Study Abroad Scholarships

Information About Study Abroad Scholarships

  • Study abroad scholarships vary and are based on financial need, merit, location of your program, length of your program, and more.
  • Remember, you cannot win the lottery unless you buy a ticket, so our office encourages you to apply for as many scholarships as possible!
  • Our office is here to assist with your essays. If you would like one of your essays for a scholarship critiqued, please complete the Scholarship Essay Critique form and email it to our office.
  • We ask that you allow at least 3-5 business days for us to review essays and provide relevant feedback. We also encourage students not to submit essay critique requests 2-3 days prior to a scholarship deadline since this may not allow our office ample time to provide relevant and beneficial feedback.
  • Although we encourage students to apply for as many scholarships as possible, we advise students not to bank on only using scholarships to fund their study abroad experience due to the nature of a scholarship not being a concrete guarantee. Additionally, students may have to at some point pay out of pocket since a scholarship may not be distributed to the student prior to final payment of a program. This is why we encourage students to budget realistically and to plan as early as possible.

Searching for Study Abroad Scholarships

An extensive list of available scholarships can be found here. Note that some have specific eligibility requirements and may not apply to all students.

UofL's Classical and Modern Language Department sponsors many scholarships for students majoring or minoring in a foreign language.

Spring 2020 World Scholars Application - Deadline is 3 pm, March 18th, 2020 

Pell Grant Recipients are eligible to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship.

The David Hershberg Scholarship provides up to $2,000 for summer programs with a duration of at least 21 days. 

Scholarships for Undergraduates, Graduating Seniors, Graduate/Professional Students, and Recent Alumni

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of National and International Scholarship Opportunities to make an appointment with Dr. Condon and learn more about opportunities such as:

For more information about these awards, visit the website for the Office of National and International Scholarship Opportunities.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

A student, who is participating in a UofL approved program abroad, may use federal student financial aid to help defray the expenses. Please remember that summer terms are the last terms in the academic year. This means that financial aid for summer will be packaged according to students’ remaining eligibility for the current academic year.

Study Abroad

Students enrolled in a program of study abroad approved for credit by the University of Louisville may be considered enrolled at the University of Louisville for the purpose of receiving Federal Student Aid such as Federal Pell Grant, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, SEOG, TEACH, Work-Study, Direct Loans, and PLUS loans.

The Study Abroad Office works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to ensure that you receive the financial aid you are qualified for while attending your study abroad program.

Students wishing to enroll in a Study Abroad Program must visit the Study Abroad Office and meet with the Office of Financial Aid to determine the process and availability of Federal, State, and Institutional aid.

The Office of Financial Aid will update the student’s cost of attendance for the term abroad and will determine when a student’s aid can be disbursed.  If a student is planning on receiving any federal Title IV (Pell Grant, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, SEOG, TEACH, Work-Study, Direct Loans, and PLUS loans) during their term abroad, they will need to complete a study abroad financial aid agreement available when you meet with the financial aid office.

Leaving a program before its completion:

Federal regulations require that UofL use a Return of Title IV Funds calculation in cases where a student receiving Title IV financial aid (Pell, SEOG, and Direct Loans) discontinues study abroad during a given semester. If you discontinue study (drop, resign or withdraw from all courses in the semester) and have previously been awarded these funds, the university must determine if these funds are required to be returned to the appropriate financial aid programs.

Additionally, if a student who began attendance in a program abroad and has not officially withdrawn fails to earn a passing grade in at least one course taken over an entire term, UofL must assume the student has unofficially withdrawn for Title IV aid purposes, unless the student provides acceptable documentation from the instructor or department confirming that the student completed the term.

The university is required to complete the calculation within 30 days of discontinuance of study.