Freeman-ASIA Award Program

The primary goal of the Freeman-ASIA Award Program is to increase the number of American undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia, by providing them with the information and financial assistance they will need.


Awardees are expected to share their experiences with their home campuses to encourage study abroad in Asia by others, and to spread greater understanding of Asian peoples and cultures within their home communities.
Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent resident at the time of application.

Applicants must currently receive Need-Based Financial Aid or demonstrate through FAFSA a verifiable need for financial assistance to study abroad in Asia. (Applicants must submit the Estimated Family Contribution figure calculated through FAFSA at the time of application.)

Applicants must be undergraduate students in good standing at institution of higher education in the United States (including both two-year and four-year institutions).

Applicants must have at least one term of enrollment remaining at their home institutions following their return from the study in Asia.

Applicants must have applied or have been accepted to a country-based study abroad program from among the following countries and regions: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam. (Multi-country programs are only eligible if the applicant will spend at least 8 weeks in one of the countries and will have intensive language study during that period.)

Applicants must have applied or have been accepted to a study abroad program that awards academic credits through your home campus or other U.S. accredited college or university. Programs must be a minimum of 8 weeks for a summer term, 10 weeks for a quarter term, and 12 weeks for a semester term; proof of program acceptance and flight arrangement are required for final award disbursement.

Applicants must have little or no previous experience in the country in which they plan to study. Specifically, applicants must not have spent more than 4 weeks in the proposed country of study within the last 5 years.

Applicants must agree to submit an on-line Study Abroad Survey to IIE within 1 month after their return to the United States, summarizing their experiences. Immediately upon returning from a study abroad program in Asia, applicants must agree to begin planning to and/or fulfilling their service requirements to promote study abroad in Asia on their college campuses and in their local communities in the United Statues.

Applicants must return their Final Service Reports on the implementation of their service requirements at the end of the term following the study abroad program in Asia.

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