Study Abroad Scholarships

Georgia State University Scholarships

Study Abroad Advisors are more than happy to advise students on the national study abroad scholarships listed below. We host scholarship workshops to focus on preparing your application as well as review scholarship essays one-on-one with students. Please visit our PIN event page, visit our office in-person without a appointment or schedule a virtual appointment to discuss scholarship applications.

In addition, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships provides individual advisement and support of your application progress. If you need help developing or revising an essay, or an award has a campus committee process, they are another excellent source of support on campus as you apply for scholarships to fund your study abroad opportunity.

Schedule an appointment to discuss this opportunity with either a study abroad advisor or a member of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships

Schedule an appointment with Study Abroad Programs

Schedule an appointment with the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships

Notice: For scholarship amounts related to virtual study abroad programs, please refer to the financial information shared in your Terra Dotta application.

The International Education Fee (IEF) Scholarship is a $1,000 award and can be received for multiple study abroad programs in different terms.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must be accepted to or approved for their study abroad by the scholarship deadline.
  • Students must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at GSU and plan to earn credit for an experience abroad.
  • Undergraduate students must have an established institutional GPA at the time of application and must be in Good Academic Standing. Transfer and overall GPAs will not be considered.
  • Graduate students must be actively enrolled and be participating in/have completed their first semester at GSU by the time of application.
  • If awarded, recipients will receive funds during the term in which they study abroad.

Your study abroad program application includes your scholarship application for the IEF!

Deadlines:

Spring October 31
Summer February 15
Fall/Academic Year May 15

*For students participating in non-GSU programs, you must submit your Transfer Credit Approval form in order to be "approved" for study abroad and considered for the IEF scholarship.

The International Access Scholarship (IAS) seeks to increase access to study abroad for students with demonstrated financial need and increase the representation of first-generation college students studying abroad.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must be accepted to or approved for their study abroad by the scholarship deadline.
  • Students must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at GSU and plan to earn credit for an experience abroad.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need by having a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file.
    • For undergraduates, “financial need” is defined as being eligible for Pell Grant and/or subsidized loans at the time of application.
    • For graduate students, “financial need” is defined as being eligible for federal direct loans.
  • Undergraduate students must have an established institutional GPA at the time of application and must be in Good Academic Standing. Transfer and overall GPAs will not be considered.
  • Graduate students must be actively enrolled and be participating in/have completed their first semester at GSU by the time of application.
  • Most students do not receive IAS more than once.
  • IAS cannot be combined with the IEF Scholarship.

Your study abroad program application includes your scholarship application for the International Access Scholarship!

Deadlines:

Spring October 31
Summer February 15
Fall/Academic Year May 15

*For students participating in non-GSU programs, you must submit your Transfer Credit Approval form in order to be "approved" for study abroad and to be considered for the IEF scholarship.

The Coca-Cola Global Ambassador Scholarship is open to first generation college students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at GSU. Preference is given to Robinson College of Business students and students with little international experience. The minimum institutional GPA for undergraduate students is 2.75 and the minimum institutional GPA for graduate students is 3.0. Applicants must be accepted to or in the process of enrolling in a credit-bearing study abroad program. Awards range from $1500 - $2500 based on the length of the program. Qualified applicants may apply online.

Deadlines:

mid-October & mid-February

The Institute of International Business Common Scholarship Application is one application for all study abroad scholarships for J. Mack Robinson College of Business students. Please read the eligibility requirements for each scholarship on the online application in preparation for submission.

Deadline:

late October

Open to Honors students of any major who are in good standing in the Honors College, the scholarship is a onetime $1000 award in support of Honors College students enrolling in a credit-bearing study abroad or international internship program. For more information please contact the Honors College.

Perimeter College offers merit-based, need-based, and service-based scholarships. All scholarship awards are contingent upon the availability of funds and are subject to revision. Visit the Perimeter College scholarships website for more information.

Language & Cultural Studies Scholarships

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Applications open in fall.

FLAS Fellowships assist undergraduate and graduate students in achieving competency in selected foreign languages in combination with international and area studies coursework. FLAS Fellowships are available for the less commonly taught languages of Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian/Farsi, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. Funding for French, German, and Spanish languages may be available ONLY for GRADUATE students at an advanced level. French, German and Spanish are NOT eligible languages for UNDERGRADUATE students. Learn more on the Atlanta Global Studies Center website.

Deadlines:

January 31

National Study Abroad Scholarships

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides scholarships for Pell Grant recipients studying or interning abroad for credit. Preference is given to students traveling to non-traditional locations and from underrepresented backgrounds. Recipients are required to complete a Follow-on Service Project that promotes international education and the Gilman Scholarship Program at the student's home institution or in their community.

Gilman offers an additional $3,000 for students studying lesser taught languages through it's Critical Need Language Award. Students can apply for this award with their general Gilman application.

Deadlines:

Early October, early march

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs.

Deadline:

Early July

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. For more information about application cycles, eligibility requirements & to apply online, please visit the Freeman-ASIA website.

The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) provides scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting students of color, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. Applicants must be in enrolled at a U.S. college or university & be receiving credit for their study abroad. Programs must be at least 28 days in length. For more information about application cycles, eligibility requirements & to apply online, please visit the Fund for Education Abroad website.

The David L. Boren National Security Education Program Scholarship (Boren Scholarship) is a federally-funded study abroad scholarship designed to encourage career-related skills development in preparation for efforts/activities that would lead to opportunities in federal service. Awards range from up to $20,000 for academic year-long study, up to $10,000 for semester-long study, and up to $8,000 for summer-long study. U.S. citizens enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education wishing to study outside of the U.S. in non-traditional locations during their undergraduate studies and pursue study of a critical need language (see the Boren website for more details) are eligible to apply. Students who wish to apply for the Boren Scholarship can apply directly at borenawards.org or participate in the campus review process here at GSU.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.

Recent graduates, graduate students, and young professionals are eligible to apply.

Undergraduate & recent graduates should contact Jacob English (jacobenglish@gsu.edu) for advising.

Graduate student should contact Katrina Helz to apply: khelz@gsu.edu

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for Bridging Scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad. Their study in Japan must last for at least 3 months and must earn credit that will transfer to their home campus in the US.

Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000-$4,500 (for students on academic year programs). Students studying in Japan on summer programs are not eligible to apply.

Deadline:

October

The Fredrick Douglass Global Fellowship is an unique international program designed to develop change leaders who make an impact on their community and the world. This program is for students of color and selection is in the spirit of Douglass himself with special emphasis on leadership, social justice, agitation for positive change and cross-cultural understanding. Award will cover the full cost of travel to and from participation in a four-week, 3-credit study abroad program to Dublin, Ireland.

Students who do not receive acceptance into the fellowship will qualify for a $1,500 scholarship for another CIEE study abroad program.

Deadline:

Mid-February

Additional Funding Recommendations

  • Heritage groups that have interests in specific countries (e.g. Japan America Society)
  • Civic groups (Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions Clubs)
  • Travel agencies
  • High school alumni associations
  • Professional and business clubs
  • Sororities and fraternities (local and national chapters)
  • Vocational rehabilitation agencies (for students with disabilities)
  • Charitable, ethnic, religious and campus organizations
  • Your parents' employers (they may have a scholarship program for employees' children)

  • Try a crowdfunding website.  Go Fund Me is a popular website which allows you to collect donations from friends and family. In addition, STA Travel has a program that lets you pay for your airline ticket over time; this can be helpful while you raise money.
  • Ask to use frequent flyer mileage from family and friends.
  • Ask for matching funds from friends, family, or other interested parties (i.e., if you have $1,000, ask for $200 from five people, or $100 from ten people).
  • Contact local businesses related to your field of study or the country you want to study in.
  • Contact individuals who are sympathetic to your goals (e.g., people who are first-generation college grads, have the same ethnic background, have similar academic areas of specialization, or are in the career field that you are interested in).
  • Contact alumni of the program you are interested in.

  • In lieu of holiday and birthday gifts, request financial gifts or loans instead.
  • Ask friends to join you in raising money by painting, cleaning or washing cars.
  • Organize an event where you and/or some friends donate instruction for a couple of hours (cooking, quilting, yoga, karate, computer skills, dancing, sign language, stained glass, woodworking, etc.).
  • Collect used books, CD's, computer software, etc. and have a sale.
  • Ask your church, synagogue or mosque to sponsor a special offering, dinner, or raffle and give the proceeds to study abroad.
  • In exchange for the use of your car while you're gone, have a friend or sibling make all or part of your car payments.
  • SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!

Go local. Staying local helps because smaller, private businesses don't usually have to cut through so much bureaucratic red tape.

Get organized. Keep a spreadsheet of contact information and interactions with the businesses you approach. When things seem like a mess (and they will when you get a lot of requests out!), open the spreadsheet and know at a glance what was going on.

Know the program. Ask for information and pictures about the program that would help you become an expert in all aspects of the program. Research the culture, customs, and industries - so you know exactly how your experience will benefit yourself and/or the community.

Don't give up. Odds are, you'll face more rejection than success. Checks rarely arrive in the mail without a second phone call. Careful reminders and persistence are key.

Numbers. Make a list of potential donors - and then double it. If you ask enough people, you can afford a lot of rejection and still meet your goal.