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Scholarships & Aid

TCU Scholarships

These awards invest in students who are curious learners who wish to engage with people and issues of the world. The scholarship is intended to assist with the tuition and/or program fee.

Eligibility Requirements: Program must be credit-bearing and approved by the Center for International Studies. Students must be TCU undergraduate, degree-seeking students. Priority given to students with a minimum 2.8 GPA.

Award decisions are based on essay and financial considerations. Award notifications are typically sent about 3 weeks after the application deadline.

Award: $1,500 – $3,500

Deadlines:

  • Spring & Winter Programs:
    • Priority Deadline: September 15
    • Regular Deadline: October 1
    • Late Deadline: October 15 (on a funds-available basis)
  • Summer Programs:
    • Early Deadline: October 15
    • Regular Deadline: November 15
    • Late Deadline: January 20 (on a funds-available basis)
  • Fall Programs Deadline: March 15

How to Apply: The scholarship application is embedded in the study abroad program application. Complete a few short questions and submit a 350 – 500 word essay, responding to the prompt: Why should we invest in you? 

We encourage you to speak specifically to one or more of the following:

  • Specific ideas to engage in your study abroad locale
  • A plan to study or investigate a topic or issue using your study abroad locale
  • A vision for how the experience and knowledge gained abroad will impact your future academics, career, or life
  • A challenge or obstacle you face in pursuing study abroad

These awards are open to summer study abroad students on any TCU Summer or TCU Partner Program who demonstrate financial need through the FAFSA. The scholarship is intended to assist students with summer tuition and is managed by the Office of Financial Aid.

Other Requirements: Program must be credit-bearing and approved by the Center for International Studies.

Award: Based on tuition

Deadline:

  • Early Decision: October 20
  • Regular Decision: November 20
  • Late Decision, on a funds-available basis: January 20

For more information, visit TCU’s Office of Financial Aid.

Application: TCU Summer Study Abroad Grant Application

This award is for study abroad students after they return to TCU. The Larry Adams International Experience Award is presented annually to undergraduate study abroad students who exhibit global citizenship following their time abroad by engaging in a significant project or activity that exemplifies internationalization.

Award: Up to $1,000

Deadline: April 1

Larry Adams Award Nomination Form

This award is managed by the Center for Career & Professional Development. The Intern Scholarship Program is designed to provide scholarship assistance to students wanting to do an unpaid or low-paying (<$1,000/semester) internship in their major field, including international internships.

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This award is managed by the TCU Honors College and are available to TCU Honors students studying abroad over the summer on a TCU Summer or TCU Partner Program. They cannot be used on Honors Abroad programs such as Cultural Routes, Cultural Pathways or Cultural Pilgrimages.

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CIEE, IES, or SIT Scholarships

CIEE annually awards up to $5 million in scholarships and grants to students who plan to study abroad on yearlong, semester, and summer CIEE programs. This includes Merit Scholarships (for students who excel in academic pursuits and are devoted to specialized areas of study) and Need-Based Grants (for students who have historically been unable to study abroad because of financial circumstances).

Awards: Up to $2,500

Deadline: Rolling

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IES Abroad awards over $3 million in study abroad scholarships and financial to students participating in yearlong, semester, and summer IES programs. IES Abroad offers merit, need-based, diversity, legacy and disability scholarships.

Awards: Up to $5,000

Deadline: Rolling

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Each year, SIT awards more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students. It offers a broad range of need-based scholarships and grants, including its award winning Pell Grant Match.

Awards: $500 – $5,000

Deadlines:

  • Summer Programs: April 1
  • Fall Programs: May 15
  • Spring Programs: November 1

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U.S. Government Scholarships

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to students who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. The scholarship is open to U.S. citizen undergraduates who receive Federal Pell Grant funding. Students may also be eligible for the supplemental Critical Need Language Award.

Awards: Up to $8,000

Deadlines:

  • Spring Programs: October
  • Summer Programs: October or March
  • Fall Programs: March

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Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Award: Up to $24,000

Deadline: Once a year, typically in Jan. or Feb.

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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. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.

Award: $3,000 – $7,000

Deadline: Varies

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The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded, summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

Award: Fully-funded

Deadline: November

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Other Scholarships

The Institute of International Education offers grants for U.S. students participating in academic, internship or service-learning experiences abroad. The scholarship program is intended to diversify study abroad and encourage students who would otherwise not participate in an international experience, particularly high-achieving, low-income students.

Award: $2,000

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Get access to exclusive diversity study abroad scholarships and grants through Diversity Abroad. Minority, Low Income and First Generation students are encouraged to apply.

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The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population, supporting, in particular, minority, community college, and first-generation college students.

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The TCU Honors College advises students on prestigious international awards for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, including the Fulbright, Gates Cambridge, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, and Truman Scholarships. These scholarships are among the most prestigious available and can have a dramatic, life-changing impact on the lives of the students who receive them.

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BUTEX brings together universities, colleges and other higher education institutions across the United Kingdom that have a shared interest in learning abroad. Each year BUTEX awards a number of scholarships to students studying abroad in the UK for either a semester or for a whole academic year.

Award: £500

Deadline: Once a year in June

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The Columbus Citizens Foundation offers scholarships to incoming study abroad students at John Cabot University in Rome (it applies to TCU in Rome participants) who have at least 25% Italian descent. Apply early. The deadline for the upcoming academic year takes place once a year.

Deadline: Once a year, sometime during the spring semester

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The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year.

Award: $2,500 – $4,000

Deadline: April or October

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