Study Abroad

Hofstra University Program-Specific Scholarships

The Hofstra in Venice January Program

Hofstra alumnus Daniel Spahr ’02 has generously contributed $3,000 a year toward a scholarship as financial assistance to a worthy Hofstra in Venice student.

About Daniel Spahr

As an undergraduate, Dan was an active and engaged student at Hofstra and took advantage of many study abroad programs.  The Montepulciano summer program was his first international experience at Hofstra University.  Dan continued with three other study abroad programs during his undergraduate residency, including the Spain, Australia and Venice Programs.  Dan fell in love with travel and the experience of self discovery through study abroad at Hofstra University.  Inspired by his first study abroad experience, Dan published a memoir, The Montepulciano Mob, after his graduation which details Dan’s first time being away from his family and outside the country as he learned about himself, his peers, and the world away from his home on Long Island. Proceeds from the sale of Dan’s memoir: The Montepulciano Mob, benefit a scholarship he has established for the Hofstra in Venice program.  In Dan’s words “I created the scholarship to help other students have the experience that I did.  I created it particularly for that program because Venice has always been my favorite city.  If I had to live anyplace outside America, I would choose Venice.”

The Venice Program is thankful and appreciative to Dan for his generous gift to the program and hopes that many students will be inspired by Dan’s story and his giving  back to study abroad.

Please note that due to the ever-changing circumstances surrounding the impact of Coronavirus in our community and around the world, Summer Abroad 2020 has been canceled. We will provide information for future Study Abroad programming as soon as possible.

For further information about the program or to obtain an application, please contact the Provost’s Office at 516-463-5400 or via email at

The Hofstra in Berlin Summer Program

Thomas Hetzel Endowed Memorial Award in German Studies:

This award is given to a deserving student studying abroad in Germany through a Hofstra-sponsored program or other accredited American university program ap­proved by the Director of the German Program. The recipient will be selected based on the following criteria: (1) GPA in German courses, (2) cumulative Hofstra GPA, (3) potential for success in the field of German Studies (4) demonstrated financial need, or (5) demonstrated commit­ment to public service. If for any academic year, no student elects to study abroad, the award will be presented as a tuition scholarship to the most outstanding student selected from the following pool of candidates – German majors, German minors, and students taking German classes based on the same criteria as stated above. The award will be granted upon the recommendation of the Director of the German Program in con­sultation with the Chairperson of the Comparative Literature and Lan­guages Department.  

Non-Hofstra semester programs

Independent study abroad providers such as the American Insititue of Foreign Study (AIFS), Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Semester at Sea, etc. offer need and merit scholarships for their own sponsored programs. Check Academic Abroad and Short Term Study Abroad published by the institute of International Education for study abroad programs which offer scholarships or work-study assistance.