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Study Abroad Scholarship

If you could go anywhere in the world to study, where would you want to go? No matter how far it is, our scholarships can help you get there—without breaking the bank. 

Did you know that over 95% of eligible LSA applicants receive a study abroad scholarship from our office? We awarded over $1.65 million in scholarships this past year alone! We have helped hundreds of LSA students realize their dreams of international study, and we want to help you too. 

LSA study abroad scholarships support LSA students studying abroad through an LSA Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) program. Scholarship funds can be used to assist with housing, travel, or program costs.

Our office provides one-time awards between $1,000 and $10,000. Because study abroad program costs vary, there is no one-size-fits-all amount that we offer, and we review every application individually. Scholarship awards will vary depending on those program costs and a student's level of financial need. 

Students should apply for an LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply to their CGIS program. Scholarship application deadlines vary depending on the term of travel. See below for a breakdown of our application windows. 

LSA Study Abroad Scholarship Open Dates
Academic Year:
Open October to February 1
Fall: Open October to February 1
Winter: Open March to September 15
GIEU: Open August to November 5
GCC: Open August to December 15
Spring/Summer: Open October to February 1

Notification Date
July 28
July 28
November 30
January 7
January 30
April 3 (Spring; Spring/Summer) April 10 (Summer)

To be eligible for an LSA Study Abroad Scholarship, a student:

  • Must be an undergraduate currently enrolled full-time and pursuing a degree program (or MDDP) in the College of LSA.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (i.e. possess a green card).
  • Must apply for and receive need-based support through the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Must have a FAFSA and CSS profile on file with the Office of Financial Aid (OFA) and must renew their FAFSA annually.
  • Must be participating in U-M programs abroad through the Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS).

Students may not be eligible for scholarships if their graduation date is prior to or during their travel abroad.

In addition to meeting the above eligibility requirements, LSA students awarded a study abroad scholarship will be required to complete the following:

  • A Thank You Survey. Students are required to share their study abroad experience with their scholarship donors through a thank you survey after they return from their travels.
  • Volunteer service. Recipients will be asked to volunteer at the CGIS Study Abroad Fair, which occurs in October of each year. 
  • Minimum credit hours. During their time abroad, scholarship recipients must complete a minimum of 67% of all credit hours each semester. If students do not successfully complete these requirements, their scholarship will be retroactively cancelled, and it will impact their eligibility to receive scholarship support in the future.

Students should apply for an LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply to their CGIS Study Abroad program.

Step one: Apply to your CGIS Study Abroad Program. Applications can be found through M-Compass.

Step two: Complete the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship Application. Our application is not available through M-Compass and can be accessed through the link below.

Step three: Once you have been accepted to your CGIS study abroad program, complete a Study Abroad Financial Aid Request Form, and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid.

For more information about the types of financial aid that apply to your specific program, visit the Office of Financial Aid (OFA). Please contact OFA with any questions you may have about the financial aid available for your program. Their office is located in the Student Activities Building (2500 SAB), and they can be reached by phone at 734.763.6600.

Still have more questions? Follow this link for Study Abroad Frequently Asked Questions from the Office of Financial Aid.