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Financial Assistance for Study Abroad
  • Capital University Overseas Study and Financial Aid Policy

    Capital University views overseas study as an important element of a liberal education. In support of the overall educational mission of the institution, Capital University permits institutional aid (i.e. Capital University and departmental scholarships and grants) to be used towards the instructional cost of overseas study for one semester. Federal and state regulation permits the use of federal and states funds for any program related costs in which the university awards college level credit.

    In using financial aid for study abroad, the following criteria from Capital University's Financial Aid Policy for Study Abroad (PDF) must be met:

    1. Students must enroll in a minimum of 12 semester hours for the term abroad. Credit earned cannot be "redundant" credit (the same course taken twice). Students must complete and submit Worksheet #3 – Course Approval Form (PDF) to the Office of International Education. Deadlines for the Course Approval Form are: the first Monday in November for the spring semester and the first Monday in April for the fall semester.

    2. Students must research program costs to complete and submit Worksheet #4 – Budget Worksheet (PDF) with copies of program costs from the sponsoring institution, to the Financial Aid Office. The student should schedule a meeting with a financial aid counselor to go over budget material. The counselor will sign the Course Approval Form.

    3. A bill or an invoice for the program needs to be submitted to the Director of Student Accounts in the Finance Office.

    4. If possible, all loan checks should be submitted to the university electronically.

    5. Select a "Power-of-Attorney" who is someone who is not an employee of Capital University, but someone you trust to complete financial arrangements for you when you are out of the country. Please discuss the Power-of-Attorney when you meet with the Director of Student Accounts in the Finance Office.

    6. A final transcript from the overseas institution must be sent to the Capital University Registrar's Office at the completion of the overseas program.

    7. Tuition Remission or Tuition Exchange recipients may not have their benefit applied toward study abroad.

    8. Capital institutional aid may not be applied where a U.S. State Department travel warning is in effect for the destination country.  

    Additional Scholarship Opportunities for Study Abroad

    Since Capital University limits the use of institution aid to the tuition costs of study abroad for one term, here are links to additional scholarship opportunities. Read the instructions carefully and take note of any service component that may be associated with receiving a scholarship.

    Some scholarships require a review and ranking by the university. This review is done by the International Education Committee of the Faculty Senate. To be the most competitive it is important to do the following:

    • Read instructions carefully and check the application deadlines.
    • If an essay is required, take a draft to the CELT Writing Center for advice on fine-tuning your message.

    Specific scholarships for Study Abroad include:

    • Capital University's "The Dennis and Kathryn Zimmerman Diehl Study Abroad Scholarship".
    • Capital University's "Kohler Capital Study Abroad Endowment Fund" (offered summers).
    • The LewerMark Scholarship essay writing contest offered by Capital's international student health insurance provider. All current domestic and international Capital students are elligible to compete.
    • NSEP (Boren Scholarship) is for studies abroad in geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.
    • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is available to students receiving a Federal Pell Grant.
    • Congress-Bundestag Scholarship. Full scholarship to live and study in Germany for one year.
    • Fulbright Program for U.S. Students is for students who will have completed their bachelor's degree before the beginning date of the grant.
    • Qasid Scholarship Program for the study of Arabic language at Qasid Arabic Language Institute in Amman, Jordan.

    Other Study Abroad funding information: