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Financial Aid
Students participating in a Study Abroad program through Oakland University may be eligible for financial assistance.  To ensure full consideration for financial aid eligibility, students should complete a  FAFSA  for the academic year in which the  Study Abroad  program takes place.  Students should direct any questions about study abroad financial assistance directly to Student Financial Services. 

Fall and Winter Semester Study Abroad
Financial Aid Study Abroad Acknowledgement and Cost Worksheet  completed by the Study Abroad Coordinator must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office.  Financial assistance may be processed for OU Study Abroad Programs only.  If the student is enrolled in a Study Abroad Program offered through another university/college, financial aid cannot be processed by OU.  

Summer Semester Study Abroad
Students participating in a Study Abroad program during the summer semester must complete a  summer financial aid request form  when available, preceding the summer Study Abroad program.  Students must attach a  Financial Aid Study Abroad Acknowledgement and Cost Worksheet  completed by the Study Abroad Coordinator, to the Summer Financial Aid Request form and submit all documents together.  Financial assistance are processed for OU Study Abroad Programs only.  If the student is enrolled in a Study Abroad Program offered through another university/college, financial aid cannot be processed by OU.
OU Scholarships

External Scholarships
(AHA) GEO Institutional Scholarships

Scholarships of $500 to $1500 are available through GEO for OU students participating numerous programs:

GEO Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

For more information about the Gilman scholarship program, please click on the link below.

Gilman Scholarship Website

Boren Awards for International Study

Boren Awards for summer, one-semester, or full academic year research or study abroad are available for students studying geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security who are planning careers in government service. The Boren Awards are administered by the National Security Education Program, and award recipients must fulfill a service requirement of at least one year in a national security position within three years of graduation.

For more information about the Boren Awards, please click on the link below.

Boren Awards

CIEE Scholarship

Scholarships of $500 to $1500 are available through CIEE for OU students participating numerous programs. For more information about CIEE programs, please click the link below.


Critical Language Scholarship Program

The Critical Language Scholarship Program encourages undergraduates, master's and doctoral-level
students of all majors to apply for this seven-to-ten week program. The program provides foreign language
instruction, and cultural experiences in thirteen critical need languages. This is a U.S. government effort to
expand the number of Americans studying critical need foreign languages.

For more information about the Critical Language Scholarship Program, please click on the link below.

Critical Language Scholarship Program

Freeman-Asia Scholarship

The Freeman-Asia Scholarship accepts applicants from U.S. citizens, or permanent residents who are studying at
a two- or four- year college or university and who demonstrate the need of financial assistance to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. This scholarship provides need-base funding to assist with the cost of the study abroad
program and related materials, such as airfare, books, living cost, etc.

For more information about the Freeman-Asia Scholarship, please click on the link below.

Freeman-Asia Scholarship

Fulbright Scholarship - For Graduate Study Abroad

Fulbright Scholarship

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad particularly encourages applications for students in language-immersion and/or service-learning programs, students pursuing study in non-traditional destinations, students with demonstrable financial need, and students who represent a group traditionally under-represented in education abroad.

For more information about the Fund for Education Abroad, click on the link below.

Fund for Education Abroad

Japan Business Society of Detroit Foundation Scholarship

JCMU offers the annual competition for Japan Business Society of Detroit Scholarships. The awards include academic year: two scholarships of $3,000 each year; Fall Semester: two scholarships of $1,500 each year; Spring Semester: two scholarships of $1,500 each year.


Applicants must be a degree-seeking undergraduate enrolled in good standing at a JCMU Consortium University (one of the 15 public universities in Michigan), and must demonstrate academic excellence by sustaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.


Killam Fellowship - For Graduate Study Abroad

Killam Scholarship