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International Experience Abroad Scholarships

University of North Georgia (UNG) students can use their federal and state financial aid, including the HOPE scholarship, for study abroad. We encourage all of our students to set up an appointment with the UNG Financial Aid Office to discuss their financial needs. There are also several other sources to fund your study abroad experience. The key is to plan ahead and research all the different study abroad scholarships available.

Hope Scholarship

Students attending a UNG program will be able to apply for the HOPE scholarship towards the tuition portion of the program cost. In order to do this the students needs to set up an appointment with the UNG Financial Aid Office and complete the appropriate forms.

Departmental Scholarships

Different departments at UNG will sometimes offer scholarships specifically for their students who are studying abroad. Check with the head of your department for more information.

South Campus Scholarship

*Please note, these scholarships are for South Campus students specifically. Your home campus must be designated as Gainesville, Oconee, or Cumming to qualify. Some students may not qualify for all scholarships based on parameters set by the scholarship donor. 

The Center for Global Engagement has received funding to support South Campus students in their study abroad endeavors. We are excited to accept students applications to these scholarship funds. Your application will be considered by a committee of individuals involved in international programming. Please make sure to complete all parts of the application, and look over the rubric on which the committee will base your application. You can submit your application at any time--all applications will be considered by the committee after the deadline. Please note, students who have submitted an application AND deposit for an upcoming study abroad program will be given stronger consideration. 

Hall County residents will be given stronger consideration, but all South Campus students are eligible.

STARS Scholarship

STARS is a scholarship/work study program funded by the individual colleges of the University of North Georgia, and the application is open to all students who have been accepted and committed into an approved Study Abroad program through the CGE. Once you are accepted, you may apply for STARS by visiting the STARS Application Page and clicking “Apply Now.” Students may be selected as a scholarship recipient or to participate in a work study program to earn funds toward Study Abroad opportunities. Award amounts for both the scholarship and the work study program are $500. If you have questions about the STARS scholarship, talk with your study abroad advisor!

Other Study Abroad Scholarships

Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Nationally competitive scholarships are elite opportunities open to all students nationwide. These extremely competitive scholarships are considered some of the most prestigious, merit-based awards in the country. Receiving a nationally competitive scholarship recognizes a student's academic and leadership potential and conveys confidence in the student's ability to make positive contributions to his or her own field of study both nationally and internationally. Preparation for a nationally competitive scholarship begins well before a deadline. Many require extensive applications with deadlines as early as October for the year in which you wish to apply. Some examples of nationally competitive scholarships include the Gilman Scholarship, Fulbright Program, and Boren Scholarship. 

Gilman Scholarship

This program is for students who are Federal Pell Grant recipients only. The Gilman program awards scholarships of up to $5,000 for students participating in a study abroad program with a duration of at least 28 days in one country. There is also an extra $3,000 award for students who are studying critical languages. Students going on Summer programs do not qualify.

Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi, an honor society, is sponsoring a Study Abroad Grant competition. The program is designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. This grant is offered to students with a GPA of 3.75 or higher and participating in a study abroad program.

Boren Scholarships

Boren Scholarships provide U.S. citizen undergraduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government. Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, French, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. Canada and Western Europe programs are excluded. The maximum amounts for scholarships awarded are $10,000 for a semester and $20,000 for a full academic year. Students interesting in applying for these scholarships are encouraged to set-up an appointment with the campus coordinator to discuss the application process. 

Boren Fellowships

Boren Fellowships provide American graduate students, both at the master's and the doctoral level, with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government.

Critical Language Scholarship

This program offers scholarships for intensive summer language institutes overseas in thirteen critical need foreign languages. The CLS Program provides seven to ten week group-based intensive language instruction and extensive cultural enrichment experiences held overseas at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students. All program costs are covered for participants.

Annette Kade Scholarship

The scholarship is for students wishing to pursue study at one of the Austrian, French, German or Swiss ISEP member institutions during the semester or the academic year. This scholarship is to encourage students with a genuine interest in study abroad to apply for a placement in Austria, France, Germany or Switzerland. The award criteria for the scholarships include academic background, desire to improve language ability, and genuine financial need.

STA Travel Scholarship

Two $500 scholarships from STA Travel are available each academic year to ISEP students whose home university is located in the USA for roundtrip travel from the United States to their program destination.

DAAD Scholarship

This program provides scholarships to attend a broad range of three- to four-week summer courses at German universities which focus mainly on literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Extensive extracurricular programs complement and reinforce the core material.

Scholarships are available for courses lasting a minimum of three weeks. The scholarship is approximately €850, which covers tuition, room and board in whole or in part. Accommodations are arranged by the host institution. In addition, DAAD will provide an international travel subsidy of €300-450.

FEA Scholarship

The FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for students to participate in education abroad programs through the provision of grants and scholarships. Preference is given to students who demonstrate financial need, study in a non-traditional destination, and study the language of the host country (other than English).

German International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS)

In collaboration with Berlin’s three major universities, the German Bundestag offers the International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) to politically active and dedicated young college graduates who wish to play an important role in shaping the future of their countries. The IPS program enables participants to gain first-hand knowledge of Germany’s parliamentary system and political decision-making during a 5-month work placement with a Member of the German Parliament. Participants will also have the chance to enroll in university classes during the summer semester, spending a total of five months in the German capital. This program is open to university graduates who are US citizens and have a very good knowledge of the German language. Candidates should also be familiar with the basic features of the German governmental system.


Freeman-ASIA provides scholarships to undergraduate students to help fund study programs in East and Southeast Asia for which they will receive academic credit back on the U.S. home campus. Award amounts range from $3,000 for a summer program to $5,000 for a semester/quarter program to $7,000 for an academic year program. Students must demonstrate financial need in order to be eligible for the program. Priority will be given to students with limited or no previous experience in Asia. As a condition of the award, upon their return to the U.S., students must promote study in Asia by sharing their experiences with peers on their home campuses and in their communities. 

Bridging Scholarship Program

The Bridging Scholarship program will award scholarships to American students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized exchange or independent program in Japan are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Since 1999, the Bridging Scholarship program has awarded more than 1,600 scholarships to students studying abroad in Japan. Information on the Bridging scholarship, and other scholarships for students studying in Japan, are available on the American Association of Teachers of Japanese website

Study Abroad Scholarships for Cadets

Funding is available for both contracted and non-contracted cadets. 

Crupi Cultural and Language Scholarship

The Crupi Scholarship was founded by Dr. Jim and Faye Crupi in 2008 in an effort to support University of North Georgia (UNG) Cadets in the areas of foreign language immersion, study abroad, and international internships. In addition to developing Cadets in the aforementioned areas, the Crupi Scholarship expands participant’s knowledge of one or more of the following sectors: federal and state institutions, non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations, and public or private global business corporations. The knowledge obtained should support Professional Military Education (PME) and academic curriculum requirements. The Crupi scholarship is only available to Cadets enrolled at UNG. Cadets must be participating in a University of North Georgia sanctioned study abroad program or international internship to be eligible. For more information, contact the Center for Global Engagement.

Project GO

Project GO provides scholarship funds to ROTC Cadets who wish to study a critical language during their college career. Scholarships are available for both domestic and study abroad programs. Project GO’s goal is to help ROTC students achieve at least an intermediate level of language proficiency by the time they graduate college. Project GO is sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education. For a current list of approved programs, visit UNG's Project GO website.


The Language Flagship is a program sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense. The goal of The Language Flagship program is to create language-capable professionals in various fields of study to enhance U.S. competitiveness and security. Limited funding is available for qualified ROTC students to participate in The Language Flagship-approved summer study abroad programs as well as the overseas capstone year. For more information, please e-mail the Language Flagship at UNG.

Study Abroad Scholarship Database

The IIE Passport Study Abroad Funding database allows you to search by your country of destination or field of study to find study abroad funding information. The database offers information on study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants.

Student Money Management Center

The Student Money Management Center is available to students on all UNG campuses. This office is committed to providing opportunities for students to enhance their knowledge of effective money management through promoting financial literacy and empowering students to make responsible financial decisions. Meeting with the Student Money Management Center can be a great step towards budgeting for a study abroad program.

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