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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Depending on the type of program, students may be able to apply some or all of their financial aid and institutional scholarships towards the cost of their programs.

UIU-Owned Programs: Students participating in a UIU-owned exchange are able to use all of their financial aid (state and federal) and institutional scholarships towards the costs of the program.

UIU Exchange Programs: Students participating in an exchange program (UIU and UIU-ISEP) are able to use all of their financial aid (state and federal) and institutional scholarships towards the costs of the program.

UIU Faculty-led Programs and Other Short-Term Programs: Students participating in a faculty-led program can only utilize student loans to help cover the costs of the program.

Affiliated and Non-Affiliated Programs: Students participating in a semester and academic year programs are able to use their financial aid (state and federal) only (no institutional scholarships) towards the costs of the program. Students participating in a summer program can only utilize student loans to help cover the costs of the program.

For easy reference, please see the table below:





UIU-Owned Program




Exchange Programs




Faculty-led/Short-Term Programs




Affiliated/Non-Affiliated Programs (Semester)




Affiliated/Non-Affiliated Programs (Summer)





Education Abroad Scholarships:

An Education Abroad Scholarship is a monetary award for students to use toward the expense of their international program. Students must apply for these scholarships and some can be very competitive while others are underutilized. Please review the list of scholarships below for more information. Students are also encouraged to utilize the Study Abroad Scholarship Search Engine available at Studyabroad101.com or Goabroad.com.

ScholarshipIntended RecipientsRegionAward AmountAcademic LevelDeadline
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Access the World Scholarship
For U.S. students with diverse disabilities
April 15
AIFS ScholarshipsFor students enrolled in an AIFS programAll$500-$5,000UndergraduateVaries
Annette Kade Scholarship
For U.S. students studying German or French
Austria, La Reunion, France, Germany, Switzerland and the French Antilles
up to $1,000
UndergraduateApril 17(Fall/Full Year)
Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant
For students enrolled in a minor/certificate n French and majoring in another subject
Sophomore, Junior and Senior level - Undergraduate
Currently Changing
Boren Fellowship for International Study
For U.S. citizens
For locations outside of Australia, Western Europe, New Zealand and Canada
up to $24,000
GraduateJanuary 30
Boren Scholarship for International Study
For U.S. citizens
For locations outside of Australia, Western Europe, New Zealand, and Canada
up to $20,000
UndergraduateFebruary 9
Bridging Scholarship
For U.S. citizens of any major
Japanup to $4,000

April 8 (Fall/Full Year)

October 11 (Spring)

CIEE ScholarshipStudents who demonstrate financial need.All$750-$2,000Undergraduate or Graduate

Spring: October 15

Fall: April 1

Critical Language ScholarshipStudents wishing to further their language study in a critical language. Applicants must clearly articulate how the target language relates to their academic field of interest and future career goalsAllVariesNovember 15New Cell
DiversityAbroad.com Study Abroad Scholarship African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino, Multiracial/ethnic or Native-American  Preference outside of Western Europe/ Australia$1,000UndergraduateOctober 15 (Spring) April 1 (Summer) May 2 (Fall)
FlipKey Study Abroad Scholarship
For full-time students enrolled in a current or upcoming study abroad program
$1,000Undergraduate or Graduate
August 15
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
For U.S. citizens or permanent residents
East or Southeast Asia
up to $3,000/summer, up to $5,000/semester or up to $7,000/year
UndergraduateSpring Deadline: October 18
Fulbright FellowshipsFor students intending to complete a degree programPreference to locations outside of Western Europe/ AustraliaUp to $20,000/yearGraduate/ProfessionalOctober 6
Fund for Education Abroad
For U.S. citizens, permanent residents or DACA students with preference given to groups traditionally underrepresented in education abroad
Allminimum of $1,250 for summer, $5,000/semester, or up to $10,000/year
UndergraduateJanuary 10
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
For students with an interest in contemporary German and European affairs planning to study or intern
GermanyMonthly stipend of €650, health, accident, and liability insurance and travel allowanceUndergraduate or Graduate
Gilman ScholarshipFor students who receive a Federal Pell GrantPreference to locations outside of Western Europe/ AustraliaUp to $5000, Up to $8000 for Critical Language StudyUndergraduateMarch 6(Fall/Summer) Oct 3(Spring)  
Good CollegesU.S. or Canadian citizen enrolled, or seeking to enroll, in an accredited college or university     All$2,000UndergraduateTBA
GoOverseasFor students enrolled in a U.S. college or universityAllTuition waiver + StipendUndergraduate or GraduateFebruary 23
For students over the age of 18
Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela
$500Undergraduate or Graduate
Rolling Admission
Morgan Stanley Japan Scholarship
For U.S. citizens
Need-Based Scholarship from The Intern Group
For exceptional students that demonstrate the need for financial aid
London, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Madrid and Colombia
up to $9,000

February 2

Reach Network's GuideToOnlineSchools.com ScholarshipAwarded based on compelling, well-written and persuasive essaysAll$2,500Undergraduate or GraduateOctober 7

Room to Travel

Must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. universityAll$1,000Undergraduate or GraduateAugust 1
Rotary Ambassadorial ScholarshipApplicants must be a citizen of a country that has Rotary Clubs and must have completed at least 2 years of college-level coursework or equivalent professional experience before commencing their scholarship studiesAll$13,000-$25,000Undergraduate or GraduateRolling Deadline
Sara's Wish Foundation ScholarshipFor students with demonstrated leadership and community serviceAll$1,000-$10,000Undergraduate or GraduateRolling application but due by March
Scholar Trips International Travel Scholarships
For U.S. citizens or permanent residents
All$500-$2,500Undergraduate or Graduate
November 6
STA Travel Scholarships
For U.S. citizens majoring in Art
All$2,500Undergraduate or Graduate
Study Abroad Scholarship Essay Contest18 years old and enrolled in a US college or university. Legal resident of the US and demonstrate enrollment in a study abroad programAll$1,000Undergraduate or GraduateDec 31
StudySoup Future Innovator Scholarship
For U.S. citizens or permanent residents and at least 16 years old
All$2,000Undergraduate or Graduate
TCA Study Abroad in Turkey
African-American, Armenian-American, Bosnian-American, Filipino-American, Hispanic-American, Macedonian-American or Native American
Turkey, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, or Bosnia and Herzegovina
up to $2,000
Undergraduate or Graduate
Rolling Admission
The Global Studies Grant for Student Travel and Study Abroad U.S. citizen and enrolled full-timeAllVariesUndergraduate or GraduateJuly
Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship
For U.S. citizens, permanent residents or student visa holders
Allup to $1,000
UndergraduateDecember 20
UNESCO Laura W Bush Traveling ScholarshipFor students ages 18-25AllUp to $4,000Undergraduate or GraduateFebruary
Women's Empowerment Scholarship
For exceptional female student from a developing country (non-OECD)
Hong Kong, London or Madrid
up to $9,000
UndergraduateApril 18

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