The Learning Abroad Center's IES Scholarship provides study abroad awards for University of Minnesota undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need who are participating on an IES study abroad program.
This scholarship is intended to:
The IES Scholarship is not merit based and awards are granted based on the strength of a student’s essay.
be enrolled as degree-seeking undergraduate students on any University of Minnesota campus.
participate in a credit-bearing study abroad program offered by IES.
preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need by having a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file. For the purpose of this scholarship, “financial need” is defined as being eligible for subsidized loans. To determine if you are receiving subsidized loans, log on to your FAAN or contact the Office of Student Finance at One Stop. If selected for an award, documentation of your financial aid eligibility will be requested.
This application is comprised of 2 separate essay questions:
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.
We understand your financial aid (as assessed on the FAFSA) may not fully explain your financial circumstances. While eligibility for this award is determined by qualification for subsidized loans, scholarship reviewers do not have access to your financial aid information.
With that in mind, elaborate on the specifics of the financial circumstances impacting your and/or your family's ability to pay for study abroad. Discuss what financial planning strategies you will use and/or steps you have already taken to pay for study abroad. Be as specific as possible. Your responses will remain confidential. (350 words maximum)
Scholarship notification emails will be sent to all applicants' UofM email accounts by the deadline listed below.
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the deadline date.
Note for Spring 2021 applicants: The application is currently closed while we move to a new web-based scholarship platform. Check back in August for the application.
|Term of Study||Deadline Date||Notification Date|
|February 17, 2021||By late March 2021|
|Fall 2021||April 7, 2021||By mid May 2021|
|Spring 2022||TBA - mid October 2021||By late November 2021|
|Summer Session||Up to $2,000|
|Fall & Spring semesters||Up to $3,000|
The number of scholarships awarded by deadline may vary depending on the pool of applicants and the funding available.
Check the scholarship deadlines for the term you will be studying abroad.
Begin filling out your scholarship application and essay and submit via the Learning Abroad Center Online Scholarship Portal. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on the application deadline date, no exceptions.
*Paper, faxed, or emailed applications will not be accepted