Office Of International Affairs Study Abroad Application Essays


ATTENTION: The deadline to apply for SUMMER 2018 Education Abroad Administered Scholarships is 5pm EST on February 16, 2018.  To submit your scholarship application and materials please visit the Financial Aid website. You will be prompted to login with your USF NetID and password.

Deadlines to apply for Education Abroad Scholarships are listed by application cycle in the table below. Please apply for the scholarship cycle that corresponds to the semester of your education abroad program.

Cycle Start Date Deadline
Spring 2018  Nov. 6, 2017  Nov. 22, 2017
Summer 2018  Dec. 11, 2017  Feb. 16, 2018
Fall 2018  Apr. 16, 2018  Jun. 1, 2018

Award decisions will be made approximately 4 weeks after the scholarship deadline. To view your award decisions please login to AwardSpring.

While none of these scholarships are intended to pay for an entire program, they are meant to aid our students in covering some of the costs associated with international study.

In order to be considered for a scholarship, students must have:

1) Completed the Education Abroad scholarship application(s) in AwardSpring,
2) Committed to their program of choice,
3) Paid their required program deposit

Scholarship FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions


The annual Essay Contest aims to capture the essence of education abroad by encouraging you to reflect and write creatively about the unique living and learning experiences that education abroad provides.

By submitting your story, you help your fellow students and people in the community know, feel and appreciate what it is like to study abroad - the challenging things and the funny stories, moments that made you cringe and ones that changed your life for good.


Current MSU undergraduate or graduate students who have participated on an education abroad program are eligible.

Essays must be no more than four double-spaced pages. Include your name on every page.

Any and all submissions to the Essay Contest may be used at the discretion of the MSU Office of Study Abroad for promotional purposes. By submitting your entry, you agree that your essay can be used in this way. Winners will also be asked to supply photos from their education abroad experience.


1st Place - $1,000 
2nd Place - $500 
3rd Place - $250

The winning entries will be honored at a special reception.  Date for 2017 reception to be announced.

Funds for winning entries will be placed into student accounts.


While we welcome stories about any aspect of your education abroad experience, please note that we are not looking for a travel log, diary, or journal of your experiences. "In my shoes" is the theme for the OSA essay contest. Help us understand unique cultural or social aspects, events, practices of the country in which you studied abroad. Your essay should be a thoughtful, carefully composed creative piece of writing in essay form.

Explore ways your views of college life, your major, or your career may have changed.

Have fun! This is your chance to really reflect and share the deeper learning experiences of your time abroad.


We are not currently accepting entries for the Essay Contest. Please check back to our site in the Fall Semester for deadlines and submissions.


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