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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
  • Must be degree seeking
  • 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.


ICONBenjamin 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 symbolUIW-JCU Scholarship

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) and John Cabot University (JCU) Scholarship was established to financially assist UIW students wishing to study abroad at JCU for one academic semester (fall or spring). 

The UIW-JCU scholarship award committee may award up to three (3) $1,500 (USD) scholarships per semester to eligible candidates.  The award may only be applied towards JCU student housing costs and fees. The scholarship may not be used for tuition, travel expenses, meals, and/or any other expenses. 

To be eligible, you must:

  • have been accepted to attend JCU for the upcoming fall or spring semester;
  • have completed the UIW study abroad agreement;
  • participate in a face-to-face interview with the selection committee; and
  • be legally and academically eligible to study abroad for the upcoming semester. 

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 iconJapan America Society of San Antonio Scholarship Program

Are you studying Japanese language, culture, or international business?  If so, you are qualified to apply for one of the three scholarships offered by the Japan America Society of San Antonio (JASSA).  The competition is open to all college or university students and is intended to support the student in furthering academic work in Japanese studies, either in the U.S. or in Japan.
    Previous winners have used their scholarship to travel to Japan; others have continued Japanese study at the university level.  One of the winners from last year said, “The JASSA scholarship funds helped me to pay for a portion of my master’s degree, which moves me closer to my goal of working abroad at an international accounting firm.  The scholarship was a rewarding representation of the benefits received from a wonderful organization.”   
    A committee composed of several JASSA board members will review all applications and will choose the recipients of the scholarships.  In the past, up to three recipients were chosen; $1,000 went to the leading contender.  The winners will be recognized at a future JASSA meeting.

UIW iconBridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships.

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English Village Program Scholarship for International Students