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Program and Region Specific Scholarships

The following scholarships are open to students who meet the criteria below. Please use the scholarship application link to apply for these scholarships.

Allan W. Wicker and Edna Elnar-Wicker Study Abroad Scholarship

Funding provided with the generous support of Allan W. Wicker and Edna Elnar-Wicker.  Awards are designed to assist degree-seeking undergraduate KU students with demonstrated financial need or high academic merit to participate in semester-long, single country study abroad programs through SIT Study Abroad in conjunction with the University of Kansas’ Study Abroad & Global Engagement office.  Eligible students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and have applied to an eligible SIT program.  One $10,000 scholarship will be awarded annually. Deadline to apply for the Academic Year application cycle is March 1 for Fall, or Spring programs. Apply online: https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=WickerScholarship

Carl C. Krehbiel and L. Neil Slentz German Language Summer Institute Scholarship

Fund created with the generous contribution of Carl Krehbiel to provide support for KU degree-seeking undergraduate students attending the German Summer Language Institute programs in Holzkirchen and Eutin, Germany.  Minimum 2.5 GPA requirement.  Awards up to $4,000. Apply online:  https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=KrehbielGermanScholarship

Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies Study Abroad Scholarships

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) offers several awards of approximately $500.​ Students must be KU degree-seeking undergraduates who have applied to a program for an academic year, semester, or summer (minimum four weeks) and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.  The Anita Herzfeld Award honors Anita Herzfeld, professor emerita of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, former director of the KU Study Abroad and beloved teacher and noted linguist, who retired in 2012 after working to expand international education for KU students during a distinguished career spanning more than fifty years. The award is for study in any Latin American country.  The Lawrence G. and Nanette Pascal Scholarship is made by Larry Pascal in honor of his parents, who always supported his learning about new cultures. The award is for study in a Spanish-speaking country. The Less Commonly Taught Languages Scholarships give first priority to students wishing to travel to Latin America or the Caribbean to learn a less commonly taught and/or indigenous language (e.g. Miskitu in Nicaragua, Haitian Creole, etc.).   To be considered for any of these scholarships, apply online: https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=CLACS


Cheryle A. & Burton MacKenzie Study Abroad Scholarship for Psychology Majors

Funding provided by the generous support of Cheryle A. & Burton MacKenzie through the KU Psychology Department. This scholarship (approximately $1000) is open to Psychology majors who are participating in a semester-long study abroad experience. Preference given to students studying at the National University of Singapore, University of Wollongong, University of New South Wales, Danish Institute for Study Abroad-Copenhagen, University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, University of Kent, or University of Exeter. Awards based on merit and financial need. Apply online:  https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=PsychologyScholarship

Christine Pederson Fund for the ISS at the University of Oslo

Funding provided with the generous support of Christine Pederson, KU alumnus and former participant in the International Summer School at the University of Oslo, in Oslo, Norway. This scholarship provides financial support of up to $5,000 to KU degree-seeking students to participate in the International Summer School (ISS) at the University of Oslo. One award available each year. Minimum 2.5 GPA requirement. Apply online:  https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=PedersonOsloScholarship

CIEE Global Institutes Scholarship

In an effort to support the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, CIEE will give awards of $5,000 each for participation in CIEE Global Institute (3 blocks) in Berlin, Cape Town, London, Madrid, Paris, or Rome.  These scholarships are open to KU degree-seeking undergraduate students and if selected the grants will be awarded as program fee reductions to the students' CIEE bill. Apply online:  https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=CIEEScholarship

Costa Rica Early Start Program Scholarship

Funding provided with the generous support of Richard Paegelow, KU alumnus and former participant of the San Jose, Costa Rica study abroad program.  Awards are designed to assist KU undergraduate students who can benefit from the month-long Early Start program to strengthen language and cultural adaptation skills in anticipation of semester study at Universidad de Costa Rica.  Minimum 3.0 GPA requirement.  Awards total $1,200. Apply online: https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=EarlyStartScholarship

Department of French, Francophone, and Italian Studies - Study Abroad Scholarship

The Department of French, Francophone, and Italian Studies will be awarding multiple scholarships each term. This scholarship is open to KU degree-seeking undergraduate students who have applied to an academic year, semester or summer study abroad program in a French or Italian speaking country where a majority of classes taken abroad are in Italian or French Studies and are transferrable as FFIT credit. Apply online: https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=FFITScholarship

Department of French, Francophone, and Italian Studies - Clyde E. Jacobs Scholarship

Clyde E. Jacobs (January 19th, 1924—June 23rd, 2009) completed his undergraduate degree at KU, and his MA and PhD at the University of Michigan. In 1952 he joined the Department of Political Science at UC Davis, where he taught for many years, and was especially dedicated to undergraduate education. He provided funds to assist French majors studying in France for the academic year. The Department of French, Francophone, and Italian Studies will be awarding one non-renewable study abroad award of $10,000 in honor of Clyde E. Jacobs. Apply online: https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go-FFITJacobsScholarship 

Drs. Dean T. and Elisabeth Collins Study Abroad Scholarship

Fund created by estate gift from the late Dean and Elisabeth Collins.  Awards up to $10,000 for students on semester or $20,000 for year long programs to Germany.  Open to all majors but preference for students studying music and particularly opera.  Minimum 2.5 GPA requirement. Apply online: https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=CollinsScholarship

Freeman East Asia Internship Scholarship

International internships are powerfully transformative experiences, enabling students to connect their academic discipline with the professional sphere, gain hands-on experiences, learn (and apply) a global perspective to their trade, develop soft skills in high demand by future employers, and network with industry leaders.  Through the generous support of the Freeman Foundation, Study Abroad & Global Engagement office is able to award scholarships in a range of $2,500 - $5,000 to KU undergraduate or graduate students participating in summer or semester-length, credit-bearing internships of six weeks duration or longer in one of the following Asian countries: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand or Vietnam.  Scholarship funds support students participating in KU-administered internship programs in China and Korea, as well as programs offered through partner organizations or self-arranged internships.  Recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  All recipients will be required to complete a follow-on project upon return from their overseas internship.  Apply online:  ​https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=FreemanScholarship

ISEP - Andrew Debicki Scholarship

Funds provided with generous support of Mary-Elizabeth Debicki Guinness, former Director of the KU Study Abroad and former wife of Andrew Debicki. Awards up to $2,000 for degree-seeking undergraduate students on ISEP direct exchange programs. Apply online through the Study Abroad Merit and Financial Need General Scholarship Application: https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=OSAScholarship

Joan Fowler Kessler Watkins Women Study Abroad Scholarship

Funds provided with generous support of the Honorable Judge Joan Fowler Kessler. One $500 scholarship will be awarded annually. Open only to Watkins Scholarship Hall residents who will live in Watkins hall before and after the study abroad program, have demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA, must have completed foreign language coursework at KU relevant to her study abroad program and must have applied to a summer, semester or academic year study abroad program in a country in which English is not the primary language. Apply online: https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=WatkinsScholarship

Kevin and Joann Nunnink Scholarship

Funds provided with generous support of Kevin and Joann Nunnink. Recipients must be undergraduate student participants in the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, have demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA, and graduated high school from a metropolitan area under 75,000 in population in Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Oklahoma, Iowa, Arkansas or Nebraska. Minimum 3.0 GPA requirement.  Awards up to $1,200. Apply online: https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=NunninkScholarship

School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures - Lutz and McLean Study Away Scholarship

Funds provided with generous support of David Lutz, PhD and Ellen Scott McLean. Either one $1,000 or two $500 scholarships will be awarded annually. This fellowship is open to KU undergraduate students studying a language at KU other than English that is not their first language and for whom the study abroad experience will be their first opportunity to spend a significant time living abroad and using the language of study. Minimum GPA of 2.5 overall, completion of fourth semester of the language of study (with B avg. or better) by the time of the program, and 2.8 in the major. Preference will be given to students majoring or minoring in the language of study, when such a major/minor is available. Apply online: https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=SLLCScholarship

Universidad de Costa Rica Semester Scholarship

Funding provided with the generous support of Richard Paegelow, KU alumnus and former participant of the program. All KU students with a completed Universidad de Costa Rica Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 application by the deadline will be considered for a $3,000 scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded based on the program application and there is no additional application to complete.

University of Hong Kong Study Abroad Scholarship

Funds provided with generous support of Richard Paegelow, KU study abroad alumnus. This scholarship is open to KU degree-seeking undergraduate students to study at the University of Hong Kong through the KU Study Abroad. Recipients must have successfully completed at least one semester of a Chinese language course prior to the Study Abroad program, meet the eligibility requirements of the University of Hong Kong, and enroll in one or more Chinese course(s) while at HKU. Awards of up to $6,500.  Apply online: https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=HongKongScholarship


KU Study Abroad General Scholarships

KU Study Abroad & Global Engagement office also administers merit and financial need general scholarships. Click here for more information: https://studyabroad.ku.edu/osa-scholarships​


Other Options

See Other Scholarship Opportunities section for KU Departmental and National and Regional Scholarships for Study Abroad. Study Abroad & Global Engagement Scholarship Handbook (pdf) is also another useful tool for finding additional scholarships for study abroad.   


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9th among public universities in the country for high quality, low cost study abroad programs — U.S. News & World Report
Longest-running exchange program in Western Hemisphere (begun in 1958) between KU and University of Costa Rica
18th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad — Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
28.1% of KU undergraduate students study abroad prior to graduation.
KU students who study abroad graduate in four years at twice the rate of students who do not study abroad
More than 160 study abroad programs in 75 countries, with instruction in all disciplines and 20+ languages
Students can study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, spring break, or winter break
Programs include international study, internships, service, and research opportunities
Students participating in semester, academic year, and select summer programs fulfill Goal 4.2 of the KU Core curriculum
Students can fulfill major, minor, certificate, elective, and KU Core curriculum requirements abroad
Programs are available for students in every major at KU
Financial aid is applicable to study abroad programs, and most KU scholarships and grants can be applied to study abroad
The Office of Study Abroad and many academic departments offer scholarships to qualified KU students
By studying abroad, students gain a global perspective on the world and strengthen their career opportunities
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