During the academic year, Vanderbilt University meets students’ full financial need (as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships), regardless of whether they study on campus or away. If the total estimated cost of a study abroad program exceeds the cost of a term at Vanderbilt, the financial aid package can be increased to cover the difference. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your financial plan.
To help encourage study abroad in the fall, a number of GEO’s partners offer special, fall-only funding for Vanderbilt students.
The Global Education Office encourages students to apply for supplemental funding for study abroad. The sections below describe funding offered through GEO as well as external resources.
The Global Education Office administers a scholarship program for Maymester and Summer abroad programs only. Competition for GEO Scholarships can be entered via a single Common Application. This application opens in mid-November and is due in mid-January. For details on specific scholarship funds, see the table below.
|Scholarship||For whom?||Program Restriction||GPA Req’t||Maximum Award|
|Global Summer Fellows Program||All VU Undergrads||VU credit, Summer||2.7||$8,500|
|Schloss Family Summer Scholarship Fund||A&S students preferred||GEO programs||2.7||TBD|
|Martha Louise Scott Easley Study Abroad Travel Scholarship||Students with A&S majors only||GEO programs with language immersion||2.7||TBD|
|Brooke Van Der Linden Memorial Scholarship||Students with A&S majors only||GEO programs in London||3.0||TBD|
|Study Abroad Discretionary Fund||Students with A&S majors only||GEO programs||2.7||TBD|
|Sandra and Roger Deromedi International Service Learning Scholarship||Students matriculated in A&S only||GEO programs with service-learning component||—||TBD|
|Sara Elizabeth Nance Study Abroad Fund||Students with A&S majors only||GEO programs||2.7||TBD|
|Kojaian Global Fellowship||Students with A&S majors only||GEO programs||2.7||$12,000|
|A&S Study Abroad Fund||Students with A&S majors only||GEO programs||2.7||TBD|
Please note: In order to be considered for need-based scholarships, all students must have a CSS profile on file with the Vanderbilt Office of Financial Aid prior to the application deadline. International students are only eligible for GEO scholarships if they are already receiving need-based aid from the university. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid directly.
GEO’s summer scholarship program is made possible through the generosity of donors and the Office of the Provost. More details about the funds and their donors are below:
The Martha Louise Scott Easley Study Abroad Travel Scholarship was established in 2010 by William E. Easley (B.A. 1976) in memory of his mother, Martha Louise Scott Easley (M.A. 1949). The scholarship is available for students studying on GEO programs with language immersion and is to be applied to their travel.
The Brooke Van Der Linden Memorial Scholarship was established in 1989 by friends in memory of Brooke Van Der Linden (B.A. 1985). Applicants must be planning to study abroad on a GEO program in London. It is available only to students who are matriculated in, or have a declared major in, the Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Science, with preference given to humanities majors.
The Study Abroad Discretionary Fund was established in 2009 by anonymous donors in honor of their daughter’s graduation from Vanderbilt. The award supports costs during the study abroad program such as airfare, train tickets, exhibit admissions. This scholarship is available to students with a declared major in the Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Science.>
Established and funded by the Office of the Provost, the Global Summer Fellowship is for undergraduate students participating in Summer and Maymester programs abroad. Preference will be given to students who are studying abroad for the first time, and to those whose applications demonstrate that they cannot study abroad during the academic year due to academic or extracurricular obligations. Students who have previously received a Global Summer Fellows award are not eligible.
The Kojaian Global Fellowship was established in 2016 by Kojaian Management Corporation in honor of Karen Campbell, Dean of the College of Arts and Science and the support she provided Chase Kojaian (B.A. 2013). The scholarship provides financial support to undergraduates who are participating in GEO Maymester programs. Awardees must have a declared major in the Vanderbilt University College of Arts & Science.
The Sandra and Roger Deromedi International Service Learning Scholarship was established in 2009 for undergraduate students enrolled in the Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Science. Students must be applying for or enrolled in a service-learning study abroad program.
The Schloss Family Summer Study Abroad Fund was established by Maureen and Edwin Schloss to provide financial support to deserving undergraduate students enrolled in Vanderbilt-approved credit-bearing Summer and Maymester programs abroad. Awardees must have a declared major in the Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Science.
The Sara Elizabeth Nance Study Abroad Fund was established in honor of Sara Elizabeth Nance, B.A. 1994, by her parents. Preference will go to a student participating in a summer program that is a minimum of four weeks in duration, who is a United States citizen and a rising sophomore.
The A&S Study Abroad Fund was established by anonymous donors in 2016 to provide need-based financial support based for deserving undergraduate students participating in Vanderbilt study abroad programs. Awardees must have a declared major in the Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Science.
There are a wide variety of external scholarships and financial awards for for academic-year and summer study can be found at:
- Diversity Abroad scholarship directory
- IIE Study Abroad Funding directory
- International Scholarships directory
Some prestigious external awards that could fund GEO study abroad programs are listed below. A number of these are supported by Vanderbilt’s Career Center, and we encourage students to contact them to discuss these options.