The GESI team strives to help students find ways to finance this program–be it through GESI Summer scholarships for qualifying Northwestern students, external scholarship awards, or funding through students’ home institutions. Read below for various options for NU and non-NU students to consider, external scholarship links, and fundraising ideas.
Check out this extremely useful billing outline put together by the Financial Aid office. If you still have questions or don't find what you're looking for, get in touch with Krista Buda Bethel, Manager of Study Abroad Financial Services
NU undergraduate students, including current seniors, with demonstrated financial need will be considered for GESI summer scholarships if they do not receive summer study abroad funding from the Financial Aid Office. GESI also works with the Northwestern Financial Aid Office to help provide loans for students if GESI scholarships do not meet a student’s full need. Neither the GESI scholarships nor partial loans would count toward a student’s 12 quarters of financial aid. See the Summer Session page to learn more. Read more about scholarship deadlines.
GESI scholarships exist so that qualified Northwestern undergraduate students have the opportunity to gain international and community development experience, regardless of financial constraints. Learn more about the three types of scholarships that are available to qualified Northwestern students for GESI Summer:
Students should check with their own home Financial Aid offices to determine their eligibility for Financial Aid. We encourage students to begin these conversations as early as possible, and we are happy to supply any documentation or written materials needed. In the past, some students have used their GESI course credit to allow them to graduate early or be part-time students during the final quarter/semester at their home institution. A number of past GESI students have received external scholarship funding. See the listing of External Scholarship Opportunities in the Fundraising Toolkit. If you would like to speak with GESI staff about any of the above options or other ways to make GESI affordable, we are here to help! Please contact us.
Whether you are a Northwestern or Non-Northwestern student, fundraising can be a helpful part of financing GESI. Past GESI participants have successfully fundraised to cover all or part of the program costs. See the GESI Fundraising Toolkit for strategies, ideas, and tips for successfully fundraising to cover your program costs.
Students should refer to the following websites and databases for a variety of funding opportunities. Deadlines come quickly. If you know you need to apply to scholarships, we encourage you to check scholarship deadlines ASAP. Please be sure to verify the deadlines and eligibility on each scholarship’s individual website, since these are subject to change.
Any Northwestern student who is eligible for financial aid is eligible for a GESI Summer scholarship. To be considered, simply upload a current copy of your financial aid award letter and complete the financial aid release confirmation. All GESI scholarships are based on level of need and quality of application.
Three types of scholarships are available to Northwestern students through the GESI office; we offer a number of full and partial tuition scholarships.