Beyond the Classroom Scholarship

Full terms and conditions

To apply for the EF College Study Tours Beyond the Classroom Scholarship, applicants must be 18 years of age and enrolled in either a part-time or full-time graduate or undergraduate program. Applicants must be a paying traveler enrolled on a College Study Tours program and up to date with payments at the time of scholarship application. Employees, directors, officers and principals of EF Institute for Cultural Exchange, Inc., its subsidiaries, affiliates, contractors, agents and members of their immediate families or households are not eligible to participate. EF will accept only one application per person.

Promotion Period
The contest is open from 12:00 am Eastern Standard Time on April 8th, 2019 until 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on the deadlines listed below (deadlines are dependent on the applicant’s program departure month). 

Program Departure Month        Application Deadline 
October 2019 through January 2020        July 31st, 2019
February 2020 through May 2020  October 31st, 2019
June 2020 though September 2020  January 31st, 2020

How to Enter
Submit a letter of recommendation from a professor or administrator from the applicant's college or university and an original travel quote that is 280 characters or less. The letter of recommendation and original travel quote must be submitted together at 
  • The first name, last name, and email address of the professor or administrator who has written the letter of recommendation must be provided for verification purposes.
  • The original quote should be crafted in response to the following prompt: Open-mindedness, confidence, collaboration and cultural awareness are important skills that are gained from studying abroad. Mark Twain said that “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry & narrow-mindedness.” In 280 characters or less (including spaces & punctuation), write your own original travel quote about open-mindedness, confidence, collaboration and/or cultural awareness.

Selection of Recipients
Winners will be selected based on the demonstrated creativity and thoughtfulness of a written travel quote. If selected as a winner, the applicant’s Group Leader will be contacted to confirm that the traveler is in good standing with the College/University. Winners will then be notified by EF College Study Tours via phone or email with further instruction regarding the claiming of the scholarship. All winners agree to be bound by these rules and may be asked to execute other documents related to the receipt of the scholarship. The odds of winning will depend on the number and quality of eligible entries received. 
The Beyond the Classroom Scholarship will be awarded in an amount between $500 and $2,500. The scholarship will be automatically applied to the winner’s EF account and cannot be used for the purchase of travel protection. The scholarship is forfeited if the traveler cancels or is cancelled due to lack of program payments.

EF retains the right for any reason or no reason in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this scholarship competition and not to award any or all of the scholarships.

General Conditions
All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply to the competition. This competition is void where prohibited by law.

Scholarship recipients will be notified by email or telephone and may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release of Publicity and Liability within 14 days of notification. In the event of noncompliance, if the recipient cannot be reached at the email address or telephone number submitted with entry, or if the scholarship notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable, the scholarship will be forfeited and an alternate recipient will be selected.
No cash alternative or substitution of any scholarship award will be offered. No scholarship transfer is permitted. Limit one scholarship per person. Participants agree to be bound by these official rules and the decisions of EF are final and binding in all respects. All taxes, fees, and surcharges on the prize are the sole responsibility of the participants.
All submissions become the property of EF. No photos, videos, or other media will be returned. By uploading content such as photograph image files or video, entrants agree to give EF or its designee irrevocable nonexclusive royalty-free rights to use the photo/video for any purpose including publication, display, modification, and creation of derivative works. By making a submission to the Beyond the Classroom Scholarship Competition, participants acknowledge and agree that such submission will be brought within the public domain and EF will not be held liable for any copying, re-posting or unlawful use of the submission that may result.
By participating and accepting the scholarship, the recipient agrees to the use of his/her name for advertising or publicity purposes and to the use of statements made by or attributed to him/her relating to EF or this competition, and releases any and all rights to said use without further compensation. In the event of a dispute, all entries will be deemed to be made by the holder of the email account associated with the entry.
Winners and all travelers must execute the EF College Study Tours Release & Agreement and Booking Conditions.

Release of Liability
All entrants release, indemnify and hold harmless EF Global Classroom Foundation, EF Education First International AG (f/k/a EF Cultural Travel, Ltd.), EF Institute for Cultural Exchange, Inc., their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, agents, employees and all others associated with the development and execution of the competition (the “Released Parties”) from any and all liability with respect to or in any way arising from this competition and/or acceptance or use of the scholarship, including liability for personal injury, death, damages, loss or any actual or alleged infringement or misappropriation of any third party proprietary rights. EF is not responsible for entries that are corrupted or otherwise not received correctly or for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of email, or on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or combination thereof, including injury or damage to participants or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials in the scholarship. EF assumes no responsibility for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the scholarship or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of submissions in the scholarship. EF assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries, including lost, late or misdirected entries. EF is not responsible for user cheating or fraud by any entrants. Any activities intended to disrupt or interfere with the competition, or defraud EF in any way may be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Participants engaging in any of the foregoing activities will be disqualified and any scholarships awarded will be forfeited. If, for any reason, the competition is not capable of running as planned, including without limitation infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of EF which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this competition, EF reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition.

Any questions regarding this scholarship should be directed to EF College Study Tours at 877-485-4184 or