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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Eligibility: Second Semester Sophomore
Program Description:
Saint Joseph's University offers several scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500 for Saint Joseph's University students studying abroad on semester abroad programs.  To be eligible for consideration, you must be an SJU degree-seeking, undergraduate student and have completed the SJU Study Abroad Application. Scholarships are for only one semester of study. The award is credited to a student’s SJU tuition account. This award is contingent upon students completing the overseas study abroad program. Previous award winners are not eligible.  Late and incomplete applications will not be considered. All applications will be reviewed by a committee. All award decisions are final and may not be appealed. SJU reserves the right to amend or rescind the award. 

Students must:
  • have a FAFSA on file with the SJU Financial Aid Office for the academic year during which they plan to study abroad.
  • be full-time undergraduates enrolled in a degree program at SJU at time of application.
  • be pursuing a full-time academic course load abroad.
  • have completed the SJU Study Abroad Application. 
  • meet and maintain the application criteria of SJU and the university/program to which they are applying.
  • follow all pre-departure requirements post-acceptance.
  • complete the program successfully.
  • submit the grant application by the deadline for the semester they are applying.


Awards are granted on the basis of merit, need, and the quality of the essay. Students who have not studied or traveled abroad in the past are strongly encouraged to apply. The CIP Grant Committee will be reviewing grant applications on the following categories: 

1. Relevance: Relevance of chosen study abroad program to applicant’s academic program, career goals and/or community service activities. 
2. Preparation: Overall impression of applicant’s level or preparation (linguistic, cultural, personal challenges) of the abroad experience and how they will engage & integrate with abroad experience
3. Grant Essay: Quality of content, grammar and thoughtfulness of overall essay
4. Campus Impact: Impression of applicant’s ability to impact SJU campus as a result of abroad experience upon return
5. GPA & Academic Recognition:  High cumulative GPA, in addition to academic awards
6. Financial Need: Overall impression of need including: student statements, family EFC, and previous grants, scholarship and loan packages

  • Provide detailed, specific responses to the questions that are asked in the scholarship application and that you address the questions.  The more detail that you provide, the more information we have to measure the above factors!  This doesn't mean that your essay needs to be extremely long.  Rather, be specific with your responses and don’t ignore any of the questions that are asked.  Keep in mind that all students applying for scholarships believe that they deserve a scholarship, so you must provide specific reasons.
  • Be sure to explain how your program choice is related to your major, future career or other academic reasons.  This explanation does not need to be extremely detailed - usually a few sentences or short paragraph are sufficient.  Personal goals can also be included, although goals for recreation and travel are not viewed as highly as academic/career goals. Additionally, if you chose a more expensive program over a less-expensive program in the same country or region, explain why.  
  • Pay attention to spelling, grammar, sentence structure and formatting. Proofread your essay! It is suggested that you have a friend read over your essay to catch mistakes or, better yet, utilize the SJU Writing Center 


Applications must be complete and submitted on or before the application deadline. Late applications will not be accepted or reviewed. The scholarship committee will meet after the application deadline to review completed grant applications which meet the criteria outlined above. Students will be notified of their status by approximately late-November/early-December (for spring study abroad) and in late-March/early-April for fall study abroad. The award will be credited toward's students SJU tuition account. 

If you are selected to receive a CIP Semester Abroad Grant, you will be required to submit a scholarship project upon return to SJU. The CIP office will contact you about completing this requirement, however, wants you to be aware at the time of applying what will be required of you. Please note that, once submitted, CIP retains the right to use the materials for whatever we deem fit. 

You must submit one of the following projects to the CIP office within two (2) months of the completion of the studies:

1.     A two-page written report answering two of the following questions:
  • What was your greatest personal and/or professional achievement while abroad?
  • What were some challenges you faced abroad and how did you overcome them?
  • What are some skills you acquired while abroad and how might they benefit you back at SJU?  When applying for jobs?
2.     A PowerPoint presentation with 10 slides outlining unique aspects of the program and your study abroad experience.  If including photos, please indicate where they were taken.

3.     A 3-5 minute video compilation of highlights from your study abroad experience.  This can include photos, video and music, and should also include reflective text (i.e., where the video was taken, how it is meaningful, etc.)

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/15/2019 10/31/2019 TBA TBA