Study Abroad


ICONUIW Global Experience Travel Award

In an effort to support UIW students in obtaining an international experience, the university has designated funds for study abroad awards. These funds are meant to recognize students that are excelling academically as well as provide resources for students that would otherwise be unable to participate in international programming. Students may apply for these funds on a competitive basis to supplement the costs of a global experience.

Students must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA at UIW
  • Minimum 75% completion rate
  • Demonstrate need based on their most recent FAFSA
  • Attach a one page essay describing your motivation to study abroad

Complete application should be submitted to the Office of Financial Assistance. Funds will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman scholarship provides awards up to the amount of $5,000 for undergraduate students receiving a Pell grant and interested in studying abroad. Applicants must be a US citizen, in good standing at UIW and enrolling in a credit based study abroad program. Apply at link above.

Eligibility Checklist:

  • Must be receiving a Pell Grant
  • Accepted in a study abroad program eligible for credit at home university
  • Study at least 4 weeks in one country
  • Any country except Cuba or a country on State Department's travel warning list
  • Study during fall, spring or academic year (summer programs not eligible)

Critical Language Supplement of additional $3,000 available for studying:

  • Arabic (all dialects)
  • Chinese (all dialects)
  • Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek)
  • Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajiki)
  • Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi)
  • Korean
  • Russian

Deadlines (check Gilman website - link above - to be sure):

Fall Semester/Academic Year - early March
Spring Semester - early October

Incarnate Word symbolDavid L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

These Federally funded scholarships are for study abroad students who wish to further the U.S. goal to become more internationally focused while keeping an eye on national security interests.

Incarnate Word symbolRotary Scholarships

Rotary International offers the following and more scholarships. Please visit or contact the Rotary Club of San Antonio, 710 McCullough Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78215-1615, Phone: 222-8242, ext. 100.

  • Rotary World Peace Scholarship
    Rotary offers a scholarship for bilingual, graduate students who are related to or are members of Rotary International in order to pursue studies abroad in fields related to peace and international understanding.

UIW iconJohn T. Petters Foundation scholarship

The John T. Petters Foundation seeks deserving students who are interested in international business and looking to expand their knowledge of other countries and cultures.

This scholarship is open to undergraduate college students in good academic standing who meet the following criteria:

  • The Applicant must be pursuing a study abroad program that has a focus on international business
  • The Applicant should be undergoing the study abroad application process which would be eligible for credit by the student's home institution
  • The Applicant must have financial need for scholarship funding
  • The Applicant must be a United States citizen


Summer/ Fall Semester: February 10

Winter/ Spring Semester: September 15

UIW iconJapan America Society of San Antonio Scholarship Program

The purpose of this scholarship is to promote mutual understanding of the cultures, business environments and people of the United States and Japan. Further, its purpose is to help strengthen the relationship between San Antonio and its Japanese sister city, Kumomoto, Japan.

A recipient is expected to maintain high standards of achievement while serving as a bridge of understanding and friendship between the peoples of the United States and Japan.

Criteria: Applicant must be a US citizen. Selection of a candidate for the scholarship is to be based solely on the qualification of the applicant without regard for economic status, age, sex, race or religion. Proficiency in the Japanese language is not a requirement if applicant can show that courses of study can be done in English. Applicant must have completed at least 60 college credit hours.

The scholarship may be awarded for study at any San Antonio college or university or for study in Japan. The subject area of study should lead to the student developing a foundation for promoting a stronger relationship between the United States and Japan. Recipient must be willing to participate in and support local activities of JASSA.

Scholarship Award: The awardees will receive a one-year scholarship, in an amount ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. Recipients are permitted to reapply for a second scholarship. The JASSA scholarship committee will make the final selection of the recipients. The award will be made in one payment to the recipient. All the applicants will be notified of the decision.

UIW iconBridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad.

Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs). Students studying in Japan on summer programs are not eligible to apply.

Applications will next be accepted from students who will be studying in Japan beginning in Fall 2009, for a semester or an academic year. The deadline for receipt of applications will be April 6, 2009.

Japanese Government (Monbusho) Scholarship (through the Japanese Consulate)

Intensive Course in Japanese language and Japanese studies. Scholarships include monthly stipend, transportation to and from Japan, arrival allowance, exemption of Japanese university fees and assistance in locating housing.

For more information, contact the Japanese Consulate at (713) 652-2977 or Check out the website at

incarnate word symbol Soonchunhyang University (South Korea)

English Village Program Scholarship for International Students

incarnate word symbolStudy Abroad Turkey Scholarship for Minority Students

The Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) in cooperation with are awarding grants per year in the amount of $2,000 & $1,000 for full-time undergraduates who have been accepted to a study abroad program in Turkey for a semester and summer respectively. Applicants must be undergraduate African-American, Hispanic/Latino or Native-American students who have already applied and been accepted to participate in a study abroad program at a Turkish university through an American educational institution or study abroad provider.

incarnate word symbolDAAD German Academic Exchange Service - Undergraduate Scholarship

Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year.

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