International Experience Scholarship

The International Experience Scholarship is offered through the IUPUI Office of International Affairs

Need help funding your study abroad experience?  As an undergraduate or graduate student, you may be elgible to apply for the International Experience Scholarship. We have two award cycles per year, and preference is given to students who have not previously studied abroad. 

Application Deadlines:

  • February 17 - Summer, fall semester and academic year programs only
  • October 17 - Winter break, spring semester, and spring break programs only

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Am I eligible?

  • I am applying for a Summer, Fall Semester, or Academic-Year Program (for February deadline)
  • I am applying for a Spring Semester or Spring Break Program (for October deadline)
  • I am a full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate student
  • My program is approved and credit bearing (including approved independent study and direct enrollment overseas)
  • The credits will be counting toward my degree (requirements or electives)
  • I am in good-standing with the university and have a 2.75 GPA

Are you a faculty member?

If you will be writing a letter of recommendation or submitting an independent study/research project proposal, you will receive the link to the evaluation form once the student has submitted his/her complete application.

Please contact our office if you have any questions.


Scholarship Information

  • Selection Criteria

    Recipients will be selected on the basis of need, merit, and motivation. Need may be documented by a filed FAFSA form or by being a recipient of a Pell grant. Applicants may also submit a personal statement of their financial situation. Merit is indicated by the applicant’s IU cumulative GPA and a letter of recommendation. Motivation may be demonstrated through prior coursework, relevant volunteer or other extracurricular experiences, language preparation (where applicable), and the applicant’s essay.

    Preference will be given to students who have never had an opportunity to study overseas. In addition, programs administered by IUPUI and Indiana University as well as programs with a service learning or community involvement component will receive priority consideration. Student participating in longer programs will be given preference.

    Awards are contingent upon acceptance into and participation in the proposed study abroad program. Students who withdraw or are dismissed from the program may need to return all or part of the award to the University.

  • Post-Program Expectations

    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 participate in one volunteer function coordinated by the IUPUI Study Abroad Office to promote the internationalization of IUPUI. The Study Abroad Office will contact you about opportunities to fulfill this requirement. 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.

  • Scholarship Eligibility Details

    • Any IUPUI and IUPUC undergraduate or graduate students, full or part-time, who will be participating in an approved, credit bearing, study abroad program (including approved independent study and direct enrollment overseas), is eligible. Non-degree seeking students who are completing a certificate may also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students need to have identified a program or experience in which they plan to participate but do not need to be accepted into the program at the time of applying for this scholarship.
    • All applicants must be in good standing and should have a minimum IU cumulative GPA of 2.75.
    • The credits earned on the program must count towards the student’s degree (requirements or electives).
    • Students participating on a program that is not administered by an Indiana University campus need to complete a Transfer Credit Agreement Table through the IUPUI Study Abroad Office in order to be eligible to apply to this scholarship. These students should contact Kevanne Monkhouse (kevmonkh@iupui.edu) for more information on this process.

    Note: You do not need to be accepted into your study abroad program before applying to the scholarship.

How do I apply?

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

  1. Complete the International Experience Scholarship Scholarship Application. Application components are listed here (note: you do NOT needed to be accepted to your study abroad program to apply for the scholarship). Applications for Summer 2017, Fall 2017, and 2017-2018 Academic year programs are due Friday, February 17th by 11:59PM EST.
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    If you are interested in applying for a scholarship for a Winter Break 2017, Spring Break 2018 or Spring 2018 program, you must apply for the next scholarship cycle, which will open August 2017 and close October 2017. If you apply for this round, your application will not be considered and you will have to reapply in the correct round.

  2. Ask your professor to complete your letter of recommendation. The person completing the recommendation should be a current or past college instructor with whom you have taken a class. They will only receive the link to complete the form once you have completely submitted your application, so don't wait until the last minute!

For independent study/research projects ONLY: the professor supervising your independent study must complete a project description

Application Components

  • Scholarship Application

    The IUPUI International Experience Scholarship is available to students at the IUPUI and IUPUC campuses. If you are not from one of these campuses please check with the study abroad office on your campus to explore scholarships which would be available to you.

    1. Are you a student at IUPUI or IUPUC? 
    2. What is/are your major/s? 
    3. What is/are your minor/s? 
    4. In what program do you intend to participate? 
    5. Will you be receiving academic credit for participating in your program? 
    6. What is the primary country in which your program will take place? 
    7. Who is the sponsor of the program? 
    8. How long is the program? 
    9. What term is your program? 
    10. Have you traveled internationally or lived abroad for educational or professional reasons? 
    11. Does your program involve service learning or an internship? 
    12. When do you expect to graduate? 
    13. Is this your first college degree? 
    14. What is your current enrollment at IUPUI? 
    15. Did you transfer to IUPUI from another institution? 
    16. Do you currently or have you previously worked? 
    17. Please describe your hobbies.
    18. Please describe any on or off campus activities in which you participate.
    19. Please list any awards you have received.
    20. What are your future academic/professional/career goals?
  • Statement of Purpose

    1. Describe all of your previous international experience
    2. List the dates and location of the study abroad program to which you are applying
    3. Describe why you chose this particular study abroad program
    4. Describe the courses you plan to take abroad: (number of credit hours, course numbers, and course titles, if possible)
    5. List the degree requirements which will be completed through participation in this program
    6. Describe how this program fits into your personal, professional and/or academic goals
    7. In what ways have you prepared for this program? (language preparation, coursework taken, relevant extracurricular or volunteer activities)
  • Letter of Recommendation

    This application requires a letter of recommendation from a current or past college instructor (with whom you took a class). Upon submission of your entire scholarship application your recommender will receive an email from the application system with instructions to upload your recommendation letter.

    Since the recommender will not receive the link to the evaluation form until you complete this application, we recommend that you contact them via email with the following link:

    https://www.indiana.edu/~forms/iupui_oia_forms/machform/view.php?id=39085

  • Program Budget

    You are required to submit a budget for the study abroad program in which you intend to participate.

    1. What is the program fee?
    2. What is included in the program fee?
    3. Please only enter the costs not included in the program fee:             
    • Airfare
    • Accomdations
    • Food/Meals
    • Local transportation
    • Insurance
    • Books/supplies
    • Travel medicine/Vaccinations
    • Passport
    • Visa
    • Essential Living Costs

    4. Are there any other costs included in the program budget?

    5. Total Program Cost:

  • Personal Financial Statement

    1. Would you be able to participate in this program without any scholarship funding? Please explain your financial need.
    2. Personal or family contributions towards the program.
    3. Please explain your efforts to save for the program.
    4. Please explain your current employment situation.
    5. Will you be using any loans to pay for study abroad expenses?
    6. Please list other scholarship(s) for which you have applied or intend on applying to along with the amount(s).
    7. Are you pursuing any additional funding opportunities you have not already mentioned?
  • Independent Research/Internship (if applicable)

    If you are not participating on a prearranged study abroad program but are instead going abroad to do an independent study or research project of your own design which will yield the primary credit for your experience abroad, we require a statement from the IUPUI faculty member overseeing your international coursework to describe your project and their role in supervising your work.

    This does not include research conducted as part of a prearranged study abroad program.

  • Graduating Student

    The IUPUI International Scholarship requires students to share their overseas experience with the campus community. This can be done in a variety of ways. Typically students return to campus and volunteer to give a class presentation or to assist with events to promote study abroad.


    If you are graduating at the end of the term in which you are studying abroad, you will need to provide a statement (approximately 250-300 words) of how you will share your experiences overseas with the campus. A couple of examples of what other students have done are: giving a presentation while abroad by video conference to a group of students interested in studying abroad and keeping a blog of their experiences to which IUPUI can link. Be creative!