The Joseph L. and Julia B. Peyser Foreign Studies Scholarship

This scholarship was created to encourage well–qualified students at IU South Bend to enrich their education by residence and study or research abroad. Recipients may be undergraduates or graduate students in any academic field.

Students Must:

  • Be enrolled in one of the full-time undergraduate or graduate or diploma programs at IU South Bend;

  • Spend the award year, semester or summer session in full time formal study and /or research project in a foreign country;

  • Have a record of academic excellence (3.25/4.0 for undergraduate and 3.3/4.0 Graduate);

  • Declare their intent to successfully complete their undergraduate, graduate or diploma program at IU;

  • Have completed at least four semesters of (or equivalent of) a modern language with a minimum 3.2/4.0 grade point average in that language; an

  • Provide a written approval from the appropriate academic unit, of proposal and the credits earned.


Proposals may be for a period of study abroad for one year, one semester, or a summer session. Although a desirable focus of foreign study proposals would be the study of a modern foreign language in the country where that language is spoken on a daily basis, acceptable proposals may include English language programs in English speaking or other countries.

Preference will be given to students who have successful completed at least 15 credits in an undergraduate, graduate or diploma program at IUSB and to students who have not lived outside of the United States for an appreciable period of time. The scholarship will be given only for participation on a formal academic program outside of the United States, sponsored or recognized by a duly accredited institution of higher learning.

A written summary and an academic transcript must be provided to the IU South Bend Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at the conclusion of the program. A recipient who does not fulfill the terms of the proposal must return all scholarship funds to the IU Foundation.

Deadline: April 1st.


Completed applications should be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Applications may be dropped off at the Administrations Building, A157 or mailed to 1700 Mishawaka Avenue, PO Box 7111, South Bend, IN 46634.


If you have questions, please the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, at 574-520-4357 or