IEF Scholarship

The Georgia State University International Education Fee (IEF) Study Abroad Scholarship, initiated in 2004, is funded by the mandatory international education student fee. If awarded the IEF Scholarship, students will receive a $1000 award. Please be aware that the IEF Scholarship is a competitive scholarship and applying does not guarantee an award.

Incomplete & late applications will not be eligible for review. Cover letters, letters of recommendation, resumes, references, etc. are not required for this scholarship and will not be considered if submitted.

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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 IEF Scholarship must:

  • Be enrolled in and working toward completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree or certificate at Georgia State University; post-baccalaureate students not enrolled in a degree or certificate program are not eligible for the IEF Scholarship.
  • 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 3.2 for graduate and professional students.
  • Be in the process of enrolling in a credit-bearing study abroad or international internship program for the term for which they are applying for the IEF Scholarship.
  • Not be planning to study in countries that are currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning. Click here for a list of those countries.

Please note:

  • Students studying abroad for an academic year are eligible to apply for both the Fall and Spring application cycles.
  • Students studying abroad during spring break are not eligible to apply for the IEF scholarship.
The following will be taken into consideration when determining ranking for the award:
  • Institutional GPA (transfer GPA is not considered)
  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by your financial aid package.
  • Program sponsor (GSU vs other)
  • Program location (traditional vs non-traditional)
  • Previous international experience
  • Number of credits being earned

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 and must be completed by the end of the following spring or fall semester (i.e. students returning after a spring semester must complete their service by the end of the following fall semester; students returning after a summer study abroad must complete their service by the end of the fall semester). 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.

  • 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. Funds will be posted to the recipient’s student account at the time regular financial aid is disbursed for the term abroad (usually the first week of classes for that term). Students should submit the Intent to Study Off Campus form to receive their Financial Aid package as early as possible.
  • 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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