Scholarships

There are a variety of nationally competitive, regionally focused, UIC housed, and program sponsor scholarship opportunities for study abroad. In addition to the Study Abroad Office advising staff, the Office of Special Scholarships is a great resource for assistance with applications.

Study Abroad is accessible to every student

If you are eligible for federal financial aid, you may be able to apply that funding to your Study Abroad costs. Pell grant awards and UIC institutional grants e.g. Access to Excellence grant, Gateway grant, Student-to-Student grant, and the President’s Award Program grant, may also apply toward the cost of studying abroad. Visit the OSFA website for more information on Financial Aid for Study Abroad.

ACCESSIBLE FRONTIERS: THE SCHOLARSHIP PORTFOLIO

UIC Study Abroad Scholarships

All UIC scholarship deadlines are the same as the SAO application.

Honors College Study Abroad Scholarships [This hyperlink will take you to the SnAP login page. Once logged in, search for ‘Study Abroad’ to access the application.]
Awards ranging from $1,000-$2,500 for summer or semester programs.

Nina Shepherd Award [This hyperlink will take you to the SnAP login page. Once logged in, search for ‘Study Abroad’ to access the application.]
One award of $250 for a summer program and $500 for a semester program.

Stanley Ikenberry Award
One award of $1,000 for an undergraduate student going on a fall semester program.

[China] Judy Curry Award
One award of $900 for a UIC undergraduate or graduate student for a fall semester program in China.

[France] Social Services Internship Award
One award of $500 for the summer Social Services, Paris program led by UIC faculty.  Eligible applicants must be psychology majors or minors. Preference given to those who have demonstrated financial need.

[Germany] Max Kade Travel Grant
Awards of up to $1,000 for summer study abroad in Germany.  This award is co-sponsored by the Department of Germanic Studies and a generous donation from the Max Kade Foundation.

[Germany] IES Berlin Center Award
Awards of up to $3,000 to study in any of the academic tracks at the IES Berlin Center.

[Italy] Study Abroad Award
Awards of up to $1,000 to support students who are accepted into an SAO approved program in Italy.

[Poland] Stefan and Lucy Hejna Family Foundation Award
Awards of up to $1,000 for the summer program in Poland led by UIC faculty.  This award is co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures and the Hejna Family Foundation.

[Spain] Helen Barton Summer Research Scholarship
One award of $500 for the summer program led by AHS faculty.

Doe Thornburg Scholarship
One award of $1,000 sponsored by International Women Associates (IWA) of Chicago and open only to UIC and Northwestern University students.  Those eligible to apply must be current undergraduate females who are US citizens or US permanent residents with a minimum 3,0 GPA. Applicants must be accepted into an approved study abroad program. Apply directly through the IWA website. Application deadline is May 1st.

Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Gilman International Scholarship
Awards of up to $8,000.  Applicants must be US citizens and Pell eligible.  Deadlines are early March for summer and fall awards; early October for spring awards.

FEA [Fund for Education Abroad]
Up to $10,000 (Academic Year); $5,000 (fall/spring semester); $1,250 (summer). Preference given to under-represented students and locations. Application deadline is early January.

NSEP (Boren)
Awards of up to $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum); $10,000 for a semester; $20,000 for a full academic year. Application deadline is early February.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-Asia)
This award provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Awards of up to $3,000 for a summer program (8 weeks minimum); $5,000 for a semester; $7,000 for a full academic year.  Application deadline is early March and early October.

US-Japan Bridging Foundation
Up to $2,500 [semester] – $4,000 [academic year] awarded to undergraduate students participating in a study abroad program in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Deadlines are early April and early October.

DAAD [German Academic Exchange Service]
Multiple scholarship opportunities for undergraduates who want to study in Germany.

Delta Phi Alpha German Honorary Society
Up to $1,250 for a student studying in a German-speaking country during the fall semester. Application deadline is early March.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant
Awards of up to $1,000. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.75 on a 4.0 scale (3.74 does not qualify).

Academic Partner Scholarships

These opportunities are partner/program specific and are only available to students with active applications with that partner.  UIC specific awards are listed below each partner. NOTE: some partners offer automatic grants to UIC students.  Ask your SAO advisor for specifics.

Click on the red partner name for a full list of their scholarships:

ACT [American College of Thessaloniki] Scholarships
Up to 50% of semester tuition to encourage Hellenic American applicants.

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UIC-ACT Award
$1,000 for a semester at ACT. Deadline same as SAO application.

CIEE [Council on International Educational Exchange] Scholarships

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Frederick Douglass Global Scholarship
Co-sponsored by CIEE and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions this fellowship will cover 100 percent of program fees and travel costs to study abroad for 4 weeks in London during the summer of 2017.  Deadline to apply through the Study Abroad Office is September 15th.
UIC-CIEE Diversity Fund
$500 – $2,500 for semester or summer terms.  Deadline same as SAO application.
UIC-CIEE Open Campus Award
$5,000 for a semester at one of 4 Global Institute locations [Berlin, London, Rome, Paris]. Deadline for spring 2017 programs is October 15th, 2016.
UIC-CIEE Global Scholars Award
$10,000 for a semester, studying for a 6 week block at 3 of 4 Global Institute locations [Berlin, London, Rome, Paris]. Deadline for spring 2017 programs is October 15th, 2016.

DIS [Danish Institute for Study Abroad] Scholarships 

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UIC-DIS Diversity Fund
$500-$1,000 for a semester or summer program to study at DIS Copenhagen or Stockholm.  Deadline same as SAO application.

IAU College [Institute for American Universities] Scholarships 
Awards of up to $10,000 for an academic year.

IES [Institute for the International Education of Students] Scholarships 
Public University Grant: $2,000 automatic grant for every accepted semester applicant.
Merit and need based awards of up to $5,000 for a semester. 

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HACU Award
$2,500 to $5,000 for summer or semester programs. Open to students who are currently attending a Hispanic-Serving Institution that is a member of Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities.

Loyola University – Rome Scholarships 
Up to $5,000 in scholarship awards for summer or semester.

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Automatic 25% reduction of tuition, fees, room & board for a semester. 

LSE [London School of Economics] General Course/Academic Year Scholarships 
Awards of up to approximately $20,000 for an academic year.

SFS [School for Field Studies] Scholarships 
NOTE:  SFS will match student’s Pell grant automatically for a semester program.

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UIC-SFS Diversity Award
Up to $2,000 for a summer program and up to $5,000 for a semester program.  Deadline is same as SAO application.

SIT [School for International Training] Scholarships 
NOTE:  SIT will match student’s Pell grant automatically for a semester program.

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UIC-SIT Diversity Fund
Up to $2,000 for a summer program and up to $4,000 for a semester program. Deadline is same as SAO application.
HACU Award
Up to $3,000 for summer or semester programs. Open to students who are currently attending a Hispanic-Serving Institution that is a member of Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities.

Temple University-Rome & Tokyo Scholarships 
Up to $1,000 for a semester program.

Temple University-Tokyo General Scholarships
Merit awards of up to 50% of tuition for two semesters.

Temple University-Tokyo Freeman Foundation Internship Awards Scholarships 
Up to $3,000 for qualified students to participate in a summer internship.

University of Minnesota Scholarships 
Up to $1,500 for a summer or semester program.

Academic Partner Grants
To help make study abroad financially accessible to as many students as possible, we have worked with our academic partners to create automatic grants for every UIC student accepted into their program. These grants are deducted from the program cost. For a complete list of these click here.
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