UofM Students

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:

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

Applications will be evaluated based on how:

Essay Question

  1. 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)

*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 Matt McGilvray if you are unsure of your program term or have any questions. 

Fall Semester 2017 $2,000 April 12, 2017
Academic Year 2017-18 $4,000 April 12, 2017

Winter Break 2018

$1,000 October 11, 2017

Fall 1-2 week, Fall 2-8 week, Spring 1-2 week, or Spring 2-8 week program going abroad over Winter Break 2018

$1,000 October 11, 2017
Spring Semester 2018 $2,000 October 11, 2017
Calendar Year 2018 $4,000 October 11, 2017

Spring 1-2 week or Spring 2-8 week program going abroad over Spring Break 2018 or May Session 2018

$1000 February 21,2018
May Session 2018 $1,000 February 21, 2018
Summer Session 2018 $1,500 February 21, 2018

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. 

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