Scholarship type: 
Merit-based Scholarships

Open to students who excel in the study of one of the following foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish. Applicants for this scholarship must be accepted to and enroll in an IES Abroad program in which the target language is taught and/or used. Native speakers are ineligible for this scholarship.

Ranges up to $3,000.
  • Recipients must be accepted to and enroll in an IES Abroad program.
  • Native speakers are ineligible for this scholarship.
  • Mimimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 (out of 4.0) required
  • Recipients must attend a college or university that is a Member or Associate Member of the IES Abroad Consortium. In addition, your home school must have a policy of transferring at least 75% of institutional aid for study abroad.
  • Return Requirement: If awarded one of these scholarships, at the conclusion of the IES Abroad program you agree to submit a 1-page statement about your experience abroad, including how it has affected you personally, professionally, and academically and how this scholarship supported your endeavors. Once submitted, this statement becomes property of IES Abroad and excerpts may be used in any/all IES Abroad electronic and printed publications. Additional details and instructions will be emailed to you after your program ends.
  • Standard programs only. Customized programs are not eligible for IES Abroad financial aid.
How to apply: 

Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) before starting the application process

  • Apply to an IES Abroad Fall, Spring, Academic Year or Calendar Year Program (if you have not done so already)
  • Submit an IES Abroad Scholarship Application. You will be required to upload the following materials for this application:
    • Transcript - one (1) additional college transcript (in addition to the one submitted with the IES Abroad  Application).  Clear and legible photocopies are accepted via upload or mail.
    • Faculty Letter of Recommendation from a professor who has commented on your academic performance.
    • Academic Essay - Read the guidelines on writing this required essay. The essay should be written in the target language.
    • Language Recording - make a recording of yourself reading, IN THE SELECTED LANGUAGE, the academic essay that you have written and provide a link (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo) on your online scholarship application where requested.
Fall/Academic year deadline: 
May 1
Spring/Calendar year deadline: 
October 23