A serious scholarship search should begin well in advance of the program application deadline. Numerous scholarship, grant, and fellowship opportunities exist to help students at all levels of study fund international educational experiences. Funding sources include universities, private donors, public and private organizations, corporations, and U.S. and foreign governments.
Scholarships come in "all shapes and sizes." Awards may be need-based, merit-based, or both and cover a range of activities such as study abroad and international exchange, the study of critical languages, internships, research, or a combination of these. Some awards promote diversity in study abroad.
Opportunities offering significant funding are usually highly competitive and may have early deadlines, making it imperative that students plan far in advance. Even small awards can help students to bridge the gap between federal financial aid and program costs. Some students may be lucky enough to land multiple grants. And as with any scholarship program, monies sometimes go unused due to a lack of qualified applicants.
Finally, not all opportunities are specifically for study abroad. Scholarships for study at UAA may be portable. For example, many UAA and University of Alaska Foundation scholarships can be applied toward study abroad and international exchange as long as the student maintains admission at UAA and coordinates his/her program through OIIA.
UAA Study Abroad Affiliate Awards
UAA has three study abroad partners who provide special affiliate scholarship funding for students. They are API, IFSA-Butler, and CIEE. If your chosen program is through one of those three partners, you are eligible to apply for the scholarship funds.
Please be aware that UAA's study
abroad partners also offer many scholarship opportunities for which any student
from any university who applies for their program and who meets the eligibility
criteria may apply. Those opportunities are
administered directly by the partner organizations and are separate from these.
OIIA Affiliate Award Application (API & IFSA-Butler students)