For study abroad programs sponsored by other institutions, you must meet with an adviser in the Study Abroad office  and complete a Study Abroad Credit Approval Form. When this form is complete and your proposed plan of study has been approved by your academic adviser, bring it to the Office of Student Financial Aid, 208 Calvin Hall, and meet with a walk-in counselor. In addition to this form, please bring any program literature that includes contact information (person, address, phone, fax, e-mail).
The counselor will determine if you are eligible to receive financial aid and, if so, will initiate a consortium agreement with the host school. Typically it takes at least three weeks to process a consortium agreement with the host school. Financial aid cannot be disbursed to you without this agreement.
Note: Consortium agreements can be made with some, but not all foreign universities. Double-check with the Office of Student Financial Aid!
If you receive financial aid or if you receive a UI scholarship disbursed through the Office of Student Financial Aid, you need to be aware of or take care of the following items in order to receive your financial aid for study abroad:
If you want federal financial aid, be sure you have filed all the necessary financial aid papers:
You must be registered at the UI in order for the UI to disburse your financial aid. If you are not registered appropriately, the Cashier’s automated system will not recognize that you are eligible to receive financial aid.
If you receive financial aid for study abroad, the classes you take abroad must transfer back to the UI and count toward your degree.
It is your responsibility to provide an official transcript to the Study Abroad office (1111 UCC, University of Iowa, Iowa City IA 52242). You will not be permitted to re-register at the UI until the official transcript is received.
Moreover, if you have early registered for a subsequent semester and the official transcript is not received in a timely fashion, your early registration will be voided. If you have difficulty receiving a transcript from your study abroad program provider, please ask the Study Abroad office for help.
These instructions were prepared by the Office of Student Financial Aid. If you have any additional questions about the procedures for applying financial aid toward the cost of participating in a study abroad program, contact a Counselor at the Office of Student Financial Aid, 208 Calvin Hall.