The University of Iowa

USAC Grant for Study Abroad

USAC PROGRAM Scholarships

In general, USAC funding opportunities are available for students participating in their programs. The scholarships are awarded based on a diverse spectrum of criteria, ranging from academic merit, program location, first-generation status, military service. The comprehensive lists of scholarships are detailed on the USAC website along with eligibility criteria, awards amounts, application instructions, and deadlines. The application process for MOST USAC scholarships is completed through the USAC Gateway Student portal with the exception of the Affiliate University Scholarship, as known as USAC Grant for Study Abroad (application information is listed below).

USAC discounts

Students who participate in UI-Sponsored USAC programs (ABRD course number) will automatically receive a discount applied toward the USAC published course fee ($330-Summer programs; $220-Winter programs). As this discount is included prior to the creation of the Cost Sheet (typically available on UI program webpage and/or provided to students at orientation), students will see the course fee that will appear on their U-Bill. Non-UI-Sponsored programs (ABRD:3500) are not eligible for this discount.

USAC AFFILIATE scholarship (block grant)

UI students planning to participate in an approved University of Iowa USAC Program who meet the eligibility requirements listed below are encouraged to apply for the USAC Affiliate Scholarship (aka USAC Block Grant). 

Eligibility requirements

Primary eligibility

  • Undergraduate, full-time, degree-seeking UI student in good academic standing
  • Planned participation in USAC program (Summer or Winter session) 

Secondary eligibility

  • Financial need OR merit (GPA) factors  
  • Essay

Applicants will complete the online USAC application (link below), answering the financial need question (yes or no) and enter their UI cumulative GPA (on 4.0 scale) on the application. In addition, submit an essay of 500 words or less. This essay should include not only the country/location, description of the study abroad program but also how you expect your time abroad will contribute to your academic and personal goals. USAC Grants will be awarded to applicants on either Merit or Financial Need criteria (determined by available funding).

Applicants will be notified of results within a few weeks of the application deadline.

Students who qualify for financial need funding (as determined by the Office for Student Financial Aid) should also consider applying for the Study Abroad Need-Based grant. Application process and deadlines are available under heading Need-Based grants found elsewhere on this scholarship website.


(typical awards range from $500 - $750)

Submission Deadline

Summer 2020 - Thursday, April 9, 2020 (application will open Thursday, January 30, 2020)

Winter 2020-21 - TBD

The online application link will be deactivated at midnight on the deadline date shown above - No applications will be accepted after that time!