Scholarships for International Students

Explore IUI’s scholarships for international students

IUI offers scholarships and funding for undergraduate and graduate students

Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

IUI offers a variety of scholarships to international students. Review the options below to see what fits best for you. Have questions? Contact us at

These points will be helpful to keep in mind when considering IUI's scholarships:

  • If you plan to enroll in a fall term, apply by November 1 for maximum scholarship consideration or apply by February 15 for merit scholarship consideration.
  • Students are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores to be considered for merit or Honors College scholarships. 
  • All scholarships require you to be enrolled full time in the fall and spring semesters.
  • Scholarships listed below are for international students classified as non-resident for tuition purposes only, your scholarship will be adjusted to an in-state award if you are later reclassified as an in-state resident status.
  • Most admission-based scholarships require that you maintain a GPA of 3.0 to renew the scholarships from year to year.
  • Scholarship funds cannot be used for intensive study of English as a Second Language.

  • Merit scholarships for incoming first-year students:

    IUI awards a limited number of merit scholarships to incoming first-year international students each year.

    These merit-based scholarships are renewable for four years. Students are automatically considered for these awards if you submit all required documents for admission by the application deadline. No separate application is required for merit scholarships. Students can receive ONE merit scholarship.


    Award Amount

    Grade point average
    (based on a 4.0 US scale)

    English Proficiency Level
    $5,000 3.0 At least a: TOEFL 60, IELTS 5.5, SAT 410 ERW, ACT 17 English, Duolingo 90, PIE Level 5, ELS 109, O level and equivalents C in English language, IUPUI W131 equivalency, or Secondary education completed in an English speaking country.
    $6,000 3.25 - 3.49 At least a: TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5, SAT 560 ERW, ACT 21 English, Duolingo 105, PIE Level 7, ELS 112, O level and equivalents A-B in English language, IUPUI W131 equivalency, or Secondary education completed in an English speaking country.
    $7,000 3.50 - 3.74
    $10,000 3.75

    This is only a start! There are other potential scholarships depending on individual situation, merit, and need. Contact 

  • Competitive Honors College scholarships for first-year students:

    These competitive scholarships, which range in amount up to full tuition, require you to submit an application for admission by November 1 and a separate application to the Honors College by November 15. They will also require you to submit additional materials. These scholarships are available to first-year international students applying for a Fall term. 

    Competitive scholarships are awarded to students who have achieved outstanding performance in rigorous college-preparatory curriculum. Students will need to submit an academic sample to show evidence of excellence in their current curriculum. Samples could include academic papers written for class or a publication, portfolios of creative work, or any other example from your high school experience. 

    Competitive scholarships cannot be combined with merit scholarships. Finalists may be required to complete an interview virtually over Zoom or Skype. Available for fall start only. 

    Honors College awards include:

     Bepko Scholars Programavailable to one international student per year

    • Full tuition, fees, and books for up to four years
    • Two years of on-campus housing. The recipient will be required to live in the Honors Residential Based Learning Community (RBLC) during their freshman year. 
    • $2,500 stipend for a study abroad experience 

    Plater International Scholars Programavailable to one international student per year

    • $27,000 per year for up to four years 
    • $2,500 stipend for a study abroad experience

    IUI Chancellor's Scholar Program

    • $19,000 per year for up to four years
    • $2,500 stipend for a study abroad experience


    You may be eligible for one of the above Honors College awards if you:

    Learn more about available awards and eligibility criteria from the Honors College.

  • Major-specific, service-based, and diversity scholarships:

    Some schools at IUI award major-specific scholarships for international students. These awards may be combined with a merit scholarship. Search for opportunities at your school at Student Central.

    IUI also offers service-based scholarships and special scholarships for diverse populations. Please review websites carefully for eligibility criteria and instructions on how to apply.

    Once you're admitted, be sure to check the IU Scholarships site for even more scholarships that you might be able to apply for.

  • Sustainability scholarship

    The IUI Sustainability Scholarship is co-funded by the 2022 College Football Playoff – Indianapolis Host Committee and IUI Sustainability, with the purpose of creating an opportunity for one student to learn through the lens of sustainability in any related discipline while at IUI. One scholarship recipient will be awarded $20,000 for a four-year undergraduate degree, while fostering rich hands-on learning opportunities through volunteer experiences and a year-long internship.

    Learn more here.

  • Athletic Scholarships:

    IUI is a Division I School, the highest level of intercollegiate sports in the United States. Athletic scholarships are extremely competitive. Outstanding athletes must contact the coach directly for more information. Coaches' contact information can be found on IUI's Athletics website . Athletic scholarships may be combined with merit scholarships.

Funding for Graduate Students

Contact your academic department for information about funding. 

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