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Scholarships and Funding

When applying to your study abroad program, please be sure to indicate that you would like to receive information about funding your program.  Please view the tabs below, and contact us if you you have questions. There is additional information available in our "Money Matters" FAQs.

Students attending SMU Abroad programs for a fall/spring semester will receive the same financial aid and scholarships that they are eligible for during a fall/spring here at SMU. 

Additional aid may be available if you will incur expenses beyond what you typically pay on-campus. Please discuss this with your financial aid advisor.


President's Scholars

President’s Scholars interested in using their scholarship to study abroad, please visit the PS website for details:


Hunt Scholars

Hunt Scholars interested in using their scholarship to study abroad, please contact Lindsay Davis for details.


Tower Scholars

Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars interested in applying for the Marian Tower Scholarship should visit the Tower Center website for details:


SMU Abroad Scholarships 

For SMU Abroad semester program participants with demonstrated financial need. Scholarships range from $500-$4000 depending on the availability of funds and the financial need level of the applicant. Priority will be given to students who have not yet studied abroad for credit at SMU. Students are considered for all available awards.

The scholarship application for Fall 2020 students is due by March 1 and is accessible in your SMU Abroad program application.

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for outside scholarships, including those offered by program providers and the federal government.

Other SMU Funding 

The awards below come from other departments at SMU. While students can apply for some of these awards, some awards were granted to specific groups of students when they were admitted to SMU.

Students should consult with their schools of record and academic advisors about additional funding opportunities.

National Awards 

Some nationally competitive scholarships support study abroad programs. Winners of summer study abroad fellowships often go on to apply for, and win, post-graduate awards like the Fulbright Scholarships. Apply! It's great treating for your future!

For more information, visit the website of the SMU Office of National Fellowships and Awards. SMU students applying for nationally competitive scholarships must submit their scholarship applications through that office, which also has past successful SMU applications on file for your review. There are many exciting awards available to support a variety of international opportunities, both during the college years and after. Deadlines for national scholarships are well in advance of the experience abroad, so plan ahead if you intend to apply! has information about scholarships for underrepresented populations in study abroad (e.g., students of color, first-generation college students, students with disabilities, males, STEM students, and more).  There are also scholarships through other databases for study of specific disciplines or languages and scholarships for study in certain countries.

Provider Scholarships 

If you are studying through a provider (CIEE, IES, IFSA-Butler, etc.), inquire about scholarships through your program. If you are studying abroad directly with a foreign university, inquire with the contact there as many have small awards for US students.