Study Abroad

Making Study Abroad a Reality for Students

Funding is one of the biggest obstacles students face when considering study abroad, but there are several resources students can use to fund their study abroad program. Below are some of the resources students can consider when preparing a plan for study abroad.

Financial Aid

UHCC Scholarships and Grants

Non-UHCC Scholarships

Military and Veterans Educational Benefits

Financial Aid: Students can use federal financial aid for study abroad but it depends on the aid eligibility. The best way to determine whether a student’s financial aid can be used for study abroad is to make an appointment with a campus financial aid counselor. Students need to provide the counselor with information on the study abroad program they would like to participate in including duration, type of school they plan on joining and which semester they plan to join. It may be necessary to modify your FAFSA to integrate your study abroad plans but a financial aid counselor will be the best resource to determine the best course of action. Check out NAFSA’s Financial Aid for Study Abroad: An Undergraduate Student’s Resource External Link icon for more information. Faculty can find more information from NAFSA’s Financial Aid Basics for Advising Undergraduate Study Abroad Students External Link icon.

UHCC Scholarships and Grants: UHCC has several competitive study abroad scholarships and grants to support UHCC students participating in study abroad. Programs can range from 1 week to 1 academic year. UHCC System Exchange Agreements also provide opportunities to study at a partner institution while enrolled at a UHCC campus. In addition to the exchange agreement programs, Honda International Opportunities grant funding allows students to participate in non-UHCC study abroad programs all over the world. For more information on the UHCC scholarships visit the UHCC Study Abroad External Link icon page.

Non-UHCC Scholarships: In addition to financial aid and UHCC scholarships many organizations and institutions provide scholarships and grants for study abroad. Some of the aid may be for specifically targeted student populations (underrepresented student groups, employment related, students with disabilities, LGBTQ students etc). There are many online resources with lists of databases that students can visit to find out about the many different scholarships available for study abroad. Encourage your students to go online and google study abroad scholarships and they can end up with many hits. NAFSA has a comprehensive page with US Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List External Link icon. Another popular study abroad scholarship list site is the Go Overseas website External Link icon.
Military and Veterans Educational Benefits: Active military and veterans’ educational benefits can sometimes be used for study abroad programs. Planning ahead is key and it can start by visiting your campus veterans resource center and your VA certifying official. To help students understand how these benefits work, the US Department of Veteran Affairs created the Information about Study Abroad Programs fact sheet PDF Icon.

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