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Scholarships & Financial Resources

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You may have questions about the cost of studying abroad and about how you can fund your abroad experience. Speak with your campus financial aid office and your study abroad office to learn more about specific funding options available at—and required procedures for—your home college or university.

UW-River Falls Students

Financial Aid 

Visit the UW-RF Financial Aid Office's Study Abroad web page to learn about using financial aid and various on-campus scholarship opportunities for education abroad/away programs.


Many different scholarships are available to assist students with the cost of their education abroad/away programs. UWRF Students are encouraged to explore the university-wide scholarship opportunities (apply at this link) for returning students, which include opportunities like the ones listed in the chart below (NOTE: amounts may vary/change after publication date; please refer to the scholarship link for current amounts and scholarship availability)
Scholarship Description/Eligibility Award amount Application deadline
John E. Butler International Research Scholarship Students enrolled in a UW-River Falls education abroad program (such as Study Abroad Europe, an approved independent study, or Experience Scotland) provided that the recipient intends to carry out a semester-long, advisor-approved research project. This scholarship provides for a science-related, research-intensive experience intended for applicants who will be completing no less than 11 weeks of research. Preference will be given to students majoring in Biology, Chemistry or Physics, but any research proposal that incorporates science can be considered. approx. $2,000 April 1
Mary Weiss Cashman International Education Fund Supports an undergraduate student in the Consortium of Overseas Student Teaching Program (COST) or a graduate student accepted to the International Visiting Teacher Program.   depends upon semester applying
Marion E. Hawkins International Student Scholarship

Supports an international sophomore or junior student (on a US Visa) with any major at UWRF. Student must demonstrate scholarship, character, leadership and determination approx. $800 April 1
Melissa M. Johansen Education Abroad Scholarship Students in a credit-bearing education abroad program approved by UW-River Falls. Student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated financial need.
approximately $1000

April 1
Inga and Nicholas J. Karolides Education Abroad in Europe Scholarship Intended for a junior or senior executing an independent research project as part of/or in conjunction with participation in an approved study abroad program or a full-time credit-bearing independent study. Setting must be in Europe. $1,000 April 1
Muraski-Schraufnagel Endowed Scholarship Students in a semester-long approved education abroad program; Experience Scotland preferred. ** Available every other year, will be available for academic year 2020-2021 approximately $1000 April 1
Jack and Gretchen Norqual Scholarship Semester only; preference given to Experience Scotland  $1250 depends upon semester applying
Semester Abroad Europe Scholarship    Students in the Semester Abroad Europe program during fall semester. approx. $1,000 April 1
Ernst A. Teves International Memorial Scholarship Students in the Semester Abroad Europe program during fall semester. Financial need and GPA will be considerations. approx. $400 April 1
Wisconsin Resident Education Abroad Grant UWRF degree-seeking students who are Wisconsin residents participating in UWRF programs (where tuition is paid to UWRF) and have financial need as determined by federal standards are eligible for this grant.

Details listed under "Study Abroad Financial Aid".
Varies based on amount available and term Please check with the Financial Aid Office for details and deadlines. 
The Office of International Education also manages/advises several education abroad scholarships; please see our National Scholarships and Education Abroad Scholarship/Grant Databases below for more information.

National Scholarships

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Students must attend an undergraduate institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter (UWRF has one), but do not need to be a Phi Kappa Phi member in order to be considered. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

Boren Awards
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

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.

Boren Scholarships provide American 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.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships.

DAAD Scholarships    
DAAD offers a wide range of funding opportunities for individuals and institutions in higher education.  Since DAAD New York is the representative office for all of North America, its programs are open to students, faculty, administrators, and staff of higher education institutions geographically located in the United States, Canada and their territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, etc).  There are a few special programs that may extend to constituencies beyond that. Our primary goal is to facilitate transatlantic mobility to Germany for US and Canadian scholars, therefore Germany must be a component of your intended academic travel.  Funding is awarded on a competitive basis; we consider the academic merit of the individual, the feasibility and quality of the proposal, and the impact of the applicant and application as a whole.

Education Abroad Scholarship/Grant Databases
Search through these databases to find other possible scholarship/grant opportunities.

University of Minnesota Scholarship Database

Institute of International Education (IIE) Study Abroad Funding

International Scholarships