Boren Scholarships

<p>Boren Scholarships offer&nbsp;unique opportunities for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad in&nbsp;world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America &amp; the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.</p>

9. I want to split the academic year between two study abroad programs in the same country. How do I complete the application?

In some cases, appropriate full academic year programs may not be available. In these cases, students may study abroad on two different study abroad programs. We encourage consecutive programs of study; these applications could be for summer and year programs; fall and spring semesters; summer and fall semesters; or spring and summer semesters.  If the total length of study exceeds six months, the application will receive preference as a year-long proposal. Applications for two different consecutive study abroad programs must entail study of the same language. 

7. Is a foreign language component required for all study abroad proposals?

Yes. Foreign language study is a key element in all Boren proposals. The language you choose should be appropriate to the country in which you plan to study. Your study abroad proposal should note the amount (number of hours per week) and level of classroom instruction you will undertake. Most importantly, you should provide a realistic estimate of the language level you expect your formal as well as informal (non-classroom) study will help you achieve.

5. If my proposed country, language, and/or field of study is not on the preferred list, should I still apply?

Yes. We encourage applications for study in non-preferred countries, languages, and fields of study when the applicant can make a compelling argument that increased understanding and appreciation of that particular country, language, and/or field of study contributes to U.S. national security and the goals of the Boren Scholarship.

3. Am I eligible to apply if my school has not appointed a Boren campus representative?

Yes. Every year there are applicants for the Boren Scholarship who do not have a campus representative. Successful applicants often find someone to work with them on campus, such as a study abroad, fellowships, or departmental advisor. You can always contact IIE directly for assistance (1-800-618-NSEP or

2. When is my on-campus deadline?

The Boren campus representative at your institution will set your on-campus application deadline. The campus deadline will be earlier than the national deadline in order to allow time for the on-campus review of Boren Scholarship applications. Most institutions set an on-campus deadline between mid-December and late January, but you should contact your Boren campus representative immediately for the campus deadline at your institution.


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