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EIU Pine Honors College

Honors Study Abroad Scholarships


NOTE - Due to the cancellation of all Study Abroad Programs during the pandemic, this award program is temporarily suspended. We are leaving up this information for reference and in the hope that students planning for future years will be able to see what kind of support is ordinarily available. 

The Pine Honors College offers the Honors Study Abroad Scholarship, awarded competitively in three separate rounds per year. Amounts awarded depend upon the availability of funding, and upon the proposed costs and number of applicants in each round. 


ELIGIBILITY: Please note that only currently-enrolled undergraduate Honors College students in good standing will be considered for this award.


NOTE: If you win an Honors Study Abroad Scholarship, and your plans change (choice of program or cancellation of program, for instance), you MUST notify the Honors College of the change as soon as possible. This is to ensure that another student may be awarded a scholarship in the case that you cannot apply your scholarship to a study abroad program.


Note that there are three separate rounds of this scholarship. Our deadlines coincide with the deadlines set by the Office of Study Abroad.

However, you may apply in an earlier round. That is, you do not need to wait until February to submit an application for a Summer study abroad application. You may apply in the first round of applications. 

If you are planning to Study Abroad during this period

then the LATEST DATE for your application is:

Notification of Results

Commitment Deposit Deadline for the program period specified in the first column

2019 Winter Break

2020 Spring Semester

2020 Spring Break

October 25, 2019


November 8, 2019

November 15, 2019

2020 Summer

February 7, 2020


February 21, 2020

February 28, 2020

2020 Fall

March 6, 2020



March 20, 2020

March 27, 2020


Instructions: The Honors Study Abroad Scholarship competition is open only to current Honors College undergraduates who are in good standing. For a complete application, you must answer all questions below and have a faculty member submit a recommendation online. Once you have submitted your application, including your letter writer’s email address, you will receive a brief email acknowledging receipt. Contact the Office of Study Abroad to confirm application AND deposit deadlines.


Apply for this scholarship at AcademicWorks, where you will see these questions:

1. Study Abroad Destination and Duration

  • Where do you plan to study abroad?
  • Is this an approved EIU study abroad partner, exchange, or overseas teaching program? Only approved EIU programs may receive the Honors Study Abroad Scholarship.
  • What is the duration of your study abroad program? [1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 4 weeks, semester, other: specify]
  • Give exact dates of your study abroad program.

2. In a few paragraphs, describe the significance of the study abroad experience to your overall studies. Why do you need to go?

3. Provide us with the advertised budget estimate for the costs involved in your Study Abroad (including tuition, direct program costs, travel, and other costs). Itemize these estimated costs and provide a total cost.

4. If you have any documents describing the costs of this program—including the budget sheet filled out with Study Abroad—please upload a copy of that information here.

5. Briefly explain your financial need and a list of other sources of funding for study abroad for which you have applied (or will apply).

6. Previous Study Abroad Experience

  • Have you engaged in study abroad before?
  • If the response to the question above is yes, please note where you have done study abroad in the past, and for how long.

7. Provide the name and email address (check for accuracy) of the faculty member who will provide a recommendation on your behalf for the Honors Study Abroad award. DO THIS EARLY!

8. Press Release

  • Do you permit the university to use your name in a press release about any award received. Note that you do not have to grant permission, and that you can withhold it without it having any effect on your chances of securing an award.
  • If yes, name of hometown and hometown newspaper for press release.


Why Study Abroad?

We encourage all honors students to study abroad if at all possible. With a wide range of options, scholarship support, and dedicated advisors, the Office of Study Abroad is a great place to start your investigations. Whether you want to study abroad for a semester or for a period of a few weeks, you have great choices for developing your career as a world citizen!

Presidential Scholars are expected to design an "honors experience" that is approved prior to their participation. One potential experience that we encourage students to consider is participation in a study abroad program. We encourage not only the Presidential Scholars to participate in study abroad, but all honors students to consider it as part of their holistic growth. Students typically return reporting that they cannot decide what they have learned more about - the culture of the society they have visited, or themselves!

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to go over any study abroad idea and help you fit it into your career as an Honors student at EIU. 

The Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College may have funds available to help students defray the expenses of studying abroad. We have helped Honors students study all over the world! 

  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • North Cyprus
  • England
  • Spain
  • South Africa
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Wales
  • Ecuador
  • Argentina
  • Bahamas
  • Australia



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Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College

Pemberton Hall South
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2017
(888) 440-4664
Fax: (217) 581-7222

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