The SPEA Abroad scholarship is a one-time funding opportunity designed to get undergraduate students abroad for the first time. Therefore, it can only be applied to one program throughout your time at SPEA. The only exception to this rule is students who choose to take two SPEA Abroad courses to fulfill their six World Language & Culture credits. If both programs are completed during the same summer, the student will receive a $500 scholarship for their second program.
Summer Program Scholarship:
Receive 50% of your program fees (maximum scholarship of $1,500) if both of the following conditions are met:
1) You apply by the Priority Application Deadline in December
2) You have not received the SPEA Abroad scholarship for a previous program
If you apply AFTER the December priority deadline the maximum scholarship decreases to $1,000.
Please Note: If you are applying to more than one SPEA Abroad summer program, make sure to apply for the more expensive program first! The SPEA Abroad scholarship will automatically be applied to the first program you apply for (based on the timestamp on your application).
Semester Exchange Scholarship:
All undergraduate students who participate in a semester exchange with SPEA will receive an automatic scholarship of $1,500, as long as you have not received the SPEA Abroad Scholarship for a previous program.
Summer Program Fellowship:
If you apply by the final application deadline, you will be guaranteed a fellowship as long as you meet these eligibility requirements:
- Must be enrolled as a current SPEA graduate student
- Must check the box on the summer abroad program application to apply for the fellowship
- You have not received the SPEA Abroad fellowship for a previous program
The amount of this fellowship is $500 USD (excludes SPEA in Uganda).
Uganda fellowship = $1,500 if you apply by the December 1 deadline, $1,000 after December 1
Semester Exchange Fellowship:
All SPEA graduate students participating in a semester exchange will receive an automatic fellowship of $500, as long as you have not received the SPEA fellowship for a previous program.
Requirements to be eligible:
- Must be enrolled as a current IU Bloomington Undergraduate
- Must be an admitted SPEA student
- Must be a U.S. resident without a passport and no international travel outside of the United States. NOTE: Prior to 2009, Canada did not require a passport for entry and exit of U.S. citizens. If you travelled to Canada prior to 2009 and still do not have a passport, you remain eligible.
- Must have filled out a 2016-17 FAFSA.
The amount of this scholarship varies, with a minimum value of $500 to each recipient. Approximately eight to ten of these scholarships will be offered each summer.
If you meet the qualifications, an additional essay question specific to this scholarship will automatically appear on your summer abroad application form.
OVPDEMA Study Abroad Scholarship - Undergraduate students only
Eligible students must enrolled at IU Bloomington full-time and be in any one of the following programs:
- 21st Century Scholars Program
- Groups Scholars Program
- Hudson & Holland Scholars Program
- Academic Support Center (OVPDEMA-funded tutors only)
- FASE Mentoring Program (FASE mentors only)
Scholarships range from $500-$4,000.
Additional information is available online.
Information Session: Thursday, February 16, 2017; 3:00 p.m. (IMU Oak Room)
Application Deadline: Monday, March 13, 2017
Hutton Honors College (Edward L. Hutton International Experiences Program) - Undergraduate students only
The Hutton Honors College has numerous opportunities available to help students study abroad. All IU Bloomington undergraduate students are welcome to apply (you do not need to be a Hutton Honors student); however, most scholarships have a strict GPA requirement: cumulative GPA of 3.40 or major GPA of 3.70 to be eligible.
- Spring Break - Last Friday in October
- Summer programs - Friday before spring break
- Fall Semester Exchange - Friday before spring break
- Spring Semester Exchanges - Last Friday in October
OVPIA International Enhancement Grant - Graduate students only
The International Enhancement Grant supports students pursuing academic training which adds or enhances an international component of their graduate degree program. Activities include: enrollment in a foreign language or an area studies course not offered at IU; participation in a structured international internship or a formal training program or workshop on an internati onal topic. Note that the international enhancement grant cannot be used to support participation in an IU-sponsored study abroad program
Deadlines: December 5, 2016 for Spring 2017; March 1, 2017 for Summer 2017
Service-Learning Student Travel Scholarship
This scholarship, offered through the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, is available for both undergraduate and graduate students. However, graduate students wishing to apply should understand that funding is prioritized to undergraduate students if there are a large number of applications. The three SPEA Abroad programs that qualify as service learning are: Guatemala (spring break), Mexico (summer), and Uganda (summer).
Deadline: November 11, 2016 for spring; March 24, 2017 for summer.
Hutton Honors College (Alternative Spring Break Grant) - Undergraduate students only
The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Grant is designed to support students in participating in a service-focused experience during their spring break vacation period. Applicants for this grant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher or a GPA of 3.7 or higher in the major. Please direct all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 5 p.m. First Friday in February
We encourage all students seeking additional funding to file a FAFSA. The majority of your study abroad expenses, including your tuition, program fees, flight, etc. may be eligible for federal loans. To qualify for federal loan opportunities, undergraduate students must enroll in 6+ summer credit hours. Graduate students must enroll in 4+ summer credit hours. For more information visit IU Student Central.
If you opt to take a SPEA Abroad course that offers less than the required credit hours, you have several great options: (1) pair two SPEA abroad courses together for 6+ credits, (2) take an independent reading or research course, (3) do an overseas internship and register for the credit, (4) enroll in an online class, or (5) enroll in an 8-week course in Bloomington before or after your SPEA Abroad program.