KU Study Abroad Scholarships

KU strongly supports the transformative nature of study abroad experiences and as such, Study Abroad & Global Engagement as well as many departments and offices at KU devote funds to student study abroad scholarships. Additionally, there are KU alumni and friends who recognize the value of study abroad in themselves or a family member and have donated money to create opportunities to help fellow Jayhawks continue the tradition of studying abroad.

KU Study Abroad & Global Engagement Merit and Financial Need Scholarships 

With generous support from alumni, donors, the chancellor, the provost, and KU International Affairs, Study Abroad & Global Engagement (SAGE) is able to provide more than $200,000 per year in total scholarship funding for study abroad. 

SAGE administers competitive merit and need scholarships through a common online scholarship application. Students eligible for both scholarships will be considered for both. Awarded students will receive either a merit or financial need scholarship.  

Academic merit scholarships are competitive and are awarded on academic merit as determined by KU GPA and a personal statement. Students applying for an academic year or semester program are eligible.

Financial need scholarships are competitive and are awarded based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a financial need essay, and a personal statement. Students are required to have filed the FAFSA for the current year. Students who are applying for any study abroad term are eligible to apply. 

Eligibility

All students must meet the following requirements to apply:

  • Be a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Kansas;
  • Meet the requirements for the study abroad program to which they have applied;
  • Have started an application for their study abroad program

Scholarship Award Information

Scholarship Award Table of Information
Term of StudyScholarships AvailableAverage AwardApplication DeadlineNotification

 Academic Year & Fall Semester

 Merit & Financial Need  $1,500  March 15  Early April
 Summer Financial Need  $500  March 1

  Late March

 Spring Semester

 Merit & Financial Need  $1,500  October 1  Late October

 Winter Break &   Spring Break

 Financial Need  $500  October 1   Late October

Application Instructions

The application deadline is 11:59 pm on the application deadline, no exceptions. See the deadlines listed above.

The application consists of the following items:

  • Personal statement
  • Advising report
  • Financial need essay (only for students applying for a financial need scholarship)

Successful applicants will have essays that:

  • Clearly speak to why they chose their specific study abroad program;
  • Thoroughly articulate their academic, career and/or personal goals for study abroad, how the program will aid in fulfillment of these goals and how these goals enhance intellectual learning;
  • Are logical, well organized, and free of spelling errors.

Apply for a KU Study Abroad & Global Engagement Financial Need and Merit Scholarship

Many of the funds to support study abroad scholarships come from donors. Students who are awarded a scholarship from a donor may be asked to write a thank you letter to the donor, including information about their plan of study. Additionally, semester and academic year awardees are asked to do an outreach project such as writing essays or providing photos about your time abroad. Students will be notified of any scholarship requirements in their award email.

We thank our donors for providing funds for the KU Study Abroad & Global Engagement Merit and Financial Need Scholarships.


Program and KU Departmental Scholarships 

These scholarships are for a specific program or group of programs and are available due to the generous support of donor as noted below. Additionally, some scholarships are given through a KU department. Each scholarship has specific eligibility requirements, so read them carefully. Generally, the application deadline will be March 1 for Academic Year, Fall, and Summer and October 1 for Spring, Winter Break, and Spring Break. Click the application link to see the exact application deadline for each scholarship because some have one annual deadline. 

Program and KU Departmental 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. Complete the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies Study Abroad Scholarship application to be considered for the awards below.

Anita Herzfeld Award

This 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.

Lawrence G. and Nanette Pascal Scholarship

This scholarship was 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.

Less Commonly Taught Languages Scholarships

This scholarship 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, Haitian Creole, etc.).

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 for the Dean and Elizabeth Collins Study Abroad Scholarship scholarship online.

Funding provided with the 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 are $1,200. Apply for the Costa Rica Early Start Program Scholarship online.

Study Abroad Scholarship

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 the student will take a minimum of 6 credit hours in Italian or French Studies that are transferrable as FFIT credit. Popular program options include: Université Catholique de l’OuestParis Summer Language InstituteFlorence Summer Language Institute, and Student Initiated Programs in France or Italy. Multiple scholarships of are awarded each term. The average award is $1,000. Apply for the Study Abroad Scholarship online.

Clyde E. Jacobs Scholarship

Clyde E. Jacobs (January 19, 1924—June 23, 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. Popular program options include Université Catholique de l’Ouest and a Student Initiated Program to France. The Department of French, Francophone, and Italian Studies will award up to two $10,000 scholarships per year in honor of Clyde E. Jacobs. Apply for the Clyde E. Jacobs Scholarship online.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese has several scholarships for study abroad programs. Students with complete program applications for the department’s summer Language and Culture in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Language, Literature, and Culture in Barcelona, Spain programs will be considered for a $500 scholarship. There is no additional application to complete; the statement of purpose in the program application will serve as the scholarship essay.

The U.S. Department of Education awards FLAS funding to Area Studies Centers at KU in grant cycles to provide funding for less commonly taught languages. Eligible students must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident and can be a graduate student or an undergraduate with at least intermediate language ability. Students can study domestically and/or abroad. Academic year fellowships provide up to $18,000 for tuition and a $15,000 stipend for graduate students and up to $10,000 for tuition and a $5,000 stipend for undergraduate students. Summer fellowships (for graduates and undergraduates) provide up to $5,000 for tuition and a stipend of $2,500. Visit Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships for more information. Popular KU program options include Language & Culture in Salvador, BrazilMiskitu Language & Culture, and various Student Initiated Programs.

Through generous support of the Freeman Foundation, Study Abroad & Global Engagement is able to award scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 to KU undergraduate or graduate students participating in a summer or semester-length credit-bearing internships that is at least six weeks. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and will be required to complete a follow-on project. Read more detailed information on the Freeman East Asia Internship Scholarship page.

Funds provided with 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 Scholarship application.

Funds provided with support of the Honorable Judge Joan Fowler Kessler. One $500 scholarship will be awarded annually. Open 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, have completed foreign language coursework at KU relevant to her study abroad program, and have applied to a summer, semester, or academic year study abroad program in a country in which English is not the primary language. Apply for the Joan Fowler Kessler Watkins Women Study Abroad Scholarship online.

Funds provided with support of Richard Paegelow, KU study abroad alumnus. This scholarship is open to KU degree-seeking undergraduate students to study at Korea University through KU Study Abroad. Recipients must have successfully completed at least one semester of Korean language course at the University of Kansas prior to the study abroad program, meet the eligibility requirements of Korea University, and enroll in one or more Korean courses while at Korea University. Awards of up to $6,500. Apply for the Korea University Study Abroad Scholarship online.

Fund created with the contribution of Carl Krehbiel to provide support for KU degree-seeking undergraduate students attending one of the German Summer Language Institute programs in Eutin  or Holzkirchen, Germany. Minimum 2.5 GPA requirement. Awards are up to $4,000. Apply for the Carl C. Krehbiel and L. Neil Slentz German Language Summer Institute Scholarship online.

Funds provided by the support of Cheryle A. & Burton MacKenzie through the KU Psychology Department. This scholarship is open to Psychology majors who are participating in a semester-long study abroad experience. Preference given to students studying at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad-Copenhagen,  National University of SingaporeUniversity of BirminghamUniversity of ExeterUniversity of KentUniversity of LeicesterUniversity of New South Wales, or University of Wollongong. Awards based on merit and financial need and are approximately $1,000. Apply for the Cheryle A. & Burton MacKenzie Study Abroad Scholarship for Psychology Majors online.

Created with the contribution of Mark D. McBride, KU alumnus and participant in multiple undergraduate and graduate study abroad programs in Germany, this scholarship provides support to undergraduate students at the University of Kansas who are graduates of a Kansas high school, have financial need and are majoring in German Studies or Slavic Language & Literatures/REES and will be studying in the region. Awards are up to $2,500. Upon return from their study abroad experience, scholarship recipients will be asked to write an essay about how the scholarship made a difference and furthered their academic and professional interests, which will be shared with the donor. Apply online through the Study Abroad Merit and Financial Need Scholarship application.

Funds provided with 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 with a population under 75,000 in Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Oklahoma, Iowa, Arkansas, or Nebraska. Minimum 3.0 GPA requirement. Apply for the Kevin and Joann Nunnink Scholarship online.

Funding provided with the support of Christine Pederson, KU alumnus and former participant in the University of Oslo International Summer School (ISS) in Oslo, Norway. This scholarship provides financial support of up to $5,000 to KU degree-seeking students to participate in the ISS at the University of Oslo. One award available each year. Minimum 2.5 GPA requirement. Apply for the Christine Pederson Fund for the International Summer School at the University of Oslo online. 

Funds provided with 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 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 courses while at HKU. Awards of up to $6,500. Apply for the University of Hong Kong Study Abroad Scholarship online.

Funding provided with the 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 KU Study Abroad. 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. Apply for the Allan W. Wicker and Edna Elnar-Wicker Study Abroad Scholarship online.

Students can also check with their academic departments and organizations on campus to see if they offer study abroad scholarships or grants. Historically, study abroad awards have been given through Architecture, Art HistoryBiologyBusinessCenter for East Asian StudiesCollege of Liberal Arts and SciencesEngineering, EnglishEnvironmental StudiesGermanHonors, and ROTC Project GO. Additional KU Scholarships can be found through the KU Scholarship Portal database.