STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP: Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

By Rachel Gould, February 8, 2024

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Are you thinking of studying abroad in an Asian country?  If so, consider applying for the Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA). The Freeman-ASIA application cycle for Academic Year 2024-25, including Summer 2024, Fall 2024, Academic Year 2024-25, and Spring 2025 is now open, and the application deadline is April 2, 2024.

The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.

Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program's goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States.

A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.

Grant amounts are:
- Summer Award: up to $3,000
- Semester Award: up to $5,000
- Academic Year Award: up to $7,000

Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of application, and must currently receive need-based financial aid or demonstrate a verifiable need for financial assistance. Students must be undergraduates with a minimum GPA of 2.8, and must have applied or been accepted to a study abroad program in: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam.  Students must have little or no previous experience in the country in which they plan to study. The proposed length of study in the host country must be a minimum of 8 weeks for a summer term, or 12 weeks for a semester. See link below for additional eligibility requirements.


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