Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.


  • Fall semester or academic year programs: April.
  • Spring semester programs: April.
  • Summer programs: April.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of application.
  • Currently receive need-based financial aid or demonstrate a verifiable need for financial assistance.
  • Be an undergraduate student with a minimum GPA of 2.8 pursuing their first bachelor’s or associate’s degree at a two- or four-year institution of higher education in the United States.
  • Apply through the U.S. home campus and have at least one term of enrollment remaining at the home institution in the U.S. upon returning from studying abroad in Asia.
  • Have applied or have been accepted to a study-abroad-based program in: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam. A multi-country program is eligible only if the applicant will spend at least 8 weeks in one of the countries stated above and will have intensive language study during that period.
  • Have applied to or have been accepted by a study-abroad-based program that awards academic credits through the home campus or other U.S. accredited college or university. The proposed length of study in the host country must be a minimum of 8 weeks for a summer term, 10 weeks for a quarter term, and 12 weeks for a semester term. Internship based programs are not eligible for award.
  • Have little or no previous experience in the country in which they plan to study. A summer term applicant must not have spent more than 4 weeks in the proposed country of study within the last 5 years. A semester or an academic year term applicant must not have spent more than 6 weeks in the proposed country of study within the last 5 years.
  • Submit the online Freeman-ASIA Student Impact Survey within one month of returning to the United States and initiate their service project to promote study abroad opportunities in Asia on the college campus and/or in the local community.
  • Submit the Freeman-ASIA Final Service Report on the implementation of their service project at the end of the term following their return to the United States.
  • Not be a previous Freeman-ASIA award recipient.

How to Apply

Apply online on the Freeman-ASIA website. The application will be verified electronically by a UB study abroad advisor and financial aid advisor after submission.  

Campus Contact

Past Award Recipients and Honorees




Field(s) of Study


Study Abroad Country


Joseph Demartino


Media Study

Hewlett, NY



Hannah Smith


Studio Art

Buffalo, NY



Addison Arnold


History and Psychology

Buffalo, NY