KU Study Abroad General Scholarships

With generous support from alumni, donors, the chancellor, the provost, and KU International Affairs, the Study Abroad & Global Engagement office is able to provide more than $200,000 per year in total scholarship funding for study abroad.  These scholarships are only available to current degree-seeking KU students.

We strongly encourage all students to plan early and meet with a financial advisor in our office before applying for scholarships. To make an appointment, please call 785-864-3742 or schedule a virtual appointment online.

Study Abroad Merit and Financial Need General Scholarship

The KU Study Abroad administers competitive merit and need scholarships through one online scholarship application. All students must meet the following requirements: 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, complete the application for their study abroad program, and complete the online Study Abroad Merit and/or Need General Scholarship application by the scholarship application deadline listed below.

The KU Study Abroad offers two types of general scholarships. For Semester and Year study abroad program applicants, the Study Abroad & Global Engagement office  (SAGE) has both Academic Merit and Financial Need Scholarships. For Winter Break, Spring Break and Summer study abroad program applications, SAGE only has Scholarships available to students with demonstrated Financial Need:

  • Academic Merit Scholarships are competitive and are awarded on the basis of academic merit as determined by KU GPA and scholarship personal statement essay.  
  • Financial Need Scholarships are competitive and are awarded based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid - FAFSA as well as a financial need statement and the scholarship personal statement essay. Students are required to have completed a FAFSA for the current year in order to be considered 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.

For more information about specific essay questions and requirements visit: https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=OSAscholarship

How to submit your application

  1. Check the scholarship deadlines listed below for the term you will be studying abroad.  Applications must be completed by 11:59pm on the application deadline date, no exceptions. 
  2. Click the apply now button on the scholarship brochure page here: https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=OSAscholarship, sign on with your KU username and password and complete the questionnaires, personal statement essay and upload your unofficial transcript or advising report. 

Award Amounts and Deadlines

Term of Study

Scholarship amounts



Summer  (only open to students with financial need)

up to $500

March 1


Academic Year

up to $1,500

March 15


Fall Semester

up to $1,500

March 15


Spring Semester

up to $1,500

October 1


Winter Break or Spring Break   (only open to students with financial need)

up to $500

October 1



We thank our donors for providing these scholarship funds:

  • Altrusa International, Inc. Hazel Lee Simmons Memorial Study Abroad Scholarship - Funds provided by Altrusa International, Inc. of Lawrence, Kansas for female students who graduated from a Kansas high school (preferably with Douglas County residency).  Awards up to $500.
  • Boroujerdi Family Study Abroad Scholarship - Fund created with generous support from Robert and Magdalena Boroujerdi to assist KU undergraduate students who will be taking Art, History, or Art History courses during their semester of year long study abroad programs in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, The Netherlands, China, Hong Kong or Japan. Awards are $1,000 each.
  • Carol Ann Brown Adams Study Abroad Scholarship - Funding created with generous contributions of Carol Ann Brown Adams to support undergraduate students on year-long programs which offer cultural and language immersion. Recipients must participate in non-English instruction abroad. Awards up to $1,500.
  • G. Wayne Burge Scholarship - Fund created with generous support of G. Wayne Burge, KU alumnus and former participant of the San Jose, Costa Rica study abroad program.  Awards are designed to assist students on semester study abroad programs to Costa Rica or more generally in a Central or South American country.  Awards up to $1,500
  • Dr. J.A. Burzle Scholarship - Funds provided by family and friends of Dr. Burzle. Dr. Burzle taught German at the University of Kansas for over 30 years and was a strong supporter of international exchange programs.  Awards up to $1,500.
  • Andrew P. Debicki International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) Study Abroad Scholarship - Fund created 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 students on ISEP direct exchange programs.
  • Foreign Study Scholarship - Funds provided by the Chancellor's office.  Awards range from $250 - $1,000.
  • Dr. Robert A. Granberg Memorial Scholarship - Funds provided by the Granberg family. Dr. Granberg taught at the University of Kansas for many years in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.  Awards range from $500 - $1,000 for students pursuing academic programs in Spain, with preference given to students in Linguistics or Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Shirley Cundiff Haines and Jordan L. Haines Study Abroad Scholarship - Fund created with generous support of Shirley Cundiff Haines and the late Jordan Haines especially for students studying the visual arts, literature, architecture, and other areas of the humanities.  Awards up to $1,500.
  • Larry D. and Donna Manning Horner Scholarship - Fund created with the generous support of Larry D. Horner and Donna Manning Horner.  Awards up to $2,000.
  • David Lutz, PhD and Ellen Scott McLean Study Away Scholarship - Funds provided with generous support of David Lutz, PhD and Ellen Scott McLean for language study abroad. Awards up to $1,000.
  • Gus Rau Meyer Jr. Memorial Scholarship - Fund created in memory of Gus Rau Meyer Jr. who studied in Newcastle, Australia. Awards up to $1,600.
  • Eric Morgenthaler Study Abroad Scholarship - Fund created with generous support of the late Eric Morgenthaler to support students with academic merit and demonstrated financial need. Preference given to Kansas residents; Awards up to $1,000.
  • David C. Oswald Study Abroad Scholarship - Funds provided with generous support of Mr. David Oswald.  Awards up to $1,000.
  • Joe Petermann Study Abroad Australia Memorial Scholarship - Fund created for an out-of-state, male student in his 3rd or 4th year of study at KU.  The student must have expressed interest in other cultures and who will be studying abroad for a full semester in Australia.
  • Iris C. Pratt Study Abroad Scholarship -  This fund is named after Iris Calderhead Pratt who graduated from KU in 1910 and was a leader in the women's suffrage movement.  This need based fund was generously established by her granddaughter to assist KU undergraduate students to study abroad in Japan or East Asia. Awards up to $2,000.
  • Jean Hardy Robinson Travel Award - Fund created with generous contributions of Jean Hardy Robinson, Ph.D. to support students traveling to francophone countries.  Awards total $3,500.
  • Saricks Study Abroad Scholarship - Fund created with generous contributions from Chris and Joyce Saricks to support study abroad for undergraduate students studying foreign language and culture.
  • Peter Gilles Springer Fellowship for Study in France - Fund created with the generous contribution of Phyllis Springer Sipahioglu to support outstanding graduate students in French, History or Political Science who wish to pursue research and/or studies in France.   Awards total $1,200.
  • Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship - Funds created with generous contributions made by Tom and Jann Rudkin to support undergraduate students wishing to participate in a Humanities/Western Civilization or Language/Culture program abroad.  Awards up to $1,600.
  • Dick and Mary Linna Woods Study Abroad Scholarship - Fund created to provide study abroad scholarships for students with academic merit and financial need at KU.


Program or Region Specific Scholarships

KU Study Abroad & Global Engagement office also administers program or region specific scholarships that students may also qualify for. Click here for applications and more information: https://studyabroad.ku.edu/program-and-region-specific-scholarships




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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
Study Abroad & Global Engagement 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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