Scholarships & Financial Aid

TU financial aid can be applied toward TU exchanges, TU programs, and approved non-TU programs. Students can request additional loan funds to help cover study abroad costs by submitting a Study Abroad Budget to the TU Financial Aid Office.  It is also a good idea to schedule an appointment with a Financial Aid Adviser to discuss borrowing options for the term abroad.

IMPORTANT: Tuition remission can only be applied to TU Exchanges.

Each year, Towson University awards scholarships to TU students for study abroad. Many program providers also offer scholarships for students participating on their programs. Please talk with the TU Study Abroad Office about these opportunities or refer to the provider’s website or publications for details. Below are some scholarship options you may be interested in pursuing.

TU Scholarships

TU Institutional Study Abroad Scholarship

  1. Identify and apply for the program in Horizons. You will not be able to initiate a scholarship application without first submitting a program application.
  2. Log in to your Horizons account and access the Study Abroad Scholarships application from the “Search Scholarships” tab.
  3. Select the term that you are applying for, and follow the steps to apply.

    Eligibility & Qualifications: Open to TU undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students. Must hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 to apply. Recipients are

    required to serve as Study Abroad Advocate while abroad and upon return including completing at least one service project and participating in a minimum of one study abroad event upon return (see list of service projects and events). All service projects and event volunteers will be tracked Study Abroad Office. Students studying abroad during their final semester may complete the service requirement while abroad. Scholarships are available for the fall, spring, academic year, summer, and Minimester.

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TU institutional diversity study abroad scholarship

Open to TU undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students. Must hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 to apply. For consideration, students must answer a supplemental question as part of the application for the TU Institutional Study Abroad Scholarship. Recipients are required to serve as Study Abroad Advocate while abroad and upon return including completing at least one service project and participating in a minimum of one study abroad event upon return (see list of service projects and events) with focused outreach to underrepresented groups in study abroad. All service projects and event volunteers will be tracked Study Abroad Office. Students studying abroad during their final semester may complete the service requirement while abroad. Scholarships are available for the fall, spring, academic year, summer, and Minimester.

TU Dr. Armin Mruck Scholarship (CLA Student Exchange Program)

Open to TU undergraduate degree-seeking students pursuing a major in the College of Liberal Arts. Must hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 to apply. Eligible students will be automatically considered upon submission of the TU Institutional Study Abroad Scholarship application. Scholarships are available for the fall, spring, academic year, summer, and minimester. Awards range from $300 - $600.

TU Frank J. Sanders Scholarship

Open to all TU undergraduate degree-seeking students. Preference is given to students studying in Latin America. Must hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to apply. Eligible students will be automatically considered upon submission of the TU Institutional Study Abroad Scholarship application. Scholarships are available for the fall, spring, academic year, summer, and minimester. Awards range from $300 - $500.

TU in Italy American University of Rome Scholarship

Open to TU undergraduate degree-seeking students participating in the TU in Italy Rome program. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 required. Eligible students will be automatically considered upon submission of the TU Institutional Study Abroad Scholarship Application. Fall or spring semesters only.

TU in Italy Lorenzo de' Medici Scholarship

Open to TU undergraduate degree-seeking students participating in the TU in Italy Florence, Tuscania, Venice, or Three Cities program. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 required. Eligible students will be automatically considered upon submission of the TU Institutional Study Abroad Scholarship Application. Fall or spring semesters only. Several $1,500 awards are available each semester.

TU Honors College Study Abroad Scholarship

Open to all TU undergraduate degree-seeking members of the TU Honors College. Scholarships are available for the fall, spring, summer and minimester. Students must submit an Honors College Study Abroad Approval Form to the Honors College in order to be considered. Scholarships are available for the fall, spring, academic year, summer, and minimester.

Non-TU Scholarships

Boren Fellowships

Funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), Boren Fellowships are open to U.S. graduate degree-seeking students studying or conducting research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and/or studying less commonly taught languages. Students studying abroad in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are not eligible to apply. Twelve weeks to one year.

Boren Scholarships 

Funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), Boren Scholarships are open to U.S. undergraduate degree-seeking students studying in world regions critical to U.S. interests and/or studying less commonly taught languages.Students studying abroad in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are not eligible to apply. Fall, spring, summer (minimum eight weeks - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students ONLY), academic year.

Bridging Scholarships 

The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to U.S. undergraduate degree-seeking students studying abroad in Japan. Fall, spring, academic year.

BUTEX Scholarship

BUTEX (British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association) offers scholarships for students currently registered at an institution in the USA or Canada. To be eligible to apply you must have been offered a place as a study abroad or exchange student at a UK university which is a member of BUTEX for at least one semester. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the recipients once they have arrived and registered at their host university.

Critical Language Scholarship Program 

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers fully funded intensive summer language institutes overseas in critical need foreign languages for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D students. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. The CLS Program does not have any government service requirement upon completion, however, it is expected that participants will continue to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their future academic and professional careers.

DAAD Awards 

DAAD grants for study and research in Germany are available to faculty and students from Canada and the United States. Scholars participate in a wide variety of academic activities to promote international academic relations and cooperation.

DiversityAbroad.com Study Abroad Scholarships 

DiversityAbroad.com has partnered with several organizations to offer study abroad grants and scholarships. Towson students are eligible for scholarships open to Diversity Abroad Network member institutions.

Education New Zealand

Open to U.S. degree-seeking students studying abroad at a university in New Zealand.

Freeman-ASIA Scholarship

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

Fund for Education Abroad 

FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. Preference is given to students participating in programs that include studying the language of the host country (if not English) and/or a sustainable service-learning or volunteering component, programs in non-traditional destinations, and applicants who demonstrate financial need. FEA also strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad.

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad

Gilman Scholarships expand opportunities for study abroad for students whose demonstrated financial need might otherwise preclude them from such an experience. The scholarship provides awards to undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000.

GO! Study Abroad Scholarship

GO! Overseas is proud to support international education through scholarships available to students participating in study abroad programs. Scholarships are awarded each year. The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions. The award for each scholarship is $1,000.

Killam Fellowships Program

The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students in the United States to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada. The award is $5,000 per semester.

LIVFund Scholarship

LivFund is a non-profit organization that offers scholarship opportunities for study, intern, or volunteer activities in Latin America.

National Italian American Foundation

The awards made on the basis of academic merit and are open to: Italian American students, and students from any ethnic background majoring or minoring in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies or a related field.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Offers multiple types of scholarships to NSCS members, including specific scholarships for students studying abroad (Scholar Abroad Scholarship and Scholar at Sea Scholarship).

National Welsh American Foundation

The NWAF offers a scholarship provided through the Lloyd Family Travel Scholarship fund. Scholarship awards are up to $1,000 to cover travel to Wales and expenses incurred in undertaking studies related to Welsh American history and culture. Find information on the NWAF website, under "Funding Projects."

Oldenburg Contact Grants

Open to residents of the State of Maryland studying abroad at Carl Von Ossietsky University in Oldenburg, Germany. Winners will receive €200 per month during their studies at the University of Oldenburg. To apply, submit the following to the TU Study Abroad Office: one page essay describing your degree program including your major and courses taken; official transcript, a letter from your German language professor describing your language ability; a letter of recommendation from a professor. Application deadlines: October 15 for spring, March 15 for fall.

SR Education Group Study Abroad Scholarship

Open to U.S. degree-seeking students. No minimum requirements regarding the duration of travel. $2,000 awards.

St. Andrew's Society of Washington D.C. 

The St. Andrew Society of Washington D.C. awards the Donald Malcolm MacArthur Scholarship of $2,500 to an American student studying in Scotland. Students do not need to be a member of this society to apply, but must be a resident in the Mid-Atlantic region (District of Columbia, the States of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, West Virginia, and the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia) and be of Scottish birth or descent. There are multiple chapters of the St. Andrew Society for those that do not reside in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Turkish Coalition of America

TCA provides up to 100 scholarships per year for minority students. Must be full-time undergraduate or graduate student in good standing. Must be accepted to a language program or university study abroad program in Turkey, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, or Bosnia and Herzegovina. Applicants should be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents.

Other Scholarship and Financial Aid Resources

Affordable Colleges Foundation

An online guidebook for students to understand the financial aid process and opportunities.

Distinguished Scholarships and Fellowships

A database of prestigious national scholarships and tips on how to have a competitive application. This list is managed by the TU Honors College, though you do not have to be an Honors student to apply.

Education Corner

A comprehensive directory of tens of thousands of scholarships, grants and fellowships sponsored by educational institutions, non-profit organizations, foundations and interest groups throughout the nation.

Fundmytravel.com

FundMyTravel is an online crowdfunding platform that allows you to create a customizable campaign highlighting your destination, program type and reasons for wanting to study abroad for the purposes of fundraising.

GoAbroad.com Scholarships Search 

Search for scholarships for Study Abroad through the GoAbroad.com database.

IEFA

International financial aid and scholarship search.

IIE Passport Study Abroad Funding

This resource allows you to search by country or subject to find the study abroad funding information that you need.

Onlinecolleges.net

Financial Aid and scholarships for minority students.

Scholarship Db.net 

A comprehensive scholarship database from various sources listing hundreds of scholarships for study in the U.S. and abroad.

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