SU Study Abroad Financial Aid
David L. Boren Awards
Duration and Program Design
Boren Scholarships are available for full
academic year or semester programs. To promote cultural and
linguistic immersion, longer periods are recommended and
preference will be given to applicants studying abroad for at
least six months. Most applicants participate in
pre-arranged study abroad programs administered by a U.S.
institution, a consortium of U.S. institutions, or a third-party
The length of Boren Fellowships is
determined by the project the candidate designs, but may be no
shorter than one academic term, no longer than 12 months
overseas and no longer than 24 months for combined overseas and
domestic study. To promote cultural and linguistic
immersion, significant time abroad is encouraged, but it is also
recognized that in many disciplines (including science and
technology as well as in the professional schools) summer study
may provide the best option. Most applicants design their
own programs, in consultation with their academic advisers.
Successful programs have included language study, research at
the master's, pre-dissertation, or dissertation level, academic
internships, and any combination of the above. Funding for
domestic language study is available for candidates who
demonstrate that such funding is critical to their overseas
plans and that no other means exist for them to obtain such
Study of a foreign language appropriate to
the identified country or region must be an integral part of
each application. The language component must incorporate
opportunities to develop, maintain, or advance proficiency in a
language, including instruction and application inside and
outside of the classroom. With the exception of French and
Spanish, there are no minimum language requirements.
However, candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the
language and demonstrate how she or he will continue studying
the language beyond the scholarship or fellowship period.
Programs must start on or after June 1.
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