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Study Abroad

Study Abroad


In order to be eligible to study abroad program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Have completed at least one year at Cottey College;
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing; and,
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 (including the semester immediately preceding the study abroad program).

Additionally, Cottey has the following rules in place for study abroad experiences:

  • Any student, as long as they meet the requirements listed above, may participate in a summer study abroad program;
  • Students interested in studying abroad for a semester or longer, while also meeting the requirements listed above, must be at the junior-level or above at the time of their study abroad program*

International Business/International Relations Majors

  • Students in the International Business and International Relations programs are required to take their study abroad during a specific semester. Students must meet with their academic advisor to determine which semester their required study abroad experience must be taken. It must typically take place in the fall or spring semester of the student’s junior (third) year.

* While students at the senior-level are eligible to study abroad, studying abroad during this year is not encouraged. Any student considering study abroad in their senior year needs to consider that credits earned during a study abroad program may not transfer back to Cottey prior to graduation, therefore delaying the student’s graduation. Additionally, students need to be aware of any requirements they need to meet and classes they need to take in order to complete their degree. Students might not be able to meet some degree requirements while abroad.


The first step in studying abroad is to meet with International Education Coordinator to discuss study abroad plans and options.

Students must meet all eligibility requirements:

  • Attend Education Abroad 101 Information Session
  • Choose a study abroad affiliate program
  • Submit the Cottey study abroad application materials
  • The study abroad application materials will then need to be signed by the International Education Coordinator, faculty advisor, and/or other offices before studying abroad can be approved

After these forms are completed and turn submitted to the International Education Coordinator, students may apply directly to their chosen study abroad program and complete the program’s specific admission requirements.

All students will need to attend a study abroad pre-departure session at the end of the semester immediately preceding their study abroad experience.

While abroad, students are required to be enrolled in a minimum of what Cottey College considers to be full-time enrollment (12 credit hours). Some study abroad programs consider full-time enrollment to be higher. If this is the case for a student’s specific program, then the student will be required to be enrolled in the higher number of credit hours. Some study abroad programs consider full-time enrollment to be lower. If this is the case for a student’s specific study abroad program, the student will still be required to meet Cottey College’s full-time enrollment standard of 12 credit hours. Once students have arrived at their host university, they will be required to complete the Study Abroad Enrollment Verification Form, obtain the appropriate signatures, scan, and submit the form to the International Education Coordinator by email.

It is important to note that grades and credit hours will only transfer back to Cottey if the student receives a grade of “C” or above.


Spring: Last Friday in September

Fall: Last Friday in March


Cottey College has agreements with the following organizations and  institutions:

Council on International Education Exchange:
Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) is a study abroad provider with programs and internships in 40+ countries.

International Studies Abroad:
International Studies Abroad (ISA) is a study abroad provider with programs and internships in 30+ countries.

School for International Training:
School for International Training (SIT) is a study abroad provider with programs and internships in 40 countries.

The Education Abroad Network:
The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) is a study abroad provider with programs and internships in 9 different Asian countries.



The Gilman International Scholarship Program

Applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad. The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student’s accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. The applicant is studying abroad for at least four weeks in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least four consecutive weeks. The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State’s current Travel Warning list. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000.

Gilman-McCain Scholarship (found on the Gilman International Scholarship Program page) provides awards of $5,000 for undergraduate child and spousal dependents of active or activated United States military personnel during the time of application (including Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Army, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserve, Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy, Navy Reserve, Space Force, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and USPHS Commissioned Corps) to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. Developed under the framework of the State Department’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, the John S. McCain International Scholarship for Military Families (Gilman-McCain Scholarship) is open to eligible students enrolled at accredited U.S. colleges and universities who receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid.

Visit The Gilman International Scholarship Program to learn more and apply!


Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

The FEA was established in 2010 to expand access to study abroad by raising awareness of its benefits to the individual and value to the collective, and by granting scholarships of up to $10,000. Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

Visit Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) to learn more and apply!


Diverse International Women of Color Scholarship:

This scholarship is intended to assist women of color who are exceptional in their studies and in need of financial assistance to study abroad. DIWC will award (5) $500 scholarships to women of color who have been accepted to a Summer 2021 Study Abroad Program.

Visit Diverse International Women of Color Scholarship to learn more and apply!


International Education Financial Aid

IEFA is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad.

Visit International Education Financial Aid to learn more and apply!


Boren Awards for International Study

Boren scholarships are awarded to students studying abroad in typically underrepresented countries of international study. This includes Spanish Studies Abroad programs in Argentina. Boren scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which supports education believed critical to U.S. national security, including language. For deadlines and more details visit their website.

Visit Boren Awards for International Study to learn more and apply! Scholarship Directory

This directory allows you to search for available scholarships based upon your individual needs and plans:


Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Program

Stipends of $500 are available for those who successfully apply to become a Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador. The money is put towards a Spring or Fall semester volunteering or studying abroad program. Ambassadors are expected to blog about their experiences for the Diversity Abroad community with the aim of inspiring other members to travel.


  • Must be enrolled full-time in, or recently graduated from, a U.S. university or college.
  • Have a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA at an accredited U.S. university or college.
  • You are energetic, creative and have a passion for international engagement.

Award: $500

Learn more and apply at!



The Ellings-Korduba Fellowship Program offers fellowships to current master’s level and advanced undergraduate students whose degrees focus on issues of strategic importance to the United States in Asia. The National Bureau of Asian Research will award fellowships, plus a stipend for a summer program, to a small class of fellows each year from universities across the United States.

The Ellings-Korduba Research Fellowship aims to cultivate a generation of future policymakers and scholars with a deep understanding of critical strategic issues in Asia (and Russia in Asia) and the challenges to international leadership today, including the salient lessons of history. The fellowship aims to reinvigorate and advance the policy-relevant study of contemporary Asia in the United States, and to build stronger bridges between academia and the policy community.

Qualified applicants for the Ellings-Korduba Fellowship will:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a graduate student or advanced undergraduate student with a focus on Asia and policy.
  • Desire to advance public policy toward Asia through improved expertise and understanding, or to contribute to policy-relevant scholarly research.

Areas Funded

  • Comparative / Regional Studies

Demographics Funded

  • Current Graduate Students
  • Current Undergraduates

Citizenships Funded

  • United States

Programs Funded

  • Work / Experience

Learn more and apply at



First Trip may provide funding for first-time travelers enrolled in an accredited US college or university traveling to an eligible destination approved by their institution.

Scholarships are determined by applicant need, destination, and availability of funds.

Passport vouchers are also available for a select number of individuals with demonstrated financial need.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Students are encouraged to submit applications at least three (3) months in advance of departure

Areas Funded

  • International Affairs – General

Demographics Funded

  • Current Graduate Students
  • Current Undergraduates
  • Multicultural Students

Citizenships Funded

  • United States
  • Any

Programs Funded

  • Language Training
  • Research
  • Work / Experience

Learn more at



The Association of Professional Schools in International Affairs (APSIA) aims to improve graduate education in international affairs. If you’re looking for a long list of scholarships and fellowships in international affairs, check out their “Fellowships and Scholarships” section:


US Japan Council Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship

The Toshizo Watanabe scholarship provides financial assistance for student who would like to study in Japan for a semester or academic year. The scholarship will support up to the full cost of attendance to the study abroad program of the applicant’s choice.

Learn more and apply at!


Study In Japan Scholarship

This page covers a litany of things you’ll need to know about studying abroad in Japan, including many scholarship resources:


Bridging Scholarships to Study in Japan

About: The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized credit-bearing exchange or independent program in Japan are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

Recipients of Bridging Scholarships receive stipends of $2,500 or $4,000, depending on the length of their study program in Japan. The scholarships are funded by donations from corporations, foundations, and individuals to the US-Japan Bridging Foundation. Since 1999, the Bridging Scholarship program has awarded 1,870 scholarships to students studying abroad in Japan. Most recently, 81 students received scholarships for study in Japan beginning in Fall 2018. Selection is based on academic potential and financial need. The scholarship selection is administered by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese.

Applications can be submitted electronically. The online application form and complete information can be found at:


Foundation for Asia Pacific Education

About: Scholarship to study in  American Samoa (U.S. territory) Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, People’s Republic of China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Republic of China (Taiwan), Fiji, Guam (U.S. territory), Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, North Korea, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Northern Marianas (U.S. territory), Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, or Vietnam.

Requirements:  the applicant must be enrolled in a North American college or university where transfer credit from an academic program abroad will be applied to your degree being earned; must be a US or Canadian citizen.

Benefits: $500-1500

Deadlines to applyApril 30th (May 1 – August 31); August 1st (September 1 – December 31); December 31st (January 1 through April 3.)

Visit to learn more and apply!


Key Thinkers Scholarship

About: The Key Thinkers Scholarship (“Scholarship”) awards academically qualified students with a $2,500 USD Scholarship to one (1) eligible recipient (“Recipient”) once every academic term (coinciding with the application schedule below), to one (1) eligible recipient (“Recipient”). There will be a total of four (4) Recipients of the Scholarship per academic year. The sponsor (“MoneyKey”) offers the Scholarship to post-secondary students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. This is an opportunity for students to be a voice in the growing conversation about financial responsibility.

Requirements: Be a US citizen or Permanent Resident. Be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited college, university, or trade school in the United States. Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

Benefits: $2500

Deadlines to apply: Summer (June 30); Fall (September 30); Winter (December 31); Spring (March 31)

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Benefits: $500-$5,000

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Wander Pigs Study Abroad Scholarship

Requirements: You must be a full time student or if home educated must have proof of a study abroad program application/acceptance. Have applied or been accepted into a study abroad program with your college/university.

Benefit: $500

Deadline: May

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Freeman Asia

About: The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

Requirements: Must currently receive need-based financial aid or demonstrate a verifiable need for financial assistance to participate in the proposed study abroad program; Undergraduate student enrolled at an American institution; U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Preference: Applicants of all majors who demonstrate interest in Asian countries.

Benefits: Summer Award: up to $3,000; Semester/Quarter Award: up to $5,000; Academic Year Award: up to $7,000.

Deadlines to apply: October (for the next Spring semester); January (for coming Summer or Fall semester)

iie Scholarship & Program offers numerous scholarships for students wanting to go abroad. Visit to learn more!




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