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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 $65,000 a year in scholarship funds for students who plan to study abroad. Let us help you get there!

Scholarships Search Engine

EIU Scholarship Search - *All the scholarships have been inputted to the search engine Academic Works. For students interested in the OSA scholarships, visit the link, type in "Study Abroad" and all relevant opportunities will appear.  
Financial Aid Scholarships

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. 


October 4, 2019:  Spring semester 2020
December 6, 2019:  Spring break 2020
February 1, 2020: Independent summer & Fall semester 2020

OSA Study Abroad Grant

Types of awards:
  • Financial-need based- established by the student’s filed FAFSA
  • Merit-based- typically the top academically performing students
  • Full-time EIU student for at least one semester before studying abroad
  • Must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA at the time of application
  • Complete a study abroad program application
  • Note that guest students from other institutions are not eligible for these grants
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. 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.
  • 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
GPA X 10
1 to 20
Letters of Recommendation
1 to 15
Leadership (as listed on resume)
1 to 5
Foreign Language Study - Students who plan
to study any foreign language as part of
their study abroad program
0 or 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. 

Students:  Our application is now available online, please complete the application for scholarships through the AcademicWorks portal after you have applied for a specific program. You will need to upload an essay, resume, and provide the contact information for two references/recommendations. Please allow your faculty/staff/supervisors enough time to submit their recommendation! 

Upon receiving an award, all recipients are expected to act as ambassadors and fulfill volunteering hours. You will need to sign a contract accepting these conditions. 

References: 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! 

Other scholarship opportunities

William V. Weber Study Abroad Scholarship

This award is intended to benefit Eastern Illinois University students who are interested in EIU’s Study Abroad Program but are unable to afford it. Preference will be given to students belonging to traditionally underrepresented groups (e.g., minority, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender students) and/or first generation students enrolled in good standing at Eastern Illinois University who qualify for financial aid. 

The recipient must be enrolled in good standing at EIU and qualify for financial aid. Preference will be given to students belonging to a traditionally underrepresented group. Scholarship may be spent on tuition, fees, travel expenses, study materials, and other expenditures directly related to travelling abroad. A past recipient may apply for and receive the award more than once as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria

Kate and Cliff Strandberg Study Abroad in Europe Scholarship

The recipient(s) must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate domestic student, accepted to Eastern Illinois University and in good academic standing, with preference given to School of Technology majors. The recipient(s) must be planning to study abroad in any European country with attendant approval tendered to the Study Abroad Office prior to the awarding of the scholarship; all study credits must be applicable to the student’s degree program. The recipient(s) must have an overall 2.75 GPA, approval of the departmental academic advisor, and meet other criteria established by the Study Abroad Office. The recipient(s) may, upon returning to the United States of America, be asked to speak to the International Forum program regarding the study abroad experience. The recipient(s) may be eligible to apply for, and receive the award again provided they continue to meet the above criteria.

Dorothy E. Waldon Short Term Study Abroad Scholarship

The recipient must be enrolled in good standing as a full-time student at Eastern Illinois University. The recipient must have completed at least sixty (60) credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree with at least fifteen (15) of these hours completed at Eastern Illinois University. The recipient must have achieved a 3.0 (“B”) grade point average based on all coursework completed. The recipient must be participating in a “short-term” (typically 10-30 days) faculty-led study abroad. The recipient must be a student who has never previously traveled outside of the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Financial need may be a consideration at the discretion of the selection committee. All applicants must submit a written statement explaining how this award will assist them in achieving their personal goals; in addition, all applicants must provide three (3) letters of reference with at least two (2) coming from Eastern Illinois University faculty members from whom the recipient has taken at least one (1) class. Recipients may receive this award only once and are not eligible to be considered for a second award.

Robert and Ann Flick Study Abroad Annual Scholarship

The recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student accepted to Eastern Illinois University. The recipient must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0. Preference for selection is in the following order: Undergraduate student majoring in English and traveling to Italy through the Office of Study Abroad. Undergraduate student with a major in the College of Arts and Humanities and traveling to Italy through the Office of Study Abroad. Undergraduate student majoring in English and traveling through the Office of Study Abroad. Undergraduate student with a major in the College of Arts and Humanities and traveling through the Office of Study Abroad. Financial need is a consideration. The recipient may only receive the award once.

Harlaxton Manor Study Abroad Scholarship

The recipient must be a full-time student accepted to Eastern Illinois University. The recipient must meet all criteria for acceptance to the Harlaxton College Study Abroad Program. Scholarship award 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. Financial need may be a considered in the selection of the recipient. The recipient may not be eligible to apply for and receive the award more than once.

Talented Student Award - Study Abroad

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 cumulative 2.5 GPA. 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:


Every year, the Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College gives a significant amount of financial aid in scholarships to current undergraduate honors students who will be studying or interning abroad. The applications for these scholarships are independent from the Office of Study Abroad and may have different deadlines. Honors students who wish to explore their options should contact Sara Schmidt at or by phone at 217-581-8369. Further information can be find in the Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College website.