SF State Abroad News

SF State is once again #1 in the nation for State Department Sponsored Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships

August 2017

San Francisco State University has just received the most Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships in the nation for students studying abroad in the 2017-18 academic year. The US State Department recently announced that it awarded nearly 1000 of the prestigious Gilman scholarships to students from 326 colleges and universities for the 2017-18 academic year. SF State led all colleges and universities by receiving 42 scholarships totaling in excess of $200,000 for students studying abroad during the fall 2017 semester and 2017-18 academic year. This is the second year in a row that SF State has received the most Gilman Scholarships.

According to the US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs:

The Gilman Scholarship program has been successful in supporting students who have been historically underrepresented in education abroad, including but not limited to first-generation college students, students in STEM fields, ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, students attending HBCUs or other minority-serving institutions, students attending community colleges, and students coming from U.S. states with less study abroad participation. 

SF State’s education abroad model focusing on accessibility, affordability and equal opportunity is a natural fit for these goals of the Gilman Scholarship. By leading the country in Gilman Scholarships received, SF State has once again reinforced its position as a national leader in promoting diversity and equity in education abroad.

For fall 2017 and the 2017-18 academic year, SF State students will receive scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $8,000. 

The Office of International Programs at SF State would like to extend a special congratulation to the 42 SF State students who will now have the opportunity to study abroad with the financial support of a Gilman Scholarship. 

For a complete list of fall 2017 Gilman awardees, visit the Gilman website at https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/.


SF State is #1 in the Nation for Gilman Awardees!

July 2016

The opportunity to study in another country for a year may feel financially improbable—especially for students at San Francisco State University who rely heavily on financial aid.  For at least 35 Pell Grant recipients, this is not the case. They have been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to help fund their study abroad programs next spring semester.  For fall 2016, they each will receive scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $8,000.  Collectively, they have earned $157,500 in grant money. 

With 35 recipients for fall 2016, San Francisco State University ranks first nationally in the number of awardees.  Gilman continues to be an important source of funding for SF State students to study abroad.  The majority of SF State students who study abroad receive financial aid.

The facilitators of the Gilman Scholarship at the Institute of International Education recognize the immense value and importance of international experiences.  International education, according to Allan Goodman, President and CEO of IIE, “is one of the best tools for developing mutual understanding and building connections between people from different countries.  It is critical to the success of American diplomacy and business, and the lasting ties that Americans make during their international studies are important to our country in times of conflict as well as times of peace.”

For fall, Gilman received more than 2,900 applications and offered awards to over 850 students across the United States.  San Francisco State University and the Office of International Programs would like to extend a special congratulation to the 35 SF State students who will have the opportunity to realize study abroad with the financial support of a Gilman Scholarship. 

For a complete list of fall 2016 Gilman awardees, visit the Gilman website at http://www.iie.org/gilman.


New Opportunities for Sophomores to go Abroad

Apply by September 15th for Spring 2017

More options for sophomores to take GE's (upper and lower) as well as STEM and Business pre-requisites:

Check out the new Go Abroad as a Sophomore page!


SF State Abroad launches new Instagram Account

July 2016

Follow SF State Abroad participants on their study abroad journeys by searching the #SFStateAbroad hashtag. Are you already abroad or preparing to go? If so, share your photos on Instagram by using the #SFStateAbroad hashtag!


IEEC has a new Facebook Group for fall 2016

July 2016

Be sure to join the fall 2016 group and welcome the new incoming international students!


SF State Abroad Tabling at the New Student Orientations

June 2016

Freshman and New Transfer students are encouraged to stop by the SF State Abroad Table during the morning Resource Fair of the Orientation.