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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.

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Alumni Association Scholarship

Since 1962, the Oakland University Alumni Association has provided scholarships for Oakland students. Through the Alumni Association’s generosity, a limited number of Oakland University students are selected each semester to receive scholarships varying in amount from $500 - $2,000 that enable them to study and travel abroad. The Alumni Association Scholarship program for Study Abroad recognizes the tremendous academic and career benefits of learning about other cultures. In partnership with Oakland University, the Alumni Association encourages students to take advantage of this opportunity to enhance their understanding of the global economy and many peoples of the world.

For more information about the Alumni Association Scholarship, click on the link below.

Alumni Association Scholarship

Don R. Iodice Grant-in-Aid For Foreign Study

Available to foreign language majors enrolling in a language program abroad for at least four weeks. Students must return to Oakland University for a minimum of two full semesters. Awards are made by the Department of Modern Languages and Literature.

Gerald Pearsall Memorial Travel Award

The Gerald Pearsall Memorial Travel Award program pays for accommodations in hostels during travel. The award recognizes the tremendous academic and career benefits of learning about other cultures. In partnership with Oakland University, the award of up to $250 is designed to support students traveling to enhance their understanding of the world by paying for their accommodations in hostels during their travel. For more information about the Gerald Pearsall Memorial Travel Award, click the link below.

Gerald Pearsall Travel Award

Gretchen J. Adler Study Abroad Endowment Fund

Up to $1,500/award will be given with preference to students with eight-credits in a foreign language planning to study for a full semester in Europe (excluding English-speaking countries) or China through the Gretchen J. Adler Study Abroad Endowment Fund. Candidates must be enrolled OU undergraduates in a humanities or social science major program in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Gretchen J. Adler Study Abroad Endowment Fund - more information


Howes Slavic Studies Fund

International Studies Program

The Howes Slavic Studies Fund provides support to Slavic studies at Oakland University by funding student travel and financial aid. Award amount is variable.

Contact the International Studies program for an application or call 248-370-2154 for details.

Howes Slavic Studies Fund

The Jenna Balabuch Study Abroad Scholarship

Department of English

The Jenna Balabuch Study-Abroad Award for English Majors provides one scholarship award annually, in memory of OU English major and English Honor Society member Jenna Balabuch. To an OU English major planning to study abroad; the award is intended especially for participants in the British Studies at Oxford Program.

The amount of the award will depend on the amount available in the fund but will ordinarily be approximately $300.

This scholarship requires an application.
Download the scholarship information. (.pdf)

John B. Cameron Endowed Travel Award in Art History
Department of Art and Art History

The John B. Cameron Travel Award provides funds for Travel Awards up to $1,000 to art history students and recent alumni to travel to Great Britain, Europe and Asia. The awards are granted to undergraduate students with at least a junior class standing and a declared art history major, art history alumni up to one year after they graduate from Oakland University, and art history alumni who enter an advanced degree program in art history up to two years after they graduate.

The endowment was established by Professor Jan Schimmelman in memory of Dr. John Cameron, who taught, mentored and guided students, faculty, and staff for 43 years at Oakland University.

For more information about the John B. Cameron Endowed Travel Award in Art History ,click on the link below.

John B. Cameron Endowed Travel Award in Art History

Marion Adams Bunt Endowed Fund in Art and Art History

Department of Art and Art History

The Marion Adams Bunt Endowed Fund awards support curricular and extracurricular activities relating to art history and/or studio art that will enhance the student’s educational experience, including individual and/or group travel in the United States or abroad, conferences and symposia, internships or other types of field experience and other research or creative activities. The size of the awards is flexible. The department prefers to make awards to as many students as possible. The awards, however, cannot pay all of the expenses associated with a given activity or project and cannot be used as a stipend. Awards will NOT be given in cash, but in the form of reimbursement. Receipts will need to be submitted to the Department of Art and Art History.

The award was established by Marion Adams Bunt, a former staff member in the Department of Art and Art History and an alumna in Art History.

For more information about the Marion Adams Bunt Endowed Fund in Art and Art History, click on the link below.

Marion Adams Bunt Endowed Fund in Art and Art History

Sharp Scholarship

The Sharp Scholarship program recognizes the tremendous academic and career benefits of learning about other cultures. In partnership with Oakland University, the Sharp Scholarship for Study Abroad encourages students to take advantage of this opportunity to enhance their understanding of the global economy and many peoples of the world.

For more information about the Sharp Scholarship, click on the link below.

Sharp Scholarship

Slavic Studies Scholarship
International Studies Program

The Slavic Studies Scholarship assists eligible students who are committed to the study of Slavic life, culture, language or history. The award amount is variable. The scholarship was established in memory of Mr. Frederick G. Kaviuk and Ms. Mary Kirachuk.

Complete the application online and submit via email to osterber@oakland.edu, or print and submit to the International Studies Program, 521 Varner Hall. The deadline for submission is: April 15, 2013.

For more information about Slavic Studies Scholarship application, click on the link below.

Slavic Studies Scholarship

Study and Travel Grant in Art and Art History
Department of Art and Art History

The Study and Travel Grant of $200 is intended to provide the art history or studio art major with the funds to pay for entry fees to museums and architectural monuments while studying and/or traveling in countries other than the United States and Canada. The applicant must be a declared art history or studio art major in good standing and must have been enrolled in classes at Oakland University for two consecutive (fall/winter) semesters prior to the proposed study and travel. To apply, the student must complete an application form and submit a copy of the airline ticket prior to travel. Upon returning, the student will write for our departmental records a brief description of how the grant was used.

Students may wish to enroll in AH396 Directed Study Abroad in Art History in conjunction with their travel. Obtain applications in the Art and Art History Department Office, 310 Wilson Hall.

The Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Islamic Studies Scholarship

Sheikh Islamic Studies Scholarships may be applied to an OU-approved study-abroad program by undergraduates who have completed at least one course in the curriculum for the Islamic Studies minor and meet University standards for academic achievement.

For more information about the The Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Islamic Studies Scholarship, please click on the link below.

The Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Islamic Studies Scholarship

Travel to Art Museums Grant in Art and Art History

Department of Art and Art History

The Department of Art and Art History supports small grants of $25 to art history and studio art majors and minors who travel to art museums as part of their academic study. In order to qualify, the applicant must be a declared art history major, studio art major, art history minor or studio art minor in good standing, and must have enrolled in classes at Oakland University for two consecutive (fall/winter) semesters. The museum must be located in a city outside a three-hour radius from Oakland University, for example, beyond Detroit, Toledo, and Ann Arbor.

To apply, the student must complete an application form, describe the collection visited, and submit proof of entry into the museum. Obtain applications in the Art and Art History Department Office, 310 Wilson Hall.

Travel Stipend in Art and Art History

Department of Art and Art History

The Department of Art and Art History may sponsor one or more art history or studio art majors who travel abroad with an official Oakland University group tour under the leadership of a member of the studio art or art history faculty. The applicant must be a declared art history or studio art major in good standing. Other requirements may vary.

The amount of the stipend depends upon available funds. Obtain applications in the Art and Art History Department Office, 310 Wilson Hall. For details, call 248-370-3375.


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AHA Institutional Scholarships

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

AHA 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 Scholarships


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


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