Global Experience Scholarship

The Global Experience Scholarship provides opportunities to deserving students by offering substantial award amounts of up to $5,000 for Maymester or Summer programs, $7,500 for Fall or Spring semesters abroad, and $15,000 for an Academic Year, depending on financial need and program costs. The Georgia State University Global Experience Scholarship (GES) was developed out of the existing International Education Fee (IEF) Study Abroad Scholarship Program and is funded by the mandatory international education student fee paid by all Georgia State University students. While the IEF scholarship seeks to aid as many students as possible, the GES offers increased funding to students with demonstrable financial need. Please be aware that meeting eligibility requirements and submitting an application does not guarantee an award.

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Spring 2017 October 15th, 2016
Summer/Maymester 2017 mid-February*
Fall 2017 mid-April*

*Please contact the Study Abroad Programs Office (404-413-2529) for exact deadline dates.

Applicants to the Global Experience Scholarship must:

  • Be enrolled in and working toward completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree or certificate at Georgia State University; post-baccalaureate students are not eligible for the GES.
  • Have studied at least 1 semester at GSU and have an institutional GPA; incoming first semester undergraduates, first semester graduate students, and first semester transfer students are not eligible to apply.
  • Have attained a minimum institutional GPA of 2.75 for undergraduate students or 3.5 for graduate and professional students.
  • Have financial need as determined by the FAFSA and the Financial Aid Office.
  • Complete their FAFSA and financial aid application by the time of applying to GES. Applicants are responsible for checking with the Financial Aid Office to ensure that all parts of their financial aid application have been received.
  • Not be participating in a program in which overseas experience is built into the cost and structure of the degree program (for example the Global MBA Program).
  • Not have previously received this scholarship.
The following will be taken into consideration when determining ranking for the award:
  • Institutional GPA
  • Financial need as determined by the financial aid package
  • Essay
  • Faculty recommendations
  • Interview

Please note: Preference will be given to applicants with minimal or no international travel experience, however any student may apply.

  • Cover letters, resumes, personal references, etc. will not be considered.
  • Students may apply for both the Global Experience and IEF scholarships for the same term, but may only receive one of the scholarships. The GES application will be given priority; if the applicant is not awarded the GES, they will then be considered for the IEF scholarship if a complete and separate IEF application was submitted.
  • Scholarship awards cannot be used for tuition.
  • Late applications will not be accepted. In order to ensure fairness and to process awards in a timely manner, there will be no exceptions to this rule.

Questions about the Global Experience Scholarship or application process should be the Study Abroad Programs office at 404-413-2529.

All components of the application are now online.  You no longer need to turn in paper documents.

1. Essay

In 4,000 characters, please address the following questions:

  1. Why did you choose this program/location?
  2. How will participation in this program affect your future?

You are free to allocate your words as you choose, but do make sure that you address both questions in your response.

2. Faculty Recommendations

Students must request two Faculty Recommendations via the online system.  Recommendations are also due on the deadline, so make sure to ask your recommenders early. Recommendations should come from a faculty member (or graduate/teaching assistant if that is who the student had class with) from GSU.  If you cannot find two people who fit those requirements, you must get prior clearance from the Study Abroad Programs Office.  We will help you select an appropriate recommender; do not simply choose someone yourself.

3. Faculty Recommendations

You will also complete an online budget projection for your program.  It is these budgets that will help determine your award amount.  These forms are only preliminary; all budgets will be reviewed for accuracy. You will also need to provide some basic information about your program if it is not run by GSU.

4. Group Interview

All applicants will participate in group interviews to be scheduled in the two to three weeks following the scholarship application deadline.  Interview times will be sent out with an understanding that some students will not be able to come during normal business hours.  As such, there will be evening and weekend interview times.  The interview is a required part of the application process.  We will do everything possible to accommodate everyone, but please know that you are expected to make the effort to participate.

All scholarship recipients are required to complete four service requirements for each term that they are awarded a scholarship. The service requirement is coordinated through the Study Abroad Programs Office. If a student is unable to perform this requirement, repayment of the scholarship will be arranged. For more information about the service requirements, please click here.

  • Students will be notified of their award via email and must respond promptly with acceptance of the scholarship terms.
  • Please note: In most cases scholarship funds will not be released before students must pay tuition and program fees and in some cases not before students depart for their programs. Students are responsible for covering all such expenses directly and the scholarship will serve as a reimbursement. Federal regulations control this process. Students must complete the necessary paperwork with the Office of Student Financial Aid before awards can be disbursed, even if the student does not currently receive other types of financial aid.
  • A list of recipients will be forwarded to the Office of Student Financial Aid, where the awards will be processed. Should there be an outstanding balance owed to the university, this amount will be deducted from the award, and the remaining balance disbursed directly to the student either by direct deposit or by check at the same time as their financial aid disbursement.
  • Under no circumstance will the funds be disbursed directly to a student’s program.
  • In the event that a student must cancel his or her participation in a program for any reason, the student is required to notify the Study Abroad Programs Office immediately. If a student is removed from a program for any reason, all costs associated with the dismissal will be assessed to the student's student account. Charges for awards that are disbursed prior to withdrawal from a study abroad program will be assessed against the student’s student account with a hold placed on registration and graduation until the funds are recovered.
  • Please check with our office if funds are not received within the timeline described above. Any problems relating to non-receipt of funds must be resolved within two semesters of the student’s program abroad. After this time, any funds not received by the student will be unrecoverable.
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