uncw office of
international programs

We are located in:
118 Friday Annex

Our mailing address is:
Office of International Programs
601 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403-5965

You may also contact us by:
Phone: 910-962-3685
Fax: 910-962-4053
Email: studyabroad@uncw.edu

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Can you afford to Study Abroad?

Considering the benefits of education abroad, perhaps the more important question is, "Can I afford not to study abroad?"

Financial Aid may be applied towards the cost of UNCW's 500+ education abroad programs. UNCW's Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid is located in Warwick Center. Individual Financial Aid Counselors are assigned to each enrolled UNCW student. A "Counselor-of-the-Day" is also available for walk-in advising. Their website provides important information on UNCW financial aid and scholarships.

UNCW Grants and Scholarships For Education Abroad

UNCW Office of International Programs' Education Abroad Grant (PDF)

The Office of International Programs funds a number of education abroad grants to support students who participate on a UNCW-sponsored education abroad program. Both academic merit and financial need may be taken into consideration for award decisions. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

Grants awarded generally range from $300- $2,000. More information about application deadlines, additional details or how to apply can be found here (PDF). Completion of a UNCW Education Abroad Grant may also qualify you to receive the following UNCW administered grants and scholarships.

OIP Applications & References must be received by the following deadlines:
Short-term Spring Programs:January 15
Summer Programs: March 1
Fall Semester Programs: March 15
Short-Term Fall Programs: May 1
Spring Semester Programs: October 15

Additional UNCW Awards:

The Lapaire-Stites French Studies Scholarship (PDF)
Rewards French majors for academic excellence in French.

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Affiliated Program Provider Scholarships
Partner School Scholarships
General Study Abroad Scholarships
Diversity Scholarships for Education Abroad

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Africa/Middle East
United Kingdom
Continental Europe

Affliated Program Provider Scholarships

AIFS- American Institute for Foreign Study

UNCW students automatically receive affiliate grants of $400 for semester/year programs and $200 for summer programs, which will be deducted from your overall AIFS program fee. Additionally, AIFS annually awards more than $600,000 in scholarships to both summer and semester programs to participants.

CIEE- The Council on International Educational Exchange

CIEE awards more than $3 million in scholarships and grants annually. One application places you into consideration for every CIEE funding opportunity for which you may be eligible.

ISA - International Studies Abroad

UNCW students automatically receive a $200 discount towards their ISA program fee, given UNCW’s affiliation. ISA awards approximately $58,000 in scholarships each year to students participating in ISA programs. Scholarships are both merit and financial need based and are available for summer, semester, and academic year study.

ISEP- International Student Exchange Programs

  • Massey Scholarship: $1,000
    • Eligibility:
      • Must be an ISEP Direct nominee for Massey University in New Zealand
      • Scholarship Application Form (PDF) signed and endorsed by home ISEP coordinator
      • Essay Question
  • STA Travel Scholarship Drawing: $500
    • Eligibility:
      • Home university must be located in the USA
      • Student must use the following phone number or email to purchase the airline ticket in order to qualify for the scholarship drawing:
    • Deadlines: August 1 and December 15

Semester at Sea

Semester at Sea and the Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) provide $2.6 million in aid to students each year. Scholarships are available for both semester and summer programs. Visit Semester at Sea's Financial Aid & Scholarship page for details and a list of available awards. Use the code GLOBAL to get your application fee waived.

Partner School Scholarships

Fudan University Summer Program Scholarship

  • Summer program scholarships offered to UNCEP nominated students.
  • Recipients receive tuition and application fee waiver, free on-campus housing, and partial meals.
  • Previous Chinese Language study is not required.
  • Scholarships awarded to citizens of North American countries.
  • Apply: UNCW Education Abroad Portal

Mie University- Japan

General Study Abroad Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

  • Award amounts vary depending on the length of study
    • (minimum of 4 weeks in one country required / maximum award: $5,000)
  • Recipients of the Gilman Scholarship are eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement for a total possible award of up to $8,000
  • Details on application deadlines can be found on the website

Boren Awards for International Study

  • Award amounts vary depending on the length of study
    • $8,000 for a summer program (STEM students only)
    • $10,000 for a semester
    • $20,000 for a full academic year
  • Eligibility:
    • A U.S. citizen at the time of application
    • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED
    • Matriculated in an undergrad program in the U.S.
    • Applying to a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

Critical Language Scholarship Program

  • A fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences.
  • The program lasts seven to ten weeks.
  • Undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. students who are U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.

Fund for Education Abroad

  • Funding Amount: up to $10,000
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled as undergraduates in a U.S. university or college.
  • Applicants must plan to study abroad for at least four weeks.
  • FEA awards are intended to support students participating in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs.

The Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship

  • Eligibility:
    • Must be a U.S. citizen eligible for foreign travel
    • Must be at least 18 years old and not older than 25 at the time of application
    • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university in the U.S.
    • Find additional application criteria on the website
  • Deadline:
    • Sept. 28 for winter/spring travel
    • Feb. 22 for summer travel

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

  • Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year.
  • Eligibility:
    • Must attend an institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher (cannot round-up)
    • Applied or been accepted to an accredited study abroad program before deadline
  • Deadline: Feb. 15th and Sept. 15th

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships

The Rotary Foundation has a rich history of funding scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study in a wide range of academic fields.

  • District Grant Scholarships
    • Eligibility:
      • Undergraduate or graduate student
      • Any subject & any length of time
  • Global Grant Scholarships
    • Eligibility:
      • Graduate student
      • Conducting research and study in one of the six areas of focus: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, or growing local economies
    • Funds one to four academic years of research abroad

Sea Education Association

  • Over $1 million awarded per year in need-based and merit scholarships.
  • Recipients must be SEA Semester students.
  • All applications and supporting documents must be submitted to SEA Financial Aid Office.
  • All awards, criteria, and deadlines are listed on the SEA website

STA Travel Airfare Deposit Program (PDF)

Pay $300 and lock in your ticket price until 7 days prior to departure. Available for study abroad students on financial aid. Call 1-800-226-7241 for more information.

Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants

There is nothing like totally immersing in a culture to learn to speak the language like a native, learn the customs, develop respect for their history, and to really absorb everything around you! It goes without saying, however, that this kind of educational adventure is expensive. This is where financial aid – scholarships, grants and possibly a loan – comes in. We’ve listed a number of the better known opportunities here for you.

SYTA Youth Foundation "Road" Scholarship

  • Average award is $750. Not more than $1,000 is awarded to a single student.
  • Students under the age of 18 must be nominated by an educator, program leader, or designated school official. Nominations by parents are not considered.
  • Students 18-25 may apply and submit a Road Scholarship Application on their own behalf.
  • Applications can only be submitted during three application periods.

Africa & The Middle East

TCA Study Abroad in Turkey Scholarships

  • Up to 100 scholarships per year are awarded for students with the following backgrounds:
    • African American
    • Armenian American
    • Bosnian American
    • Filipino American
    • Hispanic American
    • Macedonian American
    • Native American
  • Scholarships are awarded to eligible undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted to a university in Turkey, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) or in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).
  • Eligible students will receive between $500 and $2,000.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study

Only available to American citizens and permanent residents of the United States who have a college degree and plan to use an Asian language in their career.

The Bridging Scholarship Japan

  • For undergraduate students participating in education abroad programs in Japan
  • 100 scholarships are awarded each year
  • Applications are accepted twice a year
  • Semester-long program awards: $2,500
  • Academic year program awards: $4,000
  • Eligibility:
    • Japanese language study is not a prerequisite
    • Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled as an undergraduate in a U.S. college or university
    • Completed application form and accompanying materials

Hiliary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a student who demonstrates Hiliary’s love for Vietnam and other cultures, her desire to give back to the world community, and her contagious love of life.

Japanese Student Services Organization (JASSO)

  • JASSO offers a number of scholarships for study in Japan.
  • Application must be submitted through Japanese host institution.

Morgan Stanley Japan Scholarships

  • Awards two $7,500 scholarships to U.S. students who will be studying in Japan for the academic year to support the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation’s Bridging Project for Study Abroad in Japan.
  • Eligible students include juniors and seniors at U.S. universities with an interest in economics and international finance who have been accepted for study in Japan.
  • Application and essay must be submitted by April.

TaLK - Teach and Learn in Korea

  • A Korean Government scholarship program whose main objective is to invite and train native English teachers and overseas Koreans to teach practical English in after-school classes at the rural elementary school.
  • Eligibility:
    • Associate’s degree or enrolled in a B.A. program (3rd year or higher)
    • Must be a citizen of: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, U.K. or U.S.  
  • Benefits include, but are not limited to: a round-trip, economy class air ticket, accommodation, traveler's health insurance, monthly stipend of KRW 1.5 million and a one-time settlement allowance for cultural trips.

United Kingdom

BUTEX (British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association)

  • Each award is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university.
  • Eligibility:
    • You must have been offered a study abroad or exchange place which is not eligible for an ERASMUS grant
    • Your study abroad or exchange place must be for a minimum of one semester.

Scotland's Saltire Scholarships

  • Open to students from Canada, China, India, and the U.S. who plan to live, work, and study in Scotland.
  • Up to 200 awards are offered, each worth the equivalent of approximately $3,000 toward the cost of tuition for students enrolled in a full time Masters level program at any of Scotland's universities and Higher Education Institutions.

Continental Europe

Central Europe Summer Research Institute (CESRI)

  • CESRI is a fellowship opportunity for U.S. graduate students in science and engineering who are seeking a quality, hands-on international research experience in: Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia
  • Enrolled MS and PhD students in sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics)
  • U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Fellowship award of $2,000
  • Round-trip international airfare to Central Europe
  • Living costs (room and board) for 8 weeks
  • Health and accident insurance
  • Four-day academic and cultural orientation in Budapest, Hungary

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX)

  • For students and recent graduates who are interested in living, studying, and interning in Germany on a full-year, funded fellowship.
  • For applicants in all career fields between the ages of 18-24.
  • Does not require any prior German language knowledge.
  • Applicants in business, vocational, technical, engineering, scientific, and agricultural fields are especially encouraged to apply

German Academic Exchange Service

  • Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany
  • Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university
  • Scholarship may be granted for a minimum of one semester and a maximum of one academic year
  • Recipients are awarded a monthly stipend of €650, plus additional funds to help defray travel and research expenses as well as health insurance

German Universities of Applied Sciences

  • Study & Internship Program (SIP)
    • Eligibility:
      • Full time student at U.S. or Canadian college or university (citizenship not required)
      • Enrolled as sophomore or junior in engineering, science, life sciences, business, management, economics, architecture, art, design, journalism or social work
      • Complete application process
    • Deadline:  February 15
  • Study Program (SP)
    • Eligibility:
      • Full time student at U.S. or Canadian college or university (citizenship not required)
      • Enrolled as sophomore or junior in engineering, science, life sciences,
        business, management, economics, architecture, art, design, journalism or social work
      • Complete application process
    • Deadline:  February 15 / October 1
  • Internship Program (IP)
    • Eligibility:
      • Prior laboratory experience (academic or otherwise
      • Sufficient English fluency
      • Degree-seeking student at U.S. or Canadian college or university (citizenship not required)
      • Minimum U.S. GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated preparation for the proposed internship
      • Please refer to the list of projects for additional criteria
      • Completed application process
    • Deadline:  February 15 / October 1
  • UAS7 Travel Scholarship: 1000
    • Must be applied to transatlantic travel expenses for program participation.
    • All successful applicants to the SIP, SP and IP programs are eligible and students are automatically entered into evaluation.

Son's of Norway Foundation: King Olav V Norwegian-American Heritage Fund

  • Americans, 18 years or older, who plan to explore an interest of Norwegian heritage or modern Norway at an institution of higher learning are welcome to apply.
  • The Sons of Norway Foundation Scholarship Committee will determine each year the number of scholarship/grants to be awarded.
  • The range is typically $1,000 – $1,500

Swedish Women’s Education Association Inc., North Carolina- Study in Sweden Scholarship

  • Each year, one or more scholarships are awarded to a student planning to study Swedish culture, traditions, history or the Swedish language, or to spread knowledge about any of these in the United States.
  • In the past, the scholarships have generally amounted to $1,000 each.

Think Swiss Research Scholarships

  • Offers 15 scholarships for a research stay in Switzerland.
  • Supports highly motivated and qualified U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to do research at a public Swiss university or research institute for 2 to 3 months.
  • The scholarship is open to students of all fields.
  • Eligibility:
    • Be currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. university/college
    • Be a graduate student or an undergraduate student who will have completed your sophomore year by the time the research stay in Switzerland begins
    • Provide a written confirmation from a professor at a Swiss university that he/she will accept you for a research stay in his/her group


New Zealand Study Abroad Travel & Excellence Awards

  • Awards of $2,000 are offered to help students fund their flight to New Zealand.
  • Generation Study Abroad New Zealand Universities Excellence Awards (NZUEA) offers $500 U.S. for study at one of the eight New Zealand universities.
  • Eligibility:
    • Must be a US citizen or hold U.S. Resident status
    • Currently enrolled as at least a sophomore
    • Enrolled at a New Zealand university through an education abroad program
    • 18 years or above at the time of application
    • Hold a minimum GPA of 3.0 in tertiary studies to date (4.0 scale)

Diversity Scholarships for Education Abroad

Study Abroad Scholarships for American Students of Minority and Heritage Communities

  • Up to 100 scholarships per year are awarded for students with the following backgrounds:
    • African American
    • Armenian American
    • Bosnian American
    • Filipino American
    • Hispanic American
    • Macedonian American
    • Native American
  • Scholarships are awarded to eligible undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted to a university in Turkey, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) or in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).
  • Eligible students will receive between $500 and $2,000.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

Diversity Abroad offers a variety of scholarships for undergraduate students who are interested in studying abroad. Simply choose your experience and the country you’re interested in and the website will provide you with a variety of options based on your preferences.

  • AIFS Foundation Blogging Grant
    Diversity Abroad, in collaboration with the AIFS Foundation, will offer $500 grants for fall 2015 and spring 2016 study abroad. Five scholarships are available in the fall and five are available for the spring. Asian, Black, Latino and other racially diverse students as well as first generation, economically disadvantaged and students with disabilities are strongly encourage to apply.

The FEA Rainbow Scholarship

  • Will award up to $5,000 to an LGBT study abroad student for use during an academic year.
  • Applicants must meet general FEA scholarship eligibility requirements and preferences found here.

The ISA Diversity Scholarship

  • $10,000 in awards are offered annually to be used towards ISA programs.
  • The ISA Diversity Scholarships aim to encourage students of a broader cultural make-up to participate in ISA programs by offering funds to assist with the expenses of studying abroad.

American College of Thessaloniki

  • Study Abroad Merit Aid Scholarship: $1,000
    • Applicable towards the semester’s tuition to study abroad.
    • Student must have reached sophomore status.
    • Cumulutive GPA of at 3.6.
  • Hellenic American Scholarship
    • Scholarships are available during the fall and spring semesters.
    • Scholarships cover half tuition.
    • Eligibility:
      • Acceptance to the ACT study abroad program
      • Proof of enrollment as a full time student at an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution
      • Minimum GPA of 3.
      • Completion of Hellenic Scholarship Application

Saint Andrew's Society

  • Awards are offered to scholars enrolled in U.S. or Scottish institutions for the third or fourth year of College or University or full-time graduate study.
  • There are generally 5 to 10 awards made totaling in excess of $20,000.
  • Eligibility:
    • Scholars must be of Scottish birth or descent
    • British applicants must have been born in Scotland
    • U.S. citizens must maintain their permanent residence in the Mid-Atlantic Region (Washington D.C., Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia)
    • Applicants must be able to cite their Scottish descent
    • Applicants must submit a statement of their plans and goals
    • Completed application

Other Resources

IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding

This valuable funding resource allows you to search by country or subject to find study abroad funding information.


A listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist college and university students in their pursuit to study abroad.

College Board Scholarship Search

An online tool to help locate scholarships, internships, grants, and loans that match your education level, talents, and background.


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Go Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Scholarships are awarded each year
  • Students applying to any education abroad program are eligible
  • The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions
  • The award for each scholarship is $500
  • Additional scholarships are available:


  • This scholarship assists in covering program or living abroad expenses.
  • Awards two scholarships per month to selected recipients in the amount of $500 each.


Financial Aid for Study Abroad: An Undergraduate Student's Resource


Search 2.7 million scholarships and grants worth over $19 billion, review scholarships by deadline, dollar amount and more.

University of Minnesota- Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center’s (LAC) Study Abroad Scholarship provides awards for Non-university of Minnesota undergraduate students going on Learning Abroad Center credit-bearing programs.
  • Intended to assist students in easing the financial burden of studying abroad and grand students equal access to an opportunity for financial assistance.
  • Awards are granted on the strength of the student’s essay.
  • Eligibility:
    • Open to Non University of Minnesota Students participating on Learning Abroad Center Programs
    • Open to University of Minnesota coordinate campus students (not including Twin Cities and Rochester students) on a LAC open enrollment program
    • Must be enrolled as degree-seeking undergraduate student at your home institution
    • Must have already applied to a University of Minnesota study abroad program
    • Must have already been issued aUniversity of Minnesota ID number

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