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Buffs Abroad Scholarships
Terms: Academic Year,
Calendar Year,
Fall,
Spring,
Summer,
Winter

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 01-MAR-2016
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Variable TBA TBA
Academic Year 2016-2017 01-MAR-2016
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Variable TBA TBA
Fall 2016 01-MAR-2016
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Variable TBA TBA
Spring 2017 03-OCT-2016
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Variable TBA TBA
Calendar Year 2017 03-OCT-2016
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Variable TBA TBA
Winter 2016-2017 03-OCT-2016
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Variable TBA TBA
Summer 2017 01-MAR-2017 ** Variable TBA TBA
NOTE: To receive your scholarship decision within 2 weeks, please apply between Nov. 15- Feb. 15.
Academic Year 2017-2018 01-MAR-2017 ** Variable TBA TBA
NOTE: To receive your scholarship decision within 2 weeks, please apply between Nov. 15- Feb. 15.
Fall 2017 01-MAR-2017 ** Variable TBA TBA
NOTE: To receive your scholarship decision within 2 weeks, please apply between Nov. 15- Feb. 15.
Spring 2018 01-OCT-2017 ** Variable TBA TBA
NOTE: NOTE: To receive your scholarship decision within 2 weeks, please apply between June 1- Sept. 15.
Winter 2017-2018 01-OCT-2017 ** Variable TBA TBA
NOTE: NOTE: To receive your scholarship decision within 2 weeks, please apply between June 1- Sept. 15.
Calendar Year 2018 01-OCT-2017 ** Variable TBA TBA
NOTE: NOTE: To receive your scholarship decision within 2 weeks, please apply between June 1- Sept. 15.
Winter 2018-2019 01-OCT-2018 ** Variable TBA TBA
NOTE: NOTE: To receive your scholarship decision within 2 weeks, please apply between June 1- Sept. 15.

** Most programs’ applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Some programs start the admissions process earlier and fill before the deadline, and some programs’ applications aren’t reviewed until after the deadline. Check with Study Abroad staff for details.

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Program Information:

Eligibility and Award Criteria:

Buffs Abroad Scholarships can only be used by students going on official/approved CU-Boulder study abroad programs (note that Leeds FGX programs do not qualify, but funding is available through Leeds). Scholarships are awarded primarily on the basis of demonstrated financial need, as described below.  The definition of financial need is fairly broad, so if you have some financial concern, we encourage you to apply.  If you qualify for one of the special scholarships (such as those awarded to specific majors or locations) your application will be evaluated based on a combination of need and merit.

Deadlines: 

 
  Rolling decisions:
2 week processing*    
Standard decisions: 
One Month processing
Spring/winter/calendar year programs June 1 - September 15 October 1
Summer/fall/academic year programs November 15 - February 15 March 1

*To receive a scholarship decision within 2 weeks of submitting your application, please apply during the rolling decision timeframe stated above.  Do NOT submit your scholarship application until you have an open application for your program.  Some programs and special scholarships are not eligible for a rolling decision - please click here for a list of programs ineligible for rolling scholarships.

How to Apply:
  1. If you haven't already, open an application for your study abroad program (note the list of programs above that are ineligible for rolling scholarship decisions).  Do NOT proceed with the scholarship application until you have connected with a Study Abroad Advisor to open a program application.  For instructions/information on applying to a program, visit the Applying webpage (for programs).
  2. Begin the online Buffs Abroad scholarship application, and then click the 'Get Started' button. Follow the next steps. 
  3. You will be asked to complete four short-answer essay questions, and then submit your application.  Once you submit the application you have no further steps (you do not need to notify our office).  You will be prompted to login and view your decision once your application has been reviewed.


Need is demonstrated by viewing your FAFSA information on file with Financial Aid (if you have applied for Financial Aid).  Need may also be demonstrated through information provided in the essays regarding your financial situation/need (thus is it NOT a requirement that students have Financial Aid FAFSA information on file).

Notes and Tips:

  • If you are applying for two different programs (for different terms such as fall and then spring on different programs), you should submit a separate scholarship application for each program (if you are applying for two summer programs, please use one application but address your goals and financial need for both programs).
  • Scholarships are not transferable between programs, terms, or students. If you switch to a different program or term, your scholarship must be re-reviewed.
  • It is recommended that students read the scholarship "tips" that can also be accessed from the online scholarship application form (once you create an application, you will see a link to the tips in the instructions section).

Awards and Your Bursar/Financial Aid Accounts:

  • The scholarship will be credited to your CU-Boulder bill to help pay the program fee. Buffs Abroad Scholarship awards may not be used to pay the $550 program deposit.
  • The Scholarship award letter (viewable in your MyCUAbroad account) contains a list of the terms/tasks that must be met/completed in order to receive the scholarship.
  • If a study abroad scholarship causes the total aid you receive to exceed the cost of studying abroad, your other aid might be adjusted. You can check with the Office of Financial Aid after April 10 or November 10 to determine if this may be the case.