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

  • GPA of 2.8 or higher.
  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Receives need-based financial aid or demonstrates a verifiable need for financial assistance to participate in the proposed study abroad program. The applicant is required to submit the estimated family contribution (EFC) figure, calculated through FAFSA, with the statement of financial need through the online Freeman-ASIA application. 
  • Undergraduate student pursuing first bachelor’s degree.
  • Must have at least one term of enrollment remaining at UB upon returning from studying abroad in Asia.
  • Must 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 or Vietnam. A multi-country program is eligible only if the applicant will spend at least eight weeks in one of the countries stated above and will have intensive language study during that period.
  • Must have little or no previous experience in the country in which the applicant plans to study.

How to Apply

Students must complete the online application on the Freeman-ASIA website, including two essays: (1.) a statement of purpose and (2.) an essay detailing a follow-on service project that will be completed upon return to the U.S. to promote international education and the Freeman-ASIA Scholarship. The application will be verified electronically by a UB study abroad advisor and financial aid advisor after submission.  

Campus Liaison

Megan Stewart

Past Award Recipients at UB




Field(s) of Study


Study Abroad Country


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Media Study

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Hannah Smith


Studio Art

Buffalo, NY



Addison Arnold


History and Psychology

Buffalo, NY