Study Abroad Planning Grant

The Study Abroad Planning Grant is offered through the IUI Study Abroad Office

Need help funding your study abroad experience?  As a degree-seeking undergraduate student within your first year at IUI, IUC, or IUFW, you may be eligible to apply for the Study Abroad Planning Grant of $3,000. The Study Abroad Planning Grant was created in order to support and encourage global learning for IUI, IUC, and IUFW undergraduate students through participation in an approved study abroad program.  Applicants to the grants do not need to have already identified a program or know exactly what that they would like to do abroad.  This is an opportunity to explore all international options.

Application Deadline:

  • September 1st to November 15th, 2023

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a degree-seeking undergraduate at IUI, IUC, or IUFW
  • Must be within the first year at IUI, IUC, or IUFW (have completed no more than two Fall and/or Spring semesters)
  • Financial need as determined by your FAFSA filing
  • Special consideration will be given to first generation students
  • Preference will be given to those without extensive previous international experience

Eligibility to Receive Funds from Awarded Grant

Funds will not be posted to your IU Bursar account until shortly before the term in which you will study abroad.

  • Participation in a study abroad program approved by the IUI Study Abroad Office. 
  • The credit earned from program must count towards the recipients' IUI, IUPUC, or IUFW degree.

Please note that individual study abroad programs will have GPA requirements and may have course pre-requisites. Scholarship recipients will need to meet these expectations in order to participate in the chosen program.

Grant Information

  • Selection Criteria

    Recipients will be selected on the basis of financial need and the thoroughness and depth of responses to the application essay questions.

    Students with international experience are welcome to apply and describe their experience as part of the application. Preference will be given to those without extensive previous international experience.

    Awards are contingent upon acceptance into and participation in a study abroad program approved by the IUI Study Abroad Office. Students who withdraw or who are dismissed from the program may need to return all or part of the award.

  • Commitment

    At least once each semester before studying abroad, recipients are expected to:

    • Attend a study abroad office event (study abroad fair, welcome back reception, outreach event, funding session, etc.) or meet with a Study Abroad Office staff member or assigned mentor to discuss plans and interests in study abroad
    • Provide a formal update to the Study Abroad Office about study abroad plans
    • Meet with their academic advisor and/or career counselor about how study abroad can fit into your academic or career plans
  • Post-Program Expectations

    You must be willing to complete these requirements if you apply for this award. If you fail to complete these requirements, you may be required to return all or part of your award.

    • Award recipients will write a 2-3 page reflective paper about their international experience upon completion of their program, to be submitted to the Study Abroad Office.
    • In addition, award recipients must also participate in one volunteer function coordinated by the IUI Study Abroad Office to promote the internationalization or IUI. The Study Abroad Office will contact you about opportunities to fulfill this requirement. 

How to apply

If you meet the eligibility requirements above, follow the simple steps below to apply!

  • Go to
  • Search for Scholarships.
  • Click on the “Scholarships (Blackbaud Award Management)” task and log in with your IU username and password.
  • Complete and submit the General Application (if you haven’t already).
  • Once you have submitted the General Application, click the Opportunities tab, then click Ours.
  • Type “Study Abroad Planning Grant” in the search bar.
  • Select the “Study Abroad Planning Grant.”
  • Click the Apply button to open the application.
  • Complete and submit the Study Abroad Planning Grant application.

Short Essay Questions

  1. Who do you hope to become by the time you finish your undergraduate degree at IUI?
  2. How do you think study abroad could help you in becoming that person?
  3. Why do you think study abroad is important?
  4. Brainstorm what you think it would take for you to study abroad (personally, academically, financially, and logistically).