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Scholarships for Study Abroad Students

Finding and Funding Your Summer Abroad

SMU Abroad and the Office of Financial Aid are hosting a series of information sessions for students interested in resources for summer funding.

Weekly information sessions will be held starting in mid-January 2015, and will continue until the end of February.  See the SMU Abroad Calendar for dates and times.
SMU Abroad Study Abroad Scholarships

For students participating in SMU Abroad summer programs with demonstrated financial need.  A student may receive an SMU Abroad scholarship only once; financial need will be evaluated by the Office of Financial Aid, and scholarships will be awarded only to those students accepted to a SMU Abroad program, so interested students should not delay their application for study abroad; apply for a program to be considered.  Awards will be announced by March. 

Students indicate their interest in receiving information about summer study abroad scholarships in the SMU Abroad application; students who indicate interest will be contacted about the information sessions on summer funding.  At the information sessions, further instructions will be given.

In addition, some SMU Abroad Programs provide a limited number of merit scholarships (inquiries should be sent to the SMU Abroad program director)
• Dorothy Murphy Scholarships (for SMU-in Oxford only)
• SMU-in London Communications Program Scholarships

Other Funding sources on campus (some, but not all, may support, or may be combined with, a study abroad program experience)

• Engaged Learning Grants
• McGuire Ethics Center Undergraduate Research Grants
• Meadows School of the Arts Artistic Scholarship Awards, Exploration Awards, and Summer Scholarships/Travel Grants
• Richter Grants for Undergraduate Research
• Undergraduate Research Grants

Loans from the Office of Financial Aid

Students may have loan eligibility for summer programs abroad.  Please see your Financial Aid Adviser to discuss the availability of loans and the application process.

SMU Merit-based Scholarships and Study Abroad

Some scholarship funding for abroad may be available if you received and have retained merit-based scholarships that you were awarded upon your entry into the university.  Please consult with your Financial Aid Adviser to discuss your eligibility.

External Funding

Some nationally competitive scholarships support study abroad programs.  Winners of summer study abroad fellowships often go on to apply for, and win, post-graduate awards like the Fulbright Scholarships.

• Boren Scholarships
• Gilman Scholarships
• Critical Language Scholarships
• Alpha Lambda Delta Stemler Study-Abroad Scholarships
• Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarships
• DAAD Scholarships to Germany
• Fulbright UK Summer Institutes

For more information, visit the website of the SMU Office of National Fellowships and Awards.  SMU students applying for nationally competitive scholarships must submit their scholarship applications through that office, which also has past successful SMU applications on file for your review.  There are many exciting awards available to support a variety of international opportunities, both during the college years and after.   Deadlines for national scholarships are well in advance of the experience abroad, so plan ahead if you intend to apply!

Please also visit to view many scholarships and grants available for study abroad.

Scholarships for Semester Study Abroad

All students participating on an SMU approved provider program are encouraged to apply for additional aid through that provider.  SMU-approved providers list available scholarships on their websites.  Follow the guidelines for scholarship applications and submit all forms directly to the provider by the published deadline.
Last modified 10/19/2015