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 have helped hundreds of LSA students realize their dreams of international study, and we want to help you too.
What does the scholarship cover?
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.
Amounts and Duration
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.
LSA Study Abroad Scholarship application deadlines vary depending on the term of travel. See below for a breakdown of our application windows.
|Program Term||Application Opens||Application Closed||Notification Date|
|Winter 2021**||October 12, 2020||October 30, 2020||November 30, 2020|
|GIEU**||October 12, 2020||November 1, 2020||January 7, 2021|
|GCC**||October 12, 2020||December 10, 2020||January 30, 2021|
|Spring/Summer 2021||October 12, 2020||February 1, 2021||April 3, 2021 (Spring; Spring/Summer) or April 10, 2021 (Summer)|
|Fall 2021||October 12, 2020||March 15, 2021||July 28, 2021|
|Academic Year 2021-22||October 12, 2020||March 15, 2021||July 28, 2021|
**Indicates program cancelled due to COVID-19
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.
How do I apply?
Students should apply for an LSA Study Abroad Scholarship by the program deadlines listed above.
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. Begin by completing the general application. When asked which scholarship program you are applying to, click the box or boxes that match your study abroad experiences. If you have previously completed the general application, simply update the application by checking the box for the appropriate study abroad program and resubmitting your general application. Do not uncheck any of the other boxes or change any of your previous responses. Remember: our application is not available through M-Compass and can only be accessed through the link below.
Step three: Once the general application has been completed and submitted, you will then be directed to complete the conditional application that matches the type of scholarship you selected (either GIEU, GCC, Spring/Summer, or Fall/Winter/Academic Year). Complete and submit the appropriate conditional application for full consideration.
Financial Aid for Study Abroad
For more information about the types of financial aid that apply to your specific program, please reach out to the Office of Financial Aid (OFA) with any questions you have. They can give you tailored advice based on your unique situation and your existing financial aid package. Their office is located in the Student Activities Building (2500 SAB), and they can be reached by phone at 734.763.6600. They also have live chat available Monday through Friday.
Have general questions? View the short video below or follow this link for Study Abroad Frequently Asked Questions from the Office of Financial Aid.