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UT Austin Ranks in Top Tier of Schools With Gilman Scholars Studying Abroad

  • Oct 6, 2022
  • Education Abroad

The United States Department of State recognized The University of Texas at Austin today as one of the U.S. colleges and universities that sent the most scholars abroad through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program during Academic Year 2020-2021. 

Twenty Longhorn students received a total of $79,000 in Gilman award funding for their studies or internships abroad in 2020-2021, ranking UT Austin at the No. 3 spot among national universities in the large institution category and making it the top producer of Gilman Scholarship recipients in Texas.  

The Gilman Scholarship expands access and equity in study abroad and international internship opportunities among U.S. undergraduate students with high financial need.

“It is an honor to partner with the Gilman Scholarship Program, which provides substantial support to The University of Texas at Austin. Together, we foster inclusion, diversity, and accessibility in our international education efforts,” said Sonia Feigenbaum, senior vice provost for global engagement and chief international officer. “UT Austin is proud to have awarded a total of nearly $2.8 million in Gilman Scholarship funds to 590 students since 2001.” 

Additionally, the Gilman Program helps students gain the professional skills, language abilities and knowledge needed for successful careers. The academically high-performing and socioeconomically diverse body of American undergraduate students who study overseas with support from the Gilman Program also build relationships, foster mutual understanding and represent American culture and values, including in developing countries and countries critical to U.S. national security.  

During 2020-2021, Gilman Scholarships supported nearly 800 scholars from 48 states to study or intern in 77 locations across the world. Since the program’s inception in 2001, more than 35,000 Gilman Scholars from all U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories have studied or interned in more than 155 countries around the globe. 

The Gilman Scholarship is a public diplomacy program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is implemented by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  To learn more about the Gilman Scholarship and how its diverse alumni pursue meaningful careers in the public, nonprofit and private sectors, contact and visit   

The University of Texas at Austin administers the Gilman competition through Education Abroad at Texas Global, which hosts four information sessions per year and a scholarship writing workshop once each semester. Scholarship opportunities and more information can be found at the Gilman International Scholarship Program page on the Texas Global website.