Funding Study Abroad

Opportunities to fund your global experience are listed below.  Review and determine if you're eligible to apply!

Thanks to generous alumni and friends, as well as Center for International Business Education (CIBE) federal grant funding, the Office of Global Business (OGB) is pleased to provide scholarship funds for undergraduate students who participate in a global program through FCOB Office of Global Business.

FCOB Global Experience Scholarship

Funding is one of the main barriers keeping students from globalizing their education. With the FCOB Global Experience Scholarship, you can confirm the amount of money you will receive before formally submitting an application to a program. To officially accept the award, you will need to complete your application for the global program indicated on your scholarship application. Due to a high number of applications for funding, you will be required to accept the award within a certain timeframe.

How Do I Know If I'm Eligible for a Scholarship?

Available scholarship funds are divided among FCOB global programs (Short-Term Global Labs, Global Summer Internships, and Student Exchange) and allocated on a first-come first-serve basis so apply early.                          

To be eligible for funds, you must be an admitted business students at the Fisher College of Business. You must complete all required pre-travel and in-country programming. If you become ineligible to participate in the program or you decide to withdraw from the program, you will no longer be qualified to receive the scholarship award and the amount will be forfeited. Funds cannot be transferred to different programs or different academic years, and will be disbursed through your student account prior to your program departure date.

How Much Can I Receive?

Funds will be awarded according to the metric listed below. Total scholarship awards will be capped at $1,000 per student for Short-Term Global Lab, $1,000 per student for Summer Global Internships, and $2,000 per student for Student Exchange.

  • $50 given for every $1,000 of “Unmet Need” on a student’s FAFSA form
  • $100 given for a 3.6 or higher cumulative GPA; an additional $100 given for a 3.8 or higher cumulative GPA
  • $150 given for first-time passport applications (contingent on successfully submitting your passport application receipt to the Office of Global Business)

How Do I Apply?

Click on one of the Program application links listed below.  Application questions should be directed to the OGB global program manager listed on the Program Overview link below.

Short Term Global Labs

Program Overview

Scholarship Application Closed

Summer Global Internships

Program Overview

Scholarship Application Closed

Student Exchange

Program Overview

Scholarship Application

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Scholarships

The Heffner Internship Scholars Program

The Fisher Undergraduate office will award three students each year (two undergraduate and one graduate or all undergraduate), with $2,500 scholarships for summer internships. The fund will support summer internship opportunities like those included in the Silicon Valley New Ventures Program or other internship opportunities that provide valuable education and hands-on work experience, such as the Summer Global Internships. Students may also apply for internship funds to support unique internship experiences during the May Term. All funds will be used to cover expenses traditionally not covered by academic scholarships, including travel or room and board fees. If costs related to the recipient’s internship experience do not reach $2,500, remaining funds may be used as scholarship towards tuition.


  • Be an Ohio State University student who is in good academic standing and has a demonstrated financial need for the scholarship funds
  • If recipient is an undergraduate, s/he must secure and complete the field internship experience during sophomore or junior year or during the summer before junior or senior year
  • If recipient is a graduate student, s/he must secure and complete the field internship experience during the second year of study or during the summer before the second year
  • Internship locations must be more than 50 miles from recipient’s place of residence

The Hrusovsky Family Internship Award

The fund will support Fisher College of Business students seeking internships in information technology. Administered by the Fisher College Undergraduate Programs Office, the funds can be used to cover expenses traditionally not covered by academic scholarships, including travel or room and board fees for each student. The award may be distributed anytime during the calendar year.


Complete the Application (will open very soon)

Fisher College of Business announces the Bartels scholarship competition to aid undergraduate students who plan to enroll in a University-sponsored Study Abroad Program of at least 5 weeks in duration and for a minimum of 9-semester hours of credit.  Awards based on students who have a 3.5 or higher grade point average.  Non-credit programs are not eligible.

Download an application form.

Deadline is March 15, 2016.

FCOB Minor/Major in Foreign Language Global Experience Scholarship


The Office of Global Business is offering a global scholarship for Fisher students who are minoring or majoring in a foreign language! Because recruiters are known to highly value foreign language proficiency in particular when it's partnered with an international experience, Fisher will offer two (2) $500 scholarships and four (4) $250 scholarships available. 

Deadline is March 1, 2016

Below are requirements to apply:

  • Student must participate in a global experience trip (Office of Global Business, Office of International Affairs, etc.) to help further your knowledge of the foreign language you are studying
  • Trip must be a minimum of four (4) weeks in-country (i.e. FCOB’s Summer Global Internship Program, Student Exchange, etc.)
  • Trip must occur between Summer Semester 2016 – End of Spring Semester 2017
  • Trip must be in the country that the language you are studying is predominantly spoken in (Ex: Spanish minor – Spain trip)

The application for the scholarships requires, a maximum of 90-seconds in length, Youtube video essay submission.  The video essay must be appropriate and professional, and answer “Please explain how strengthening your foreign language skills abroad will impact your future career?”

The video will be evaluated on:  1) Creativity, 2) Appropriateness/Applicability, and 3) Professionalism, and 4) Marketability.  By submitting the video, you agree to allow Fisher College of Business and the Office of Global Business to use your video as marketing material. 

If you receive the scholarship, you will be required to do an in-country reflection and/or post-program marketing video upon return.

Please email with any questions.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, as part of its mission to facilitate international learning opportunities for Ohio State undergraduate students, will provide financial support up to $2,000 per student recipient. Special consideration will be given to ODI Scholars and students who are going abroad for the first time.

Click HERE for Education Abroad Scholarships

Office of International Affairs offers a myriad of scholarships available to help make study abroad a reality.  It is important to carefully review all options, plan ahead, and apply early!

Click HERE for Grants and Scholarship details.

OSU's STEP was developed as a continuation of the university's effort to redefine the student experience.  STEP is designed to focus on student success and development and will allow students the opportunity to engage in activities that cater to their individual interests and needs.

A central feature of STEP is giving participants the chance to engage with faculty outside of the classroom in one-on-one meetings as well as in group settings.  During their time together, STEP Faculty will help students explore unique, educational-enriching experiences including the following categories:

  • Study Abroad
  • Internships

Following the completion of program requirements, students will be eligible to receive a $2,000 fellowship that will support the experience they have developed with their faculty.  The funding is meant to help students engage in experiences they may not otherwise be able to do.  

Click here to review Study Abroad Funding Options and then discuss funding your study abroad with your STEP Faculty Member or OIA Coordinator.

You must be formally accepted into a study abroad program through the Fisher College of Business or the Office of International Affairs before aid eligibility can be determined. Either Fisher's Office of Global Business or OIA will provide you with a budget letter once you have been accepted. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Ohio State Scholarship Application, will be used to calculate the amount of money you will be awarded for the semester or term in which you plan to study abroad.

Once you have completed and submitted both the FAFSA and an Ohio State Scholarship Application, submit your budget letter to the Student Service Center and schedule an appointment with a financial aid counselor.  Make sure to sign up for direct deposit as well, as this will allow you to receive funding 5-7 days prior to the start of your program instead of waiting for a mailed check.

Funding FAQs

What types of aid can I use to fund my study abroad?

All federal and state grants and loans can be used to finance study abroad expenses, including Pell Grants, Perkins Loans and Parent (PLUS) loans. Many campus based scholarships and grants can also be used, as well as University Loans.

Are there any types of aid I cannot use?

Some external loans may not be used for study abroad — it is ultimately the donor’s decision how the scholarship is administered. Some departmental scholarships may also be excluded.

How do most students fund their studies abroad?

Loans are the largest source of financing for study abroad, and can be redistributed to allow a student a larger disbursement for the semester in which he or she will study abroad.

Will my grants or scholarships be increased because I’m studying abroad?

No. Grants and scholarships have a set maximum amount per semester that a student may receive.

What is the deadline for filing the FAFSA?

The Ohio State priority deadline is February 15, but students interested in study abroad are strongly advised to complete and submit the application in January.

What is the deadline for filing the Ohio State Scholarship Application?

The deadline for completing the Ohio State Scholarship Application is February 15.

I’m studying abroad on an independent program — what financial aid can I receive?

Students participating in a study abroad program not sponsored by the Office of International Affairs should complete a Consortium Agreement. This form can only be used in some cases, so students are advised to contact the Office of Student Financial Aid before initiating this process.

I need to buy my plane ticket a month prior to leaving the country — can I access my financial aid early to pay for it?

No. According to federal regulations, financial aid will disburse 7 - 10 days prior to the term during which the study abroad is scheduled.

The Undergraduate Fellowship Office advises and assists all qualified undergraduates interested in applying for national scholarships and fellowships.

Click HERE to get started.

Any undergraduate student in need of funding for research, conferences, publishing or any other academic enrichment experience can apply for a USG Academic Enrichment Grant.  Awards range from $100 to $1,200 and the deadline to apply are available by clicking here.

 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Learn more about the program - Program Overview

Students can study and intern abroad during the spring, summer, fall or academic year term. Refer to each term for specific dates on the deadlines and timelines for the application cycle. It is important that students apply for the correct scholarship term according to their program dates in order to be considered for the Gilman Scholarship.

Please be aware that the application deadline is in Central Time and take into consideration the applicable time difference as you prepare to submit your application. Late applications are not accepted.

Spring Programs

The spring application cycle is for programs that generally start between December 15 and April 15, and coincide with your home institution's or your international program's spring calendar. This cycle encompasses spring semester, quarter, calendar year, winter inter-session and January term programs that are a minimum of four weeks in length.

View Spring Timeline

Summer Programs

The Gilman Program offers two summer application cycles for programs that generally start between May 1 and August 1 that are a minimum of four weeks in length, and coincide with your home institution's or your international program's summer calendar. Summer cycles encompass summer and May term programs.

View Summer Timelines

Fall and Academic Year Programs

The fall application cycle is for programs that generally start between July 15 and October 15, and coincide with your home institution's or your international program's fall calendar. This cycle encompasses fall semester, quarter, and academic year programs that are a minimum of four weeks in length.

View Fall/AY Timeline

Office of International Affairs offers a myriad of scholarships available to help make study abroad a reality.  It is important to carefully review all options, plan ahead, and apply early!

Click HERE for details.


To support the global competencies and knowledge of nternational business students, the Academy of International Business - Southeast and The Asia Institute are offering scholarships supporting global research and international experiences for students.  $1,000 in total scholarships will be awarded at the 2015 AIB-SE Conference.

Eligibility and Participation

  • All submissions should be jointly submitted by a student and a faculty advisor.
  • Submissions will be accepted from any student and faculty whose university of faculty member is a member of the Academy of International Business.
  • Submissions will be accepted from any undergraduate, graduate or doctoral student who is attending a university in the United States and whose minor, major, masters or doctoral degree is the field of international business.
  • Student applications should be seeking to participate in a global learning experience in Asia in 2016.  The global learning experience can be:
    1. Short-term faculty-led program (2-8 weeks)
    2. Semester or full year study abroad program
    3. International internship (6 weeks minimum)
    4. International scholarly research (4 weeks minimum)
  • Student-faculty joint submissions should be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. EST October 10, 2015.

Submissions will be accepted only from students who have selected a global learning experience in a country different from their nationality and/or different from the country that issued their passport.

AIB-SE application link

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