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Education Abroad Scholarships

The Office for Education Abroad offers a wide range of competitive scholarships.

Some of our scholarships are based exclusively on academic performance; others are based on a combination of academic performance and financial need. 

About 30 percent of students who apply for EA scholarships will receive an award.


Where to Start

To apply for a scholarship from the Office for Education Abroad, all you have to do is apply for a program before the scholarship deadline (NOT the program deadline). Within the application, be sure to mark the checkbox "YES" that you would like to be considered for a scholarship. Nothing else is required.


Undergraduates: Scholarships are open to all MSU undergraduate students participating in a credit-bearing education abroad program for which they have completed the appropriate MSU Education Abroad Application.

Graduate students: MSU graduate students applying to join a credit-bearing group program abroad are also eligible; however, graduate students pursuing individual or independent research abroad are not.

A special award is reserved for MSU medical students participating in a College of Human Medicine or College of Osteopathic Medicine study abroad experience.

Financial Need Scholarships

If you have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the MSU Office of Financial Aid, you may be eligible for one or more of our scholarships.

Academic Merit-Based Scholarships

If you have an overall GPA of 3.5 or better, you may be eligible for merit-based awards. Merit-only awards are among the most competitive; most awardees have a GPA of 3.75 or above. However, a high GPA does not guarantee an award.

NOTE: Merit-based scholarships are not available for the First-Year Seminar or Spring Break scholarship rounds.

No FAFSA is needed for these awards.

Withdrawn Application

If you withdraw from a program, for any reason (voluntary or involuntary), any award you may have won will be revoked. If your award is revoked after funds have been disbursed, you will be billed for the award amount through your MSU student account.

Scholarship Deadlines

EA Scholarship Deadlines

  • Spring Break (need-based awards only): January 15
  • Summer, Fall Semester or Academic Year: March 1
  • First-Year Seminars Abroad (need-based awards only): June 8
  • Winter Break and Spring Semester: October 15

Award Amounts

Scholarship Awards

NOTE: Scholarships and award amounts may vary depending on funding availability.

  • Spring Break programs: $250
  • First-Year Seminar programs:$250
  • Summer or winter break programs (2-12 weeks): $250-$1,000
  • Semester programs (13-20 weeks): $500-$1,500
  • Academic year programs (more than 20 weeks): $500-$1,750


Requirements for Recipients

Scholarship recipients are required to provide a written testimonial and photos to show scholarship donors how much their support means and to inform future participants about the incredible opportunities abroad at MSU.

Stories and photos should be emailed to abroad(at) after you return from your program.

Guidelines for submission are as follows:


Include the following student info at top of the page:

  • Name
  • Status (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Major
  • Hometown
  • Name, location and year of your program


We’d like to hear about something you did that gives us a glimpse of your time abroad.

Be sure to include details: vivid, descriptive text (sights, sounds, smells, and tastes), humor, enthusiasm, surprise, etc.

  • How did your experience abroad enhance your academic pursuits and career goals?
  • How did your experience abroad affect you on a personal level?
  • How did your experience abroad help you in learn or improve your ability to communicate in a non-English speaking environment?
  • What did you learn from the host culture?
  • Can you “bust a myth” about education abroad? Did you have prior ideas about what it would be like only to find out they weren’t true?
  • Does your story relate to other students? Can they see themselves in your shoes? Will it excite parents, friends, donors, alumni? Will it speak to the academic aspect of your experience? 
  • Can you provide a different perspective? Are you a student from an under-represented racial or ethnic group? A first generation college student? From a low income family? A student with a disability? A male?

Testimonials should be about one full page (300 to 500 words).


One photo should be an individual shot of you while abroad. Additional photos may contain other students but be sure you have their permission before submitting photos.

A maximum of three (3) high-resolution photos may be submitted.

Photos should be separate files (not embedded in your written document) in a JPG format.

NOTE: The MSU Education Abroad Health Insurance Policy does not cover illnesses, injuries and/or losses arising from participation in any professional sport, contest, or competition; sky-diving; hang-gliding; or bungee-jumping.  Therefore, we cannot accept entries that represent these activities.

By submitting your testimonial you will be giving the Office for Education Abroad permission to use your story and photo(s) in various marketing activities, publications, and/or on the Web for the purpose of promoting education abroad at Michigan State University.


Thank You Donors

The Office for Education Abroad thanks the following generous donors for making special awards possible so more students will be able to reap the many academic, personal, and professional benefits education abroad experiences provide:

The MSU Federal Credit Union
The National Board of the MSU Alumni Association
The Australia-Pacific Council
The Forest Akers Endowment
Dave Durham and Ed Farnham
Charles and Marjorie Gliozzo
The Eleanor and Charles Greenleaf Sr. Endowment Fund
Thomas and Brigitte Huff Scholarship
Dr. Georges Joyaux Memorial Fund Scholarship
The Kellogg Foundation
Ms. Laura Mandziuk - The Land Down Under Scholarship
Ms. Carol Welch

The Office for Education Abroad administers the Office for Education Abroad Academic Excellence Awards, the Office for Education Abroad Need and Merit Awards, and the Overseas Study Endowment Fund.