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UMD Study Abroad Scholarships

The UMD Study Abroad Scholarship

UMD Study Abroad offers over $80,000 in scholarships annually to UMD students studying abroad. You will be considered for all UMD study abroad scholarships, including cosponsor or affiliate scholarships, and University of Minnesota System study abroad scholarships with the submission of this one online application.  

UMD Study Abroad Scholarship Eligibility

  • You must be a UMD degree-seeking student at the time of your study abroad program
  • You must be participating in a UMD, cosponsored, UMTC, or affiliate study abroad program
  • The program must require a passport

UMD Online Scholarship Application Deadlines

Select the appropriate application period for your program. Applications submitted during the wrong period will not be considered. Only applications submitted online by midnight on the deadline will be reviewed. 

2020-2021 application links and due dates:

Winter, Spring, or Calendar Year 2021: Due - November 1, 2020

> May or Summer Term 2021: Due - February 14, 2021 

Fall & Academic Year 2021 Application coming soon

Application Process

To access the online application, login to your UMD account. You must have a email account receive access. If you are a UMD student without a account, contact UMD ITSS.  Applications may be submitted prior to acceptance into a program. You may want to prepare your brief essay before starting the application. You will not be able to save and return to your online application.

Scoring is based solely on your answers to the following essay questions (a total of 300 words or fewer):

  1. Why did you select your study abroad program?
  2. Why are you a good candidate to receive this award?
  3. How will your study abroad experience contribute to your future, long-range plans? 

After you submit your application, you’ll receive an automatic reply indicating we have received your application. Your online scholarship application automatically applies to all of the following scholarships for consideration:

  • UMD Study Abroad Scholarship
  • UM System-wide Scholarship
  • The Robert H. and Mary M. Evans Scholarship (Academic Year - Exchange in Worcester, England only)
  • UMD Affiliate Program Scholarships
  • (API) Academic Programs International
  • (ASA) Academic Studies Abroad
  • (AIFS) American Institute for Foreign Studies
  • (CEA) Center for Education Abroad
  • (CIS Abroad) Center for International Studies Abroad
  • (ISA) International Studies Abroad
  • (USAC) University Study Abroad Consortium

Notification of Awards

Applicants will be notified of the scholarship committee’s decision via UMD email. Notification will be sent approximately 3 weeks after the application deadline. The number and monetary amount of scholarship awards vary each term, based on the total number of applications and funds available.

See other UMD study abroad scholarship opportunities:

UMD World Languages & Cultures (WLC) Scholarships
The UMD College of Liberal Arts WLC department offers several scholarships applicable to study abroad.

UMD University Honors Study Abroad Scholarship
Check out study abroad scholarship opportunities specifically for honors students on their website! 

Cosponsor & Affiliate Study Abroad Scholarships

Affiliate organizations provide scholarship funds directly to UMD, and you are eligible for these by completing the UMD Study Abroad Scholarship application (links above). However, you can also apply directly to additional scholarships offered by an affiliate provider on their respective scholarship pages:

External Scholarships

External Scholarships & Funding

The Institute of International Education

General Funding Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Preference is given to students studying outside of Western Europe and Australia. View these videos for tips on the application process.

Boren Awards for International Study
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to United States interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central, and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The award includes an additional requirement of federal service following graduation.

CIEE Scholarship
CIEE continues to lead international education providers in study abroad awards - with more than $8 million offered annually. CIEE offers both grants and scholarships to students studying abroad. The programs feature extensive need-based awards, merit scholarships, open campus grants (including special opportunities in Latin America), and grants for students attending Minority Serving Institutions.

Fulbright Scholarship
Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills.

Fund for Education Abroad
The Fund for Education Abroad accepts applications from undergraduate students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population. Scholarships of up to $10,000 are awarded to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education programs abroad for 4-weeks or longer.

Gilman-McCain Scholarship
The U.S. Department of State’s Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for undergraduate child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. Developed under the framework of the State Department’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, the John McCain International Scholarship for the Children of Military Families (Gilman-McCain Scholarship) is open to eligible students enrolled at accredited U.S. colleges and universities who receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid.

Katherine E. Sullivan
Eligible students are those who will have completed the required number of credits for graduation but will have only spent three years on campus at the end of the academic year. Students may have completed all graduation requirements but must complete them by the end of the study abroad experience.

Minnesota Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student who attends a U.S. university/college located in Minnesota. Applicants must meet the general Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) scholarship eligibility requirements & preferences. Students interested in being considered for this annual scholarship should indicate this through their application forms. This scholarship is made possible by the generous support and fundraising efforts of international educators working in Minnesota. Apply simultaneously to the Fund for Education Abroad and the Minnesota Scholarship here

Rotary Scholarships
The Rotary Foundation offers scholarship opportunities through district, global, and packaged grants. You must be a member of a Rotary club to be eligible.

Udall Scholarship
Expected to award 50 scholarships of up to $7,000 to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.

UMD Financial Aid Scholarships
The UMD Financial Aid office offers many scholarship opportunities, research their offerings as some may be applicable for study abroad. 

UMD World Languages & Cultures (WLC) Scholarships
The UMD College of Liberal Arts WLC department offers several scholarships applicable to study abroad.

UMD University Honors Study Abroad Scholarship
Check out study abroad scholarship opportunities specifically for honors students on their website!

Location Specific Scholarships

Location Specific Scholarships 

CHINA | Chinese Government Scholarship 
The Chinese Government Scholarship is a non-affiliate program made available through the UM China Center’s partnership with the People’s Republic of China Consulate General in Chicago. The Chinese Government Scholarship is a full academic-year scholarship to a University of Minnesota undergraduate or graduate student for study at a university in mainland China. The scholarship will cover tuition, room, and board, and will pay a small monthly stipend to cover books and incidental expenses. International airfare, health insurance, the physical exam requirement, and any study abroad service fees are not included. More than 120 Chinese Institutions of higher education in 21 provinces and autonomous cities are authorized by the Ministry of Education of China to accept international students to study in China under the Chinese Government Scholarship program.

NEW ZEALAND | Generation Study Abroad 
Students can now apply for a $2,000 travel award to help with flights to New Zealand and $500 towards study at a university or participating institute of technology or polytechnic in New Zealand. 

NEW ZEALAND | $15K New Zealand Scholarship 
GoOverseas is awarding a $15,000 NZD scholarship to one well-deserving student. They’re awarding this scholarship to encourage more students to seriously consider studying abroad in New Zealand. 

SWEDEN | The Jessie Lokrantz Scholarship 
Based on academic excellence and commitment to improving humankind, this scholarship is awarded to an American woman studying or conducting research in Sweden. Founded in 1982, AWC has been issuing funds to women via the Jessie Lokrantz Scholarship to share the Swedish culture with women from around the world.

SWEDEN | Lilly Lorénzen Scholarship 
Offered to Minnesota residents, the American Swedish Institute scholarship is for students who plan to carry out scholarly and/or creative studies in Sweden. Applicants must have a working knowledge of the Swedish language, a serious desire to make a contribution to American-Swedish cultural exchange, and demonstrable achievement in the selected field of study. 

Underrepresented Population Scholarships & Funding

Underrepresented Populations: Funding Options

The links below provide information about programs and sources of funding for students from underrepresented groups in U.S.-based study abroad.

Non-Study Abroad Scholarship Resources

Non-Study Abroad Specific Scholarship Resources

Most financial aid and scholarship money can be applied to study abroad, including scholarships that aren't originally intended for study abroad. For non-study abroad specific scholarships, we recommend you inquire directly with the scholarship provider to ensure that award can be applied toward your study abroad experience.