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Paying for a summer, semester or even academic year education abroad program is not as difficult as you might think. You should spend some time researching and understanding the costs involved to participate on your chosen program using some of the budget guidelines below.  We recommend you review our "Funding your Program" page in addition to reading about scholarships. 

Scholarships may take a bit of your time and effort, but the payoff can be worth it. We encourage you to take the time to do your research and apply to more than one.

The MTSU Office of Education Abroad offers three education abroad scholarships:

  • Office of Education Abroad Scholarship 
  • Media Scholarship 
  • Commitment Scholarship 

Please review the MTSU Office of Education Abroad Policies & Requirements and the individual scholarship eligibility requirements for full details.

Non-degree seeking and/or non-MTSU students do not qualify for any MTSU funding including the tuition discount for MTSU faculty-led Signature Study Abroad Programs and scholarships/grants. 

Late and/or incomplete applications are not accepted or considered.  


MTSU Office of Education Abroad Scholarship 

  • GPA 2.0 or higher 
  • Offered annually for each term 
  • Application is online, available at least four weeks prior to the deadline

Eligibility Requirements
Current or upcoming applications

  • Fall 2020 & Full Year 2020-21 Closed
  • Winter 2020-21 Now open! 
  • Spring 2021 Now open!
  • Spring Break 2021 TBD
  • Summer 2021 Opening late summer 2020 
  1. Go to the Program Search box, click
  2. At the 'Show' box use the drop-down and select 'Scholarship' 
  3. At the 'Term' box use the drop-down and select the correct scholarship term
  4. Click 'Search' 
  5. Click the link for your scholarship term and follow all instructions 
  6. Contact the Office of Education Abroad if you have any questions. 


MTSU Office of Education Abroad Commitment Scholarship

The Commitment Scholarship offers additional funding to MTSU students who commit to an MTSU Signature Program by the deadline.  This scholarship is for MTSU Signature Programs only. 

Deadline = Summer 2021 award deadline = January 29, 2021

Eligibility and Information

  • $500 award
  • May be combined with other Office of Education Abroad Scholarships
  • Requires proof of $500 non-refundable program deposit by the deadline 
  • Available only to the first eight (8) students per program
  • Students are required to submit the Commitment Scholarship Acceptance Form along with proof of the $500 non-refundable deposit by the deadline
  • Acceptance forms must be submitted to the Education Abroad Office (in person to Peck Hall 207 or via email to and will be considered in the order in which they will be received
TO APPLY, Make your $500 program deposit, complete and submit the scholarship form to the Office of Education Abroad by the deadline. 


MTSU Office of Education Abroad Media Scholarship

Want to share your study abroad adventures in a creative way?  The Media Scholarship gives students a chance to share their study abroad story with the MTSU community and inspire fellow MTSU students to study abroad. 

It does not have to be social media! This can be any creative option, including song, photo, video, print media (collages, essays, anything written), a PowerPoint, sculpture, and of course, social media exhibits and campaigns.  Past projects have included a photo gallery exhibit of program images, an original song based on the experience abroad, social media takeovers, a study abroad inspired poster series, and more. The Office of Education Abroad will share the winning projects on our website, in advising, with the campus community, and on our social media channels to highlight the great experiences students have abroad. 

  • MTSU Signature Programs only 
  • Competitive: only 10 awards available, no more than one award from a single Signature Program 
  • Must follow all project options and requirements
  • Students propose their project, creativity is encouraged
  • May be combined with other Office of Education Abroad scholarships
Spring Break program deadline = February 12, 2021

Summer program deadline = March 19, 2021

Eligibility Requirements: Please see the application (link below) to review information, requirements, and access the application for this scholarship

Application = will be available fall 2020 for summer 2021 programs 

Scholarship Deadlines

Please use the link below for a table of current and future scholarship dates and deadlines. 

Other MTSU Scholarships

Other MTSU education abroad scholarships are available and may be combined with Office of Education Abroad Scholarships and the Grant.  

Honors College 

  • Offers study abroad scholarships to Honors College students 
  • Offers Passport Day to Honors College students 
  • Interested students = contact Laura Clippard 

Jones College of Business
  • Offers study abroad scholarships to Jones College of Business students 
  • $1,000 award 
  • Interested students = contact Jones College of Business major/minor advisor 

College of Liberal Arts 
  • $500 or $1,000
  • MTSU Signature Study Abroad Programs only (Faculty-Led) 
  • Contact = College of Liberal Arts for more information 

Kiyoshi Kawahito Scholarship Endowment ?
  • Recipient must have a 2.75 GPA and have completed at least two Japanese language course before making a study abroad trip or exchange
  • Financial need, in the broadest sense, is required
  • Preferences will be given to students participating in one of the following exchange programs: Saitama University, Kansai Gadai University, Seinan Gakuin University, Reitaku University

Gerhard & Esther Hansen Memorial London Winter Scholarship 
  • $1,000 award
  • Must be an MTSU Theatre major
  • Only applies towards CCSA's 2-week London winter program for the Theatre course taught by MTSU faculty
  • Contact Professor Scott Boyd for more information


Outside Education Abroad Scholarships

Most of our affiliated program providers offer their own unique scholarships to help students with expenses abroad.  Please check the program provider website (CIEE, ISA, ISEP, and USAC) to learn more.  

All outside scholarships have different criteria, application materials, award amounts, and deadlines.  A few of the scholarship opportunities we have listed may not be directly applicable to study abroad programs but related post-graduation opportunities. 

Other ways to find scholarships and funding opportunities: 

  • Online search 
  • Inquire with groups that you and/or your family may be part of (ex: civic or religious organizations) 
  • Ask campus departments if funding is available for your program
  • Go Fund Me 
Please use the link below to access a list of outside scholarships.

All scholarship awards are subject to determination of the Office of Financial Aid if the student is eligible to receive additional funding. This includes those provided by MTSU and outside sources. Please note that scholarships are competitive and never guaranteed.

Scholarships will not pay for your entire program, but every award amount adds up!  We highly encourage you to apply for one or more.