Study Abroad

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Preparing to Study Abroad

Students can earn Honors credit — 3 units for minimester or summer, 6 units for a full term — for their study abroad experience by completing all study abroad requirements.

To begin learning about your study abroad options, contact the Study Abroad Office. Towson University's Study Abroad Office is dedicated to providing TU students with high quality international academic opportunities.

Once you decide that you want to earn Experiential and Advanced Learning credit through study abroad, complete the Honors Elective Form. This form must be completed the semester prior to your planned departure. You must submit the Honors Elective Form in order to receive credit toward the completion of your Honors College requirements. Honors College credit will only be granted for credit-bearing study abroad courses; students completing internships abroad must meet the requirements for Honors internship credit, available on our Internship page.

TU Financial Aid can be applied toward TU exchanges and programs and non-TU programs. If you do not already receive financial aid, you should consult with a TU financial aid advisor to review your options. Many program providers also offer scholarships for students participating on their programs. Please talk with a Study Abroad Advisor about these opportunities or refer to the program provider’s website or publications for details.

Earning Honors Credit Upon Your Return

Upon your return from being abroad, a student who intends to earn Experiential and Advanced Learning credit through study abroad must complete the following:

  • Earn grades of C or better in all courses enrolled in during the time abroad.
  • Write a 5-page reflection paper about the insights you gained from the experience of being abroad. The reflection should not simply be a recounting of what you did, but instead should focus on the meaning and significance of your time abroad including how your time abroad has and will inform your future academic and/or career development plans. The paper is due on October 1, for students who went abroad in the spring or summer, and March 1 for students who went abroad in the fall or minimester), and should be submitted electronically to .
  • Submit three digital photographs with your 5-page reflection paper to the Honors College at . Provide your name, student ID number, study abroad location, and term of study.
  • Present a poster about your study abroad experience during the Celebration of Scholarship and Learning poster conference in the first full term following your return. The fall CSL is typically held in early October, and the spring CSL is typically held in early March. This is an example of what the finished poster may look like. Students are encouraged to use campus resources for designing and printing your poster.

Honors credit cannot be granted until all of the above requirements have been met and your courses have been posted to your Towson University transcript. Please review the following course-related resources:

Please note: Honors credit for Study Abroad is not awarded as additional credit; rather, some of the credits granted by Towson University for your study abroad will be counted as Honors credit. Questions about earning credit for Study Abroad should be directed to Dr. Alison McCartney, Faculty Director, at or 410-704-4677.

Honors Study Abroad Scholarship

The Honors College offers a limited number of scholarships for Honors students going abroad each semester.

  • Fall and spring semesters: Two awards in the amount of $300.
  • Summer and minimester: Three awards in the amount of $200.

To be considered for an Honors College Study Abroad Scholarship, students must submit their Honors Elective Form to the Honors College by November 1 (for minimester and spring study abroad) or April 1 (for summer and fall study abroad).

Preference for Honors College Study Abroad Scholarships is given to students who have demonstrated their active participation and service in the Honors College.

Other Study Abroad Funding Options

Each year, Towson University awards scholarships to TU students for study abroad. Students must hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 to apply for these awards. There are many other options for funding study abroad, and Honors students have previously been successful in finding funding from the following sources:


Distinguished Scholarship and Fellowship Database - The scholarships and internships in this database are highly competitive awards and opportunities available to students both nationally and internationally. Awards are available to support undergraduate or graduate study abroad for research or public service.

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.

Institute of International Education - This resource features detailed descriptions of hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, and professionals. - An online search engine for funding study abroad.

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