Financial Aid Quick Facts

Study Abroad

GVSU students during their study abroad program.



  • Plan Ahead!
    • Start to plan and save for your study abroad one or two years before you want to go.


  • Visit the Study Abroad Funding Webpage!
    • Visit and click on the “Funding” tab to learn about Financial Aid, Frequently Asked Questions, and Scholarships/Grants.


  • Complete a FAFSA!
    • To be eligible for financial aid and need-based study abroad scholarships, complete a FAFSA. Don’t know where to start? Visit the GVSU Financial Aid webpage and click on the “Financial Aid Basics” tab for helpful tips!


  • Attend a “Funding Your Study Abroad 101 Workshop!”
    • Padnos International Center hosts workshops to help students determine study abroad costs and funding options. View their schedule at abroad


  • Calculate Total Estimated Program Cost!
    • View the “Detailed Estimated Budget” sheet found within each study abroad program page. Program pages can be viewed at


  • Meet with a Financial Aid Advisor!
    • Set up an appointment with a GVSU Financial Aid Advisor by stopping in at the Financial Aid Office in Allendale (100 STU) or by calling (616) 331-3234. 


Seidman Business Study Abroad Scholarship 
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide support to undergraduate and graduate students of business who enhance their university studies by studying in a foreign country. This scholarship is competitive, based on program costs, strong academic credentials and financial need. Applications can be accessed via the GVSU myScholarships system and completed on-line. Applications for students going abroad in the spring/summer, fall or for an academic year must be submitted by March 1st. For Winter study abroad applicants, the application must be submitted by November 1st.

The Economic Club of Grand Rapids 
Business study abroad scholarship grant awards of up to $2,500 are available for two students pursuing a business degree. Requirements are a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and at least a sophomore standing. Residents of Kent, Allegan, Ottawa, or Muskegon counties for three years prior to application OR Resident students at a public college or university in West Michigan for at least two years prior to application (consecutive). Foreign study program must be endorsed and accepted as part of or as a credit course in the applicants degree. Applications are available on-line. Scholarship deadline is April 1st. 


West Michigan World Trade Association Scholarship 
For students who have never studied abroad and intend to participate in semester-long programs with a business focus. Awards up to $1000 are available--based on program costs and financial need. Applications are available in mid-February from for the following academic year

GVSU Study Abroad Grant 
The purpose of this grant is to offer financial assistance to students in need of additional resources in order to participate in a semester or academic year study abroad program. Priority will be given to students studying abroad for an academic year and participating in nontraditional study abroad locations. Grants, in the range of $500 - $2,000 per semester, will be given to full-time, degree-seeking students with a minimum GPA of 2.8. No application is required for this grant. The amount is based on financial need.

GVSU Spring/Summer Study Abroad Scholarships 
GVSU offers a grant specifically for summer study abroad. Must be accepted into a summer study abroad program. Grants ($200 - $800) are based on financial need only. Degree seeking students only. Students with current FAFSA on file in the Financial Aid Office are automatically considered.

Benjamin Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship Program 
A national scholarship program for undergraduate U.S citizens who pursue international study. Must receive the federal Pell Grant in order to be eligible for this scholarship. More information about eligibility, the application, and deadlines can be found on the following website:



Japan Center for Michigan Universities Scholarships  
A variety of scholarships are available! JCMU Incentive Grants offered to the first forty Michigan students who apply. Summer or academic year programs only. See the Padnos International Center for details and application.

Bridging Foundation  
The United States - Japan Bridging Foundation provides study abroad scholarships for a semester or year abroad in Japan. For more information, please visit the following website:

Krakow University of Economics Scholarship (Krakow, Poland) 
GVSU student participating in the winter semester program, "Poland - Economy in Transition," receive a scholarship. Scholarships covers room, board, books, and a monthly stipend in Polish currency. See the Padnos International Center for details and application.

Secchia Scholarships 
The "Secchia Scholars" program includes the Economic Club of Grand Rapids Secchia Scholarship. This scholarship is for West Michigan students and residents planning to study at John Cabot University and Rome. For more information click on the above link.

Heinz Prechter Tribute Scholarship 
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to Michigan students who complete an international internship in Germany. Michigan students are encouraged to learn about German business, life and culture. Once per year (March/April), students can apply for the Heinz Prechter Tribute scholarship (2 awards per year/$2,000 each). For more information about this scholarship, please visit the German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest-Michigan Chapter website:

DAAD - German Academic Exchange Services 
DAAD offers a variety of scholarships for study abroad in Germany. More information can be found on the following website:

Rhodes Scholarship Program  
A special scholarship program to study at the University of Oxford in England. More information can be found on the following website:

Perugia Sister City Scholarship 
A special scholarship program to study Italian Language and culture in Perugia, Italy. More information can be found on the following website:

Alliance Francoise de Grand Rapids Scholarship
The Grand Rapids Alliance Françoise seeks to support the study of the French language and culture through its scholarship program. A $1,500 scholarship will be awarded this year to an individual who has shown an interest and proficiency in the French language and culture. More information can be found on the following website:


Page last modified October 10, 2019