Financial Aid and Scholarships

Over the last four years, more than 75% of study abroad students received financial aid to help pay for their programs. Students may use financial aid, scholarships, additional funding resources, or a combination of those.  Exploring the various resources available to you will greatly help you as you plan your finances.

Financial Aid

All students are eligible to apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) application. You may use loans, grants, and scholarships toward your study abroad cost. If you have never applied or received financial aid before, you are strongly encouraged to consult with Gayla Jenkins (jenkinsg@uwm.edu) in the Financial Aid Office to learn more about potential eligibility as it may change due to the change in your Cost of Attendance in accordance with your study abroad budget.

The CIE Study Abroad Office shares all study abroad program budgets with the Financial Aid Office in order to provide them with that Cost of Attendance which allows them to include the non-billable estimates as well as the billable estimates when determining your financial aid award.

If the financial aid funds are higher than the fees you owe on your UWM PAWS (Panther Access to Web Services) account, you will receive a check in the mail from the Cashier’s Office for the difference. If the financial aid funds are lower than the fees you owe on your UWM PAWS account, it is your responsibility to ensure that your program is paid for in full.

For maximum consideration, it is recommended that you file your FAFSA application (or renewal for continuing applicants) to the Federal Processor by the priority application filing dates listed on the Financial Aid Office website.

When you return from a semester or year-long program, your grades may not be reported immediately, especially if your program’s dates differed significantly from the UWM semester’s dates. In this case, you may receive an email or written notification in the mail stating that you are in a “warning” status. Don’t panic! Contact Gayla Jenkins (jenkinsg@uwm.edu) in the Financial Aid Office to let her know. You will still receive your financial aid for the semester and the “warning” status will be lifted as soon as your grades are reported for that term.

If you are notified that you have “ineligible” status, again, don’t panic, but e-mail Gayla right away to let her know and get further information from her regarding your status.

Wisconsin Study Abroad Grant
The Wisconsin Study Abroad Grant provides funding for qualifying undergraduate UWM students to offset the cost of study abroad. Funding is contingent upon state budget legislation. The amount of funding awarded per student differs from year to year based on the number of qualified applicants. If you are participating in a semester or year-long program, you will likely receive more funding than if you participate in a short-term summer, UWinteriM, or spring break program. The maximum award is $2,000. The average award for a semester is $1,000 and $500 for a short-term program. 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
  • have a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) application on file and be listed with the Federal Student Financial Aid System.
  • be enrolled at UWM full-time in the preceding semester to qualify for a summer or UWinteriM award.
  • be enrolled in at least 6 credits (includes on-campus credits as well as any study abroad credits) during the summer term to qualify for a summer award.

UWM’s CIE Study Abroad Office, Department of Financial Aid, Student Employment, and Military Education Benefits offices evaluates applicants and make grant awards accordingly.

Application Deadlines:

  • October 1 for UWinteriM and Spring programs
  • March 1 for Summer and Fall/Academic Year programs
**Application cycle for UWinteriM and Spring 2018 will open July 17, 2017**

 

Scholarships

UWM, Wisconsin & Community Scholarships

UWM Study Abroad Diversity Scholarship

The 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 for Latino/a, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
  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 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-approved 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.

Application Deadline:

  • Early October for UWinteriM and Spring Programs
  • Early March for Summer, Fall, and Academic Year programs

Applications need to be submitted to the CIE Study Abroad Office in Garland Hall 138.

UWM Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Scholarships

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 their website.

Rita Mae Conway Memorial Scholarship

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 see the official Rita Mae Memorial Scholarship flyer.

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.

Eligibility:

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 please visit their website.

Rotary Grants

The grants are provided to scholars that are expected to be outstanding ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country.

Additional eligibility requirements, application procedures, and further details can be found by visiting their website.

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.

National Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

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.

Please visit the Gilman website for more information on the scholarship. Contact the Scholarship advisor Ramona Washington (washingr@uwm.edu) for more information about on-campus advising opportunities and guidelines.

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.

Informational sessions are held twice a year for anyone interested in applying for this scholarship. Information on dates, times and locations of these and many other sessions can be found on our Study Abroad Advising and Info Sessions page.

NSEP Boren Awards for International Study

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.

For anyone studying abroad from June 2016 – May 2017 the deadline to apply for a Boren Scholarship is January 14.

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 NSEP Boren advising opportunities and guidelines please contact Sue Conway (conways@uwm.edu). Please also see a PowerPoint presentation on the Boren scholarship.

Informational sessions are held twice a year for anyone interested in applying for this scholarship. Information on dates, times and locations of these and many other sessions can be found on our Study Abroad Advising and Info Sessions page.

Deadline Information:

  • 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
  • Consult with your Boren advisor regarding specific deadlines
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

The U. S. Department of State is pleased to announce the scholarship competition for the 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 the CLS awards, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their skills in their professional careers.

Please find the application along with more information on the CLS Scholarship website.

Foundation for Global Scholars (FGS)

FGS awards scholarships to U.S. citizens studying abroad.  The organization is in the process of restructuring its scholarship initiatives.

Please click here for the most up to date information. 

The Fulbright Program for U.S. Students

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.

Please see the Fulbright website and contact UWM’s Fulbright Program Advisor Sharon Gosz (schetney@uwm.edu).

Deadlines:

  • 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 your Fulbright advisor & the Fulbright website for specific deadlines.

Provider-based Scholarships

AIFS Scholarships

AIFS 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.

API Scholarships

API awards approximately $400,000 in study abroad scholarships annually ranging from $250 -$1,000 per student. Students may apply for multiple API scholarships (though may only be awarded one. Please see the API website for more information.

CAPA Scholarships

CAPA International Education has more than doubled the amount of scholarship money awarded annually to program participants. Each year, thousands of dollars in scholarships will be given to students who submit application materials demonstrating high academic achievement and financial need. Please see the CAPA website for more information.

CEA Scholarships

CEA offers three categories of scholarships:

  • Merit-based scholarships that award exceptional academic achievement
  • Need-based scholarships that mitigate financial and economic barriers
  • Diversity scholarships for students from diverse backgrounds and for students with disabilities

Please visit the CEA website for more information.

CIEE Scholarships

CIEE  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.

Deadlines:

  • April 1st for summer, fall and academic year (Fall-Spring) programs
  • November 1st for winter, spring and academic year (Spring-Fall) programs

Please see the CIEE website for more information.

CisAbroad Scholarships

70% of all CisAbroad students receive scholarships or grants to go abroad? Candidates will be awarded only one scholarship, but you may apply to as many as you’d like.

Deadlines:

  • Spring Semester Programs: October 15 (award notification November 15)
  • Summer Semester Programs: March 1 (award notification April 1)
  • Fall Semester Programs: April 1 (award notification May 1)

Please see the CisAbroad website for more information.

ISA Scholarships and Grants

ISA is a study abroad provider. ISA provides numerous scholarships to students applying for a semester or year abroad through the ISA program. Scholarship applications are made available to all eligible participants upon acceptance to the program.

Deadlines:

  • January intake – October 30th
  • February intake – November 30th
  • May intake – February 28th
  • July intake – April 30th
  • September intake – June 30th

Please see the ISA website for more information.

Region-specific Scholarships

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

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 Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan website for more information.

Chinese Government Scholarship

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.

Visit the Chinese Government Scholarship website for more information.

DAAD German Academic Exchange Service Scholarships

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.

Students interested in this scholarship should contact study abroad coordinator Natalie Malacrida (mantoan@uwm.edu) by November as the deadline for the Undergraduate Scholarship for the following academic year is in January.

Please visit DAAD website for more information.

Herstmonceux Castle Scholarship

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. Please contact study abroad coordinator Yomarie Castellano (yomarie@uwm.edu) for more information.

Huayu Enrichment Scholarship

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.

Please visit the Taiwan Ministry of Education website for more information.

Additional Scholarship Resources

Fastweb

Fastweb.com is a website dedicated to keeping students informed about domestic and international scholarship, grant, and internship opportunities. They maintain a searchable database of numerous opportunities that you could apply for.

Visit the fastweb.com to get started.

IIE Passport Study Abroad Funding

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.

Please visit the database at studyabroadfunding.org.

ScholarshipPortal.edu

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.

Please visit scholarshipportal.com for more information.

StudyAbroad.com

StudyAbroad.com 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.

Visit studyabroad.com to get started.

More Funding Ideas

Campus Resources

Check with campus departments, organizations and areas on campus that you are involved in. While the list above details many scholarship and grant opportunities, they are generally specific to students who are studying abroad. There may be additional scholarships either through a department, center or office on campus, that you could use to support your study abroad. Below are some ideas to get you started:

  • Language departments – even if you don’t normally study language on campus, you may likely be learning a little, or at least be exposed to another language while you are abroad.
  • Department through which you are earning credit for your courses abroad
  • Centers on campus such as LGBT Resource Center, the Women’s Resource Center, Accessibility Resource Center, etc.
  • Student organizations
  • Athletics

While these resources may not lead to specific opportunities, they may at least be able to point you toward additional resources where you can continue your search.

Individual Fundraising

Fundraising can be another great way to help fund your study abroad experience. Local, regional, and national groups, as well as individuals, could all be contributors. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Heritage groups that have interests in specific countries, language and/or culture
  • Civic groups (Rotary, Lions Clubs, and more)
  • Agencies or foundations
  • High school and/or college alumni assocations
  • Professional and business clubs
  • Media
  • Sororities and fraternities
  • Charitable, ethnic, religious or political organizations
  • Previous or current employers or parents’ employers
  • Local businesses with an international focus
  • Family and friends (i.e. in lieu of a birthday gift)

How do you solicit funds from these groups? Talking to them in person is often the best approach. Prepare what you will say. It’s important to tell them how you indent to use their funds (i.e.: on your program fees, airfare, etc.). If you can’t talk to them in person, send a written request and include a photo of yourself to establish a personal connection. It may also help to offer to do something in return for their financial support. You could offer to share updates while you are abroad, and/or offer something upon your return. Ideas include:

  • Writing an article
  • Making and/or showing a video
  • Sharing a blog or website
  • Offering to do a presentation
  • Volunteer to work or do some type of service for them
  • Ask them what they would be interested in

While they may say no, they can’t say yes if you don’t ask! If you do receive support, be sure to keep records so that you can be sure to thank them. Handwritten thank you cards are a great way to show your appreciation.

Be Creative!

Research ways other students have funded their programs. You can do this online, or attend events for past UWM study abroad participants. Often, past participants are very willing to share, not only about their experience and what they learned, but how they made their experience possible. Your Study Abroad Coordinator is always a great resource as well, as they may know what their students have done or may be able to connect you with individuals.

Remember, it is possible to fund your program! Don’t get discouraged, and keep coming into the office regularly as you run into problems, or if you want advice, or someone to help you come up with more ideas.