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Most of the scholarships and financial aid that you currently receive at the University of Arkansas may be used to study abroad on an approved study abroad program. If you plan to use your U of A academic scholarships, please inform the Academic Scholarship Office about your study abroad plans and schedule an appointment with your financial aid counselor to discuss your financial aid options.

There are also many scholarship opportunities specifically for study abroad available through the University of Arkansas and outside organizations. We’ve compiled some resources below to help jumpstart your search. Remember that each scholarship has a unique application. Please refer to the links below for eligibility and application requirements for each award.

University of Arkansas Scholarships

There are multiple funding opportunities for study abroad available through colleges, departments, and special funding sources for University of Arkansas students.

For Undergraduate Students, there are 2 applications available to apply through HogsAbroad for funding from all sources

  1. Office of Study Abroad Scholarships Application for scholarships offered through the study abroad office, including the Nathan “Kitt” Rom Memorial Scholarship
  2. College & Department-Specific Study Abroad Scholarships for scholarships offered by Academic Departments and Colleges, including the Honors College and the Johnetta Cross Brazell Scholarship. For more information on each funding source, reference the individual scholarship page
    1. Bumpers College
    2. College of Education and Health Professions
    3. Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences
      1. African American Studies Program
      2. Fulbright Honors
      3. Cleveland C. Burton Undergraduate Fellowship in International Studies
      4. J. William & Elizabeth Fulbright (for full academic year abroad)
      5. World Languages, Literature, and Culture (for students with major/minor in language)
      6. Middle Eastern Studies
      7. Sturgis International Fellowships
    4. College of Engineering
      1. *U of A Scholarship: John L. Imhoff Global Studies Scholarship
    5. Sam Walton College of Business
    6. Honors College
    7. Johnetta Cross Brazzell Study Abroad Scholarship

Other funding opportunities are managed directly by departments on campus, including the School of Art and Department of Political Science. Contact your faculty and department administration if you have any questions about available funding!

For Graduate Students, these funds are available

  1. Office of Study Abroad Scholarship Application
  2. Bumpers College
  3. Sturgis International Fellowships

Scholarships Awarded by Outside Organizations

Check out our University of Arkansas Gilman Scholarship Resource Page!

External Programs are offered at a variety of price points depending on location, duration, and included amenities (meal plans, excursions, etc.). Many external providers offer automatic discounts to U of A students as well as award matching and additional scholarship opportunities.

Automatic Discounts

These Programs discount pricing for U of A students. Discounts are subject to change, please refer to program providers for final discount confirmation.

AIFS $200 $400
CIS $100 $250
DIS $500-$1,500 $5,500
Global Experiences* $500 $500
IFSA-Butler $0 $2,000
University of Nicosia $0 $500
SAI $100 $300
SIT $1,500 $1,500
*Global Experiences offers U of A students a $300 discount on virtual internships.

Award Matching Programs

These programs offer students additional discounts based on other awards they receive.

Pell Grant eligible students are guaranteed extra discounts from SIT Study Abroad ($1,500) and Global Experiences Internships ($500).

GI Bill eligible students receive $250 (summer) or $500 (semester) additional discount from AIFS Abroad.

Gilman Scholarship recipients can receive additional discounts for AIFS and Global Experiences programs.

Boren Award recipients receive $250 (summer) or $500 (semester) additional discount from AIFS Abroad.

FEA Award recipients are eligible for $500 discounts for AIFS semester programs.

Additional Scholarships and Discounts

USAC, ISA, and API applicants can apply for program discounts through the Office of Study Abroad Scholarship.

Creative Funding Ideas

Selecting a program that helps achieve your long-term goals may make it easier to solicit funds from external sources. Keep in mind that local, regional, and national groups, as well as individuals, are all possible contributors; it’s also important to keep careful record of those who helped support you in order to express your appreciation. Finally, past study abroad students found that dedicating a set time each week to look for funding was really helpful. Below are some ideas to ponder.

  • Ask friends and family if anyone is willing to give you some miles or buy your plane ticket with their miles.
  • : Sell poetry, art, etc. online to raise funds.
  • : Use this platform as an easy way for family and friends to donate to your study abroad program.
  • Go Old School: Bake sale, car wash, collect cans and bottles from neighbors
  • Identify yourself and your plans and save, save, save!
  • Look for organizations with an interest in specific countries that may be willing to fund you. Are you a Native American? Do you have family members in Germany? Some groups fund students with your background, or offer scholarships to people like you who want to learn more about your heritage.
  • Ask for study abroad related gifts: luggage, backpack, money belt, camera, walking shoes, etc.
  • Contact businesses, churches and organizations in your hometown, especially those whose mission may relate to your major, region of study, or another facet of your life. They may have scholarships or be willing to donate something toward your time abroad. You can offer to send letters while abroad or give a presentation upon return. Potential organizations include: Elks, Moose, Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary, etc.
  • Check with your local and national chapter for study abroad scholarships.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, you just need to have a program picked out and an application started- you don’t need to have a completed program application to submit for scholarships. Your scholarship application will ask you to articulate what program you’re doing and how it relates to your goals.

In most cases, yes. You should confirm your specific funding with the Financial Aid Office and Academic Scholarship Office. Regardless of what program you are doing, you are still a U of A student while you are abroad and will be enrolled in that academic term. You can receive any funds you have normally for that term.

It depends. These scholarships only apply to University of Arkansas tuition, which is charges on direct UA Programs like the Rome Center, Exchange, and most faculty-led programs. Tuition discounts cannot be used for external programs because students do not pay U of A tuition to participate.

In most cases, yes. Work with your study abroad advisor to find an approved study abroad program and to ensure the courses taken abroad transfer to the university of Arkansas.

If your program meets certain criteria, yes. The program must be approved by the Study Abroad office and you need to be enrolled in a full-time course load during the period abroad. Federal aid includes, but is not limited to, Pell Grants, SEOG Grants, Stafford Loans, and Perkins Loans. Do not rule out federal aid if you have previously been unsuccessful. Because study abroad can increase your education costs, you may be able to receive a financial aid award.

Study Abroad & International Exchange

520 N Storer Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Tel: 1-479-575-7582
Fax: 1-479-575-7402