The University of Iowa

Joel D. and Sandra Barkan Scholarship


The Joel D. and Sandra Barkan Scholarship will provide competitive, merit-based scholarships for students who study abroad in various non-Western European geographical areas (also excluding Australia and New Zealand). Eligible undergraduate, full-time, degree-seeking students may be pursuing study abroad in countries including sub-Saharan Africa, Asia (including Central Asia), Latin America, and the Middle East (including North Africa). Scholarship recipients should plan to study for, at least, one semester of an academic year.

Up to two (2) scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded each year (typically one (1) $1,000 scholarship each semester); the total annual amount available is $2,000).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must:

  • be an undergraduate, full-time, degree-seeking UI student in good academic standing
  • have a minimum 3.33 UI cumulative GPA as reported on your unofficial UI grade report
  • have completed at least 12 semester hours by the application deadline
  • plan to study in one of the countries identified above (sub-Saharan Africa, Asia-including Central Asia, Latin America, Middle East, including North Africa) for at least one semester of an academic year

Selection procedure and criteria

  • academic and personal objectives which are clearly defined and realistic
  • academic achievement and preparation
  • quality and completeness of the essay submissions
  • factors leading you to select the country for study
  • contribution of the study abroad experience to the student's overall academic program
  • evidence of maturity, motivation, and adaptability to a different cultural environment

Application Procedure

Students may enroll in a formal academic study abroad program sponsored by the University of Iowa or another accredited US university or exchange organization or may enroll directly in a foreign university. Students who meet the requirements listed above are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. The application packet includes the application form, two essays (Statement of Proposed Study and Personal Statement (each 750 words or less), UI Award Letter and an unofficial grade report (both available from MyUI Student Portal), and two letters of reference (UI faculty/Teaching Assistants).

Submit the Semester Merit Scholarships Cover Sheet and completed application packet to the Study Abroad office (1111 University Capitol Centre) by the application deadline. Incomplete application packets will NOT be accepted.

Cover Sheet and Application

Submission Deadline

Spring 2022 - TBA

Fall 2022 - TBA

*The final deadline listed for the corresponding application submission is 5 p.m. of the date listed above (close of the business day in the Study Abroad office - 1111 University Capitol Center). No applications will be accepted after this deadline!