How to Apply for Study Abroad Scholarships

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October 1, 2018

So you've found the perfect program. Now you have to figure out how to pay for it. Scholarships are a great way to get some "free" money to finance your study abroad experience.

The UMD Study Abroad scholarship application includes the following scholarships:

  • UMD Study Abroad Scholarship

  • UM System-wide Scholarship

  • Alworth Institute Scholarship (*Fall term only, students must indicate on the application)

  • The Robert H. and Mary M. Evans Scholarship (Exchange in Worcester, England program only)

  • UMD Affiliate Program Scholarships

    • (API) Academic Programs International

    • (ASA) Academic Studies Abroad

    • (AIFS) American Institute for Foreign Studies

    • (CEA) Center for Education Abroad

    • (CISabroad) Center for International Studies Abroad

    • (ISA) International Studies Abroad

    • (USAC) University Study Abroad Consortium

The deadline for scholarship application depends on when the program is taking place.

The application consists of a short 300-word essay answering the following questions:

  1. Why did you select your study abroad program?

  2. Why are you a good candidate to receive this award?

  3. How will your study abroad experience contribute to your future, long-range plans?

Other scholarships exist outside of our office too! Check with affiliates for co-sponsored programs. The Institute of International Education (IIE) has a database with hundreds of scholarships to apply for.

If you have any questions, please stop into the Study Abroad office located in 138 Kirby. Drop-in advising hours are Monday through Friday 10-11am. Be sure to attend Study abroad 101, a presentation by a returned student covering everything you need to know from applications to financial aid. Study Abroad 101 takes place every Tuesday and Wednesday at 12 pm.