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Studying abroad will change the way you see yourself and those around you.

About International Education

International Education is a Motlow State program that operates in association with the Tennessee Consortium on International Studies (TnCIS).


Lucy Craig
Dr. Lucy Craig
[email protected]
Simon Hall 109
Moore County Campus

Faculty Representatives

Fayetteville: Kristi Bridge [email protected]

McMinnville: Nathan Sweeton [email protected]

Moore County: Brian Robinson [email protected]

Smyrna: Nathan Fisher [email protected]

International Education and Study Abroad

Motlow State Community College is pleased to offer students a variety of international enrichment and learning opportunities ranging from campus cultural events to study abroad programs. Prepare yourself for the future by taking advantage of the “world of learning opportunities” available at Motlow State.

The Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) represents a group of community colleges and universities devoted to making international education and cultural understanding a central goal of higher education throughout the state of Tennessee. TnCIS sponsors an annual conference on international education and organized summer study abroad opportunities for Motlow students and others throughout the state. For more information about the programs offered, please visit the TnCIS website.


February 11, 2021

  • TnCIS application deadline (including application fee)

February 22, 2021

  • Motlow scholarship application deadline

March 5, 2021

  • Program fee payment due


  • You will need a valid passport in order to travel overseas. If you do not have a passport, you must apply for one as soon as you are accepted into the program. Passport info.
  • Complete the TnCIS application
  • Pay a $100 application fee (non-refundable). Payments can be made at the Business Office on the Moore County campus, or at the front office on other campuses.
  • Submit a scanned copy of your application fee receipt to Dr, Lucy Craig at [email protected].

Academic Letter of Recommendation Guidelines for Scholarship Applicant

Faculty: In writing your letter of recommendation for your student, please be sure to speak to the following issues:

  • How long have you known the student?
  • How many of your classes has the student taken?
  • Does the student attend class on a regular basis? (Students are not allowed any absences in their study abroad classes)
  • Does the student submit work in a timely fashion? (Study Abroad classes are quite condensed and students must submit work promptly in order to successfully complete their courses)
  • Does the student interact well with classmates? (This is a vital point, as Study Abroad is very much a group activity — students are not allowed to explore on their own — they are required to always stick with a buddy or be in a group for safety reasons)




The International Education scholarship covers a percentage of your "program costs," which include tuition, housing, airfare, in-country ground transportation, excursions, and two meals per day. "Program costs" do not include your application fee, textbooks, passport costs, ground transportation to/from the Nashville airport, or personal spending money.

Qualified applicants will receive a $3000 scholarship toward their program fee.

You must contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible concerning policies governing financial aid for study abroad. It is critical that you stay in close communication with your financial aid counselor throughout the entire study abroad process.

Scholarship Requirements

  • Have completed 12 credit hours at Motlow College by the start of the program
  • Be enrolled full-time at Motlow during the Spring Semester, 2021
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 (First Semester Freshmen: if your GPA is not a 2.0 after Fall semester, your award will be rescinded)
  • Be a degree seeking student
  • Be in good academic standing at Motlow State
  • Have a clear disciplinary record at Motlow State

Gilman Grants

This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

For updates concerning eligibility information please visit the Gilman Scholarship Program website.