Learning Abroad Center

Diversity Study Abroad Scholarship


The Learning Abroad Center’s Diversity Study Abroad Scholarship provides awards for University of Minnesota undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds and identities. This scholarship is intended to:

  • Motivate underrepresented students to go abroad by easing the financial barrier
  • Increase representation of diverse viewpoints on study abroad programs

For the purpose of this scholarship, diversity may include (but is not limited to) cultural, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, first generation college students, military, ethnic or racial identities that contribute to the diversity of the student body. This scholarship is not need or merit-based, and awards are granted on the strength of a student’s essay.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate student on the Twin Cities or Rochester campuses at the time of application.
  • You must be participating in a credit-bearing study abroad program through the Learning Abroad Center or Carlson Global Institute (this includes CGI's self-designed international experience, IBUS 3999). 
  • Students who obtain collegiate approval to participate in a nonaffiliated program or directed study are eligible. 
  • Virtual programs (including Virtual Internship or Virtual Research) are not eligible. 
  • Students can apply for any or all of the Learning Abroad Center scholarships (Study Abroad, Diversity, and Financial Need) for which they are eligible. It is possible to be awarded both the Diversity and Financial Need scholarships. Students who receive the Diversity or Financial Need scholarships cannot also receive the Study Abroad scholarship. 
  • Students can receive a maximum of 3 Learning Abroad Center scholarships (Study Abroad, Diversity, Financial Need) during their undergraduate career.


Essays are evaluated based on:

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

Essay Questions

This application is comprised of 2 separate essay questions:

  1. General study abroad essay (required)
  2. Diversity essay (required)

Essay Question #1

Reflect on how the program you chose relates to your academic, career, and/or personal goals. Why did you choose this particular program? Describe specific program features and elaborate on how these will help you meet one or more of your goals. (350 words maximum)

As you write your essay, consider the following:

  • “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 goals you are focusing on, explain how your goals enhance intellectual learning.

Essay Question #2

  • How have your diverse backgrounds and identities influenced your decision to learn abroad? What challenges and growth opportunities unique to your identities do you anticipate throughout your time abroad?
  • How might your lived experiences prepare you for these challenges? (350 words maximum)

Deadlines & Award Amounts

Apply before the deadline for the term you are studying abroad, found on the Dates tab of your program. Contact Thuy Doan with any questions. 

The application for your term abroad will become available after the current deadline has passed. For example, if you are studying abroad in spring, you cannot apply until after the deadline for fall programs.

Term Abroad Amount Application Available Deadline Date Notification Date
Winter Break 2021-22
Winter Break 2021-22 (Fall 2021 on-campus course)
Winter Break 2021-22 (Spring 2022 on-campus course)
$1,000 Application closed October 13, 2021 Late November 2021

Spring Semester 2022

$2,500 Application closed October 13, 2021    Late November 2021
Calendar Year Spring 2022-Fall 2022 $4,000 Application closed October 13, 2021 Late November 2021
Spring Break 2022 $1,000 Apply now February 16, 2022 Late March 2022

May Session 2022
May Session 2022 (Spring 2022 on-campus course)

$1,000 Apply now February 16, 2022 Late March 2022
Summer Session 2022 $1,500 Apply now February 16, 2022 Late March 2022
Fall Semester 2022 $2,500 February 17, 2022 April 6, 2022 Mid May 2022
Academic Year 2022-2023 $4,000 February 17, 2022 April 6, 2022 Md May 2022

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on the deadline date. Scholarship notification emails will be sent to all applicants' UofM email accounts 4–6 weeks after the deadline.

Submit Your Application

Apply now for programs offered spring break 2022, May Session 2022, or Summer Session 2022. Select the 'UMN' option on the login page and log in using your UofM internet ID.