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There are many possibilities and options to fund your education abroad program. It is important to be creative and think outside the box when trying to come up with ways to save money or find funding. Among the many resources, this section highlights financial aid, scholarships, and grants.
Financial Aid Resources
The Study Abroad Office works closely with the UWM Financial Aid Office to help you finance your program. All students are eligible for financial aid consideration including loans, grants, scholarships, or any combination of the three. If you have never applied or received financial aid before, you may be eligible for special consideration because you are going abroad. If you would like to apply for aid specifically for an education abroad program, you should fill out the federal FAFSA application as early as possible.
If you are considering studying abroad, you are strongly encouraged to meet with a financial aid advisor first. It is a good idea to evaluate your financial situation before submitting an application to the Study Abroad Office to ensure that you are financially able to complete the program.
Financial Aid Advising Sessions
These sessions will be led by a financial aid advisor, specifically regarding study abroad. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about how financial aid can make studying abroad possible.
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Financial Aid and Study Abroad or Exchange Programs
The Study Abroad Office sends program budgets to the Financial Aid Office for all UWM study abroad programs and exchanges. This budget demonstrates the estimated expenses for you particular program. It allows Financial Aid to consider additional expenses not covered in your program, such as airfare, in-country transportation, and personal expenses. Your financial aid package is then based on a very individualized analysis of your financial situation taking all of these factors into account.
All students on study abroad or exchange programs will have their aid package re-evaluated on an individual basis. Based on this evaluation, students may be eligible to receive an increased amount of aid, usually in the form of loans. Students participating in non-UWM sponsored programs and wish to use their financial aid, must meet with their study abroad coordinator to discuss an individualized budget for their chosen program.
For maximum consideration, you should send your completed FAFSA (or FAFSA renewal for continuing applicants) to the Federal Processor by the priority application filing dates published by the Financial Aid Office.
When you return from a semester or year-long program, your grades may not be reported immediately. In this case you would receive an e-mail or written notification from financial aid stating that you are in 'warning' or 'ineligible' status. You do not need to contact the Financial Aid Office or the Study Abroad Office if you are in 'warning' status. You will still receive your financial aid for the semester and the 'warning' status will be lifted as soon as your grades are reported. If you receive an 'ineligible' status message, please contact your coordinator and/or the Financial Aid Office.
Financial Aid Authorization Form
Upon being accepted to a program, you will receive a packet of forms that will include a form from the Cashier's Office called the 'Financial Aid Authorization.' Submitting this form notifies the Cashier's Office that you will be using your financial aid to help finance your program. Federal regulations do not permit UWM to automatically apply financial aid funds that are awarded to all of your study abroad program fees. This form must be filled out and handed in to the UWM Cashier's Office in Mitchell Hall 285 in order to have your financial aid pay for your program fees.
Disbursement of Financial Aid
Financial aid funds are distributed through the UWM Cashier's Office and not through the Financial Aid Office. If your expected financial aid funds are higher than the fees you will owe, you will receive a check in the mail from the Cashier's Office for the difference. If the aid you receive is less than the amount owed for your program, it is your responsibility to ensure that your program is paid in full.
FERPA Release and Power of Attorney Forms
If you are relying on parents, relatives, or friends to help manage your finances and property while you are away, you will need to grant them the legal ability to manage your accounts, such as the ability to sign for financial aid checks, make deposits or transfers on your behalf, etc.. The Power of Attorney form gives them permission to do this. The FERPA Release gives your permission for the Study Abroad Office to share a variety of information about your UWM records (Finances, Registration, Health, and Study Abroad Information) with parents, relatives, or friends. If you are arranging to have help while you are away, please sign and return these forms to the Study Abroad Office.
Grants and Scholarships
Scholarships and grants are a great way to help cover costs associated with education abroad. Each year, UWM students receive thousands of dollars in funding to help pay for their programs.
Important Note: Notification of an award will be given after applying for and being accepted to a program. Therefore it is essential, that you never commit to participate in a program until confirming that you are able to afford it without scholarship assistance. If you will be using financial aid to cover some or all of your program costs, you should contact the UWM Financial Aid Office before application to evaluate your financial needs.
Scholarships are a great resource that a lot of students neglect. While you may be overwhelmed at the thought of more applications, a standard Internet search can yield a lot of results. Speaking with an advisor at the Study Abroad Office is also helpful to the information you need from a reliable source.
The following are just a few of the scholarships that you may be eligible for:
UWM, Wisconsin & Community Scholarships
The Humanity in Action Fellowship
The following lists each scholarship alphabetically with a more detailed description:
AIFS is a study abroad program provider that hosts an array of international programs. AIFS annually awards more than $250,000 in scholarships to semester and summer students who submit application materials demonstrating high academic achievement.
Deadlines vary by scholarship
Visit the AIFS website for more information.
The Associated 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 and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad.
Visit the website for more information.
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students studying abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are NOT included.
Broadly defined, Boren applicants must identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security. NSEP uses a broad definition of national security because the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society. Such challenges include sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.
Students selected to receive a Boren Scholarship must commit to working for the U.S. government for at least a year following the completion of their education.
- Please contact the Boren campus representative by December if you are interested in applying for the following academic year.
- UWM Campus Deadline - January
- February for all undergraduate programs
- January for all graduate programs
- Consult with Boren advisor Sue Conway for specific deadlines
A representative from Boren will be visiting UWM. Please come to the Boren Scholarship Information Session on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 3:30 pm - 4:30pm and immediately following a Boren Fellowship Information Session from 4:30pm - 5:30pm . Location to be determined.
This is a very competitive scholarship and requires an on-campus faculty review. Serious applicants should begin the process early.
For more information on the scholarship, please visit the NSEP Boren Awards website. To learn about on-campus Boren Scholarship advising opportunities and guidelines contact Sue Conway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a PowerPoint presentation on the Boren scholarship, please click here.
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at UWM develops, supports, and promotes teaching, research, and outreach about Latin America and the Caribbean. They offer various scholarships, fellowships, and research-travel grants such as:
Donald R. Shea Scholarship: $500 scholarships given each year to undergraduates on academic programs abroad.
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Undergraduates: Two fellowships of $15,000 each to intensively study the Portuguese language and Latin American culture at UWM with the possibility to study abroad.
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Graduate Students: Three or four summer fellowships of $7,500 each to intensively study Brazilian, Portuguese, or other indigenous languages of the Latin American or Caribbean regions.
Research-Travel Award for Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate Students: Several awards ranging from $250 to $500 for field research or internships, or to present a conference paper.
For information on scholarships from the CLACS please visit the CLACS scholarship website.
The Chinese government offers scholarships to students interested in improving their Chinese language skills in China. A full scholarship may include tuition, accommodation, and an estimated $117 stipend per month for living expenses. This scholarship can be used for UWM's Guangxi Normal University study abroad program but must meet all eligibility requirements.
- Varies by scholarship
Visit the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China website for more information.
CIEE is a study abroad program provider that hosts programs for studying, teaching, and working all over the world. They understand that going abroad can be costly, so they offer numerous grant and scholarship opportunities.
- April 1st for summer, fall, and academic year programs
- November 1st for winter, spring, and academic year programs
Visit the CIEE webpage for more information.
The U. S. Department of State is pleased to announce the scholarship competition for the 2013 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in thirteen critical need foreign languages. The CLS Program provides fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for undergraduate and graduate students.
- Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.
- U.S. citizenship is required
- Students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply.
- While there is no service requirement attached to CLS Program awards, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers.
For more information and the application please visit http://www.clscholarship.org.
The DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) offers several scholarships to undergraduates and graduates interested in studying in Germany. Of particular interest to UWM students is the Undergraduate Scholarship which grants students spending a semester or year in Germany a €650/month stipend, as well as funding for travel expenses. This scholarship is offered once a year. It is a very competitive scholarship and students are encouraged to begin the application process early.
- Varies by application
- January for Undergraduate Scholarship for the following academic year. Students interested in this scholarship should contact the study abroad coordinator (Natalie Malacrida: email@example.com) by November.
For more information please visit the DAAD website.
Fastweb.com is a website dedicated to keeping students informed about domestic and international scholarship, grant, and internship opportunities.
Visit Fastweb.com for more information.
FGS awards scholarships to US citizens studying abroad, three times anually. Schoalrships are valued at $2,000. FGS offers seven different scholarships including a General Scholarship.
General Elibigility Requirements:
- US Citizenship
- Enrollment in US college or university where transfer credit from an academic program abroad will be applied to the US degree being earned
- Enrollment in a US undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree program
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5/4.0
- Transcript with the name of the college or university, student's full name, cumulative GPA and declared major
- Minimum of 4 weeks/28 days studying abroad
See their website for more information: FGS Website
The Fulbright Program is administered by The Institute of International Education (IIE) and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. It offers fellowships to U.S. students for study, research, and/or teaching assistantships abroad.
- September (UWM campus deadline): If you would like assistance with the application process or if you would like/need a campus committee to evaluate your application (strongly recommended), you must meet with the Fulbright advisor well before this date. Complete applications must be submitted for review by this deadline; revisions may be made after the campus interview and prior to the national deadline.
- October (national deadline): Deadline to submit electronic applications. While not required in all cases, applicants are strongly encouraged to work with an advisor.
- Consult with Fulbright Advisor & the Fulbright website for specific deadlines.
For more information:
Contact UWM's Fulbright Program Advisor, Sharon Gosz (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This scholarship program awards Pell Grant recipients up to $5,000 to study abroad for a semester or year.
Gilman scholarships are awarded every semester. In the past, students who have taken advantage of on-campus advising have been more likely to receive the award than students who applied on their own. The scholarship advisor and a designated financial aid advisor must certify all Gilman applications coming from UWM in order for them to be considered complete. Even if you do not wish to pursue on-campus advising, please let the scholarship advisor know if you plan to apply for this scholarship. All applicants will need to provide the scholarship advisor with required information in order for them to certify their application.
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- October 7, 2014 for Spring 2015 study abroad programs and internships
For more information on the scholarship, please visit the Gilman Scholarship website.
Contact the Scholarship advisor Ramona Washington (email@example.com) for more information about on-campus advising opportunities and guidelines.
GlobaLinks Scholarships and Grants
GlobaLinks is a study abroad provider that hosts programs in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. GlobaLinks provides numerous scholarships to students applying for a semester or year abroad through the GlobaLinks program. Scholarship applications are made available to all eligible participants upon acceptance to the program. Click here for Eligibility, deadline, and other awards details.
- January intake - October 30th
- February intake - November 30th
- May intake - February 28th
- July intake - April 30th
- September intake - June 30th
Visit the GlobaLinks Scholarship webpage for more information.
Dr. Alfred Bader generously funds awards (up to $2,500/semester) for eligible UWM students participating in the Herstmonceux Castle Study Abroad Program. Students accepted to participate in this program are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. For more information about the Herstmonceux Castle Study Abroad Program, please visit Queen's University website.
Contact Yomarie Castellano (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
The Taiwanese government offers scholarships to students interested in improving their Chinese language skills in Taiwan. When applying, students have four award period options to choose from (one year, nine months, six months, or three months). Recipients of this scholarship will be awarded approximately $790 per month for the duration of their award period. This scholarship can be used for UWM's Mandarin Training Center study abroad program, but must meet all eligibility requirements.
- Varies by scholarship
Visit the Taiwan Ministry of Education website for more information.
The Humanity in Action Fellowship
The Humanity in Action Fellowship is an intensive and demanding program that brings international groups of university students and recent graduates together to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as issues affecting the various minority groups today.
Students and recent graduates from universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States.
For more information see: http://www.humanityinaction.org/programs/14-humanity-in-action-fellowship
This comprehensive online database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants allows students to search by country or subject to find study abroad funding opportunities that they are eligible to apply for.
This database can be found at http://www.studyabroadfunding.org/
The Life Impact Program is made possible by a generous grant from the Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation. This program provides all participants with a $5,000 renewable scholarship as well as extensive support services specifically designed to meet the unique needs of UWM students with children. All participants are expected to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and fulfill various other program requirements meant to assist students with identifying and meeting academic, personal and professional goals. Additional program information is available on-line at www.lifeimpact.uwm.edu.
Several UWM students will be selected to join the Life Impact Program for the 2013-2014 academic year. Only complete applications will be reviewed by the selection committee. Please read the application instructions carefully and utilize the application checklist to ensure you have a complete application packet.
Amount of Award: $5,000 when enrolled full-time ($2,500 per semester)
Applications are accepted year-round. The priority deadline is March 4th 2013. Applications received by this date will be screened and reviewed for eligibility at this time. If space remains available, applications may be accepted beyond the priority deadline. Candidates are encouraged to apply early, due to the selectivity of the Life Impact Program and limited number of available awards.
For more information please visit the website: http://www4.uwm.edu/lifeimpact/
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant
Phi Kappa Phi study abroad grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Forty-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Please see eligibility requirements, application requirements, deadline information, and contact information on their website.
The Rita Mae Conway Memorial Scholarship was created to help support nursing students who are planning to study abroad on a UWinteriM program. The scholarship will award $1,000 to the nursing applicant who best personifies the way Rita Mae Conway lived her life: care for others, volunteering, and most importantly, love of family.
For information on how to apply, please click here.
The Ambassadorial Scholarships are provided to scholars that are expected to be outstanding ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country.
Applicants must have completed at least two years of University of College course work, or must have secondary school education and have been employed in a recognized vocation for at least two years when the scholarship begins. This scholarship awards one year of up to $25,000.00 of support. Additional eligibility requirements, application procedures, and further details can be found by visiting their website.
A new online scholarship database, ScholarshipPortal.eu, was recently launched at the European Association for International Education (EAIE) conference. ScholarshipPortal.edu is an integrated, centralized European platform providing information on all scholarships offered for studying in Europe. The database already contains over 700 scholarship programs. Students can now find and compare relevant programs based on their nationality, background, where and what they want to study, and many other kinds of search criteria. ScholarshipPortal has been developed by StudyPortals and the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA). It is funded by the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme.
For more information, please visit: www.scholarshipportal.edu
This website is a great resource. It explains information about scholarships, including how recipients are selected, and offers a list of many different scholarships for you to consider.
For more information, please visit: http://www.studyabroad.com
UWM Study Abroad Diversity Scholarship
The Provost's study abroad diversity scholarship provides funding to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad. Individuals from one or more groups may apply: (1) First-generation college students; (2) Students with diverse ethnic backgrounds (e.g. American Indian or Alaska Native, African American or Black, Hispanic or Latino/a, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander); and (3) Students with disabilities. This scholarship reflects UWM’s commitment to expanding the diversity of students who participate in education abroad programs. Students participating in semester and year-long programs generally receive more funding than students participating in short-term Summer, UWinteriM, and spring break or studio programs. The maximum possible award is $2,000 for academic year, Fall, and Spring programs. The maximum possible award for UWinteriM and summer programs is $1,000. Meeting application requirements for the grant does not guarantee an award.
To qualify for this scholarship you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- Be from a traditionally under-represented study abroad group (see above).
- Be a full-time, degree seeking UWM student in good standing.
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
- Receive post-application acceptance into a UWM-sponsored study abroad program during the specified terms listed above.
- Be prepared to commit to their program of choice and participate in full upon acceptance of this scholarship.
- October 15 for UWinteriM and Spring programs
- March 15 for Summer, Fall, and Academic Year programs
- Applications need to be submitted to CIE Study Abroad Office, Pearse Hall 166.
*These are firm deadlines and NO exceptions will be made for late applications*
The Wisconsin study abroad grant provides funding for qualifying undergraduate UWM students to help offset the cost of study abroad. Funding is contingent upon state budget legislation, so it may not be available if the program is not funded. The amount of funding awarded per student differs from year-to-year based on the number of qualified applicants. Students participating in semester- and year-long programs generally receive more funding than students participating in short-term summer, UWinteriM, and spring break or studio programs. The maximum possible award is $2,000, with an average award of $500. Meeting application requirements for the grant does not guarantee an award.
To qualify for a Wisconsin study abroad grant you must:
- Be a Wisconsin resident.
- Be enrolled in a UWM bachelor’s degree program (this must be your first bachelor’s degree).
- Be participating in a UWM-sponsored study abroad program or UWM exchange.
- Be listed with the Federal Student Financial Aid System (through FAFSA).
UWM's Department of Financial Aid, Student Employment, and Military Education Benefits offices evaluate applicants' needs and make grant awards accordingly.
- October 15 for UWinteriM and Spring programs
- March 15 for Summer and Fall programs
- Applications are to be typed, printed, signed, and submitted to CIE study abroad office, Pearse Hall 166. Keep the cover sheet for your records about the notification timeline.
*These are firm deadlines and NO exceptions will be made for late applications*