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 scholarships on this page, the UIC Office of External Fellowships is a great resource for both internal and nationally competitive awards.
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
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
One award of $250 for a summer program and $500 for a semester program.
Stanley Ikenberry Award
One award of $700 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.
[Italy] Study Abroad Award
Awards of up to $500 to support students who are accepted into the Study Abroad office approved program in Italy.
[Mexico] Oaxaca Foundation Award
Awards up to $200 to support students who are accepted into the UIC Spanish Language and Culture for Bilingual students in Oaxaca, Mexico.
[Mexico] Cultures and Histories in San Cristobal Foundation Award
Awards of up to $500 for the summer program in Chiapas, Mexico led by UIC faculty. This award is co-sponsored by the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies.
[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.
James McNulty LAS Scholarship
The award of up to $2,000 (summer) and $5,000 (semester) must be used to pursue a UIC Study Abroad Office approved study abroad program during Fall, Spring, or Summer semester. Applicants must be undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who are currently enrolled full-time, having completed at least 45 hours at the time of application and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or above. Preference will be given to students who are participating in an internship as part of their study abroad experience and can demonstrate financial need. Scholarship application deadline is the same as the SAO application.
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.
The Rainbow Scholarship awards deserving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) students who aim to participate in high quality, rigorous education abroad programs. To be considered for the Rainbow Scholarship, applicants must self-identify on the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) scholarship application.
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).
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:
Awards of up to $750 for summer programs and $2,500 for semester programs.
ACT [American College of Thessaloniki] Scholarships
Up to 50% of semester tuition to encourage Hellenic American applicants.
$1,000 for a semester at ACT. Deadline same as SAO application.
Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants: travel grants up to $2,000/student are guaranteed for all Pell-eligible students, and available to a wider range of students on a first-come, first-served basis.
Gilman Go Global Grants: $2,500 for semester programs and $1,000 for summer programs guaranteed to all qualified Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship applicants regardless of whether they are awarded a Gilman. Plus Go Global Grant recipients are guaranteed a GAIN Grant, too!
CIEE Merit Scholarships: $750 for summer and $2,500 for semester programs.
All students from UIC studying abroad on a CIEE program will receive an automatic $2,000 grant toward semester programs or $500 toward summer programs. This will be applied directly to the program invoice.
Up to $2,500 for semester or $500 for summer terms. Deadline same as SAO Application
Up to $5,000 for a semester at one of 4 Global Institute locations [Berlin, London, Rome, Paris]. Deadline same as SAO Application.
$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.
$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.
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.
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.
Up to $2,000 for a summer program and up to $4,000 for a semester program. Deadline is same as SAO application.
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 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.
Awards of up to $2,000
PictureMeAbroad Scholarship by Diversity Abroad
Two awards of $500
Toshizo Watanabe Scholarship
The scholarship will support up to the full cost of attendance of a semester or full year program in Japan
Diversity Abroad Scholarships
Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship
Award of up to $1,000