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 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

UIC Study Abroad Scholarships

UIC SnaP Scholarships

The following scholarships can be applied for through UIC SnaP, UIC’s internal scholarship information system. If you are a UIC student, you can log in using your UIC netid and password and search Study Abroad or the name of the specific scholarship listed below.

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

Honors College Study Abroad Scholarships
Available to members of the UIC Honors College in good standing. Awards are offered on a competitive basis for summer, fall, and spring programs. Amounts vary based on strength of application, need, merit, and program details, but do not exceed $2500. Students can apply through UIC SnaP and direct questions to Julianne Angeli.

Nina Shepherd Award
One award of up to $250 for a summer program and one award of up to $500 for semester programs. Students can apply through UIC SnaP. Deadline is March 13th for summer/fall programs and October 25th for spring programs.

Stanley Ikenberry Award
One award of up to $700 for an undergraduate student going on a fall semester program. Students can apply through UIC SnaP. Deadline is March 13th for fall programs.

[China] Judy Curry Award
One award of up to $900 for a UIC undergraduate or graduate student for a fall semester program in China. Students can apply through UIC SnaP. Deadline is March 13th for fall programs.

[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. Students can apply through UIC SnaP. Deadline is March 13th.

Professor Richard M. Johnson and Karen A. Egerer – LAS Study Abroad Scholarship
Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences can apply to earn up to $700 towards a Summer or Fall Study Abroad program. Students can apply through UIC SnaP. Deadline is March 13th for summer and fall programs.

James McNulty LAS Scholarship
Award(s) 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 session. 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. Students can apply through UIC SnaP. Deadline is March 13th for summer/fall programs and October 25th for spring programs.

Office of International Affairs Scholarships
The Office of International Affairs offers several scholarships for international experiences of up to $1,000.

[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.

[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.

Nationally Competitive Scholarships

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.

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.

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).

Rainbow Scholarship
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.

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.

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.

We have highlighted a few opportunities that are most relevant to UIC students; however, we encourage you to visit your individual program sponsor’s webpage and browse the additional funding opportunities that might pertain to you.

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.

Arcadia University, College of Global Studies

Highlighted for UIC students
UIC-Arcadia Fund
Awards of up to $750 for summer programs and $2,500 for semester programs.

CEA [Cultural Experiences Abroad] Scholarships*

Highlighted for UIC students
Academic Merit Scholarship
Between $750-$3,000 for students exemplifying strong merit.
Diversity Scholarship
For students from diverse backgrounds or students who have had a personal experience with diversity. Award ranges from $400-$2,000.
Need-based Scholarship
For students who demonstrate a high need for additional funding. Award ranges from $500-$1,000.
Global Career Scholarship
For students who wish to pursue a career with global ties. Award ranges from $400-$2,000.

CIEE [Council on International Educational Exchange] Scholarships

Highlighted for UIC students
UIC-CIEE Scholarship
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.

Note: In order to be considered for the UIC-CIEE scholarship, students must have completed the CIEE program application and the Scholarships and Grants Task on the application by March 1st for Summer/Fall programs and October 10th for Spring programs. Students who receive the CIEE Open Campus, Gain, or Go Global grants are not eligible for the UIC-CIEE scholarship.

UIC students participating in a CIEE program are eligible to be considered for the following grants upon submission of their application to CIEE. No additional application is required to be considered for these grants. Awards are based on financial need (economic profile and estimated family contribution). Please note, that there are additional scholarships available through CIEE, but may require an additional application process.

Global Access Initiative (GAIN)
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!

Gilman Go Global Grant
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

Open Campus Grant
Students participating in CIEE’s Open Campus programs will be considered to receive up to $6,000 should they meet the eligibility requirements.

CIEE Merit Scholarships
Merit-based scholarships for $750 for summer programs and $2,500 for semester programs. UIC students should consider applying for the Fredrick Douglass Global Fellowship

DIS [Danish Institute for Study Abroad] Scholarships 

highlighted for UIC students
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 

highlighted for UIC students
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.

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.

highlighted for UIC students
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.

 highlighted for UIC students
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. 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 Learning Abroad Centers  

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

Academic Partner Grants

Our List

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.

Additional Scholarship Resources
Hosteling International Explore the World Scholarship
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
Searchable database

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.

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