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Office of International Programs

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information for Study Abroad

Financial Aid

Students participating in an approved program (consortium agreement) that allows them to earn credit hours toward their degree plan are eligible for the same federal financial aid they would receive if they were studying on campus. Individual students may set up an appointment to meet with a financial aid advisor to discuss scheduled awards that may be received during the study abroad semester.

Financial aid funds will be disbursed based on the established calendar dates for the semester. Study Abroad start dates will usually not be equivalent to UT Tyler semester start date but, financial aid disbursements will be the same for all students. Participating students must be prepared to pay any required study abroad expenses (airline tickets, deposits, student visas, etc.) prior to receiving financial aid refunds. Financial aid refunds will be processed based on your P2 Card refund preference. For your study abroad semester, you may change your refund option on-line or discuss changes with the Cashiers Office.

Withdrawals/Cancellation: Full repayment to UT Tyler is required if a student withdraws from the program after financial aid and/or scholarship funds are disbursed and refunded.

Additional information about financial aid for Study Abroad can be found on the financial aid website.

Scholarships

UT Tyler awards scholarships to qualified students based on the availability of funds and the number of applicants. All application forms for UT Tyler Study Abroad Scholarships should be submitted to the Office of International Programs via email at oip@uttyler.edu.

UT Tyler Scholarships

Dorothy Bradley Brown International Studies Endowed Scholarship

Deadline: 12 December 2014

  • Awards range from $500-4,000
  • Application deadlines: December 12 (for spring semester) and March 1 (for summer/fall)
  • Award announcements are made by December 1 and April 1 of each year
  • UT Tyler undergraduate or graduate students may apply
  • Students must be enrolled in appropriate UT Tyler travel/study course(s)
  • Student must be participating in a UT Tyler-sponsored program; students participating in any other study abroad program are ineligible for this award
  • Open to students in all areas of study
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Applicant must have junior standing (60 hours) or higher
  • Applicant must demonstrate a seriousness of purpose, academic accomplishments, and leadership abilities
  • Applicants must submit an application form, an official transcript, and a brief essay (250 words) explaining the reason for aspiring to study abroad
  • Applicants must submit at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member (additional letters are accepted)
  • Applications will be reviewed by UT Tyler’s Intercultural Affairs Committee
  • Successful applicants will be notified by the Office of International Programs
  • Scholarship is non-renewable
  • Students receiving Freshman or Transfer Scholarships are ineligible to receive this award

International Education Fee Scholarship (IEFS)

Deadline: 12 December 2014

  • Awards range from $300-1,500
    • Short term Faculty-Led Programs: $300-$500
    • Semester Length Program: $1,000
    • Year Length Programs: $1,500
  • Application deadlines: December 12 (for spring semester) and March 1 (for summer/fall)
  • Award announcements are made by December 1 and April 1 of each year
  • UT Tyler undergraduate or graduate students may apply
  • Students must be enrolled in appropriate study abroad course(s)
  • Open to students in all areas of study
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for undergraduates, and a GPA of 3.0 for graduate students
  • Applicants must submit an application form, an official transcript, and a brief essay (250 words) explaining the reason for aspiring to study abroad
  • Applicants must submit at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member (additional letters are accepted)
  • Applications will be reviewed by UT Tyler’s Intercultural Affairs Committee
  • Successful applicants will be notified by the Office of International Programs
  • Scholarship is non-renewable
  • Students receiving Freshman or Transfer Scholarships are ineligible to receive this award

  

Scholarships from Other Resources

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
Spring Deadline: 7 October 2014

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

Visit www.iie.org/gilman for more information.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

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. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year. 

Two Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants have been endowed by generous donors. 

Boren National Security Education Program (NSEP) Scholarship

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. For further information, visit the Boren website at http://www.borenawards.org/

Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell Scholarships

A Rhodes scholarship offers the opportunity to study at Oxford University for one or two years, with all tuition fees paid and a living allowance provided. Thirty-two American Rhodes Scholars are selected from all over the nation to pursue a course of study of their own choosing at Oxford; students may work toward a master's degree or other advanced degree. Intellectual and academic achievement of a high standard is the first quality required of applicants, but they will also be expected to demonstrate integrity of character, interest in and respect for their fellow beings, the ability to lead, and the energy to use their talents to the full. For further information, visit the Rhodes website at http://www.rhodesscholar.org/

Marshall Scholarships support young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study for two years either at graduate or occasionally undergraduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. The award allows the Scholars, who are the potential leaders, opinion-formers and decision-makers in their own country, to gain an understanding and appreciation of British values and the British way of life. It also establishes long-lasting ties between the peoples of Britain and the United States. In appointing scholars the selectors will look for distinction of intellect and character as evidenced both by their scholastic attainments and by their other activities and achievements. Selectors will also look for strong motivation and seriousness of purpose, and for candidates who display a potential to make a significant contribution to their own society. For further information, visit the Marshall website at http://www.marshallscholarship.org/

The George J. Mitchell Scholarships, named in honor of the former Senator's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, are intended to familiarize and engage the next generation of America's leaders with the island of Ireland. Mitchell Scholars may study any academic discipline offered in a degree or certificate program at an institution of higher learning in Ireland or Northern Ireland. The Selection Committee's overriding interest is the applicant's record of academic excellence, leadership, and community service. These Scholarships allow Americans to pursue one year of post-graduate study in any discipline offered at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition and housing for one year along with international travel and a living expenses stipend. For further information, visit the Mitchell website at http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/scholarships.html

St. John International University in Italy

St. John International is offering a tuition scholarship for a student to study for one semester at the campus. Take a look at the Fall 2014 Course Offerings and fill out an application if you are interested! Note to applicants: Study Abroad students do not have to worry about the testing or 500 word statement portion. Contact oip@uttyler.edu for more information.

USAC Scholarship

USAC is offering $1,000 in scholarships for UT Tyler students participating in USAC programs during the 2014-2015 academic year. Submit your application form, along with an official transcript, 250 word essay explaining why you want to study abroad, and at least one letter of recommendation from a UT Tyler faculty member (additional letters are accepted) to the Office of International Programs or via email to oip@uttyler.edu.

In addition, UT Tyler students participating in USAC programs are always eligible to apply for the USAC General Scholarship.  

The Bridging Scholarship

The Bridging Scholarship program will award 25 scholarships to American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan that begin in Spring 2015. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized exchange or independent program in Japan are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

Recipients of Bridging Scholarships will receive stipends of $2,500 or $4,000, depending on the length of their study program in Japan. The scholarships are funded by donations from U.S. corporations and foundations to the US-Japan Bridging Foundation. Since 1999, the Bridging Scholarship program has awarded more than 1,400 scholarships to students studying abroad in Japan. Most recently, 72 students from colleges and universities in 34 states received scholarships for study in Japan beginning in the Fall 2014 semester.

Spring 2015 study programs are those beginning between January and April 2015 and continuing for at least three months. (Summer program participants are not eligible for Bridging Scholarships.) Students planning to study abroad in Japan beginning in Fall 2015 or for the 2015-2016 academic year should apply in April 2015 for the Fall 2015 scholarships.

The deadline for applications for Spring 2015 scholarships is October 8, 2014. Applicants will be notified of the results by November 30. Selection will be based on academic potential and financial need. The scholarships are administered by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese.

Information on the Bridging scholarships and downloadable application forms are available at AATJ's web site.

The CLS Scholarship

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The thirteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the thirteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website.

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni after the program. However, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.

Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website. Applications will be due November 12, 2014 by 8:00 pm EST.

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