Concordia Merit-Based Study Abroad Scholarship
Because we live in an interdependent world, today's graduates will have to cooperate and compete in a global environment. Therefore, a college education must include opportunities for international study. The most productive form of study is the opportunity to travel to another country, to become an active participant in direct discussions, to dialogue with the people of that country, and to experience their culture all for the purpose of understanding the economic, social, political, and religious dimensions. As part of Concordia's commitment to encouraging students to participate in Study Abroad, the Board of Regents annually provides $125,000 to fund Study Abroad Grants.
Award amounts can range from $100 to $1,000, depending on a number of factors:
- Eligible students participating in semester, year-long, or any program where at least 6 credits will be earned will receive awards of $1,000.
- Eligible undergraduate students participating in Global Ed Courses can receive $700 toward their program, based on the number of applicants.
- Eligible graduate students participating in Global Ed Courses can receive between $700 toward their program, based on the number of applicants.
These award amounts were changed after the Oct. 15th application cycle ended and take effect from Oct. 16th, 2018 onward.
- Students must have at least sophomore standing (36 credit hours completed) by the start of the program;
- Must not be a Concordia University employee or dependent (those on a tuition waiver are ineligible), student workers are still encouraged to apply;
- Must be in good standing with the Cashier’s Office: must not have a hold on their account at the time of application. Those on a Joyful Response payment plan must be current on their payments;
- Must be in good Academic and Conduct standing at the time of application;
- Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application;
- Must attend a study abroad program and earn at least 3 credits during the program (no audits);
- Must apply by the appropriate deadline.
- Students who have already received a study abroad grant or scholarship during their undergraduate career at Concordia are not eligible for an additional scholarship. Students who received a grant or scholarship as an undergraduate and are now applying as a graduate student will be considered as grant funding allows.
- Students enrolled in the Mexico Nursing Global Ed. Course are not eligible for the scholarship.
*Graduate students are exempt from requirement #1
- For programs running in Winterim 2020, Spring 2020, and Spring Break 2020 - Applications are due by 4:30 PM Central Time on October 15th, 2019.
- For programs running in Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 - Applications are due by 4:30 PM Central Time on April 1st, 2019.
When will I know if I've been awarded the grant?
Grant applications will be processed within 2 weeks of submission. Students will receive notification via email to their university email accounts.
When/how will I actually receive my grant?
The Study Abroad Grant is considered financial aid, and will be processed through the Financial Aid office. The grant will be put into your Concordia student account. You can then make a cash withdrawal from your student account through the Cashier's office. For students participating in Global Ed Courses, you will need to then use that money to pay your program fee. Semester programs through provider organizations (TEAN, API, ISA) will be billed to your CU account and the scholarship money will reduce your outstanding balance.
It looks like I got the grant, and then it was taken away. What happened?
If you withdrew from your program or otherwise became ineligible, you are required to give back the grant money. The award will be debited from your account and can cause a hold on your CU account.