Financing Study Abroad

MoneyThink you can't afford to study abroad? You may be wrong! A growing number of NMU Donor-Funded scholarships are specifically designated for study abroad, and many sources outside the university may help. Most NMU students rely on a combination of personal savings, family support, financial aid and additional loans.

NMU Financial Aid website

NMU Donor-Funded Scholarships support the internationalization efforts of the University and reflect the generosity of private donors - some of them alumni of their own study abroad experiences. International Program coordinates the selection process for the following Foundation awards. Descriptions and eligibility are described on your MyNMU page under the Student Services tab.   Applications for study-abroad awards are considered on a bi-annual basis.  Applications are available in the International Programs office and are distributed by study abroad staff upon application to NMU-affiliated and sponsored programs. 

  • Michael and Sherry Nelsen Endowed Scholarship

  • William and Margery Vandament Endowment Fund

  • Global Explorers Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Northern Michigan University Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Global Outlook Fund - College of Business

  • Jackson Scholars Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Dr. Louise M. Bourgault Memorial International Scholarship

  • Hospitality Management Study Abroad Scholarships

  • Dr. Miodrag Georgevich European Study Abroad Scholarship

NMU Foundation website

Other scholarship sources: A number of NMU's partner programs sponsor scholarships and grants to assist students. Professional organizations and national endowments also support students who study abroad. You may qualify for one of the following:

Financial Aid: If you plan to use need-based financial aid toward your study abroad, you must obtain a cost-of-attendance budget for your program from the IPO study abroad advisor.  Complete the U.S. Department of Education Free Application for Financial Assistance - the FAFSA. Then, arrange  to meet with the financial aid officers assigned to studyabroad.