Study Abroad Scholarships

Funding your program


With personal funding, your on-campus financial aid package and education abroad scholarships, studying abroad can be affordable! Begin the process by attending one of the workshops listed below. We invite you to take some time to look over the full list of available scholarships and see the FAQs to find the answers to your most important questions, including this year's scholarship essay question. 


"Study abroad scholarships eased the stress and worry about affording to go on this once in a lifetime experience."

Kalissa Bittner2019, CCSA London Mid-Summer
  • Winter Programs & Spring Semester 2022 — September 20, 2021

  • Spring Break 2022 — November 1, 2021

  • Summer 2022, Fall 2022, & Full Year 2022-2023 — February 1, 2022

Please note:You must complete a program application before you are eligible to complete a scholarship application. Your application to your program does NOT have to be approved before submitting your scholarship application.The scholarship deadline and application deadline are on the same day.

Scholarship Workshops

Learn more about the scholarship process, discuss the essay question, and talk about ways to make your application as competitive as possible.

All workshops will take place from 4:00-4:30 pm in Blackburn 135

  • September 1, 2021

  • September 2, 2021

  • October 14, 2021

  • November 10, 2021

  • November 11, 2021

  • January 25, 2022

  • January 26, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

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Scholarships are open to all full-time students on any approved education abroad program. Apply through your myGate under the "Financial Aid" tab. Click "Apply Now" in the scholarship section at the top center of the page. Detailed instructions for finding and completing the application can be found here. There are loads of scholarship funds, but all you have to do is answer a few questions in the scholarship application and the form will automatically let us know which funds you are eligible for.

Know that these education abroad scholarships are not the only source of funding available. There are also national scholarships you can apply for that we have listed at the bottom of this page. Because scholarships will not cover your entire program fee, you should also have a plan for how you will pay for the rest of the program fee. Education abroad scholarships can supplement your existing strategies for funding your education abroad, but you should not count on receiving the full cost for your program through education abroad scholarships.

All degree-seeking students who have completed a study abroad application and will be receiving academic credit on their programs are eligible to apply for scholarships. Some of the scholarships have specific GPA or financial need requirements, but not all.  The list of General Education Abroad Scholarships below are all of the scholarships you could possibly be eligible for just by submitting the application. You don't have to know which ones you qualify for;  the scholarship system will automatically send your application to the appropriate committees for review. Even if you do not qualify for Murray State scholarships you can still apply! The application process and requirements are completely separate from the general University Scholarship process. Many of our scholarships have no GPA requirements and take other factors, particularly financial need, into consideration as much as your academic performance.Same goes for those who do not qualify for Federal Financial Aid.  Financial need is a major requirement for most education abroad scholarships, but not all! The scholarship application contains a question where you're able to explain financial matters (if you're comfortable doing s0) such as loss of employment of a parent, multiple siblings in college, etc. Please use this question to appeal to the committee and give them additional information that might help their decision-making.

Make sure that your demographic and academic information is updated and correct in MyGate before starting your scholarship application. 

Federal financial aid can apply to the cost of education abroad programs. Grants and loans that you currently receive may be used for some programs abroad. Current scholarship awards such as the Presidential, Regents, KEES money, and many other sources may be used for education abroad, depending on the program you choose. Meet with our friends in Financial Aid and the Scholarship Office for all the details on how your aid can apply.

As part of the program application, every student has the option to complete a budget sheet that helps you understand the costs associated with your program and helps you start to plan for how you will pay for it. The Financial Aid Office and Scholarship Office complete a section of your budget sheet to let you know if you have existing Murray State aid that you can use. You can also schedule an appointment to meet with them in person to discuss your options.

The essay is one of the most important parts of your scholarship application, so make sure to put time and thought into your essay before the deadline.

Scholarship Essay: What political, historical, or current events do you find interesting in the country/countries you're planning to study? How are they similar or different to what you have experienced?

Essays should be researched, well written, and well organized without errors in spelling, grammar, or punctuation. Please do not bullet point. We are looking for a coherent essay in paragraph form. Max of 500 words.

Applicants are also encouraged to seek advice and editing assistance from the Racer Writing Center located in Waterfield Library.

Scholarships are typically awarded in amounts ranging from $150 to $1000. You can be awarded more than one scholarship. The award amount will vary depending on your qualifications for specific scholarships, the length and expense of your program, your essay, and your financial need. Attend one of our scholarship workshops for tips on how to make your application as competitive as possible. Students with demonstrated financial need tend to receive more money from scholarships. The average award in 2018-2019 was $940 and 98% of students who applied were awarded at least one scholarship.

We aim to send scholarship award notifications within three weeks after the application deadline. You will receive one email from the scholarship system with instructions for what to do next, then you login to the scholarship application  to view your awards and amounts and accept the scholarships. 

Please remember that while there are many education abroad scholarships available, they are very competitive and no one is guaranteed a scholarship. Scholarships should be considered a supplement to a pre-existing strategy for financing your education abroad since it is likely you will not be awarded enough money to cover your full program fee. Start planning early for additional ways to fund your education abroad such as:

  • Working a summer job

  • Asking local clubs, churches, businesses or charities to support you

  • Cutting back expenditures in your daily life in order to save money

  • Choosing a program that will accept the Murray State scholarships you are already receiving

  • Taking out additional student loans or private loans

  • Fundraising/crowdsourcing (try sites like FundMyTravel)

  • Apply for program provider specific scholarships (i.e. KIIS, CCSA, ISA, CEA, etc.)

  • Apply for national study abroad scholarships

  • Tuition waivers and other benefits

General Education Abroad Scholarships

When you submit your Study Abroad Scholarship application through MyGate, you will become eligible for any of the following scholarships for which you meet the criteria. *There is an exception for the Bertrand Ball scholarship. Follow the link below.

  • Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business

  • Benson D. & Novalee Roberts Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Bonnie & Cliff Higginson Study Abroad Scholarship

  • College of Education & Human Services

  • College of Humanities & Fine Arts

  • Education Abroad Office Scholarship

  • D. Scott & Kelli Burkeen Parsons Scholarship for International Study

  • Dr. Hal & Jane Seaton Fund for Excellence in International Education

  • Drs. Laurie & Tomas Hult Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Jess D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology

  • LGBTQ+ Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Moore Menendez Scholarship

  • Sam & Bonnie McNeely Study Abroad Scholarship

  • School of Nursing and Health Professions

  • Bertrand Ball Global Languages Study Abroad Scholarship


That's not all! There are more scholarships you can apply for.

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