Study Abroad Scholarships

General Scholarship Information
Students may apply for a number of scholarships which they may put towards their study abroad experience (see below). Remember to meet application deadlines (usually March 1st for the following fall semester). The FSU Financial Aid/ Scholarship booklet is available in the Financial Aid Office. It contains descriptions of the institutional, departmental and outside scholarships which are offered each year to FSU students. Application procedures are also detailed.

Scholarship search on the web

The following links lead to forms where students can search for scholarships:

Scholarships in Maryland

IIE Scholarship search

Harold R. Rowe International Student Scholarships

Department/Contact: Center for International Education/Director/301.687.4714

Criteria: Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for full-time enrollment at FSU. Undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking international students or FSU undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking students who have been approved by the Center for International Education to participate in a study abroad program may apply. International Fellows and Graduate Assistants are not eligible. The recipient(s) must have an overall grade point average of at least 2.5. Previous recipients may re-apply annually as long as he/she is eligible. Preference will be given to applicants having demonstrated financial need.

Deadline: July 1 for Summer (July-August) and Fall semesters
October 15 for Intersession, Spring, and Summer semesters
March 15 for Summer semester (May-June)

Wickert Family Study Abroad Scholarship
In memory of Alan and Jane Wickert

Department/Contact: Center for International Education/Director/301.687.4714

Criteria: Applicants must be enrolled full-time at FSU and have qualified to participate in the FSU study abroad program. Students must be accepted for study abroad opportunities providing a non-Western social and cultural experience (i.e. non-English speaking, countries not considered to be Anglo-European). In the event there are no qualified applicants, students accepted for an Australia or Ireland experience be considered. The recipient(s) must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0. and preference will be given to applicants having demonstrated financial need.

Deadline: September 9

Wickert Family Study Abroad Scholarship
In memory of Catherine Morrow

Department/Contact: Center for International Education/Director/301.687.4714

Criteria: Applicants must be enrolled full-time at FSU and have qualified to participate in the FSU study abroad program. Students must be accepted for study abroad opportunities providing a non-Western social and cultural experience (i.e. non-English speaking, countries not considered to be Anglo-European). In the event there are no qualified applicants, students accepted for an Australia or Ireland experience be considered. The recipient(s) must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0. and preference will be given to applicants having demonstrated financial need.

Deadline: September 9

CIE Scholarships

Students who are accepted on to FSU sponsored or affiliated study abroad programs may apply for a scholarship from the CIE Office. The deadline for intersession and spring semester is 15 October, and for summer session, fall semester and the academic year the deadline is 15 March. Scholarships are awarded in the amounts of $500 and $1,000. Students may pick up application forms from the CIE Office in the Fuller House or download an application below.

  Eligibility Requirements:

  1. A completed scholarship application (including letters of recommendation and transcript(s) must be received by the deadline.

  2. The applicant must be a full-time, degree-seeking student who has completed at least 24 credit hours (18 credit hours for graduate students) prior to the study abroad experience.

  3. The student must be a matriculated student at the time of the study abroad experience.

  4. The student must have submitted a completed application to a credit-bearing study abroad program.

  5. The student must have submitted a completed application form to the Center for International Education and must have received a letter of acceptance into the program.

  6. The student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

  Selection Criteria:

  In awarding the scholarships, the International Education Council (IEC) may consider:

  1. GPA, with due consideration given to the degree of academic rigor of courses

  2. Quality of the essay

  3. Financial need (based on summary information provided by the Financial Aid Office)

  4. Duration and number of credit hours being pursued as part of the study abroad experience

  5. Cost of the study abroad experience (including transportation, tuition, fees, housing, and other expenses with due consideration given to the cost of living in the host country)

  6. Previous study abroad experience

  7. Benefit to the major or minor

  8. Number of credit hours completed by the student prior to the study abroad experience

    Preference will be given to students participating in an FSU or University System of Maryland sponsored program.

    The Council may decide to interview any or all candidates and it may ask for additional information.

    Study Abroad Scholarship Application

Other Sources of Scholarships

  Undergraduate (scroll down for graduate scholarships)

Institutional Scholarships

Departmental scholarships are available from individual departments, including the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature in Lowndes Hall. The Department of Foreign Languages offers two foreign language awards to French or Spanish majors, and one Belfoure award to French majors. Amount: $500 - 1,000.

State Scholarships

USM Scholarships are awarded to students who take part in study abroad programs through FSU or other University of Maryland campuses, such as Towson and College Park. Refer to these program sites for specific information and remember that other USM campuses will most likely give preference to their own students. Amount: varies

(MIEA) Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded to students who are residents of Maryland and who have an overall GPA of at least 3.2. Amount: $500

National Scholarships


The Gilman International Scholarship is specifically for US citizens or Permanent Residents who are recipients of federal financial aid (Pell Grant). The awards are $5,000 per semester or $3,000 for the summer. Deadlines are 15 October and 15 March.

National Security Education Program Scholarships - NSEP seeks to lead in development of the national capacity to educate US citizens, understand foreign cultures, strengthen US economic competitiveness, and enhance international cooperation and security. These scholarships are awarded for semester, year or short-term study in countries that are of strategic interest to the US. Deadline is 15 November to the CIE and usually mid-February to NSEP. Amount: varies from $2,500 for summer programs up to $8,000 for full year programs.

Rotary Scholarships - The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship is available to students with at least two years of university. It is a generous scholarship, covering all overseas expenses, but also highly competitive. Application forms are available from the CIE office. Students must apply at least a year in advance.

Fulbright Scholarships - Fulbright scholarships are very competitive and highly prestigious. These scholarships are awarded to US citizens who have completed a bachelor's degree and want to take part in research/travel overseas. Students should apply during their final year of undergraduate study. Applications must reach the Institute of International Education (sponsors of the Fulbright grants) by late October, so the CIE deadline is in September. FSU students may apply either through the CIE or from the Fulbright advisor, Dr. John Neral (Guild Center 130, x4265). Amount: covers all overseas expenses.

Freeman in Asia Scholarship is one of many IIE scholarships. This scholarship is for students on federal financial aid who wish to study in one of 15 Asian countries. Deadlines are November 1st, March 1st and April 1st. Awards vary from $3,000 for summer to $7,000 for full year.

Bridging Japan Scholarships support undergraduate students majoring in any field of study who want to study in Japan. Japanese language background is not required, but is helpful. Awards are $2,500 - 4,000 depending on length of program, and two $10,000 awards for one year of study. Deadlines are October 3rd and April 3rd.

Rhodes Scholarship - for study at Oxford University for up to two years. All expenses are covered. This is a highly competitive scholarship. Recipients often become leaders in their fields. Deadline is October 12 (so one month earlier at FSU).

Study Abroad Program Scholarships

American Institute for Foreign Study Scholarships (AIFS) Students who take part in one of AIFS's programs overseas may apply to AIFS for either a merit scholarship or a minority scholarship through the CIE. Application forms are available from the CIE Office. FSU affiliates with this program, so all financial aid will transfer as well.

Council (CIEE) Scholarships - awarded to students who take part in Council study abroad programs. Some scholarships are designed specifically for minority students. Type of scholarship, eligibility requirements and amounts vary.

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) Scholarships - awarded to students who take part in an ISEP program and who cover at least 50% of their own costs. Students may apply for the Annette Kade Scholarship for study in Germany or France, or for the Korean Scholarship. Amounts range from $1,500 - 3,000. FSU affiliates with this program, so all financial aid will transfer as well.

School for International Training (SIT) Scholarships - awarded to students who take part in a SIT program. These awards take the form of scholarships, grants and funds. Amount: varies. FSU affiliates with this program, so all financial aid will transfer as well.

Minority Scholarships - Several scholarships are available for students who are members of minorities, such as the Robert S. Bailey Scholarship.

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) provides scholarships and stipends to individuals interested in studying or conducting research in Germany.

  Graduate

Graduate students who take part in FSU study abroad programs may apply for the CIE study abroad scholarships (see above). They may also apply for the following scholarships and fellowships:

Fulbright Scholarships - Fulbright scholarships are very competitive and highly prestigious. These scholarships are awarded to US citizens who have completed a bachelor's degree and want to take part in research/travel overseas. Applications must reach the Institute of International Education (sponsors of the Fulbright grants) by late October. FSU students may apply either through the CIE or from the Fulbright advisor, Dr. John Neral (Guild Center 130, x4265). Amount: covers all overseas expenses.

Rotary Scholarships - The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship is available to students who have completed their undergraduate study and want to pursue a full degree overseas. It is a generous scholarship, covering all overseas expenses, but also highly competitive. Application forms are available from the CIE office. Students must apply at least a year in advance.

National Security Education Program Scholarships - NSEP seeks to lead in development of the national capacity to educate US citizens, understand foreign cultures, strengthen US economic competitiveness, and enhance international cooperation and security. These scholarships are awarded for a full degree program. Deadline is 15 November to the CIE and usually mid-February to NSEP. Amount: up to $20,000.

Marshall Scholarships are awarded to students who want to pursue a graduate degree in the UK. Applicants should apply during their final year of undergraduate study. You must be under 26 years of age and have at least a 3.7 GPA. Deadline is October 1st. All expenses are covered by this generous scholarship.
US-Ireland Alliance; George Mitchell Scholarships - These awards cover all expenses for one year of graduate study in one of seven universities in the Republic of Ireland. The deadline is October 10th.

Institute for International Education Professional Grants - US citizens who are in their second year of a graduate degree program qualify for this grant that covers 3-7 months of study or research in NIS or East and Central European countries. Deadline is March 15th.

National Science Foundation - These NSF grants cover 8 week summer programs in Japan, Korea or Taiwan for graduate students in science or engineering. Deadline is December 1st.

Other Sources of Financial Aid for Overseas Study on the Internet

The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid - this site will give you specific information about overseas financial aid

Alternative Loans National Education's Alternative Loan; EducaidEXTRA Premier Load (see the Financial Aid Office or visit the CIE for a brochure)

International Education Finance Corporation - student loans for overseas travel