Freeman-ASIA Award

Freeman-ASIA offers scholarships to undergraduate US citizens or permanent residents wishing to study in East Asia or Southeast Asia who have demonstrated financial need. Through these funding awards, Freeman-ASIA seeks to increase the number of students studying in these countries with hands-on exposure and promoting understanding of peoples of cultures in East Asia/Southeast Asia.

Award Amounts

Freeman-ASIA Awards are based on student financial need to assist with the cost of studying abroad programs and related expenses including international airfare, living expenses, textbooks and other incidentals. These award amounts are based on sessions, financial need, program fees and expenses with ranges estimated as:

  • Summer - up to $3,000
  • Semester - up to $5,000
  • Academic Year - up to $7,000


Program details along with eligibility requirements and online application instructions are available on the Freeman-ASIA website.

Additional Requirements

In addition to studying in East Asia or Southeast Asia regions, recipients are required to give back to their campuses or communities upon return by share their experiences to promote increased understanding of Asia in the United States.

Submission Deadlines

  • Summer 2017 application CLOSED 
  • Fall/Academic Year 2017 application OPEN NOW - deadline extended Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Future application deadlines will be posted directly on this website based on the following guidelines:

  • Summer application usually opens mid-January with submission deadline late February/early March;
  • Fall/Academic Year application usually opens mid-February with submission deadline early April

Freeman-ASIA awards are provided through the generous funding from the Freeman Foundation and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Created in 2001, Freeman-ASIA awards have enabled more than 4,600 undergraduate students from over 600 institutions these opportunities.

Additional questions can be directed to the specific Study Abroad Advisor or Teresa Kout, Participant Services Coordinator, (319) 335-0353.