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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:

  • Open to full-time enrolled degree-seeking UNI undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing (minimum GPA is 2.75) at the time of application.  

  • Participation in a study abroad program for academic credit approved by the UNI Study Abroad Center.

  • Submitted on-line study abroad application, along with the $65 fee, is required. 

  • Only completed scholarship applications with all the required attachments 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 (up to two pages) 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. 

    • Upon return, 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 the Abroad 101 program evaluation & Global Perspectives Inventory (GPI) questionnaires online before and after your participation in the program. Consult the Student Support Specialist at the Study Abroad Center for the appropriate codes.

    • Present at least on one occasion about your study abroad experience to other students at UNI before OCTOBER 1. You must schedule these individually, probably in your own class. Stop by the SAC office for sheets for the professors to sign verifying your presentations.

    • Complete a special project in collaboration with the Study Abroad Center (for example, serve as a volunteer at the UNI International Opportunities Fair or Study Abroad Open House, provide a poster or PowerPoint from your program abroad, etc.).  Please plan to be involved for about 5 hours.

    * The Written Summary can be replaced with a 2-page reflective statement with a personal photo, a program photo book (at personal expense), copies of blog entries (if participant completed a blog), and/or a CD/zip drive/email with 20 pictures from your trip with descriptions to study-abroad@uni.edu.


    For Semester or Academic Year 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.

    • Upon return, 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 the Abroad 101 program evaluation & Global Perspectives Inventory (GPI) questionnaires online before and after your participation in the program. Consult the Student Support Specialist for the appropriate codes.

    • Present at least on two occasions about your study abroad experience to other students at UNI before OCTOBER 1 (Spring/Academic Year) or FEBRUARY 15 (Fall). You must schedule these individually, probably in two of your own classes. Stop by the SAC office for sheets for the professors to sign verifying your presentations.

    • Complete a special project in collaboration with the Study Abroad Center (for example, serve as a volunteer at the UNI International Opportunities Fair or Study Abroad Open House, provide a poster or PowerPoint from your program abroad, etc.) Please plan to be involved for about 5 hours.

    • Serve as a point of contact and a reference to future program applicants during and/or after the program.

    * The Written Summary can be replaced with a 2-page reflective statement with a personal photo, a program photo book (at personal expense), copies of blog entries (if participant completed a blog), and/or a CD/zip drive/email with 20 pictures from your trip with descriptions to study-abroad@uni.edu.