There are a variety of nationally competitive, regionally focused, UIC housed, and program sponsor scholarship opportunities for study abroad.
Additionally, in order to help make study abroad financially accessible to as many students as possible, we have negotiated 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.
Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs – mid-March
Spring/Spring Break Programs – mid-October
Applications for Summer and Fall 2022 and Academic Year 2022-2023 scholarships will open January 10th and be due March 11th, 2022!
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.
Fall 2021 scholarship applications are now open! Deadline for all UIC study abroad related scholarships for Fall 2021 has been extended to April 15, 2021!
Please log into SnaP at that time to access the online application.
Study Abroad Office Scholarship Fund
Due to generous support from the following donors and scholarship funds, the Study Abroad Scholarship Fund awards scholarships of up to $1,000 for semester and summer programs (depending on duration), and up to $500 for spring break programs. Students participating in a virtual internship program are eligible to receive up to $500 for a virtual internship.
Stanley Ikenberry Scholarship Award
Nina Shepherd Scholarship Award: Founding Director of the UIC Study Abroad Office
Judy Curry [China] Scholarship Award: Preference is given to students studying in China.
Honors College Scholarships
Honors College Study Abroad Scholarship Fund
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, financial need, merit, and program details. Awards of up to $2,500.
Honors College Virtual Global Experiences Fund
Honors College students pursuing a virtual global experience in summer 2021 including, but not limited to, internships, research, team challenges/case studies, classes, and workshops. Awards ranging from $500 to $750.
Max Kade Scholarship Fund [Germany]
Awards of up to $1,000 for summer or fall study abroad in Germany. This award is co-sponsored by the Department of Germanic Studies and a generous donation from the Max Kade Foundation. Preference is given to students pursuing Germanic Studies while abroad.
LAS Study Abroad Scholarships
Students majoring in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences can apply for the following LAS sponsored scholarships. Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time and have completed at least 30 hours at the end of spring term in the current academic year.
Professor Richard M. Johnson and Karen A. Egerer Scholarship Award
The Professor Richard M. Johnson and Karen A. Egerer Award is a scholarship awarded annually to LAS undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need. Award(s) of up to $700 towards a spring, summer, or fall study abroad program.
James McNulty Scholarship Award
The James McNulty Scholarship is a scholarship awarded annually to LAS undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need. Award(s) of up to $2,000 (summer) and up to $5,000 (semester) must be used to pursue a UIC Study Abroad Office approved study abroad program during fall, spring, or summer sessions. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or above.
James D. Compton LAS Study Abroad in Spain Scholarship
The James D. Compton LAS Study Abroad in Spain Scholarship is a study abroad scholarship for undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences enrolled in academic-year-long study abroad in Spain. Preference shall be given to students studying in Barcelona, Spain.
Flames Internship Grant
The Flames Internship Grant [FIG] provides a $2500 stipend over the course of one academic semester or the summer. Positions eligible for funding must be substantive experiential learning opportunities completed on a consistent schedule for a specified period of time. Students participating in internships abroad are eligible to apply for this grant. Please notify your study abroad advisor of your plans to apply and they can assist you in getting any necessary materials.
Doe Thornburg Scholarship
The Doe Thornburg Scholarship offers 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.
Office of International Affairs Scholarships
The Office of International Affairs offers several scholarships for international experiences of up to $1,000.
Chancellor Michael Amiridis has graciously supported the launch of a new scholarship to encourage first-generation, first-year undergraduate students to study abroad. Visit this page for more details about this scholarship.
The Office of Global Engagement is accepting applications for up to ten (10) AY 2021-2022 “John and Grace Nuveen Grants for Study Abroad.” The amount of these grants will not exceed $1,000.
These awards are intended to encourage students’ participation in UIC study abroad programs, as a vital element of our global engagement vision to “serve the citizens of Chicago and the world by being an international leader in research, scholarship, and innovation, and by creating a globally connected campus community which supports faculty, staff, and students as they address the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.”
Nuveen Study Abroad Grants will be given to full-time degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students who clearly demonstrate that their participation in their chosen study abroad program will support their academic, professional and personal goals. Preference will be given to students participating in UIC exchange and faculty-directed programs. In addition, preference will be given to students who come from student populations that are traditionally underrepresented.
Complete applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm Central time on Friday, October 15, 2021 for students planning to study abroad during the upcoming Spring semester and Friday, March 11, 2022 for students planning to study abroad during the upcoming Summer or Fall semesters.
- Current UIC undergraduate, graduate, or professional student participating in a credit-bearing study abroad program approved by the university. Students wishing to participate on non-credit programs may be considered if their program is determined to be part of their degree program by their home college.
- In good standing with the university
- Preference will be given to applicants participating in a faculty-directed or exchange program.
The following scholarships are for UIC students only studying abroad on these specific partner programs affiliated with UIC. Students can apply for these opportunities through their Flames Abroad Portal once you have been accepted into your chosen program. You will need to log in and go to the Post Acceptance Requirements.
All UIC scholarship deadlines are the same as the SAO application deadline.
UIC-IES Scholarship Fund
Awards of up to $1,000 for fall, spring, and summer programs for students participating in an IES Abroad program. Preference is given to students who demonstrate financial need, diversity, and/or an intentional goal in selecting their study abroad program.
UIC-SIT Diversity Fund
Awards of up to $2,000 for a summer program and up to $4,000 for a semester program. Preference is given to students who demonstrate financial need, diversity, and/or an intentional goal in selecting their study abroad program.
UIC-CEA Gilman Applicant Scholarship
CEA will provide a dedicated Gilman Grant for Pell eligible students who apply for the Gilman. UIC students enrolling in a semester CEA program will be eligible for a $1500 Gilman Grant, and UIC students enrolling in a short-term or summer CEA program will be eligible for a $500 Gilman Grant. CEA will award up to three Gilman grants per semester, and up to three Gilman grants per summer.
*CEA’s Virtual Programs are not eligible for the Gilman Grant.
UIC-DIS Diversity Fund
Awards of up to $500-$1,000 for a semester or summer program to study at DIS Copenhagen or Stockholm. Preference is given to students who demonstrate financial need, diversity, and/or an intentional goal in selecting their study abroad program.
UIC-SFS Diversity Fund
Awards of up to $2,000 for a summer program and up to $5,000 for a semester program. Preference is given to students who demonstrate financial need, diversity, and/or an intentional goal in selecting their study abroad program.
UIC-Arcadia Scholarship Fund
Awards of up to $750 for summer programs and $2,500 for semester programs. Preference is given to students who demonstrate financial need, diversity, and/or an intentional goal in selecting their study abroad program.
These opportunities are partner/program specific and are only available to students with active applications with that partner. Students will need to visit their chosen study abroad partner’s website and complete the designated scholarship application. Each partner has a mixture of merit, diversity, and need-based scholarship opportunities.
- ACT [American College of Thessaloniki]
- Arcadia University, College of Global Studies
- CEA [Cultural Experiences Abroad]
- CIEE [Council on International Educational Exchange]
- DIS [Danish Institute for Study Abroad]
- IAU College [Institute for American Universities]
- IES [Institute for the International Education of Students]
- Loyola University – Rome
- LSE [London School of Economics]
- SFS [School for Field Studies]
- SIT [School for International Training]
- Temple University – Rome & Tokyo
- Temple University – Tokyo Freeman Foundation Internship Awards
- Temple University – Tokyo Tomodachi Internship Awards
- University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Centers
- UW-Platteville Education Abroad
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 one $1,500 and up to four $500 awards 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); $1,230 (summer). Preference given to under-represented students and locations. Application deadline is early September for Spring and early January for Fall/Summer.
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.
Gilman International Scholarship
Awards of up to $5,000 and up to $8,000 for critical language award. Applicants must be US citizens and Pell eligible. Deadlines are early March for summer and fall awards; early October for spring awards. Due to special country partnerships, additional funding may be available for programs in France, Portugal, Israel, Whales, and New Zealand
Review our recent Gilman Scholarship presentation here.
Awards of up to $5,000. Applicants must be US citizens, undergraduate child dependents of active duty service members, and a recipient of any type of Title IV federal financial aid during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving Title IV federal financial aid during their study abroad program or internship. 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.
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.
Diversity Abroad Scholarships
Students who are studying abroad in Ireland and identify as a BIPOC are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Students must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. For consideration students will need to submit a short essay and video testimonial. Awards of up to 3,000 Euros.
Diverse International Women of Color Scholarship
The Diverse International Women Of Color summer study abroad scholarship is intended to assist women of color who are exceptional in their studies and in need of financial assistance to study abroad. DIWC will award (5) $500 scholarships to women of color who have been accepted to a summer study abroad program.
Butex Awards in the UK
Awards of £500 for students studying at select UK institutions.
Hosteling International Explore the World Scholarship
Awards of up to $2,000
Toshizo Watanabe Scholarship
The scholarship will support up to the full cost of attendance of a semester or full year program in Japan
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.
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.
Do you need additional assistance identifying scholarships specific to you? Would you benefit from a brainstorm or essay review session with a study abroad advisor? Contact the Study Abroad Office for a one-on-one consultation or attend one of our regularly scheduled funding and scholarship workshops.