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Want a Study Abroad Scholarship? This Program Has the Most

UC Merced Study Abroad Stories of Interest

If you ever wonder what will carry your study abroad scholarship application over the top and win a coveted award, it usually starts with selecting a study abroad program that's a good academic fit and that you have researched enough to be able to describe how this program is that just-right fit.

But if you want to up your chances, you should consider geography.

Now, you might be think geography? How does that impact my odds? Consider the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The Gilman is the single most generous scholarship in terms of total award dollars given to UC Merced students. Consider how your odds of landing the scholarship shift when correlated by region:

Chart illustrating the Estimated Increased Odds of Gilman Awards by Region

Now, these odds are the most recent available from today, and they are national in scope. What programs have been the most successful in helping UC Merced students land study abroad scholarships? Drum roll please! Here they are as of today:

Rank Country Program
1 Argentina + Chile Human Rights and Cultural Memory
2 Korea Yonsei Univ.
3= Denmark Univ. of Copenhagen
3= Korea Seoul Summer
3= Sweden Lund Univ.

Of course, geography isn’t everything. Other factors that weigh heavily include term (e.g. summer vs. semester), academic fit, foreign language study, and more.

Start Your Application

Ready to apply? Head over to the MyStudyAbroad Portal to begin your find your progam and being your application today.