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Study Abroad


International exchange programs provide students with the opportunity to experience language and culture firsthand, and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Center for International Education offers several study abroad programs. For the current study abroad options in Asia that UWEC offers, click here.


** For information about study abroad programs coordinated by universities outside of UWEC, click here.



Currently, several scholarships are available for students who plan to study abroad, and information regarding a few of them is listed below. Please contact the Center for International Education for additional information.


Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarships

Asia Freeman Scholarships

(up to $5,000/semester)  Freeman Asia provides financial assistance to students studying in various Asian countries .  Certain eligibility requirements apply. 


Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

$2,500/semester; $4,000/academic year)  The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project awards 100 scholarships annually to students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. .


NSEP- David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

(up to $10,000/semester) Federal grant that provides support to U.S. undergraduates who will pursue language study in countries critical to U.S. national security. UW-Eau Claire students studying in Argentina , Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Japan , Mexico, South Africa/ISEP, South Korea , Thailand/ISEP  should particularly consider applying. Campus deadline is typically mid-January.

Graduate Study Abroad Scholarships

Fulbright Grants

These federal grants for study, research and teaching assistantships are intended to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills.  Over 100 countries are involved. Sites in the East Asia/Pacific Region include: Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau,, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.  Sites in South and Central Asia include: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. Graduating seniors  should contact  Cheryl Lochner-Wright, the on-campus  Fulbright adviser, at <>.  The UWEC on-campus applications deadline- is early fall. Contact Cheryl Lochner-Wright for exact date.


NSEP: David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships

NSEP Boren Fellowships support students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). Study of the countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand is excluded. To qualify for this scholarship, you must be 1) a U.S. citizen, 2) either enrolled or applying to a graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. institution located within the United States, and 3) including a plan for language study in a modern language other than English in your application. Awards are made for a minimum of one semester and a maximum of two years. The maximum support for combined domestic and overseas program is $30,000. Some of the Asian languages of interest are Cantonese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Check the NSEP website for a full list. Applications must be submitted online and are typically due early January for the following academic year.


FLAS: Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships

The general purpose of the FLAS grant is to train specialists in modern foreign languages and international studies. There are several U.S. institutions offering FLAS grants to students accepted into their Asian studies programs. Eligibility requirements and application deadlines for the FLAS vary by institution.  If awarded a FLAS, students typically receive a tuition waiver at the U.S. university awarding the FLAS as well as some type of monetary stipend. Exact benefits vary between institutions.

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