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

 Funding Your Global Experience Checklist

  • Checklist

    This checklist is a guide for you when considering additional options to fund your global program.

    • Be accepted into a global program.
    • Check the cost of the program and create a budget for your time abroad. You may be able to request a budget letter from the program coordinator of your selected global program.
    • Meet with a Student Services Specialist in the Student Service Center to understand your own financial aid award package, discuss your budget letter, review possible loan options, discuss any restrictions of your current financial aid and what could happen if you receive additional aid.
    • Research funding opportunities.

    You may be eligible to receive loans by completing the FAFSA.

    1. File your FAFSA by the given deadline as shown on the FAFSA step-by-step page.  (While it is best if students file the FAFSA by the priority deadline it is not required, students can still be awarded loans and certain grants even if they file the FAFSA after our priority deadline)

    2. Review and submit.

    3. Submit your budget letter to a Student Services Specialist after filing your FAFSA.

    4. Check your online Student Center via Buckeye Link to view your  financial aid award package.

    Note: Even if you are not planning to submit a FASFA, it may be beneficial to submit your budget letting to a Student Services Specialist to inform your full cost of attendance including participating in a global program, in case you receive any scholarships and/or grants in the future.

    Apply for scholarships and/or grants. (list of funding opportunities provided below)

    • Should you have any other questions about your financial aid, contact the Student Service Center. It is also recommended to double check that your Financial Aid will run smoothly for the academic year you go abroad.

List of Funding Opportunities

  • FCOB Bartels Study Abroad Scholarship

    Bartels Study Abroad Scholarship

    DEADLINE March 15, 2017.

    Download an application form

    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.

  • FCOB Office of Global Business

    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

    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. 

    Available scholarship funds are divided among FCOB global programs (Global Labs, Global Business ExpeditionGlobal InternshipsGlobal Projects,Student Exchange (Summer/Semester)) and are allocated on a first-come first-serve basis, so apply early.


    • Admitted undergraduate student at the Fisher College of Business
    • Mainatin program participation status and complete all required pre-travel and in-country programming
    • Maintain good academic standing

    How Much Can I Receive?

    Funds will be awarded based on the following allocation metrics: unmet need listed on a student’s FAFSA form, GPA, proof of first-time passport application (contingent on successfully submitting your passport application receipt to the Office of Global Business), veteran status, underrepresented minorities in Education Abroad, etc.

    For specific funding details, please contact your corresponding program manager. 

    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 to Apply

    Click on the scholarship application link below. Further scholarship questions should be directed to the OGB global program manager of the program you are interested in.

    Scholarship Application

  • OSU Funding Opportunities

    Office of Diversity and Inclusion

    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.

    Education Abroad Scholarships

    Office of International Affairs (OIA)

    Office of International Affairs (OIA) 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!

    Grants and Scholarship details.

    Funding Education Abroad

    Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP)

    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 faculty. The funding is meant to help students engage in experiences they may not otherwise be able to do.

    Review Study Abroad Funding Options 

    Student Financial Aid Options

    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 Office of Global Business or Office of International Affairs 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.

    Undergraduate Fellowship Office

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

    Get started here.

    USG Academic Enrichment Grant

    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.

  • Country Specific Scholarships
  • Other Funding Options

    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. 

    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.

    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.

    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.

    AIB-SE Global Business Scholarship

    The AIB-SE Global Business Scholarship application for 2017 has already closed. Please consider the AIB-SE Global Business Scholarship if you plan on travelling to Asia in 2018 and complete your application before June 6, 2017. 

    To support the global competencies and knowledge of international business students, the Academy of International Business - Southeast and The Asia Institute (AIB-SE) are offering scholarships supporting global research and international experiences for students. 

Funding FAQ

  • FAQ

    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 (OIA) 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.

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