International Business Seminars

International Business Seminars - Scholarship Information

Scholarship Information

Finding money to study abroad

Many academic institutions are emphasizing the development of international experience and a global mindset within their student bases. In order to encourage this, many institutions offer scholarships specifically for studying abroad.

Aside from the scholarships offered by your academic institution, there are general international scholarships offered by several foundations and organizations. A seminar abroad with IBS is an investment in your education and professional career and it’s important to start thinking about your financial planning strategy early. IBS offers the following scholarships:

The Founders Scholarship

  • Description:
    • The Founders Scholarship was created to support students who want to attend an IBS seminar and have an additional financial need. These awards go to students who are actively finding ways to finance their program with IBS and have thoughtful personal, professional and academic goals for their time abroad.
  • Qualifications:
    • Students must be currently enrolled for an IBS seminar.
  • How to Apply:
    • Must submit an essay to before the deadline addressing these three topics:
      • Discuss your goals for the program and how you think attending an IBS seminar will benefit you personally, professionally and academically.
      • Discuss your financial strategy and various efforts to fund your seminar with IBS.
      • Describe why this scholarship will be important to your current financial strategy.
      • All essays must be between 1,000-2,000 words.
  • Selection Criteria:
    • Essays will be evaluated by an IBS selection team on the following guidelines:
      • Student’s thoughtfulness of their goals during their seminar and clear articulation of personal, professional and academic benefits.
      • Financial need and additional efforts to secure full funding for their program.
      • Overall presentation, storytelling and professionalism.
  • Requirements if selected:
    • Must write 3 blogs 3-6 weeks after your seminar ends. IBS will provide assistance with blog writing and no experience is necessary. Each blog will be 750-1,500 words total with 4-6 pictures each.
    • One blog will describe how you found financial resources and scholarships to fund your IBS program.
    • The second blog will describe how you were able to accomplish your goals and grow personally and professionally by attending your seminar.
    • The third blog will be written on your topic of choice based on your experiences abroad.
  • Application deadlines:
    • Winter applications are due October 15th.
    • Summer applications are due February 15th.
  • Awards:
    • Awards will range from $250-$1,000 and will be applied toward program fees
    • IBS announces scholarship recipients on October 22nd for winter programs and March 1st for summer programs.

Digital Ambassador Scholarship

  • Description:
    • The role of an IBS Digital Ambassador is to creatively share your experience for future marketing and recruiting purposes. The ideal digital ambassador will be willing to try new things, step out of their comfort zone and candidly share their experience with others. No blogging or video creation experience is necessary, but it may be helpful! We encourage everyone who is interested in this type of experience to apply.
  • Qualifications:
    • Students must be currently enrolled for an IBS seminar.
  • How to Apply:
    • Must submit a video entry to before the deadline:
    • Video entry: 1-4 minute video sharing why you are choosing to attend your IBS seminar, why you’d like to be an IBS Digital Ambassador and describe your experience with video creation and blogging. Share how you will be successful in this role if you’re selected to be one of our digital ambassadors.
    • No experience necessary as long as you’re willing to learn.
  • Selection Criteria:
    • Video submissions will be evaluated by an IBS selection team. on the following guidelines:
    • The overall presentation, story-telling, and professionalism.
    • General creativity and ability to inspire others with video creation.
    • Experience with video creation or willingness to learn, combined with strategies to be successful in this role.
  • Requirements if selected:
      • During the program:
        • At orientation, introduce yourself and announce that you are going to make a video of the experience at the end of the seminar, so you’ll be taking photos and videos throughout the program. Encourage others to share their photos and videos with you.
        • Photo/video tips and suggestions will be provided to help guide you.
        • Conduct and video record at least 6 student interviews. You will be provided with sample questions to ask and each interview should only take 5-10 minutes. Minimum of 5 questions per interview.
        • Encourage students to participate in the photo contest using #IBSabroad when they post photos to social media.
        • Interact with IBS social media throughout the program.
        • Take detailed notes of your company visits.
      • After the seminar:
        • 3-6 weeks after the program, upload all of your photos and video footage (and photos/video you’ve gathered from other students) to google drive to share with IBS.
        • Using some of your video footage and photos, put together a video showing what the program experience was like from your eyes. The video should be a minimum length of 1 minute and 30 seconds with a maximum of 6 minutes.
        • You can incorporate your own reflection/recap video if you’d like, but this is not required.
        • It’s okay if you don’t have a lot of experience with editing videos, do your best.
        • You will need to send us your completed video via google drive no later than 3-6 weeks after the program.
        • Send a short summary of each company visit. Try your best to always jot down the name and title of the executive you meet with.
        • Ex: At Intel, we met with the company’s finance director and learned about the different challenges that the company faces by being the only high-tech company in Vietnam.
        • Write 4 blogs about your experiences during the program. Each blog will be between 750-1,500 words and include a minimum of 4 pictures.
      • Application deadlines:
        • Winter applications are due October 15th.
        • Summer applications are due February 15th.
      • Awards:
        • Awards will range from $500-$1,000 and will be applied toward programs fees.
        • IBS announces scholarship recipients on October 22nd for winter programs and March 1st for summer programs.

In addition to scholarships, we recommend financial planning or other ways to fund your study abroad program:

      • Payment plans through IBS. Learn more about IBS financial planning
      • Financial aid – ask your Financial Aid Office on campus to understand all your options
      • Crowdfunding
        • FundMy Travel or GoFundMe
      • Donations from local communities such as religious, social, or professional groups
      • Support or private loans from local banks
      • Fundraising such as car washes, tutoring, etc.
      • Smartphone apps like Scholarship Grab or Scholly can help you earn scholarships