Study Abroad For Students



The primary goal of the Office of Diversity and International Affairs (DIA) at Tennessee State University (TSU) is to strengthen the global and international dimensions of teaching, learning, research, and service.

We believe:

  • Global and international awareness, knowledge, and proficiency are essential for our students to participate effectively in the 21st century.
  • International education is an orientation and approach across the curriculum as well as a separate subject.
  • International education at should be an integrated and collaborative effort on the part of all levels of the university.

DIAadministrative and support services provide:

  • Student Study Abroad Programs
  • Faculty Led Study Abroad Programs
  • Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants, Exchange Programs
  • Cultural Immersion Initiatives (CI2)
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and Comprehensive Internationalization using the American Council on Education (ACE) model


Please select the following for more options:

Study Abroad Programs
Scholarship and Financial Aid
Steps to Study Abroad
 - 2016 Study Abroad Program for Students





DIA offers TSU students education abroad program options within 20 different countries. While it is quite beneficial for students to have a wide variety of choices, it can also be somewhat overwhelming. Therefore, we highly recommend that students read these brief descriptions below before researching programs to assist with their navigation and understanding.

TSU Faculty Led Programs

TSU faculty member(s) teach TSU courses which are specifically designed for the overseas location. Each program provides students with an academically enriching experience in the host country while also providing culturally relevant excursions that complement the academic experience. Programs are taught in English (with the exception of language credit programs) and are generally 3-6 credit hours. TSU Faculty Led Programs are available in the summer and are 2-4 weeks in duration, although a few options during spring and fall breaks also exist. While any student can participate in Faculty-Led programs, they work especially well for those who have not traveled abroad previously, are seeking more guidance and structure, and would prefer to travel with a group.

Consortia: TnCIS, Scholar Laureate, and Mid-Continent

TSU is affiliated with three Consortia program options. The Tennessee Consortium of International Studies (TnCIS) is the most popular program with our students. These programs are very similar to Faculty-Led programs in that the courses are taught by the U.S. Consortia member faculty (which sometimes means a TSU professor), are typically 2-4 weeks in duration throughout the summer, provide a good deal of structure and support as a group option, and provide the student with three (3) credit hours.

Exchange Programs: International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

These programs are offered through bilateral exchange agreements between TSU and our partner universities abroad or within the ISEP network. Exchange options are generally offered as semester or full academic year in length and require the student to be enrolled in a full-time course load each term. Participants will be enrolled as regular students at the partner university but will pay TSU fees for tuition (and sometimes room and meals depending on the exchange agreement). At the same time, students from these partner universities come to study at TSU. Exchange programs are ideal for students who want to challenge themselves by fully integrating into the day-to-day academic and personal life of the host country. Because these programs do not offer the level of support as our other options, participants should be highly motivated, interested in planning their own semester activities and excursions, and feel comfortable seeking out details without a great deal of guidance.

Other Options:

Program Providers: CIEE, GlobaLinks, ISA, LAC, and USAC

TSU is affiliated with particular third-party provider organizations to supplement the overall portfolio of education abroad options. There are hundreds of third party provider programs in existence. These programs work well for students who want the immersion of attending a foreign university, but are seeking a high level of support both here in the U.S. prior to departure and while abroad. Application procedures and deadlines vary by provider and programs range in length from a few weeks during the summer or winter to a full academic semester or year.



Numerous scholarships are available to students wishing to study abroad. Additionally, students may be able to use their financial aid while studying abroad. To find out if aid can be used while studying abroad, a student may contact any counselor in the TSU Financial Aid Office.

The following list includes but is not limited to information on existing aid and will assist the students in finding other sources.

 A. TSU’s Study Abroad Grant:
This grant is available to qualified full-time and degree seeking TSU students. The grant award is half of the program fee with a $3,000 limit for approved individual student study abroad programs.   This grant award application opens in September and closes in December of the Fall semester prior to the next calendar year’s summer execution. Example:   For travel during the summer of 2016, grant applications will be accepted from September 2015 – December 2015.  

B. Program-specific scholarships
There are various programs offered through the Office of Diversity and International Education (DIA), many of which have their own unique scholarships to help students with expenses abroad. The following websites provide information on possible opportunities and procedures for applying.
GlobaLinks (AustraLearn, AsiaLearn, EuroLearn):
(Click on Study Abroad, then Scholarships)

 C. TSU Financial Aid
It is advisable to search out all scholarship opportunities before using federal loans, however many students take out loans as a safety net in case problems arise abroad. Students may be able to use their financial aid while studying abroad. The TSU Financial Aid Office can counsel students on availability of funding.

D. Gilman scholarship:
This scholarship is awarded to U.S. citizens that are recipients of Pell Grants. The length of study has a minimum of four weeks; students who have never been abroad before and are traveling to non-Western European nations are the most competitive. The application form and current deadlines can be found at

E. Boren scholarship:
NSEP (National Security Education program) will award students up to $10,000 for undergraduate students studying in non-traditional (non-Western European) areas. This is a competitive scholarship; application can be found at

F. Fulbright, and other International competitive undergraduate opportunities:

G. Fund for Education Abroad (FEA):
Scholarships, of up to $5000 are intended to support students planning to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs of 4-weeks or longer.

H. Diversity Study Abroad Scholarships:
Diversity Abroad partners with dozens of study abroad organizations. Several of these organizations offer diversity study abroad scholarships.

I. General Search Engine for Study Abroad Funding Opportunities:
This valuable funding resource allows students to search by country or subject to find study abroad funding information. It is a comprehensive database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants can help make any student’s dream of studying abroad a financial possibility and a profound reality.




 STEP 1:

Attend a Study Abroad Information Session (highly recommended). Three information sessions will be held during each Fall semester. No reservations required. Dates and times will be announced and available on the DIA website.


Select the Country, Program, and Course for the study abroad/student exchange experience. Click on these links:           

View Countries, Programs, and Course offerings provided by the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) and other programs available to discover the world. It is recommended that students begin this process at least 6-12 months in advance of the term in which they plan to study abroad.

Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor in the Office of Diversity and International Affairs. No reservations required. Dates and times will be announced and available on the DIA website.

Appointments can also be made by emailing the Director of International Education.

During this session, the student will be guided through the study abroad process including program research, course options, scholarships, budgeting, and the application procedures. An advising session will be more productive if some research has been conducted online prior to the meeting.

Complete the application process for the program selected. The applications for individual programs and the DIA-Study Abroad Grant are two distinct processes. Both applications must be completed.

Deadlines for actual Study Abroad Programs (Step 4):
Deadlines will be announced and made available on the DIA website.

Students are responsible for meeting their specific program deadline.

Complete and submit an application for an Office of Diversity and International Affairs (DIA ) -Study Abroad Grant. This grant could provide up to 50% of the program cost up to $3,000. Additional financial aid may be available. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for details and to confirm potential eligibility. A PDF file of the student transcript and passport is needed. DIA will hold a passport fair each semester to assist students with obtaining or updating passports. Notification of student awards will be made in February.


TnCIS Students are required to attend the MANDATORY Pre-departure Orientation. Dates and location will be announced and available on the e 

2016 Study Abroad Program for Students

As we now live in a global society, intercultural experiences have become a vital part of the student’s professional and personal development. These experiences will increase their global awareness, simulate scholarly inquiry and make them more competitive in today’s global marketplace. Below are the actions for students to begin their 2014 study abroad experience:

Step 1 :

Select the Country, Program, and Course for a study abroad experience.   Click on these links: ,, and View Countries, Programs, and Course offerings provided by The Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) and other programs.

Step 2:

Complete and submit an application for the program selected in Step 1.

Step 3:

Complete and submit an application for a Study Abroad Grant. This grant could provide up to 50% of the program cost.

Students can start today by attending one of the application workshops listed below to begin their unique and life changing international experience.

Study Abroad Program Advisement & Grant Application Workshop - Walk-in Sessions

Time:             Every Friday September  11 to November 6   12 - 1 pm 

Location:        Crouch Hall Room 106             

Need more Information? Contact Mark Brinkley-Director International Education, , 615-963-7660, in Crouch Hall-Room 106.

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