Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Clark students studying abroad receive academic credit and grades as if they were residing at Clark. Studying abroad does not have to be more expensive then a semester here in Worcester you plan on if you plan early; a trip well-planned financially results in a less-stressful study abroad experience. This page is designed to help you navigate the costs involved with a study abroad experience.

Download a budget sheet to help determine your overall costs and appropriate need.

Financial Aid

  • Clark has chosen to allow students to study abroad on Clark Programs with those financial aid awards provided directly by Clark. This policy aims to avoid the situation whereby only financially independent students can afford to participate.
  • You cannot access Work Study award while abroad, so consult with the Office of Financial Assistance well in advance in order to apply for a different form of aid. Often, Work Study can be translated into a student loan. If you receive a Stafford Loan, be sure to check with Financial Aid about the length of time needed to process any paperwork.
  • International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs.
  • It is critical for students to talk to the Office of Financial Assistance to see how and when this is distributed, and whether there will be any changes to your overall financial aid package.

Study Abroad Scholarships

Clark University Sponsored

Clark University awards several scholarships to eligible students who are accepted to semester or year-long study abroad programs. Please note that many of these deadlines are for the following academic year - including all fall, spring and year-long programs for that year.

  • The Marshall Geer McKim Memorial Fund (generally ranging from $1000 - $1,500) is awarded annually to study abroad for a semester or entire year on a Clark program. Students looking to study abroad in Fall of 2016 or Spring of 2017 should apply for the scholarship by the May 1, 2017 deadline. In that case, your award will be tentative pending your acceptance on a study abroad program. There are no official application forms, but you need to submit a 1-2 page typewritten essay, which includes the following information:
    • that you are a U.S. citizen and a financial aid recipient
    • your reasons and goals for studying abroad
    • when and where you plan to study abroad
    • a list of your community service involvement
    • a list of your contributions to Clark campus life
    • your box number and campus phone number
    Please attach a signed statement from the Financial Assistance office indicating that you receive financial aid at Clark, an unofficial grade transcript (web version accepted), and one passport-size photo. Complete applications should be submitted by May 1, each year to the Study Abroad/Study Away Office, Dana Commons, x7363.

  • The University of East Anglia (UEA) Exchange Scholarship is awarded each semester by the English Department. This award is merit-based and you must be an English major planning to study at either the School of American Studies, School of Film and Television Studies, or School of Literature and Creative Writing of the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England for a semester or the entire year. To apply, contact Professor James Elliott jelliott@clarku.edu, English Department, Anderson House, x7152.

  • The Zenovia Sochor Memorial Fund ($500) is awarded annually by the Political Science Department to declared Political Science majors or minors studying abroad in spring, preferably in an Eastern European country, but programs like the London Internship and Namibia, etc are also acceptable. Note: you must have a 3.40 GPA or higher to be eligible. There are no official application forms, but you need to submit a 1-2 page typewritten essay, which includes the following information:
    • your reasons and goals for studying abroad
    • when and where you plan to study abroad
    • your box number, email, and cell phone number
    Please attach an unofficial transcript to the essay (web version accepted). Applications are due by October 30 (Fall only), and should be sent to Professor Valerie Sperling, Department of Political Science, 406 Jefferson Academic Center, or emailed to vsperling@clarku.edu. 508-793-7679.

Clark-Affiliated Program Scholarships

External Scholarship Opportunities

You may also be eligible for study abroad scholarships from organizations outside of Clark. Plan your program and apply for scholarships early. Scholarships are competitive and deadlines early.

Government and community organizations as well as host institutions or program providers may offer scholarships. While most are need-based, there are many academic scholarship opportunities available. Here is a list of some resources the Clark Study Abroad staff is familiar with. We encourage students to look for other department or community scholarships that might be available.

Summer Study Abroad Scholarships

Miscellaneous Scholarships and Award Opportunities

Scholarship Databases and Web Search Engines

Students may also wish to contact the Student Academic Success office for more resources and assistance applying for scholarships.