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Non-UofM Students Scholarship for Non-UofM Students


    The Learning Abroad Center’s Study Abroad Scholarship provides awards for Non-University of Minnesota undergraduate students going on eligible Learning Abroad Center credit-bearing programs. This scholarship is intended to:

    • assist students in easing the financial burden of studying abroad
    • grant students equal access to an opportunity for financial assistance

    This scholarship is not need or merit based, and awards are granted on the strength of a student’s essay.

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Open to Non University of Minnesota Students participating on eligible Learning Abroad Center Programs
    • Open to University of Minnesota coordinate campus students (not including Twin Cities and Rochester students) on a LAC open enrollment program
    • Must be enrolled as degree-seeking undergraduate student at your home institution
    • Must have already applied to a University of Minnesota study abroad program
    • Must have already been issued a University of Minnesota ID number

    Applications will be evaluated based on how:

    • thoroughly you answer the specific question outlined below
    • well written your essay is, in terms of grammar, punctuation and organization

    Essay Question

    What motivated you to select your particular study abroad program? Address any academic, career, and/or personal goals that were part of your decision, and expand on one or more of them. (350 words maximum)

    • “Academic” goals do not need to be related to your major. We are looking for you to describe how the program coursework and/or components are relevant to your goals.
    • Regardless of what type of goal(s) you are focusing on, explain how your goal(s) enhances intellectual learning.

    *Visit the Learning Abroad Center Scholarship Portal to learn more about specific essay questions and requirements.

    Application Deadlines

    Term of Study Year Deadline Notification Timeline
    Winter Break 2020-2021 October 14, 2020 By late November 2020
    Spring Semester 2021 October 14, 2020 By late November 2020
    Fall Semester 2021 April 7, 2021 By mid May 2021
    Academic Year 2021-2022 April 7, 2021 By mid May 2021



    Applications must be received by the Learning Abroad Center by 11:59 p.m. CST on the deadline date.

    Award Amounts

    Term Amount

    Fall Semester
    Spring Semester
    Academic Year


    Summer Session


    Winter Break
    May Session

    How to submit your application

    1. Check the scholarship deadlines for the term you are studying abroad.
    2. Begin filling out your scholarship application and essay and submit via the Learning Abroad Center Online Scholarship Portal.
    3. Submit application by 11:59 p.m. (Central Time) on the application deadline.