Making Education Extraordinary

Funding Global Experiences

In support of global education, there are a range of funding opportunities available that provide support for educational programs, internships, service projects, and research in international settings. Students are encouraged to investigate as many funding options as possible.

Important Considerations

Earning Credit for Study Abroad

It is possible to earn U-M credits abroad during a regular fall or winter term, and some of these credits can be counted towards nursing requirements or as electives. Students should be aware that these credits, if not carefully scheduled, might increase their course load above 18 credits, causing additional tuition charges to be imposed.
For example:
  • N421 Perspectives in Global Health, has two sections.  The on-campus seminar is a 2-credit elective; students participating in the field extension must register not for the 2-credit seminar, but for a different section, which is worth 4 credits.  Contact OSAMS ( or (734) 763-5985) to make sure you are registered for the correct section.
  • In order to participate in the Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates (GIEU), students must apply through the Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) and enroll in the 3-credit university course UC 275, which begins in winter and extends into fall. Students receive 2 credit hours in the winter term and 1 credit hour in the fall.
We recommend that any student considering one of these options pays particularly close attention to the timing and tuition cost issues when discussing their plans with advisors so as not to exceed 18 credits in a single term. CGIS also charges program fees for both GIEU and Global Course Connections to cover accommodations, meals, excursions, etc., so students should use the CGIS projected program budget worksheets to determine expected total costs for these programs.

Federal Financial Aid

If you currently receive financial aid and/or scholarships, read carefully through the information at Financial Aid for Study Abroad and consult an advisor in the Office of Financial Aid (OFA) for guidance as early as possible to determine how much (if any) of your current aid could be used to cover your education abroad costs.
Most credit-bearing U-M programs are eligible for financial aid, but it is best to speak with an OFA advisor before making any assumptions.  Some types of federal aid can be applied to non-U-M programs, but you will need to work closely with OFA.

Co-Curricular (Non-Credit) Global Engagement

Financial aid is not available for non-credit internships or service projects. Additionally, many of the available scholarships are meant to fund formal study abroad opportunities. When looking to finance international experiences that do not earn academic credit, students should look specifically for financial support targeting internship, service, or research experiences.  Please see link in the second bullet of the section immediately below.  

Recommended Steps to Secure Funding

Get Acquainted with the U-M International Center's Vast Resources

When seeking and applying for funding, the School of Nursing's Office of Global Outreach (GO) advises students to start with the following resources from the U-M International Center:

Explore the Office of Global Outreach Funding Sources

The School of Nursing is committed to providing a globally focused education for its students. To this end, GO aims to increase students' opportunities for global study, research, civic engagement, and service by offering scholarships that support this international work. Typical awards average about $1,000. To learn more, please visit: GO Student Scholarships.
Abgar L. Babaian & Loretta Asman Babaian Scholarship Fund: This scholarship is made possible by the generosity of UMSN Emeritus Professor Marguerite Harms to support activities designed to increase UMSN students' and faculty members' understanding of Armenian nursing and health care and to foster exchanges which would benefit international understanding between the UMSN faculty and Armenian nurses and health care providers. Students interested in this opportunity should contact Leslie Davis in the Office of Global Outreach:

Explore Other U-M Funding Resources

Besides those resources found through the U-M International Center, below is a list of other on-campus based units that have offered scholarships and grants for global opportunities:

Undergraduate Fellowships and Grants
Graduate Fellowships and Grants


Explore Funding Resources Outside of the U-M

Students' search for funding need not end at the edge of campus.  Below is a list of external funding sources and resources that provide information about and support for global opportunities.  Be sure to carefully read the details surrounding the application process for any funding you may be interested in as requirements will vary from source to source.
Resource type key: 
GEN = Information on general funding; some include searchable databases to find opportunities through that organization or through other funding sources.
SPC = Information on a specific global scholarships/fellowships/grants through that organization, generally with targeted qualifying criteria.
OrganizationResourceRecommended Page / Synopsis
NAFSA: Association of International EducatorsX 
Excellent starting point for information on financing education abroad


List of major sites to search for scholarships
Institute for International Education (IIE)X 
Searchable database of funding sources
Current Pell Grant recipients; academic credit-bearing programs only; students of diverse backgrounds, with disabilities, and/or with demonstrated financial need.
Provides unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations.
Provides various programs with varying objectives and application criteria.
Foundation for Global ScholarsX 
Various scholarships available to students from underrepresented populations in international education; study abroad and internships
Fund for Education Abroad
Both general study abroad scholarships as well as dedicated scholarships available
Global Studies Foundation (GSF)
Focus on strategically important countries and languages (as defined by the U.S. Departments of State and Defense) e.g. Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Korean, Urdu, Russian, Portuguese, etc.
Golden Key International Honor Society 
Members are eligible for numerous scholarships, including study abroad scholarships
International Federation of University Women
 X X
Graduate and post-doctoral research fellowships for members conducting research outside both country of residence and the country where they were educated
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Members are eligible for numerous scholarships, including study abroad scholarships
Searchable database of funding sources
FinAid! The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid 
Funding for exchanges and study abroad
U.S. Department of Education Network for Education Information 
Funding information for undergraduate students
Funding information for graduate students X 
Large source for information on international scholarships, grants and loans
National Science Foundation (NSF) X
Supports active research participation by  undergraduate or graduate students in any of the areas of research funded by NSF
Awards to U.S. graduate students for first-hand research, science policy and science infrastructure experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan.
Fogarty International Center (part of the National Institutes of Health(NIH)) X
Offers an 11-month mentored clinical research training experience in one of seven collaborating low- and middle-income countries to doctoral and post-doctoral students.