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When choosing your study abroad program, both you and your parents will look long and hard at the price tag. That's where scholarships come in. The money IS out there; at EIU we offer $100,000 a year in scholarship funds for students who plan to study abroad. Let us help you get there!

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Private Scholarship Search Services

Students interested in seeking a private grant or scholarship should check as many sources as possible. There are many free, online private scholarship search sites to assist in your search for scholarships.

FastWeb is one of the best sources for national, local and college-specific scholarships with over 1.3 million scholarship listings totaling over $3 billion.

MoneyGeek offers a study abroad guide that explains different forms of financial aid and loans available to help fund study abroad.  MoneyGeek has compiled a list of scholarships, information on loan options, suggestions for financial planning, and different resources in regards to study abroad funding and finances.

There are also for-profit companies that offer scholarship search services for a fee. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships does not recommend these services and suggests you thoroughly investigate any for-profit company before submitting any fees to them. You should be aware that scholarship scams do occur and you should protect yourself against these situations.

Office of Study Abroad Grants

Students Our application is now available online, select the "Apply Now" button to get started! Please complete the application for scholarships through our online portal once you have applied for a specific program. You will need to upload an essay, resume, and provide the contact information for two-three recommenders. Please allow your faculty/staff/supervisors enough time to submit their recommendation! 

Recommenders: You will receive an email once the student has completed the online application for scholarships. You will then be prompted to log into our online system and submit your recommendation. Please make sure you are aware of our deadlines and submit your recommendation in a timely manner! 

  • Average award is between $500-$2,000.
  • Do you have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher?
    • If yes, you are eligible to apply for a Study Abroad grant. 
  • Do you have a FAFSA on file?
    • If yes, you are eligible for a financial-need award.
    • If no, you are eligible for a merit-based award.
  • Remember, as a condition of your contract, you must complete all four Student Ambassador hours. If you fail to do so, the grant or scholarship you received will be billed to your student account. In the event that this occurs, EIU may choose to withhold your diploma until the payment is fulfilled. View an example of the scholarship and grant contract here.
  • Click here to learn more about Student Ambassador Hours

October 7, 2016:  Winter break 2016 and Spring semester 2017
December 2, 2016:  Spring break 2017
February 3, 2017:  Faculty-Led summer 2017
March 10, 2017:  Fall semester 2017, Independent summer 2017

OSA Study Abroad Grant

Types of awards:
  • Financial-need based- established by the student’s filed FAFSA
  • Merit-based- typically the top students in the pool
  • Full-time EIU student for at least one semester before studying abroad
  • Must have a 2.5 GPA (cum) at the time of application
  • Complete a study abroad program application
  • Note that guest students from other institutions are not eligible for these scholarships
Award amounts:
  • Between $500 and $2,000 per student.
  • Grant recipients will serve as a Study Abroad Ambassador for the semester after they return from their program abroad
  • The service requirement is 4 hours, which can be accomplished by a variety of projects with OSA
Evaluation Criteria:
  • Applications will be evaluated using the point-based system detailed below
  • 100 total points are possible
Criteria Formula Total
GPA GPA X 10 40
Essay 1 to 20 20
Letters of Recommendation 1 to 15 15
Leadership (as listed on resume) 1 to 5 5
Foreign Language Study - Students who plan
to study any foreign language as part of
their study abroad program
5 5
Time Abroad - Programs with greater time
spent abroad (ex. 8-week programs would
receive more points than 4-week programs)
# of weeks Max 15

Click here for some tips on how to write the best application, including what to include in your essay and how to request a recommendation letter. 

Four other scholarship opportunities

*Remember, in order to apply for Strandberg, Walden or Weber you must print an eligibility worksheet to submit with your application.* 

1. William V. Weber Study Abroad Scholarship

Scholarship recipients must be enrolled in good standing at EIU and qualify for financial aid. For at least half of the scholarships awarded in a given year, preference will be given to minority students (including gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender students) and first generation students. Scholarship monies may be spent on tuition and fees, travel expenses (transportation, meals, and lodging), study materials or resources, and other incidental expenditures directly related to travel abroad. More than one student may receive assistance from this fund in a given year. In addition, a past scholarship recipient may apply for and receive the award more than once, provided he/she continues to meet the eligibility criteria. Average award is $200 to $500.

2. Kate and Cliff Strandberg Study Abroad in Europe Scholarship

Recipients must be full-time domestic undergraduate or graduate students, accepted to Eastern Illinois University, and with a minimum of a 2.75 GPA. Preference is given to School of Technology majors. Students must be planning to study abroad in Europe with attendant approval tendered to the Office of Study Abroad prior to awarding of the scholarship; all study credits must be applicable to the student's degree program. The recipient may, upon returning to the US, be asked to speak to the International Forum program regarding the study abroad experience. Average award is $400.

3. Dorothy E. Walden Short-Term Study Abroad Scholarship

Recipients must study on a short-term faculty-led study abroad program. Recipients must have at least junior status and at least a 3.0 GPA.  The recipient must not have traveled previously outside of the USA, Mexico, and Canada.  Students should apply through the online system.  Note that an additional letter of recommendation (3 total) is required for this scholarship. Also, the applicant must submit a written statement explaining how this award will assist them in achieving their personal goals. Average award is $250 to $400.

4. Office of Study Abroad Tuition Exchange Waivers

Our office has an exchange agreement with several different institutions overseas. As a result of this relationship, we are able to offer discounted tuition to qualified students who plan to study abroad for a semester at one of these schools listed below.

This award covers up to 12 credit hours of EIU tuition. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA (cum). This award is reserved for students that exhibit financial need (as reported on their FAFSA), and have distinguished themselves as high-achieving students.

To apply for this award, please contact the Office of Study Abroad for further instructions.

Exchange programs include: Departmental Study Abroad Scholarships
Scholarship Requirements Approx. Deadlines Amounts
Amelia Daddazio Women's Studies Fund The Women's Studies program has a grant, students can apply for, to fund integrated learning projects, "that aim to lessen the effects of inequality and injustice, either locally, nationally, or globally". This scholarship is not specifically a scholarship for studying abroad; however, it can be applied towards the study abroad program  if all criteria is met. More info & Application  November 3rd Grants up to $500
Charles Austin Honors Scholarship Honors student in good standing , participating in a semester- or year-long study abroad program

Applications posted on the Honors College website at the beginning of spring semester.
February 4 awards of $1000 each
Communication Studies Department Communication Studies majors who study abroad are eligible to apply for TSA/GIA money from the department.

Forms are available in the Comm Studies lounge, main office or from the central adviser.
February Varies from year to year
CEPS Faculty Led Short-Term Study Abroad Award Students in the College of Education and Professional Studies with a minimum 2.75 GPA at the time of application.

More Info & Application
November Varies from year to year
Frank McCormick Phi Beta Kappa Africana Studies, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Economics, English, Foreign Language, Geology, Geography, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Medicine, Psychology, or Sociology/Anthropology majors with a 3.25 GPA. Must have definite plans to study abroad within the next academic year.

More information

March Single award of approx. $330
Don and Pam Sundheim These scholarships support Eastern Illinois University students majoring in any foreign language who wish to study their target language abroad at some time during their junior or senior year. Preference is given to Teacher Certification Candidates.

Administered by the Dept. of Foreign Languages * (581-3021)
March Varies from year to year
Richard L. Crouse Memorial Scholarship Spanish Major, 3.0 GPA, Program to improve proficiency in Spanish.

Administered by the Dept. of Foreign Languages * (581-3021)
March Varies from year to year
Robert and Ann Flick Study Abroad Scholarship Must be a full time undergraduate student maintaining a GPA of 3.0. Preference will be given to English majors traveling to Italy. Financial need is considered. January 31st  $2000
Study Abroad Scholarship These scholarships support Eastern Illinois University students majoring in any foreign language. Preference will be given to students who have not studied abroad. Depending on available funding, the Department will also make one Study Abroad Scholarship available to a minor in French, German or Spanish.

Administered by the Dept. of Foreign Languages * (581-3021)
March $500
History Study Abroad Scholarship For EIU students (undergraduate or graduate) majoring in History and exhibiting a commitment to study abroad through EIU.

Two awards up to $500 each.

Administered by the Dept. of History (217-581-5325)
February $500

Contact Us
Office of Study Abroad
1207 Blair Hall
Phone (+1)-217-581-7267 : Fax (+1) 217-581-7299

Regular Office Hours
Monday through Friday : 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.

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