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.
United Airlines UIC Study Abroad Flight Scholarship
Through generous support from United Airlines, this scholarship was established to increase access to under-served students interested in pursuing study abroad or international academic opportunities. The award will be given in the form of a ticket voucher on United Airlines to the program destination – or closest city served by United Airlines – during spring, summer, and fall 2019 semesters. Preference is given to students who have not previously studied abroad or participated in an international academic activity, including research. Apply by January 28th (Spring), March 15th (Summer), and April 15th (Fall) via the online form to be considered for this opportunity.
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.
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.
DAAD [German Academic Exchange Service]
Students can apply to the University Summer Course Grant if they are studying language or area studies at a German university and/or affiliated language schools.
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.
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.
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. NOTE: The Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020 and Academic Year 2019-20 online applications link will be available when the applications open in early January 2019. Please return to this page at that time to access the online 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.
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.
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).
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.
[Japan] Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship Fund
Scholarship for students pursuing study abroad in Japan for one year or less. Preference given to students who have not traveled internationally before, First-Generation students, and students who were raised by a single parent or have lost both parents. Scholarship amount varies up to full amount of program cost.
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.
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.
Awards of up to $750 for summer programs and $2,500 for semester programs.
Between $750-$3,000 for students exemplifying strong merit.
For students from diverse backgrounds or students who have had a personal experience with diversity. Award ranges from $400-$2,000.
For students who demonstrate a high need for additional funding. Award ranges from $500-$1,000.
For students who wish to pursue a career with global ties. Award ranges from $400-$2,000.
This scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to UIC students participating in a CIEE program whose financial need is not being met by other funding sources. Students participating in a summer program are eligible for up to $750 and semester programs are eligible for up to $2,500.
Travel grants $750 to $2,000 for all Pell-eligible students and available to a wider range of students who demonstrate financial need on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply early!
Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship qualify to be considered for the CIEE Gilman Grant regardless of whether they are awarded a Gilman. This also guarantees a GAIN Grant too
Students participating in CIEE’s Open Campus programs will be considered to receive up to $6,000 should they meet the eligibility requirements.
$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.
$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. Students do not need to submit an additional scholarship application to be considered for this award; however, you may need to share supplemental financial information with SIT.
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.
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.
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
LiveMás Taco Bell Foundation Scholarship
Students submit a 2-minute video entry describing their goals and passions. Not merit-based or need-based, but intended for students interested in impacting the world through innovation, creativity, and drive.
Restricted to programs run by U.S. institutions only (no direct enrolls).
Asher & Lyric Study Abroad Scholarship
This couple, whom was positively impacted by Study Abroad, is offering $1,800 and a $100 Amazon gift card to one lucky applicant.