Semester Abroad Intercultural Learning (SAIL) Scholarship


Beginning fall 2019 the SAIL Scholarship will increase to $2000.  This scholarship is for any student who wants to supercharge their ability to articulate the benefits of studying abroad to an employer while also gaining a better understanding of leadership and teamwork in cross-cultural contexts. To receive this scholarship, you must successfully complete one of the course options approved by Purdue’s Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship and Research (CILMAR) during your semester abroad (see options below).

Note: You must successfully complete the intercultural learning course to earn the scholarship. The $2000 scholarship is awarded as a credit to the student Bursar account in the semester following your study abroad program. There is no additional charge from Purdue for any of the options below.


  • Must be Purdue West Lafayette undergraduate degree-seeking student (of any nationality; no FAFSA required);
  • Must be participating in a credit-bearing approved study abroad program through Purdue University; 
  • have at least one semester of classes to complete after you return from study abroad;
  • Must be available to begin mentoring course approximately two weeks prior to departure in person (preferable) or online.
  • Must successfully complete one of the following courses during your semester abroad:

One credit will be awarded for completion of one of the following distance learning courses:


    • ENGR 397 – Global Engineering Experience (GEARE students only)
    • SCI 395 – Global Science Experience (CoS "Learning Beyond the Classroom" students or those fulfilling CoS "Language and Culture" requirements only


    • COM 30301 - The Purdue Global Competence Certificate course offered through a partnership with CILMAR and AFS. Open to all semester abroad students. 

Course options for students participating in a co-sponsored program: 

Students taking part in a co-sponsored program listed below are expected to choose this option if available. Students must verify the availability of each course in their selected locations for their specific term with that Study Abroad Organization and follow that process including relevant payment and registration.

  1. CIEE – COMM 3301 Intercultural Communication & Leadership (3 credits)
  2. DIS – Communication and Conflict: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 credits)
  3. IES – IR/IB 393 Leading Across Cultures (3 credits) or IC 215 Intercultural Communication (3 credits
  4. IFSA-Butler – Exploring Community & Culture in a Global Context (on-line course; 3 credits) or Exploring Chile: Community & Culture (3 credits)
  5. U of Minnesota – Global Identity course (on-line; 1 credit)

Students planning to take one of the above courses from the co-sponsor organization will need to include this class on their course approval form.

Application process:

Before you can apply for the SAIL scholarship you must first apply to an approved semester or academic year program on the Purdue Study Abroad web site. When your academic information has been downloaded to your My Study Abroad page, you’ll be able to access the SAIL scholarship application via a green box at the top.

You will need to complete the SAIL scholarship application by selecting the criteria that applies to your study abroad program and academic requirements. If you are applying to a co-sponsored program, you will need to verify course availability prior to submitting the SAIL scholarship application.

You do not need to have been accepted into your study abroad program to apply for the SAIL scholarship.

Remember your SAIL scholarship is awarded in the semester after you return from studying abroad and only if you complete the distance learning course!


  • Fall Semester / Academic Year Programs:  April 1
  • Spring Semester Programs:  October 1

Note: This deadline pertains only to participation in this scholarship program; deadlines for course registration, study abroad applications, or applications for other forms of financial aid may differ.

Students currently enrolled in the spring 2019 semester will receive $1500 for successful completion of the SAIL Scholarship course.

Questions regarding the SAIL Scholarship should be directed to Dan Jones, Intercultural Learning Specialist,  



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