Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
Institute of International Education &
Freeman Foundation

The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) offers qualified undergraduate U.S. citizens or permanent residents the financial support to travel and learn in countries in East and Southeast Asia for up to one academic year. The overall aim of the Freeman-ASIA Program is to increase greatly the number of Americans who know Asia first-hand and understand its peoples and cultures.

Description of Award
There are presently about 150 summer programs scattered around most Asian countries and about 250 academic year programs, all of which are open to American college students. The Freeman-Asia grants will range between $3,000 and $7,000 depending on the length of stay. The Freeman Foundation and IIE plan to support over 1,200 students

1.Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of application.
2.Applicants must be currently enrolled as undergraduates in U.S. colleges or universities and be in good academic standing.
3.Applicants must currently receive financial aid or have verifiable need for financial assistance to study abroad in Asia.
4.Priority will be given to students with no previous experience in the country in which they plan to study.
5.Awards are available only to students who plan to study abroad in the following countries/regions: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.
6.Within three months after return from a study abroad program in Asia, awardees must fulfill a service requirement to promote study abroad in Asia on their home campus and share their knowledge with their community.
7.Awardees must submit a final report to IIE within 6 months after return to the United States, summarizing their experiences, including the implementation of the service requirement.
8.Applicants' study abroad advisers must verify financial need and endorse a student's application, according to the deadlines below, before it is submitted to IIE.

Application forms are available at the IIE's website. For further information on the Freeman-ASIA Program , please consult the website:

Questions about Freeman-ASIA can be sent by email:

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