The various programs offered through Study Abroad vary in cost. For some programs, students are expected to pay UWF tuition at the appropriate in- or out-of-state rate for their college plus a program or administrative fee. For other programs, academic fees (including sometimes housing costs) are paid directly to the host university.
Thanks to the President’s Office and the efforts of the International Center, the ODIEP is able to provide small and limited scholarship assistance to some students participating in a study abroad program. In determining who receives an award, the ODIEP considers both academic excellence and financial need. If funds are available, the Study Abroad Request for Financial Assistance Form will be available on this page. Those students who wish to be considered for financial assistance should complete the form and submit it with their application materials to the International Center, Attention: Associate Vice President’s Office. If the form is not linked here, funds are not currently available for this award. For additional study abroad scholarship resources, view the list of scholarships found here
Funding help for undergraduate study abroad is available from three sources, from most likely to least:
Basic Facts for Students Regarding Financial Aid for Study Abroad (NAFSA)
Knowledge Community for Education Abroad: Advising
Provides overview of how to use financial aid and scholarships for study abroad with links to web sites for more information.
U.S. Department of Education: Student Aid on the Web
The federal government's official guides to financial aid. Including overseas universities and U.S. universities that have registered for eligibility for financial aid are now listed in the Federal School Code Search Page. To search for overseas universities, choose "Foreign Country" in the menu for "STATE"). The Student Guide to Financial Aid, FAFSA on the Web, and Looking for Student Aid. Also, refer to the FAFSA search page and the FTC's web site on Scholarship Scams.
U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Official information about Fulbright programs for study, research, and teaching abroad. Includes other official exchange programs and information about U.S. government regulations concerning international educational exchange. See the Information on Study and Work Abroad.
Woodrow Wilson International Fellowship Foundation
Information on multi-year scholarship programs for students (especially minorities) interested in international careers.
Search for Scholarships - Start Searching Early
The earlier you start researching, the better your chances of getting really significant funding. For best results, start researching possible scholarships one to two years prior to when you plan to go abroad. Most scholarship deadlines are well before your program deadline, often a year or more prior to the actual award year.
Recommended Scholarship Search Engines
StudyAbroadFunding.org is a comprehensive directory of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants to find funding for study outside the US at an undergraduate, graduate, or professional level of study.
Internationalscholarships.com offers a searchable list of scholarships, grants and awards that students can filter using their major or host country.
CollegeBoard.com offers a scholarship search based on student’s individual interests and background. No contact information is required and students can view various awards that may be applicable to them.
Scholarship Application Tips
Program Selection Affects Your Scholarship Options
More scholarships are available to students going to non-traditional sites, i.e. outside of Western Europe and Australia. By going off the beaten path, you may be able to find less expensive opportunities with more scholarship money available. In addition, many scholarships or program fee reductions are available for students who choose to stay for a year versus a semester.
Tips for Writing Scholarship Essays
If a scholarship application requires an essay, answer all questions completely and thoughtfully. Proofread your essay carefully—review spelling, grammar, and structure as well as content—then revise your essay. If the scholarship application allows, ask someone to read your essay and give feedback. You are strongly encouraged to obtain feedback on your essay for scholarships awarded through the International Center; use campus resources, such as the Writing Lab or a tutor, to assist you. Save a copy of your essay to use as a template for future essays. Chances are, other scholarships will require a similar essay, and you would only need to make minor revisions to your existing one.
Creative Suggestions for Raising and Saving Money
Be creative and diligent in finding ways to fund your experience abroad. Community organizations or your neighbors may be willing to help fund you. When asking for contributions, explain how you intend to use the money or donated items. Let them know what this experience will mean to you, and share something about yourself. In return for financial assistance, offer to contribute your services or knowledge once you return. This can include sharing your photos or stories, making a presentation, cooking a meal, promoting an educational or business exchange, or writing a newsletter article for a high school, church, or library program. You may also offer to update your donors with a monthly email newsletter while you are abroad.
Look for All Sorts of Scholarships
Remember that you may be able to apply general scholarships toward international experiences, so extend your search beyond study abroad scholarships. Also check with the program sponsor about scholarships designated specifically for their program participants.
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