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Study Abroad Scholarship


    The Learning Abroad Center’s Study Abroad Scholarship provides awards for University of Minnesota undergraduate students going on 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

    The Study Abroad Scholarship has the broadest eligibility requirements of all our scholarships. This scholarship is not need or merit based, and awards are granted on the strength of a student’s essay.

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Must be enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate student on the Twin Cities or Rochester campuses at the time of applying. 
    • Must be participating in a credit-bearing study abroad program through the Learning Abroad Center or Carlson Global Institute (CGI). Students participating in CGI's self-designed international experience (IBUS 3999) are eligible to apply. 
    • Students who obtain college approval to participate in a nonaffiliated program or directed study are eligible. 
    • Students planning to study abroad after graduation can apply for a scholarship while still a degree-seeking student and use the award for a program during the term immediately following their graduation term, i.e. apply during fall semester to go abroad winter break or spring semester, or apply during spring to go abroad during May or summer.
    • 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 awarded the Diversity or Financial Need scholarships cannot also receive the Study Abroad scholarship. 
    • Graduate students may complete an application and will only be considered for private donor scholarships for which they are eligible

    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. 

    Deadlines & Award Amounts

    Apply for the deadline based on the Education Abroad Term found on the Apply section of your Program page. Contact Kelley Redmond if you are unsure of your program term or have any questions. 

    Term Amount Deadline Date Notification Date
    Winter Break 2019-20
    Winter Break 2019-20 (Fall 2019 on-campus course)
    Winter Break 2019-20 (Spring 2020 on-campus course)
    $1,000 October 9, 2019 By November 20, 2019
    Spring Semester 2020 $2,000 October 9, 2019 By November 20, 2019
    Calendar Year Spring 2020-Fall 2020 $4,000 October 9, 2019 By November 20, 2019

    Spring Break 2020

    $1,000 February 19, 2020 By April 1, 2020
    May Session 2020
    May Session 2020 (Spring 2020 on-campus course)
    $1,000 February 19, 2020 By April 1, 2020
    Summer Session 2020 $1,500 February 19, 2020 By April 1, 2020
    Fall Semester 2020 $2,000 April 8, 2020 By May 20, 2020
    Academic Year 2020-2021 $4,000 April 8, 2020 By May 20, 2020 

    The number and amount of awards may vary depending on the pool of applicants and the funding available. Additional programs may become eligible for scholarships after the posting of this information.

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

    The application for your term abroad will become available after the current deadline has passed. (For example, if you are studying abroad in Fall, you cannot apply until after the May/Summer scholarship deadline).

    How to submit your application:

    1. Check the scholarship deadlines for the term you will be studying abroad.
    2. Begin filling out your scholarship application and essay and submit via the Learning Abroad Center Online Scholarship Portal. Applications must be submitted by 11:59p.m. on the application deadline date, no exceptions.
      • Once in the portal you have to 'SIGNUP' for an account every time you start an application for a different scholarship. Use the 'LOGIN' to access an application you have already started.
      • Paper, faxed, or emailed applications will not be accepted