields. The Scholarship—the most prestigious undergraduate award given in the sciences—is awarded to about 300 college sophomores and juniors nationwide. A maximum of $7500 per academic year is granted. The scholarship is awarded based on merit, and the actual amount given is based on financial need. In awarding scholarships, the Foundation Board of Trustees considers the nominee's field of study and career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field. This is judged by letter of references, essays written by the student, and prior research experience. For more information please contact Laura Clippard in the Honors College at Laura.Clippard@mtsu.edu.  For more details: Goldwater Foundation Scholarship

Harold Love Community Award
While not specifically for study abroad, the Harold Love Community award could be used for your study abroad expenses. It is $1,000 cash prize awarded to five students and five faculty/staff members who have shown outstanding community service. In order to be eligible for the award, each participant must be recommended to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. For more details: Harold Love Community Award

Marshall Scholarship
For Graduate students: The Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty scholars are selected each year to study at the graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study.
Open only to United States citizens who (at the time they take up their scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7. To qualify for the awards tenable from October 2016, candidates must have graduated from their undergraduate college or university after April 2013. Up to 40 Scholarships are awarded annually. Each Scholarship covers fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse. For more details: Marshall Scholarship


Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant
The Jerome Foundation offers Travel and Study Grants to millennial artists who are in need of funds to travel for the purpose of knowledge, inspiration, experience, and growth. Eligible applicants should be passionate and interested in the fields of dance, film, digital production, or literature. For more details: Jerome Foundation Grant

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. For the search engine: Study Abroad funding opportunities

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships
For Graduate and Doctoral studies: Funded by the European Union, the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship is an exclusive award for masters or doctoral students of the EU. Its aim is to enhance the quality of higher education and promote understanding between diverse peoples and cultures across the globe. For more details: Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

Generation Google Scholarship
While continuing to break down barriers by inspiring and helping students to become the future of the technology industry, Google established the Generation Google scholarship in order to fund study abroad for American and Canadian students who aspire to become the best computer scientists of their generation. This award is open to all current high school seniors and university students from Canada and the U.S. For more details: Generation Google Scholarship

Learn, Intern, and Volunteer in Latin America Scholarship (LIVFund)
LIVFund is excited to offer its scholarship in 21 Latin American countries. The scholarship competition is open to anyone who meets the eligibility conditions and needs help covering program or living abroad expenses. LIVFund will award two [2] scholarships per month to selected recipients in the amount of $500 USD each.  Applications are accepted year-round. For more details: LIVFund

FlipKey Study Abroad Scholarship
FlipKey values the importance of travel and cultural immersion as a way to learn about the world firsthand. They award one student a $1,000 scholarship to put towards studying abroad. From tuition costs to plane tickets and spontaneous excursions in between, the scholarship money can be used to cover any of the expenses associated with studying and traveling abroad.  For more details: FlipKey Scholarship

StudySoup Future Innovator Scholarship Program
StudySoup felt like they could do more to give back to the future leaders of the world. They offer a $2,000 scholarship each semester to outstanding students who exemplify one or more of StudySoup’s core values: Be a Knight, Make an Impact, Succeed Together.  You may have mentored a fellow student, organized a fundraiser for charity, or gone on a humanitarian trip abroad. Whatever your achievements, they want to hear from you! For more details: StudySoup Scholarship