Study Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarship Workshops: If you are planning to apply for scholarships for a study abroad program next year, plan to attend one of our Financial Aid and Scholarship Workshops to learn more about the application process, what scholarships you'll be eligible for, how much you can expect to be awarded, and how to make your application as competitive as possible. This year's workshops will be held:
- August 27 & 28, 2014, 3:00-4:30 pm, Curris Center Ohio Room
- September 23 & 24, 2014, 3:00-4:30 pm, Curris Center Stables
- January 20 & 21, 2015, 3:00-4:30 pm, Curris Ohio Room
Study Abroad Scholarship Deadline: Remember that the program application and scholarship deadline are on the same day. See below in the FAQs for the scholarship question, but be sure to complete your program application plenty in advance to save time to complete a quality scholarship application. This year's deadlines are:
- Winter Programs: September 12
- Spring & Spring Break Programs: October 17
- Summer & Fall Programs: January 30
Scholarships: Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for study abroad scholarships?;
The application for MSU study abroad scholarships is available on your Horizons account once you have completed the application for your program. You cannot apply for scholarships until you have completed an application for a program. Click on the "Search Scholarships" tab on Horizons and choose the scholarship application "*Study Abroad Scholarships."
You only have one application to complete. On the application, you will be asked to identify which scholarships you qualify for and to complete a series of questions regarding your academics, the costs associated with your program and your personal finances. You will also upload a copy of your unofficial transcript and write an essay. No additional recommendations are required.
Remember that these scholarships are not the only source of funding available. There are also national scholarships you can apply for that we have listed at the bottom of this page. In addition to scholarships, you should also be saving money of your own.
Who is eligible for study abroad scholarships?
I do not qualify for MSU scholarships. Should I even bother applying for study abroad scholarships?
I do not qualify for Federal Financial Aid. Can I still receive study abroad scholarships?
Financial need is a major requirement for most study abroad scholarships, but not all.
The scholarship application contains a question where you can explain financial matters that may not be reflected in your FAFSA, such as loss of employment, multiple siblings in college, etc. Please use this question to appeal to the committee and give them additional information that might help their decision-making.
Students who are not eligible for Financial Aid or who are eligible for loans but have not accepted them are less likely to receive financial need-based scholarships than students who are already using Financial Aid for their normal school expenses.
As part of the regular application to study abroad, every student completes a study abroad budget. Sections of this budget must be completed by the Financial Aid Office and Scholarships Office on campus. The scholarship review committee reviews this budget to determine financial need.
Do I need to talk to the Financial Aid or Scholarship Offices?
If you are planning to utilize any existing MSU scholarships or financial aid to cover some or all of your program fees, you must contact the respective offices on campus. As part of the regular application to study abroad, every student completes a study abroad budget. Sections of this budget must be completed by the Financial Aid Office and Scholarships Office on campus. The scholarship review committee reviews this budget to determine financial need.
We recommend speaking with representatives from these offices as early as possible, and an in-person meeting is preferable to email communication.
Which of my MSU scholarships can I use to study abroad?
Your MSU merit scholarships could apply toward the cost of your semester study abroad program. You should inquire with the University Scholarship Office for details. Your MSU merit scholarships will not cover the cost of a summer study abroad program. Here is a list of semester programs on which MSU merit scholarships can most often be applied.
- Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile
- Qingdao Agricultural University, China
- Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
- Tampere University of Technology, Finland
- Saint-Etienne School of Management, France
- Universitat Regensburg, Germany
- Szent Istvan Egyetem, Hungary
- Kansai Gaidai University, Japan
- Tenri University, Japan
- Daegu University, South Korea
- Korea University, South Korea
- Universitat Jaume I, Spain
If you are receiving funding through the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship, you can use those funds toward a semester or year study abroad program.
Private Scholarships or Grants
If you receive scholarships from a non-MSU source, such as a private company scholarship, the applicability of those funds to your study abroad is based on the regulations of the provider. Please inquire with the scholarship provider to determine how your funds may be used in relation to study abroad.
Students in the Honors Program may use 1/2 of one semester's scholarships on any semester-long program.
What are MSU Scholarship Service Hours?
What kinds of Financial Aid can be used to help fund study abroad?
When are the study abroad scholarship deadlines?
Study Abroad Scholarship Deadlines 2014-2015
- Winter 2014-15: September 12, 2014
- Spring 2015, Spring Break 2015: October 17, 2014
- Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Full Year 2015-2016: January 30, 2015
This is also the deadline to apply to the program itself, and the last day to withdraw from the program without facing financial penalty.
How much aid can I expect to receive from study abroad scholarships?
Scholarships are awarded in amounts ranging from $250 to $1000. You can be awarded more than one scholarship. The award amount will vary depending on your qualifications for specific scholarships, the length and expense of your program, your financial need, etc. Make your application as competitive as possible by writing a clear, well thought-out essay that has been edited by you and at least one other person before submitting. Students with demonstrated financial need tend to receive more money from scholarships.
Please remember that while there are many study abroad scholarships available, they are very competitive and no one is guaranteed a scholarship. Scholarships should be considered a supplement to a preexisting strategy for financing your study abroad since you will not be awarded enough money to cover your full program fee. Start planning early for additional ways to fund your study abroad such as:
- working a summer job;
- asking local clubs, churches, businesses or charities to support you;
- cutting back expenditures in your daily life in order to save money;
- choosing a program that will accept the MSU scholarships you are already receiving;
- taking out additional student loans or private loans;
What are the scholarship essay questions?
The essay is one of the most important parts of your scholarship application, so make sure to put time and thought into your essay before the deadline.
2014-2015 Scholarship Essay:
Choose only one of the questions below and write an essay no longer than 750 words. Essays should be well written and well organized without errors in spelling, grammar, or punctuation. If your study abroad program is to more than one country, choose one location to focus on for your essay.
- Discuss a book, movie, TV show, song, or work of art about your study abroad location or by someone from your study abroad location that has influenced your program choice. How has the work encouraged further study in academic or personal interest areas? What views do you share/not share with the work? What questions would you like to ask the author/director/actors/musician/artist? As a result of the work, what will you explore while abroad that you might not have attempted before? Why would you recommend the work to future travelers to your country of study?
- If you could go back in time and live for one year in the country you'll be studying abroad in, what year would choose and why? Explore what you would do, see, who you would like to meet, historical events you might like to experience or change, etc.
- What do you consider to be the most important societal problem that the country you'll be studying in is currently facing? Why? How would you change it, and how would it affect the world we know today?
Study Abroad Scholarships Essay Help: This presentation is designed to help you write the best possible scholarship essay for your Study Abroad scholarship application. Applicants are also encouraged to seek advice and editing assistance from the Racer Writing Center located in Waterfield Library.
Where can I get more information about scholarships?
Come to one of our Financial Aid and Scholarships Workshops. We do at least two per semester. Representatives from the Study Abroad Office give presentations about everything you need to know about the scholarship process, including inside information on what the committees are looking for in your application and essays - specific committee structure, direction on what committees will weigh, and guidance from the financial aid and scholarship office will be offered.
All students applying for study abroad scholarships should plan to attend one of the financial aid and scholarship workshop.
Workshop dates, times and locations are at the top of this page.
Representatives from the Financial Aid and Scholarship Offices will be present at the workshops to discuss your finances and complete your study abroad budget with you. You can meet with them at this time without an appointment.
When will I know how much I have received in scholarships?
What scholarships are there and how do I know which ones I qualify for?
Study Abroad Scholarships
Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business
Benson D. & Novalee Roberts Blackie Study Abroad Scholarship
Bonnie & Cliff Higginson Study Abroad Scholarship
Coffelt Study Abroad Scholarship
College of Education and Human Services
College of Humanities & Fine Arts
D. Scott & Kelli Burkeen Parsons Scholarship for International Study
Dr. Hal & Jane Seaton Fund for Excellence in International Education
Drs. Laurie & Tomas Hult Study Abroad Scholarship
Hutson School of Agriculture
Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology
LGBTQ Study Abroad Scholarship
Moore Menendez Scholarship
The Moore Menendez scholarship does not require an essay. If you plan to apply for only this scholarship, you can write "not applicable" in the essay portion of the application.
Sam & Bonnie McNeely Study Abroad Scholarship
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Student International Professional Development Award (SIPD)
Education Abroad Office Scholarship
New scholarship procedure as of 2014-2015!
Students studying abroad on any study abroad program for any length of time are eligible
for the Education Abroad Office Scholarship.
No student is guaranteed a scholarship and the scholarships awarded will not be enough to cover the full cost of the program.
Education Abroad Office Scholarship requirements:
- Applicants must be full-time, degree-seeking, MSU students participating in an approved program. Non-degree or visiting students are not eligible.
- Students must complete an application to the program before applying for study abroad scholarships.
- Students must submit a complete scholarship application in order to be considered for the scholarship.
Education Abroad Office Scholarship award criteria:
Scholarship applications will be evaluated by a committee of MSU faculty, staff and students. The strongest applications will be awarded the largest amount of scholarship funding. In order of importance, the committee will rank your application on:
- Financial Need
- Merit - this includes: study abroad scholarship essay, overall GPA, leadership and involvement on campus, scholarly activity
- Other factors which include
- Preference for students who have not studied abroad before
- Students from one of the surrounding 18 counties in Western Kentucky
- Under-represented students in study abroad such as graduate students; non-traditional students; first general college students; students majoring in the sciences, technology, engineering and math; African-American and Hispanic students; students with disabilities; LGBT students
Apply online through your Horizons study abroad application.
Study Abroad Scholarships: Program Scholarships
CEA Global Education
ISA (formerly GlobaLinks)
International Teaching Experience Study Abroad Scholarships
MSU offers two International Teaching Experience programs: one three-week program in Belize, one seven-week program in Brazil. Students who are accepted to one of these programs are automatically considered for the following scholarships:
- Adolescent, Career and Special Education Study Abroad Scholarship
Applicants majoring in this department
- Early Childhood and Elementary Education Study Abroad Scholarship
Applicants majoring in this department
KIIS: Kentucky Institute for International Studies Study Abroad Scholarships
Students studying on any KIIS program are eligible to apply for this fund. Award amounts vary. Apply online through your Horizons study abroad application.
This scholarship is awarded to participants on KIIS programs only. One scholarship is available for each study abroad program offered by KIIS. Find the scholarship details, including application materials & deadlines, online at the KIIS Scholarships page.
Hunt & Jennye Sue Smock Scholarship Endowment for Spanish Language Immersion
Eligible students will be a currently-enrolled MSU student with sophomore or junior status at the time of study abroad in any academic major. Must have completed 12 hours of college-level Spanish language study, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Must be returning to MSU during the academic year following the study abroad program. Only KIIS program participants in Spanish language programs and taking at least one Spanish language course while abroad will be considered. Financial need will be a consideration (the Financial Statement of the scholarship application MUST be completed) and recipients of the scholarship may reapply in the future. Scholarships are awarded in minimum amounts of $1,000. Apply online through your Horizons study abroad application.
Students on the 2014 KIIS Japan summer program will automatically receive a scholarship from Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd. The company has donated $5000 in scholarship funding to be divided evenly between all MSU students on the KIIS Japan program.
Study Abroad Scholarships: Graduate and Research
American- Scandinavian Foundation
Application Deadline for 2013-2014: November 1, 2012
Decisions announced: March 15, 2013
Study Abroad Scholarships: National Scholarships
Benjamin A Gilman International
DAAD: German Academic Exchange Service
NSEP: David L. Boren Scholarships & Fellowships
Sara's Wish Foundation
Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel Study Abroad Scholarship
Spain Cultural Ambassadors Program
Turkish Coalition of America
Grand Trunk Study Abroad Scholarship Contest
- Grand Prize: $2000 Scholarship and $1000 prize pack
- Runner-Up: $1500 Scholarship and $1000 prize pack
- Honorable Mention: $1000 Scholarship and $1000 prize pack
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Murray State students are eligible since MSU has a Phi Kappa Phi chapter. You do not have to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi to apply. Deadline is April 1.
Fund for Education Abroad
FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships.
FEA General Scholarship:
Funding Amount: up to $10,000
Number of Scholarships Awarded: up to 15
Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks between May 2013 and May 2014. Fund for Education Abroad awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs in the 2013-2014 academic year or summer 2013. The financial support for these scholarships is provided by generous donors, who are committed to increasing study abroad opportunities for dedicated American students.
Don’t give up on your opportunity to study abroad due to the lack of funds. Check out these search engines to see what else is waiting for you:
- Study Abroad Funding
- IEFA: International Education Financial Aid
- British Council – for scholarships in England, Scotland and Wales
- Diversity Abroad has a database of scholarships available for minority students, but also several listings of scholarships they offer themselves, including a Blog Abroad scholarship.