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  • Scholarships

    Because international students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse assists students with scholarship opportunities.

    Every semester the Office of International Education allocates money to students who are greatly involved in educating others about their home country/culture and who maintain a high GPA. The money for these scholarships comes from the  Student Association and the UW System Fund.

    The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students who pay out-of-state tuition and to encourage international awareness.


    All F-1, degree seeking international students (ESL students need to be taking at least one university/academic course in order to apply) can apply for a Global Link Scholarship each semester. The following three criteria must be met in order to be eligible:

    • Participate in at least 4 Global Link activities during the semester
    • Undergraduates must achieve a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to be eligible – the previous minimum GPA was 2.5
    • Graduate students must achieve a minimum of a 3.5 GPA to be eligible – the previous minimum GPA was 3.0
    • Attend one Global Link Scholarship meeting near the end of the semester

    Planned Activities

    Cultural Coffee Hours: Various Wednesdays.  See Schedule of Events for topics and dates.

    • Students share their culture with the campus community by hosting a presentation and discussion on a topic related to their home country.
    • Presenters should be prepared for a 20 minute presentation.
    • In order to diversify the presentations, we need to limit country representation.
      • Only one presenter, per country, per coffee hour please!
      • Please sign up with your presentation topic at the front desk of OIE.  (1 Global Link Point)

    Cultural Poster Boards – Will be posted in the Global Village at Eagle Hall.

    • Create a bulletin board involving some aspect of your country or culture. One person per board.
    • In order to diversify the bulletin boards, we would like to limit country representation. Only one country per month please!
    • Sign up at OIE and make sure to review the bulletin board guidelines before you begin. (1 Global Link Point)

    Global Fridays – Various Fridays throughout October, November, February, March and April. Transportation provided during fall semester.

    • Join a 6th grade class at a local middle or elementary school and introduce your country to the students. Additional information on presentations will be provided.
    • Sign up at OIE. (1 Global Link point)

    International Panels for Classes (UW-L & La Crosse School District). Dates and times to be determined by requests from faculty.

    • Share your culture and knowledge with students. Emails will be sent to international students with specific details after a request has been made.

    Requests from Faculty and the Community. Dates and times to be determined.

    • OIE receives requests from faculty/staff and community members for international students to share their culture.
    • Some specific requests may include a native dance, language, craft, sport, etc. Emails will be sent to international students after a request has been made.

    Miscellaneous Requests. E-mails will be sent to international students with specific information.  Students seeking to earn Global Link Points for an event not advertised for Global Link Points can do so by filling out this form and getting approval from OIE.

    Are there any exceptions?

    Yes. Graduate students can only receive money from one of the sources. Graduate students whose out-of-state tuition has been waived may not be eligible for the scholarship.

    Where do I find out about the Global Link Activities?

    Each semester an email is sent within the first 3-4 weeks outlining opportunities for the semester (only UW-L student e-mail addresses are used). Regular updates will follow thereafter. Sign-up sheets for various activities are available at the front desk of OIE. There are always numerous opportunities available to interested students who want to participate. Global Link opportunities are offered September – November (fall semester) and February – April (spring semester).

    What happens if I have to work or have class during the Global Scholarship Meetings?

    Students who have a class conflict with each of the times listed need to notify their international student advisor at least one week prior to the first meeting date. Students who have a work conflict will need to talk with their supervisors about getting time off to attend a meeting. 

    What happens if I forget to attend a meeting? Can I still pick up an application from OIE?

    It is your responsibility to fulfill all three requirements in order to be eligible to receive a scholarship. If you forget to attend a meeting, you have not fulfilled all necessary requirements.

    Can International Students receive financial aid?

    International students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid. As part of the F-1 visa requirements, international students must have the financial means to pay for tuition, fees, housing, meals and insurance for each term.

    Are there any other scholarships available for international students?

    Visit the UW-L Foundation for information on campus UW-L Foundation scholarships and various external scholarships.