WSA Cultural Bridge Scholarship

Discover Europe with WSA's study abroad scholarship

In accordance with our mission to facilitate life-changing international experiences, WSA has created the Cultural Bridge Scholarship to allow students the incredible, enriching opportunity to study abroad in Europe.

SPRING APPLICATION: Deadline extended - Dec. 15th

Congratulations for the Fall 2016 Awardees! The WSA Cultural Bridge Scholarship is proud to announce the Fall 2016-2017 scholarships offered. Email notifications and were sent on August 16, 2016.

Mayte Martinez, Union College
Major: Political Science, French & Francophone Studies
Studying Abroad: Rennes, France

Ashley Keegan, North Central College
Major: Organizational Communication 
Studying Abroad: Limerick, Ireland



Each semester, scholarships will be awarded to student(s) who demonstrate strong passion and motivation for international education. We’re no strangers to the financial burden studying abroad can lay on a student’s shoulder, and so this scholarship is provided to alleviate the stress and take you one step closer towards your goal.

Scholarship recipients will be awarded $500 USD in funds toward their semester abroad. All American undergraduate students with plans to study abroad in Europe are encouraged to apply. WSA Europe will award scholarships based on financial need, passion, and merit. 


  • U.S Citizen currently enrolled as an undergraduate in the US (submissions accepted from valid .edu addresses only)
  • Has already accepted or applied to study abroad in Europe for Spring 2017 (proof required)
  • 3.0 GPA minimum

Spring 2017 deadline is December 15th. 


  • Completed Application Questionnaire Provided on your online application form. 
  • Creative piece: You may use any format of your choice to answer the prompt below. It may be a series of the best travel photos you’ve ever taken, a video submission (60-120 seconds; quality will not be major factor of consideration--more important is the content and your message), a poster/collage, website, etc. This piece must still convey a clear and intellectual response to the prompt.

PROMPT for Creative Piece:
Describe in a compelling delivery your overall goal for your study abroad experience. Expand on any academic, career, and/or personal goals that motivated your desire to go abroad, what interests you the most about your potential host country, and how the scholarship funds will help achieve your goals.


Step 1: Complete your application on the provided form questionnaire below. This will be the "written" portion of your application.

Step 2: Attach your application materials to scholarships [at] wsaeurope [dot] com before the December 15 deadline.
For video submissions, you may load your video to Youtube (or the appropriate site) and include the link.
You may send multiple emails with various materials attached, as long as they are all received before the deadline.

Step 3: Winners for Fall 2016 have been announced. You may apply for the Spring 2017 Scholarship below.


Scholarship Criteria - 
Applications will be judged on the following:

  • Passion: Students will need to clearly display their intent to spend a meaningful semester abroad. This may include plans to:
    • Learn a foreign language
    • Live in foreign household or with host family
    • Experience new ingredients and foods?
    • Other specified plans to engage in local or academic culture
  • Need: How will this money specifically enhance your abroad experience? What doors will this open for you?
    • Tuition
    • Housing and board
    • Books and academic materials
    • Dance/Language classes
    • Transportation
    • Hobbies
    • Travel expenses


  • $500 in scholarship funds will be distributed between 1-5 students depending on award selections, with a maximum of $500 per student
  • Applicants must be 100% honest during the application process. Misinformation will result in disqualification
  • Study abroad program must include 4 weeks in host country
  • During travel, post at least three photos and/or status updates to Instagram and/or Facebook tagging @WSAeurope
  • Following your semester abroad, all winners will need to complete a brief evaluation and summary of their experience abroad.

Spring 2017 scholarships: Applications are now OPEN


To process your application, please submit the attached scholarship form.



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