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Study Abroad Center Excellence Award

 

The Study Abroad Center Excellence Award, offered via the UNI Study Abroad Center, provides financial support toward the costs associated with an approved academic program abroad administered by the UNI Study Abroad Center.  The merit-based scholarship is applied directly toward the student's U-bill and will likely affect the amount and type of other aid the student may receive.  Questions regarding financial aid must be directed to the UNI Office of Student Financial Aid.
 

Eligibility:

  • For semester programs must be full-time enrolled degree-seeking UNI undergraduate and graduate students
  • For short-term programs must be UNI undergraduate and graduate students enrolled to receive UNI academic credit.
  • For semester and short-term programs must be in good academic standing.  Minimum GPA is 2.75 at the time of application deadline.  
  • The Study Abroad application must be in a “Committed” status at the time of the scholarship application deadline. 
  • Only completed scholarship applications with all the required documents will be considered.    
Note: Participants in non-UNI programs and administered UNI programs not co-sponsored by the UNI Study Abroad Center are not eligible for this scholarship.

Scholarship Application Deadlines: 

For spring semester programs: The last working day of October.
For winter break programs: October 15
For spring break programs: December 15
For summer programs: February 15
For fall and academic-year programs: The last working day of March.

 

Required documentation:

  • Completed Merit-based Scholarship Application (available online through the iUNI-Portal only)
         

NOTE: These items must be submitted via the online scholarship application:
  • Complete the online questionnaire which includes in it: A Statement of Purpose describing reasons why the particular program fits your personal, academic, and professional goals and how you will benefit from participating.  You may share your relevant personal background information that shows off your unique qualities and interests.  Briefly discuss your plan to fulfill the service requirements for the scholarship.
Note: If an interview is required, you will be contacted by phone or e-mail.
 

Service Requirements of a Study Abroad Center Scholarship Recipient:

  • For Short-term Programs (less than 16 weeks long):
    • Participate fully in all portions of the program.
    • Be outstanding ambassadors of UNI, the state of Iowa and the United States. 
    • Complete the Abroad 101 program evaluation online after your participation in the program. You will receive an invitation to complete the evaluation after your program returns. If you do not receive this invitation, please consult with the Study Abroad Center. 
    • If you are participating in a spring-break and/or summer short-term program, once you return to UNI after studying abroad, volunteer for a minimum of 3 hours at the Fall International Opportunities Fair. If you are participating in a winter-break short-term program, once you return to UNI after studying abroad, volunteer for a minimum of 3 hours at the Spring International Opportunities Fair. You can find these dates on the IO Fair page. If you are not able to complete this requirement, you must submit a 5-page written summary discussing the academic and personal benefits of program participation upon completion of the program. This must be done within one month after the end of the program 
    • Complete a special project in collaboration with the Study Abroad Center be either attending a Study Abroad Center Digital Storytelling Workshop, providing 10-20 photos from your program abroad, and/or sharing your blog or vlog. 
  • For Semester Programs
    • Participate fully in all portions of the program.
    • Be outstanding ambassadors of UNI, the state of Iowa and the United States.
    • While abroad, provide regular e-mail reports of program events and activities at least every month to the Study Abroad Center at study-abroad@uni.edu. These reports should also include accounts of personal gains and general reflections.
    • Complete the Abroad 101 program evaluation online after your participation in the program. You will receive an invitation to complete the evaluation after your program returns. If you do not receive this invitation, please consult with the Study Abroad Center. 
    • Once you return to UNI after studying abroad, volunteer for a minimum of 3 hours at the Fall or Spring International Opportunities Fair. You can find these dates on the IO Fair page. If you are not able to complete this requirement, you must submit a 5-page written summary discussing the academic and personal benefits of program participation upon completion of the program. This must be done within one month after the end of the program 
    • Complete a special project in collaboration with the Study Abroad Center be either attending a Study Abroad Center Digital Storytelling Workshop, providing 10-20 photos from your program abroad, and/or sharing your blog or vlog. 
    • Serve as a point of contact and a reference to future program applicants during and/or after the program.