Financial Aid and Scholarships

Make Study Abroad Affordable!

UIW Scholarships

Description

The UIW - Independent Study Abroad Scholarship is designed to be utilized for students who intend to study abroad at one of UIW’s Sister Schools only. The award can be applied only towards tuition for either the fall or spring semester.

Amount

Up to $500 awards will be applied towards the tuition only.

Notes

The International Affairs Office is not obligated to award any funds.

Application Requirements

  1. Download and complete the application for the UIW Independent Study Abroad Scholarship.
  2. Email the completed application to the Study Abroad Office at paynter@uiwtx.edu.
  3. Application must be submitted at least two-weeks before departure.

Criteria

Fall/spring Academic semester

Date Posted

Monday, Aug. 1, 2019

Deadline

  1. Fall semester: June 1, 2020
  2. Spring semester: Nov. 1, 2020

Eligibility

Students must:

  • Be an undergraduate student at the University of the Incarnate Word.
  • Be in good academic standing and have a minimum 2.4 GPA.
  • Applied to a UIW Sister School (excludes third parties).
  • Be degree seeking.
  • Be completing or have completed a Study Abroad application.
  • Submit all completed study abroad paperwork (Request to Study Abroad Form, Consortium Form, Payment Deferral Form).
  • Be financially qualified.
  • Not have any financial/Business Office holds; and, cannot be combined with other scholarships offered by the International Affairs Office

If financially qualified, the scholarship will be automatically applied towards the tuition of the program.

Number of Awards

Multiple. Funding for the UIW - Independent Study Abroad Scholarship is limited and is funded per fiscal year. Once the scholarship funds are exhausted, scholarships will no longer be awarded.

Download the application for the UIW Independent Study Abroad Scholarship here.

Description

The UIW Faculty-Led Scholarship is designed for students who intend to participate in a short-term study abroad program led by their instructor. The award can be applied only towards the cost of the program for the entire year.

Amount

Up to $500 awards will be applied towards the cost of the program.

Notes

The International Affairs Office is not obligated to award any funds.

Application Requirements

  1. Download and complete the application for the UIW Faculty-led Scholarship.
  2. Email the completed application to the Study Abroad Office at paynter@uiwtx.edu.
  3. Application must be submitted at least two-weeks before departure.

Criteria

Fall/Spring/Summer

Date Posted

Monday, Aug. 1, 2019

Deadline

Application must be submitted at least three weeks prior to departure.

Eligibility

Students must:

  • Be an enrolled student at the University of the Incarnate Word.
  • Be enrolled in the class of the lead professor(s).
  • Be in good academic standing and have a minimum 2.4 GPA.
  • Be degree seeking.
  • Be completing or have completed a Faculty-Led Study Abroad agreement.
  • Submit all completed study abroad paperwork (Consortium Form, Payment Deferral Form).
  • Be financially qualified.
  • Not have any financial/Business Office holds; and cannot be combined with other scholarships offered by the International Affairs Office.

If financially qualified, the scholarship will be automatically applied towards the cost of the program.

Number of Awards

Multiple. Funding for the UIW Faculty-Led Scholarship is limited and is funded per fiscal year. Once the scholarship funds are exhausted, scholarships will no longer be awarded.

Download the application for the UIW Faculty-led Scholarship here.

Description

The UIW Service Mission Scholarship aims to help financially qualified UIW registered students defray some of the costs of participating in an official UIW international service mission program.  Official service mission programs encompass a UIW program, center or department representative that lead UIW students to an international location aimed at implementing UIW’s mission of service for our global community.

Amount

Up to $500 awards will be applied towards the cost of participation only.

Notes

The International Affairs Office is not obligated to award any funds.

Program Requirements

Service mission program must be pre-approved by the International Affairs Office in writing at least two months before departure.

Application Requirements

  1. Download and complete the application for the UIW Service Mission Scholarship.
  2. Email the completed application to the Study Abroad Office at studyabroad@uiwtx.edu.
  3. Application must be submitted at least two-weeks before departure.

Criteria

Academics, leadership and service

Date Posted

Monday, Aug. 1, 2019

Deadline

Open until funds are exhausted.

Eligibility

Students must:

  • Be a current undergraduate or graduate student, full-time or part-time.
  • Be enrolled in a degree-granting program at time of application deadline.
  • Be financially qualified.
  • Not have any financial/Business Office holds.

If financially qualified, the scholarship will be automatically applied towards the total cost of the program.

Number of Awards

Multiple. Funding for the UIW Service Mission Scholarship is limited and is funded per fiscal year. Once the scholarship funds are exhausted, scholarships will no longer be awarded.

Download the application for the UIW Service Mission Scholarship here.

Description

The UIW-Strasbourg Scholarship is designed to be utilized for students who intend to study abroad at UIW- Strasbourg. The award can be applied only towards tuition for either the fall/spring semester.

Amount

Up to $5,000 awards will be applied towards the tuition only.

Notes

The International Affairs Office is not obligated to award any funds.

Application Requirements

  1. Download and complete the application the application for the UIW Strasbourg Scholarship.
  2. Email the completed application to the Study Abroad Office at lgianott@uiwtx.edu.
  3. Application must be submitted at least two-weeks before departure.

Criteria

Fall/Spring Academic semester

Date Posted

Monday, August 1, 2019

Deadline

  1. Fall semester: June 1, 2020
  2. Spring semester: November 1, 2020

Eligibility

Students must:

  • Be an undergraduate student at the University of the Incarnate Word;
  • Be in good academic standing, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA;
  • Be degree seeking;
  • Be completing or have completed an application to attend UIW- Strasbourg;
  • Submit all completed study abroad paperwork (Request to Study Abroad Form, Consortium Form, Payment Deferral Form);
  • Be financially qualified;
  • Not have any financial/Business Office holds.

If financially qualified, the scholarship will be automatically applied towards the tuition of the program.

Number of Awards

Multiple. Funding for the UIW- Strasbourg Scholarship is limited and is funded per fiscal year. Once the scholarship funds are exhausted, scholarships will no longer be awarded.

Download the application for the UIW Strasbourg Scholarship here.

National Scholarships

The Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship provides awards up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students receiving a Federal Pell Grant to study or intern abroad.

Eligibility Checklist:

To be eligible for a Gilman Scholarship, an applicant must be:

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • An undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States;
  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship;
  • In the process of applying to, or accepted for, a study abroad or internship program of at least three (3) weeks in a single country or area and eligible for credit from the student's home institution. Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement;
  • Applying for credit-bearing study abroad programs in a country or area with an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System.

Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000, for a combined total of $8,000.

Critical Need Languages:

  • Arabic
  • Azerbaijani
  • Bahasa Indonesian
  • Bangla
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Persian
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Swahili
  • Turkish
  • Urdu

Deadlines:

The March 2021 Deadline application will open in mid-January 2021 for applicants whose programs that start between May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022. This cycle encompasses Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Academic Year 2021-2022, and Spring 2022 programs.

The October 2021 Deadline application opened in mid-August 2021 for applicants whose in-person and virtual programs start between January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022. This cycle encompasses Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022, and Academic Year 2022-2023 programs.

Apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman-McCain scholarship provides awards up to $5,000 for undergraduate child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. Developed under the framework of the State Department’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, the John McCain International Scholarship for the Children of Military Families (Gilman-McCain Scholarship) is open to eligible students enrolled at accredited U.S. colleges and universities who receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid.

Eligibility Checklist:

To be eligible for a Gilman Scholarship, an applicant must be:

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • An undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States (including both two-year and four-year institutions);
  • Dependent child of an active duty military member(s) during the time of application in one of the following branches: Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard, including activated (currently on active duty) Reserve Forces, Air National Guard and Army National Guard;
  • Recipient of any type of Title IV federal financial aid during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving Title IV federal financial aid during their study abroad program or internship;
  • In the process of applying to, or accepted for, a study abroad or internship program of at least two weeks for community college students and three weeks for students from four-year institutions, eligible for credit from the student’s home institution. Multi-country/area programs are eligible and have no minimum requirement on length of time spent in one country and no maximum requirement on number of countries in a program. Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement; and
  • Applying for credit-bearing study abroad programs in a country or area with an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System. However, certain locations within these countries or areas may be designated within the Travel Advisory as either “Do not travel to” (Level 4) or “Reconsider travel to” (Level 3) locations, as such; students will not be allowed to travel to these specific locations. Moreover, students are not eligible to apply for programs in a country or area with an overall Level 3 or 4 Travel Advisory.
    "The U.S. Department of State reserves the right to request program changes for specific countries or areas if deemed necessary during any stage of the application, selection process, or program period. Final awards are contingent upon the availability of funds and the security situation in country. Furthermore, programs in progress may be suspended at the request of the U.S. Embassy in country should security situation deteriorate during the course of the program."

Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000, for a combined total of $8,000.

Critical Need Languages:

  • Arabic
  • Azerbaijani
  • Bahasa Indonesian
  • Bangla
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Persian
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Swahili
  • Turkish
  • Urdu

Deadlines:

The March 2021 Deadline application will open in mid-January 2021 for applicants whose programs that start between May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022. This cycle encompasses Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Academic Year 2021-2022, and Spring 2022 programs.

The October 2021 Deadline application opened in mid-August 2021 for applicants whose in-person and virtual programs start between January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022. This cycle encompasses Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022, and Academic Year 2022-2023 programs.

Apply for the Gilman-McCain Scholarship

Rotary International offers the following and more scholarships. Please visit Rotary.org or contact:

Rotary Club of San Antonio
710 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78215-1615

Phone: (210) 222-8242, ext. 100.

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) invests in promising students with financial need who wish to study abroad. Potential applicants who meet our eligibility requirements may participate on any international education program that meets their academic objectives. Scholarships range from $1,250 – $10,000 and can be applied for programs that run for at least 28 days.

Funding Amounts: FEA awards scholarships of up to $10,000 for students who plan to study abroad for a full academic year; up to $5,000 for students who plan to study abroad during the fall or spring semester; and awards that are prorated by number of weeks in-country (with a minimum of $1,250) for students studying abroad during summer.

Preferences: FEA gives preference to students with demonstrated financial need and strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. These groups include, but are not limited to:

  • First-generation college students
  • Minority students
  • Community college students

Eligibility

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the U.S. (Graduate students are not eligible.)
  • Study abroad program must be eligible for credit at the student’s home institution.
  • Study abroad program must be at least 4 weeks (28 days) in country/countries.

Deadlines:

Application period for Fall, Summer, Academic Year 2021-2022 is November 16, 2020 – January 20, 2021

Apply for Fund for Education Abroad

Boren Awards are Federally funded scholarships 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.

Boren Scholarships Maximum Award Amounts:

  • 8-11 weeks: $8,000 for a summer program (STEM majors only)
  • 12-24 weeks: $12,500
  • 25-52 weeks: $25,000

All Boren Awards-funded programs must include language study as a core element for the duration of the grant. Applicants are encouraged to select or design programs that will provide an immersive environment both in the classroom and through extracurricular activities in order to demonstrate their commitment to language study.

Boren Scholars should seek study abroad programs that have a serious language component. Although such programs may include some coursework, unpaid internships or volunteer opportunities conducted in English, the strongest applicants will make every effort to immerse themselves in language study. Language study should comprise the majority of overseas coursework. Beyond the classroom, language immersion may take place in university housing with local students, in homestays with local families, or through research or volunteering conducted in the local language.

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Program Overview

Project Global Officer (Project GO) is a Department of Defense initiative aimed at improving the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. Sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education, Project GO provides institutional grants to U.S institutions of higher education with large ROTC student enrollments, to include the Senior Military Colleges. In turn, these institutions provide language and culture training to ROTC students from across the nation, funding domestic and overseas ROTC language programs and scholarships. Working in support of Army, Air Force, and Navy ROTC Headquarters, Project GO facilitates collaborative efforts both among universities and ROTC leadership.

Objectives

Project Global Officer (Project GO) is a collaborative initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities through language study scholarships for ROTC students. The program was designed to improve the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers through domestic language study and domestic and overseas language and cultural immersion.

Project GO supports Goal Two of the Department of Defense’s Strategic Plan for Language Skills, Regional Expertise, and Cultural Capability to “build, enhance, and sustain a Total Force with a mix of language skills, regional expertise, and cultural capabilities to meet existing and emerging needs in support of national security objectives.” The program’s goal is to develop future military officers within all of the U.S. Armed Forces who possess the necessary linguistic and cross-cultural communication skills required for effective leadership in the 21st century operational environment. The program has provided ROTC students with language learning opportunities and has funded critical language infrastructure since its inception.

Eligibility and Selection

 
In order to be eligible, at the time of application, an applicant must be:
  1. A U.S. citizen.
  2. An undergraduate or graduate student on track to commission through the Army, Naval, or Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), contracted or non-contracted, at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Marine Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) students are also eligible.

Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of merit. Review panels will consider the following criteria:

  • Academic merit
  • Language experience
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Leadership
  • Commitment to Project GO mission
  • Diversity

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) awards described on this website are subject to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which provide that no citizen of the United States may, on the grounds of race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

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*Project Go's study abroad programs are not affiliated with UIW, but are still an option for UIW students. Please see our inforamtion on non-affiliated programs.

Location-Based Scholarships

English-speaking university students studying at Soonchunhyang University for one to three semesters who wish to learn about Korean/Asian culture and have the opportunity to share their home culture and language. Students may be reimbursed up to 800,000 KRW (approximately $710 USD) for airfare, receive a full waiver for housing expenses on campus, as well as receive a stipend for weekly living expenses of 120,000 KRW (about $100 USD).

Apply for scholarships to Soonchunhyang University (South Korea)

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, Kumamoto, 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.

Eligibility Checklist:

To be eligible for the JASSA Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Demonstrate that courses of study can be done in English (proficiency in the Japanese language is not a requirement);
  • Have completed at least 60 college credit hours;
  • Be enrolled at any college or university in San Antonio and have been admitted into a study abroad program in Japan;
  • Other: the subject area of study should lead to the student developing a foundation for promoting a stronger relationship between the United States and Japan;
  • Be willing to participate in and support local activities of JASSA.

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.

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.

Apply for the Japan America Society of San Antonio Scholarship Program

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.

Apply for the Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

Travel and explore World Heritage Cities with a 1.000 € scholarship! Are you between 18 and 28 years old, love to learn more about culture and heritage and can you easily connect to people?  Do you also like to tell others about your experiences on Social Media? Then you are invited to apply for our OWHC Young Traveling Scholarship 2019! The Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) sends you on a trip through Europe and North America. Equipped with a budget of 1.000 €, you will discover World Heritage Cities and experience why our UNESCO World Heritage needs to be preserved.

Eligibility

  • You have to be between 18-28 years old.
  • You can apply as a team of two.
  • Travel any time from July until October 2019, for at least 2 weeks
  • Travel destination: You choose a route, but we require that you visit at least three World Heritage Cities and two of them have to be a member of our OWHC Regional Secretariat.
  • Regular posts on Social Media and our Travel Blog
  • Produce a creative travel diary/documentation.
Apply for the OWHC Young Traveling Scholarship

A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.

Grant amounts are:

  • Summer Award: up to $3,000
  • Semester/Quarter Award: up to $5,000
  • Academic Year Award: up to $7,000

Eligibility

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of application.
  • Must currently receive need-based financial aid or demonstrate a verifiable need for financial assistance to participate in the proposed study abroad program. The applicant is required to submit the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) figure, calculated through FAFSA, with the statement of financial need through the online Freeman-ASIA application.
  • Must be an undergraduate student with a minimum GPA of 2.8, pursuing his or her first bachelor's degree (or associates degree), at a two-year or a four-year institution of higher education in the United States.
  • Must apply through the U.S. home campus and have at least one term of enrollment remaining at the home institution in the U.S. upon returning from studying abroad in Asia.
  • Must have applied or have been accepted to a study abroad based program in: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam. A multi-country program is eligible only if the applicant will spend at least eight (8) weeks in one of the countries stated above and will have intensive language study during that period.
  • Must have applied to or have been accepted by a study abroad based program that awards academic credits through the home campus or other U.S. accredited college or university. The proposed length of study in the host country must be a minimum of eight (8) weeks for a summer term, 10 weeks for a quarter term, and 12 weeks for a semester term.
  • Must have little or no previous experience in the country in which he or she plans to study. A summer term applicant must not have spent more than four (4) weeks in the proposed country of study within the last five (5) years. A semester or an academic year term applicant must not have spent more than six (6) weeks in the proposed country of study within the last fave (5) years.
  • Must submit the online Freeman-ASIA Student Impact Survey within one month of returning to the United States and must initiate his/her service project to promote study abroad opportunities in Asia on the college campus and/or in the local community.
  • Must submit the Freeman-ASIA Final Service Report on the implementation of his/her service project at the end of the term following his/her return to the United States.
  • Must not be a previous Freeman-ASIA award recipient.

Apply for the Freeman-ASIA Scholarship

Academic Year 2020-2021

All applications for 2020-2021 will open in early 2020. This will include applications for: Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Academic Year 2020-2021.

The Korean Government scholarships provide meaningful experiences for exchange students regarding Korean culture and education; to strengthen the global competence of Korean universities.

See Korean Government Supported Scholarships

Financial Assistance Questions (FAQ)

The Financial Aid Office of University of the Incarnate Word is committed to UIW’s institutional globalization goals. Decisions concerning financial assistance awards to support international study are made by the Office of Financial Aid, not by the Office of Study Abroad.

Assistance is provided in the Office of Study Abroad as students document their financial needs and prepare a budget preliminary to their discussions with the Office of Financial Aid, but the student is solely responsible for accurate estimates and supporting documentation for the financial aid needed and requested for the international study period.

Students are advised to take this process very seriously and to take responsibility for the requests made to the Office of Financial Aid. Following is a list of the most frequently asked questions and answers about financial assistance to support international study.

Frequently Asked Questions

Students are required to have a completed financial assistance file in order to receive funds. Completing the file can take several weeks. A complete file includes:

  1. A current FAFSA form,
  2. Student Information Form,
  3. Any other documentation requested by the OFA to meet federal eligibility requirements, and semester attendance deadlines.
  4. The completed UIW Consortium Agreement. This form verifies that a student is taking degree-seeking courses. It requires host school information, course information, cost of attendance figures, advisor signatures and semester attendance dates. It is required if students are studying at an international host university that is not a sister school to UIW and that is approved by the Office of Study Abroad. It is not required if students are studying out of the country with a UIW class, traveling to an international site with the class and faculty member, and have an IP grade in place during the international study period.

Students who are planning to attend a sister school should register for classes through the UIW Office of Study Abroad before they leave the U.S. Because the student is registered at UIW while studying as an Exchange Student, the student is awarded all state, federal and institutional funds that he or she would be eligible to receive if otherwise on the UIW campus.

Most Sister Schools exchange programs allow students to use financial aid to cover documented direct educational costs that include tuition, housing, meals, transportation, fees, books and supplies on that international campus.

The Office of Financial Assistance will arrange with the Business Office to secure payment for the student’s trip. It is important that any deposits, fees, airfare and personal items required for purchase before the trip are clearly defined. To the maximum extent possible, fees and expenses may be paid directly to the international host university or other organizations involved in the international travel activity, such as a travel agent or tour company, by UIW.

The student should be prepared to cover these costs and receive reimbursement after the aid is received at UIW.

  • Students should keep documents in a separate folder for the trip.
  • Start planning early. Plan ahead. Pay attention to details.
  • Complete all required paperwork.
  • Keep a copy of all documents.
  • Keep records of names, email addresses and telephone numbers of people whom you have visited with on campus during your planning.
  • Keep specific UIW offices informed of relevant details and changes in international travel or study plans.
  • Questions at all times may be addressed to the Office of Study Abroad.

First, make an appointment with the Study Abroad Coordinator or call (210) 805-5709

Make an appointment in the Financial Aid Office with your existing financial aid advisor. Decide your goals for international study. See Study Aboard for extensive study abroad information.

Contact UIW Financial Aid if you have questions or concerns along the way

Office of Financial Assistance
4301 Broadway Box 308
San Antonio, Texas 78209

Phone:  (210) 829-6008
Fax:
(210) 283-5053
Email
finaid@uiwtx.edu
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