Study Abroad - Scholarships

Center for International Education

Study Abroad


Schedule Your Appointment with CIE Study Abroad Team

Contact Information

Henry Barnard Hall, Room 406
860.832.2047 (fax)

Zongxiang Mei

International Education Coordinator

Chaihyung Christine Park

University Assistant

Carmetta Williams

Secretary 2

For general questions, please email us at

Study Abroad Scholarships

Courses Abroad Scholarships

United Kingdom, France, Bolivia, & Costa Rica programs: $1,200 scholarships are being awarded

Eligibility Criteria

The Center for International Education offers a limited number of scholarships to participants in Course Abroad programs. To be considered eligible for CIE Course Abroad scholarship assistance, applicants must:

  • be matriculated at CCSU
  • be enrolled in at least 3 credits of coursework associated with the Course Abroad program
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0 -- For AY 2021-2022, have a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • not receive tuition remission/ waivers
  • complete the scholarship section of the Registration/Billing Authorization and Scholarship Application Form, and include the required essay with their registration submission

Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis for those who meet the qualifications. Registration for a Course Abroad program does not guarantee the award of a scholarship.

Scholarship decisions are not made until after the program registration deadline.

Scholarship Prompts

Select one of the following four questions and attach a 750–1000-word essay to your application.

  1. How will participation in this program benefit you academically?
  2. How will your future employer benefit from your study abroad experience?
  3. Why have you chosen to study abroad in this particular program?
  4. What do you expect to learn from this experience?

Scholarship essays will be submitted with the Courses Abroad application, not before or after the student registers for the program. Students will have a limited timeframe to complete the application once they log onto the registration portal. Therefore, they are encouraged to start the essay for the scholarship before they register so they have enough time to fill all portions of the application out. The image below shows the scholarship upload section of the registration. Students who want to upload a scholarship essay will select "Yes" and then upload their essay where it says "Upload Essay."

screenshot of scholarship essay upload area

Semesters Abroad Scholarships

Students participating in long-term study abroad programs are encouraged to seek external scholarships. The link below can be used as a start in exploring external scholarships; students are encouraged to do additional web-research.

External Scholarship and Financial Aid Opportunities

Students are encouraged to consult with the Financial Aid Office; in many cases, financial aid can be used to cover travel costs, as well as course tuition. You could also reach to Student Financial Literacy for more information.

Students will be asked to answer the following three questions, each in 300 words or less, when submitting the semester abroad application:

  1. Describe how participating in the Semester Abroad Program will contribute towards your educational objectives.
  2. Describe what impact participating in the Study Abroad Program will have on your career plans.
  3. Describe how participating in the Semester Abroad Program will impact your personal life.
Independent Summer Programs Scholarships 

$600 scholarships are being awarded

Before leaving to study abroad

Students must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher to qualify for the $600 scholarship being offered. Students who want to be considered need to answer the following prompt in 250 words and email it to by the application deadline: 

Studying abroad requires country knowledge. Please discuss one or more significant issues (social, political, economic, environmental, etc.) currently facing your intended host country. How might these intersect with your intended studies and learning goals? 

During study abroad

Students who receive a scholarship are required to write a 250-word summary of their experience while abroad. This summary can be about the most memorable aspects or what they have learned from their experience. Students must include at least one student picture from the trip with their summary. These summaries and pictures will be used on the Study Abroad website along with social media advertising for these programs. This summary will be emailed to during the summer program.