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  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring, Spring Break, Summer, Winter Break
  • Restrictions: SDSU applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Program Description:
Note on Eligibility: Only Weber Honors College, Compact Scholars, Interdisciplinary Studies majors (IS3D), and/or Undeclared Majors are eligible for this scholarship.

Note on Application: Applicants must at least open the program-specific application to begin the DAESA study abroad scholarship application second.

This scholarship is to support SDSU students affiliated with the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement, including Weber Honors College, Compact Scholars, Interdisciplinary Studies majors, and/or Undeclared majors with funding their international experience. 

All SDSU-approved credit-bearing international programs are eligible for funding.

  • Must be at least one of the following: Weber Honors College Student, Compact Scholar, Interdisciplinary Studies major, or Undeclared major.
  • Full-time enrollment with satisfactory progress in a degree-seeking program at San Diego State University.
  • Previous recipients of a DAESA Study Abroad scholarship are not eligible.
  • Applications submitted past the deadline will not be considered eligible for review.
  • Students who are currently abroad and extending for another semester are eligible. However, they cannot be a previous recipient AND their essays should acknowledge the fact that they are already abroad and what they have learned so far.
Application Process:
  • First, begin the program-specific application in Aztecs Abroad
  • Second, begin the DAESA Study Abroad Scholarship application in Aztecs Abroad
    • Complete the scholarship questionnaire (program name, country, essays, etc.)
    • Electronically sign the DAESA study abroad scholarship agreement
  • 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
Application Deadlines:
  • Spring Semester & Winter/Spring Break programs - November 1, 11:59 pm PST
  • Fall Semester, Summer & Academic Year programs - March 1, 11:59 pm PST
Selection Criteria:
  • The relevance of the chosen study abroad program to the applicant's major and/or other goals.
  • Ability and preparedness of the applicant to contribute positively to the host community while abroad and/or the home (SDSU/San Diego) community upon return.
  • Demonstrated financial need.
  • The overall writing quality of the applicant's responses to the essay questions.
  • $400 - $1500*
*Higher awards may be available for students who plan to study abroad for a full semester or year.

Award Process:
  • Selection decisions will be made and announced within a month of the application deadline. Some additional paperwork may be required at that time.
  • Scholarship selection takes place twice annually. Disbursement dates coincide with the disbursement of other SDSU financial aid, typically at the beginning of each SDSU semester. For Summer and Winter programs, scholarships are disbursed prior to travel when possible. Plan ahead for costs that you will need to cover up-front, such as airfare, deposits, and program fees.
  • Students will be considered for all DAESA study abroad funding for which they are eligible (i.e. Honors College funds, Compact Scholars funds, Jeffrey Shultz funds etc.)
Expectations of Scholarship Recipients:
  • Complete all SDSU study abroad pre-departure requirements listed in Aztecs Abroad, including meeting with an advisor in the Study Abroad Office (ISC) or Faculty-Led Study Abroad Office (CES). 
  • Notify SDSU if your study abroad plans change.
  • Upon return, you will be encouraged to participate in at least one event designed to encourage other students to study abroad, and/or submit photos from your international experience for use in promoting international engagement and study abroad at SDSU.

Essay Prompts:

Essay 1

Explain in detail why you decided on this particular study abroad program and how all aspects of it will help you to meet and expand your goals. How will the program or experience you have chosen help you grow academically, professionally, and personally? 

Consider how the following things were important and relevant to you in choosing your particular program. Do not simply list the places you will visit or the classes you will take in this essay. Explain why these aspects were important and relevant to you in choosing your particular program.:
  • Cultural immersion opportunities and activities in which you will participate
  • The relevance of the program to your major and/or other goals.
  • Fulfilling a study abroad requirement is not a sufficient reason
  • The city(ies) and country(ies) in which you will study
  • Length of program
  • Courses to be taken
Essay 2

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie states, “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”

Watch her TED talk and answer the prompt below:
Give an example of a time when you believed in a “single story” about someone or something. 
  • What happened and what did you learn from this experience? 
  • As you observe and interact with the community in which you will do your study abroad experience, give examples of ways in which you will avoid the danger of a single story.
The danger of a single story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Students are also strongly encouraged to also apply (if eligible) for the Associated Students Study Abroad Scholarship, the Gilman International Scholarship, the Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant, and/or the SDSU Scholars Without Borders Study Abroad Scholarship.
Fiorella Morales

International Engagement Coordinator
Division of Academic Engagement & Student Achievement
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. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year SDSU App Deadline SDSU Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2020 11/01/2019 12/15/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 11/01/2019 12/15/2019 TBA TBA
Calendar Year 2020 11/01/2019 12/15/2019 TBA TBA
Winter Break 2020 11/01/2019 12/15/2019 TBA TBA