Education Abroad Scholarships | Kent State University

Education Abroad Scholarships

The Office of Global Education is proud to announce that it now offers Kent State students financial assistance for a study abroad experience in the form of the following two scholarships:

Diversity in Education Abroad Scholarship

The Diversity in Education Abroad Scholarship was created to ensure that underrepresented students have access to a level of financial assistance that will assist them in achieving a study abroad experience. Underrepresented students may include but are not limited to:

  • Ethnic/Racial minorities
  • Students with disabilities and registered with the Student Accessibility Services Office
  • Students with high financial need
  • First-generation college students
  • LGBTQ-identified students
  • Underrepresented academic majors within study abroad
  • Student athletes

This Diversity  in Education Abroad Scholarship is only applicable to Kent State University sponsored programs. Applicants will be required to compose a personal statement essay and should use that essay to indicate and support their identification with one or more of the aforementioned demographic categories.

First Experience Abroad Scholarship

The First Experience Abroad Scholarship provides financial assistance for students who will be participating in their first study abroad experience through a Kent State University sponsored program. Scholarship applicants are required to compose a personal statement essay to answer the following questions:

  •  How will this experience complement your academic studies and personal growth?
  • What you hope to learn about the foreign culture?
  • How do you envision sharing what you learn with others when you return home?

Application Process

To be considered for one of the education abroad scholarships featured above, please begin by expressing your interest using our online form:

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Application Deadlines

Applications for both scholarships will be accepted on a rolling basis, however review of applications for each applicable term will begin on the dates below. Students are encouraged to submit their applications prior to these dates for the highest consideration. Applications submitted after the dates below will be considered based upon the criteria listed below and the availability of funds.

  • Fall Semester Abroad: May 15
    • Recipients notified: by May 25
  • Spring Semester Abroad: October 15
    • Recipients notified: by October 30
  • Spring Break Abroad: March 15
    • Recipients notified: by April 15
  • Summer Term Abroad: April 1
    • Recipients notified: by April 15
  • Summer Term - Faculty-led Programs: January 15 and February 15
    • Recipients notified: by January 20 and  February 28

Scholarship Amounts & Eligibility

Scholarship amounts may vary from $500.00 to $4,000.00.

To be eligible for the scholarships, students must also be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Kent State degree-seeking student
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Successful submission of scholarship application and required scholarship essay

List of Study Abroad Eligible Programs

  • Florence Semester
  • Florence Summer Institute
  • Florence Health Institute
  • Geneva Semester/Summer
  • Exchange Programs
  • Faculty-led Programs (for Kent State credit)
  • KSU Paris American Academy Summer
  • KSU Prague Semester and Summer