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IEF Scholarship
Program Terms: Fall,
Restrictions: GSU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Abroad Year Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Spring 2016 10/15/2015 ** N/A TBA TBA
Maymester 2016 02/15/2016 ** N/A TBA TBA
Summer 2016 02/15/2016 ** N/A TBA TBA

** Students will be notified of acceptance by email and through their online application.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: Graduate/Professional students: minimum GSU institutional GPA of 3.2, Undergraduates: minimum GSU institutional GPA of 2.75
Program Description:

IEF Study Abroad Scholarship

The Georgia State University International Education Fee (IEF) Study Abroad Scholarship, initiated in 2004, is funded by the mandatory international education student fee. If awarded the IEF Scholarship, students will receive a $1000 award. Please be aware that applying for the IEF Scholarship does not guarantee an award.

Students studying abroad for an academic year are eligible to apply for both the Fall and Spring scholarship competitions. Incomplete & late applications will not be eligible for review. Cover letters, letters of recommendation, resumes, references, etc. are not required for this scholarship and will not be considered if submitted.


  • Applicants must be enrolled in and working toward completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree or certificate at Georgia State University. Post-baccalaureate students not enrolled in a degree or certificate program are not eligible for the IEF Scholarship.
  • Applicants must have studied at least 1 semester at GSU and have an institutional GPA to apply. Incoming first semester undergraduates, first semester graduate students, and first semester transfer students are not eligible to apply.
  • A minimum institutional GPA of 2.75 is required for undergraduate students.
  • A minimum institutional GPA of 3.2 is required for graduate and professional students.
  • At the time of scholarship application, applicants must be in the process of enrolling in a credit-bearing study abroad or international internship program for the term for which they are applying for the IEF Scholarship.Applicants must not be planning to study in countries that are currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning. Click here for a list of those countries.


Preference is given for the following: academic merit, program length, financial need, under-represented countries, Georgia State University Task Force countries (Brazil, China, South Africa, South Korea, and Turkey), students participating on Georgia State University sponsored programs, and students with little or no international experience.

The following will be taken into consideration when determining ranking for the award:

  • Institutional GPA (transfer GPA is not considered)
  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by your financial aid package.
  • Program sponsor (GSU or other)
  • Program location (traditional or non-traditional)
  • Previous international experience
  • Number of credits being earned (only applicable to Maymester and Summer programs)


Spring: mid-October
Summer/Maymester: mid-February
Fall/Academic Year: mid-April

Please contact the Study Abroad Programs Office (404-413-2529) for exact deadline dates.

Service Requirement

All scholarship recipients are required to complete five service requirements for each term that they are awarded a scholarship. The service requirement is coordinated through the Study Abroad Programs Office, and must be completed within 1 year of returning from abroad. If a student is unable to perform this requirement, repayment of the scholarship will be arranged.

Disbursement of Funds

  • Upon their award notification via GSU student e-mail, students must complete all acceptance materials as listed in their online application and/or as described through emails. Failure to do so could result in their loss of their scholarship.
  • Please note: In most cases scholarship funds will not be released before students must pay tuition and program fees and in some cases not before students depart for their programs. Students are responsible for covering all such expenses directly and the scholarship will serve as a reimbursement. Federal regulations control this process. Students must complete necessary paperwork with the Office of Student Financial Aid before awards can be disbursed. Forms are required by this office even for students who are not currently receiving other types of financial aid. Check with our office for information on which forms are required.
  • A list of recipients will be forwarded to the Office of Student Financial Aid, where the awards will be processed. Funds will be posted to the recipient’s student account at the time regular financial aid is disbursed for the term abroad (usually the first week of classes for that term). Students should submit the Intent to Study Off Campus form to receive their Financial Aid package as early as possible.
  • Under no circumstance will the funds be disbursed directly to a student’s program.
  • In the event that a student must cancel his or her participation in a program for any reason, the student is required to notify Study Abroad Programs immediately. If a student is removed from a program for any reason, all costs associated with the dismissal will be assessed to the student’s student account. Charges for awards that are disbursed prior to withdrawal from a study abroad program will be assessed against the student’s student account with a hold placed on registration and graduation until the funds are recovered.
  • Please check with our office if funds are not received within the timeline described above. Any problems relating to non-receipt of funds must be resolved within two semesters of the student’s program abroad. After this time, any funds not received by the student will be unrecoverable.