Note on Application: Applicants must first begin the program-specific application and begin the AS Scholarship application second.
All San Diego State University students are highly encouraged to apply for the Associated Students Study Abroad Scholarship to help defray the costs associated with their approved international experience (e.g. study abroad, internship, research, volunteer program).
SDSU students established the Associated Students Study Abroad Scholarship in 2008 as part of the Student Activity Fee Referendum. Students allow a percentage of their student activity fee be allocated toward scholarships to SDSU students who are studying abroad. This generous decision, made by students for students, will ensure that SDSU continues to be a leader in international opportunities.
- Undergraduate, Credential and Graduate students
- All SDSU majors
- Minimum 2.50 overall cumulative GPA
- Cannot have received an AS study abroad scholarship previously
- Students who will graduate prior to the academic term in which they participate in an international program not eligible
- First, begin the program-specific application in Aztecs Abroad
- Second, begin the AS Study Abroad Scholarship application in Aztecs Abroad
- Complete the scholarship questionnaire (program type, program name, country and short essay)
- Complete the AS emergency contact questionnaire
- Electronically sign the AS Release and Waiver signature document
- Applicants must identify a specific study abroad program of interest, but they do not need to have been nominated or accepted yet for that program
Two application cycles each academic year:
- Late September (for travel during winter-break, spring semester, spring-break or calendar year)
- Late February (for travel during summer, fall semester or academic year)
- Each scholarship award will have a value of at least $400 on San Diego campus OR $800 on Imperial Valley campus
The AS Study Abroad Scholarship is a competitive award, not an automatic grant. All applicants should write a strong essay and submit all required application materials.
Application Review and Award Process
A scholarship committee composed of current San Diego or Imperial Valley students, depending on campus, reviews the applications after identifying factors have been removed. Associated Students submits its recommendations to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, which processes the award disbursements. The timing of award disbursement can vary, so applicants may or may not receive the scholarship funds prior to their departure.
Financing and Scholarships Meetings
Visit the Study Abroad office calendar
to see upcoming events focused on financing study abroad and specific scholarships. Generally, financial planning and scholarship meetings are held in September and February of each academic year.
SDSU Writing Center
Visit the SDSU Writing Center
for assistance in composing a strong statement of purpose for your scholarship applications.