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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. 

Merit- and Need-Based Financial Aid

Students attending SMU Abroad programs during the summer are eligible for a pro-rated amount of their merit scholarship and SMU Opportunity Grant. Federal loans not utilized during the fall/spring of that academic year may also be used.

  • Student must have no outstanding balances or holds (this includes non-financial holds, too, such as the Personal Information Update hold).
  • Student must have completed the FAFSA for the current academic year.
  • Student must have been awarded financial aid for the academic year preceding the summer term.
  • Student must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 cumulative hours for the summer (all SMU Abroad programs are).
  • Summer Financial Aid requires a separate application and will not be awarded automatically. This application will be available through the Financial Aid Office.
  • Students attending summer abroad programs may find their expenses exceed their pro-rated scholarships and financial aid. Additional loan monies may be available – please discuss eligibility and application process with your financial aid advisor.

Note: For all SMU Abroad Programs:

All pre-departure expenses must be paid by the student. No financial aid should be expected for program Commitment Fees, early purchase of airline tickets, passport application fees, etc.


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


  • You must have an open SMU Abroad program application to submit an application for study abroad scholarships
  • You must be accepted to your chosen program to accept any scholarship



The scholarship application is accessible from within your program application. 


Review Process

November 15: Scholarship applications will be available to all students in the online study abroad program application.

December 15:  Early scholarship deadline

January 15: Verified moderate to high need students who apply by the early scholarship deadline will be notified of their awards by this date.

February 1:  Final scholarship and SMU Abroad application deadline

February  10: Applicants who apply by the final scholarship deadline will be notified of their awards by this date.


Scholarships are funded by generous donors and range from $500-$4,000, depending on the student’s level of financial need and the total funding available.

Other SMU Funding 

Many departments across SMU offer scholarships that could support a student studying abroad. To determine whether these grants and fellowships apply to you, please contact the funding sponsor.

Major- and Program-Specific Scholarships

  • Meadows School of the Arts Scholarships for Meadows students participating on Meadows programs only.
  • Sharp Study Abroad Award for History Majors studying History abroad.
  • Kerbow-Suter French Awards for French Majors studying French language on the SMU-in-France program only.
  • Chen Scholarships for students studying Chinese language on the SMU-in-China program only.
  • Dr. H. Neill McFarland Memorial Scholarship for SMU-in-Japan participants only. See SMU-in-Japan program page.
  • Global Scholars Award for SMU-in-Normandy participants only.
  • Kay Wiley Fund for Russian Language and Culture students on the SMU-in-Prague program
  • Alexander Mamantov Fund for Russian Language and Culture students on the SMU-in-Prague program

In some cases, a summer study abroad program director may have access to additional funding that is not listed above.. All students are encouraged to speak with their program directors to inquire about program-specific scholarships.

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 training 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!

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is an independent study abroad scholarship provider which gives preference to students with demonstrated financial need. Students who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad are encouraged to apply. These groups include, but are not limited to, first-generation college students, minority students, and students with community college experience. 

Diversity Abroad is organization which also seeks to increase access to international education. Visit their website to learn about scholarships for 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.