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Study Abroad

Study abroad is a life-changing experience. Adapting to a foreign culture first hand allows students to develop an entirely new perspective about themselves and the world around them. Expanding horizons with a semester abroad demonstrates a sense of adventure, curiosity and flexibility. Studying abroad enhances communication and inter-personal skills, lends distinction to resumes, and attracts the attention of potential employers. The Shuford Center for International Education offers a variety of affordable study abroad programs for students of all majors, regardless of whether you speak a second language or not.

LRU & Study Abroad

LRU Programs

LR offers students the possibility to study abroad for a semester or year through exchange programs. For information on exchange programs that accept LRU financial aid, visit the ISEP and/or Conahec websites.

LR also maintains several bi-lateral exchange agreements with universities around the world. Students may also use their institutional and other forms of financial aid to study at these universities.

LRU has exchange agreements with the following universities:
Bifröst University, Iceland
Canterbury Christ Church University, England

Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics (JUFE), China
Lutheran University of Applied Sciences Nuremberg (EVHN), Germany
Magdeberg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Technical University of Dortmund (TU Dortmund), Germany
Universidad de Almeria, Spain
Universidad Pontificia Comillas Madrid, Spain
University of Basque Country (UPV), Spain

LRU Affiliated Programs

The Robert & William Shuford Center for International Education (SCIE) recognizes that LRU programs may not meet the academic, social, and cultural preferences of all students. With this understanding, LRU allows students to participate in LRU Partner programs that SCIE has reviewed and approved for transfer credit. Through affiliation agreements with these institutions, students are registered for classes at LRU while studying abroad.


Arcadia University

CEA Global Education

Center for International Studies

Central College

Institute of American Universities

International Studies Abroad (ISA)

International Partnership for Service Learning

The School for Field Studies

Participation in these programs allow students to use federal and state financial aid. LR grants and scholarships may not be used for these or other third-party programs.

Getting Started and Applying

Explore Abroad Options

Attend a Study Abroad convocation in the fall or spring, and/or schedule an appointment with the William & Robert Shuford Center for International Education.

Choose A Program

Choose a program in conversation with an academic adviser, carefully determining the courses you intend to take and how they will count towards your degree. SCIE can provide preliminary information about aid as it applies to study abroad, but you should also visit the Financial Aid Office to explore how much aid is available to you for programs you are considering. Schedule a follow up appointment to discuss your refined choices with Laura Dobson and learn about program specific next steps.

Scholarship Opportunities for Study Abroad

Application Deadline is October 1, 2018

The European Union's Erasmus+ Program offers financial support for student exchange between U.S. universities and universities of the countries of the European Union. Lenoir-Rhyne University enjoys two exchange partnerships with universities in Spain that generously make this scholarship available to our students: the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and the Universidad de Almería (UAL). Lenoir-Rhyne University awards these ERASMUS+ scholarships to its top students (determined first by GPA and second by quality of application and recommendations) electing to attend the Universidad de Almería and the University of the Basque Country. The scholarship covers many of the living expenses associated with studying abroad and a significant portion of the air ticket to travel to and from Spain. Students studying at these universities can take a variety of courses in multiple disciplines in English or in Spanish, as well as Spanish language courses for international students. (Annual awards and exchange rates fluctuate, but this scholarship typically amounts to a $3000-4200 value.)

Contact the SCIE, Room 202 Rudisill Library, for more information and an application.

This Scholarship has a Rolling Application Deadline

The Mary Ann Chou China Study Scholarship provides funds to enable a qualified student, in good academic standing, to participate in a study program to mainland China. The program must last a minimum of three weeks and be sponsored by an academic institution.

Her son Timothy writes "Mary Ann was born in Tsimo in the Shandong province of China on Feb 20, 1918. At the age of five, with her grandmother’s approval, she was able to go to school with her older sister. But it was when she turned 14 that her life changed; she left home to attend the Lutheran School of Nursing. She went on to attend Peking Union Medical College and, in 1939 left China only to meet and marry Dr. David Chou 12 years later. By 1956 she had moved to Hickory, NC, as David became a professor at Lenoir Rhyne. One of her fondest memories is of her twins holding the May Queen’s train on May Day. Amazingly at the age of 49 she passed the state boards in nursing and taught for 10 years at Western Piedmont Community College."

She established this scholarship in 2000 as a way for students at Lenoir Rhyne to develop a better understanding of the country of her birth. The last line of her autobiography she writes: "It is a good feeling to finish my life story which wasn't planned in advance, just like many parts of my real life.... Maybe going to China will be an important part of your life story."

The award of up to $1,500 is currently available for study during a summer or semester.

Contact the SCIE, Room 202 Rudisill Library, for more information and an application.


The William and Robert Shuford Endowment grants are intended to contribute to growth in the number of students able to participate in LRU study abroad programming. As such, they can be used to cover shorter faculty-led and summer programs as well as semester and year-long programs to traditional and non-traditional destinations.

In an effort to expand the types of programs in which students participate, some funding will be reserved to support students pursuing internships and service abroad as well as senior project research.

The William and Robert Shuford Endowment grants are further intended to support students who have financial need and/or to support Lenoir-Rhyne’s goal of promoting diversity in the students that participate in study abroad programming. If you are intending to study abroad, please apply for these awards. There are many types of awards and many students will qualify for some support.

Preference in making these awards will go to Lenoir-Rhyne students who are undergraduates or graduates with a 2.5 GPA.

The paper application can be picked up at the William and Robert Shuford Center for International Education.

Deadline for Grant Applications:
September 15 - Spring Break and Spring programs
November 15 - Maymester programs
February 15 - Summer, Fall Semester, and Academic Year programs


What is the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program?
The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship Program

Who Should Apply?
The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Learn more about eligibility requirements

Who Sponsors the Program?
The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations.


Eligibility Requirements




Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship


Receive the Federal Pell Grant; must be abroad more than four weeks (cannot be applied to summer programs) in any country of study

Maximum of $5000

Fall: Mid April

Spring: Early October




What are Boren Scholarships?
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

Where do Boren Scholars & Fellows study?
Boren Scholars and Fellows study throughout the world, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic and professional disciplines, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants identify how their study abroad programs or overseas projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.


What is the Fund for Education Abroad? The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) invests in promising students with financial need who wish to study abroad. Potential applicants who meet our eligibility requirements may participate on any international education program that meets their academic objectives. Scholarships range from $1,250 – $10,000 and can be applied for programs that run between May, 2019 and April, 2020.

Learn more about the Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship Program.

Learn more about eligibility requirements.


What is the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award? Samuel Huntington was President and Chief Executive Officer of the New England Electric System which later merged with National Grid. He was deeply interested in public service. Following his graduation from college and before attending law school, Mr. Huntington taught in Nigeria. The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award was established by his friends to allow other students to realize similar experiences and to provide public service.

Who should apply for the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award? The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career. Please complete and mail in an application form by January 18, 2019. Your application should also include a proposal, budget, transcript, resume, and three letters of recommendation. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken alone or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations.

Learn more about the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award.

Returning from Studying Abroad

Upon returning from studying abroad, students make another appointment with the SCIE to share the experience, explore re-entry resources and events and determine how to continue building on the experience. Students are encouraged to:

  • Participate in workshops designed to showcase the abroad experience, and engage in conversations with prospective employers and/or include on graduate applications.
  • Share the experience with prospective students considering studying abroad.
  • Explore international research opportunities or additional study abroad service and mission opportunities.
  • Become an I-Pal for an international student new to LR.
  • Join the Global Ambassadors who work in and support the mission of the SCIE.

Faculty-Directed Study Abroad

2019 & 2020 Trips

Proposed and approved faculty-led programming in January, spring, and summer of 2020. Please contact laura.dobson@lr.edu or the professors listed below for more information.

« Palestine and Israel (LTSS students) - Rev. Dr. James Thomas
« Japan (Business) - Dr. Craig Schreiber
« Japan (Mathematics) - Dr. Sarah Nelson
« Italy (HSB 388) - Kathryn Tinkelenberg
« Ecuador (Occupational Therapy) - Nicole Coffee
« Spain (HUM 188) - Dr. Eric Schramm
« New Zealand (Health & Exercise Science) - Luis Velez
« Ireland (Irish Culture and Theatre) - Dr. Lindsay Weitkamp and Dr. Rand Brandes
« Scotland/England (Teaching Scholars Seminar) - Dr. Monica Campbell
« Italy (Counseling) - Dr. Gordon Cappelletty

Proposed and approved faculty-led programming in spring and summer of 2019. Please contact laura.dobson@lr.edu or the professors listed below for more information.

« Italy (Counseling/Psych) - Dr. Gordon Cappelletty
« Greece (Broyhill Scholars/Business) - Dr. Craig Schreiber
« Costa Rica (Religion) - Dr. Mindy Makant
« Italy (Creative Writing/HUM 188) - Dr. Laura Hope-Gill
« Ireland (Music/Choir) - Dr. Ryan Luhrs
« Madrid (Model United Nations) - Dr. Cynthia Combs
« Finland (Education) - Ann VanBuren

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to study abroad?

For Lenoir Rhyne semester and academic year programs a 2.5 GPA is the minimum requirement for applicants. Students must attend advising in the Office of International Studies before applying to any study-abroad program.

Can students take courses in their major abroad?

Yes. Students can take courses in their major abroad as long as they have been pre-approved by the student's academic adviser and/or Chair of Department.

Will credits taken abroad transfer back to Lenoir-Rhyne?

Yes. All classes taken abroad will transfer as long as the academic advisor, chair and Registrar pre-approve them before departure. Students must also pass the class. All grades will appear on the student's transcript.

If participating in a non-LR program, classes taken abroad will appear as transfer credit on the transcript. To gain transfer credit, the student must receive at least a C for each class. When completing the program application, a Course Approval Form must be completed with the academic advisor. This form states how each class is to be counted toward degree completion (i.e. for major, minor, general education, or elective requirements).

Can student financial aid be applied to studying abroad?

If participating in a Lenoir Rhyne semester or year-long program, federal financial aid and LR aid or scholarships will be applied to the student's study abroad program. If participating in a non-LR program, federal aid may count toward the program; however, LR aid and scholarships will not count toward the program. All students applying for and using financial aid need to work with LR financial aid officers to complete all necessary paperwork.

Are study abroad scholarships available?

Yes. View scholarships on the scholarships tab above.

Are participants required to speak a foreign language?

No. There are options for students who do not speak a foreign language to study abroad.

When should students study abroad?

Students should begin thinking about study abroad during their first year at LR, and discuss study abroad possibilities with their academic advisor.

Can transfer students study abroad?

Yes. Transfer students are eligible to study abroad.

When should study abroad planning begin?

Students interested in studying abroad should start as early as possible by visiting their advisor or the Office of International Education.

Are there meetings before the study abroad program begins?

Yes. Schedules for these meetings are be posted on the website for International Study. All students participating in study abroad are required to attend a mandatory orientation before departure.

Is a passport required to study abroad?

Yes. Information for applying for a passport is available at the Office for International Education and on the United States Department of State's website.

Contact SCIE

Laura Dobson

Director of International Education, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science

Brittany Marinelli

Assistant Director, Shuford Center for International Education


"You can only learn so much from the textbook in your comfort zone. That textbook can never give you an experience like studying abroad can."- Michael Hanlon, travelled to Costa Rica