Semester/Academic Year

Study Abroad awards listed below are available to UI undergraduate students studying abroad for a semester or academic year. 

IMPORTANT ACADEMIC YEAR AWARD NOTE: Successful need-based grant applicants will be notified of their Fall award as well as the subsequent Spring award.

Common application forms are used for all merit-based scholarships, as well as for need-based grants drawn from any funding source. By completing one application, you will be considered for all the awards available for the semester(s) you will be studying abroad—merit, need, or both if you complete both applications.

  Merit-Based Scholarships Need-Based Grants
Amount $2,500-$1,000 $4,000-$250 depending on relative financial need and duration of study
Number (each Semester) 5-$2,500 Presidential, 5-$1,500 Dean's, up to 10-$1,000 Merit Varies; ~150 in 2013-14
UI Cumulative GPA Requirement 3.33 or above Good academic standing
Deadline October 15* for spring / February 28* for fall/academic year October 15* for spring / February 28* for fall/academic year
Applications Merit application Need application
General Criteria
  • Academic and personal objectives which are clearly defined and realistic
  • Academic achievement and preparation
  • Quality and completeness of the project proposal
  • Contribution of the study abroad experience to the student's overall academic program
  • Evidence of maturity, motivation and adaptability to a different cultural environment
  • Demonstrated interest in learning about foreign cultures
  • Relative financial need, based on Financial aid Award Summary information (current academic year FAFSA must be completed and processed by UI Office for Student Financial Aid)
  • US Citizens and US Permanent Residents (with completed FAFSA)
Additional Details

*The final deadline for application submission is 5 p.m. of the date listed above (close of business day in the Study Abroad office).