Financial Aid

UIS Students approved to study abroad through the Global Experience Program may be eligible for financial aid. Students are responsible for working with the Office of Financial Assistance to determine their eligibility.

Students who will be registered for UNI 460, 470 or 480 or for one of the approved study abroad programs offered through a UIS academic department are eligible to apply for Global Experience Program travel scholarships. In order to be eligible for the travel scholarships students must submit a Global Experience Program application to the Office of International Programs by Feb. 7th for programs offered during the following summer, fall and spring. Information on the scholarships can be found by visiting Cost & Aid and then selecting the scholarship link.

Scholarships, Grants and Fellowships


UIS has several institutional scholarships that can be used to help cover the costs of international travel related to participating in approved study abroad programs.

The Global Experience, Droegkamp, Humphrey, Burns and Lundquist scholarships

The Global Experience, Droegkamp, Humphrey, Burns and Lundquist scholarships are applied for through the yearly scholarship application process coordinated by the Office of Financial Assistance.  There is one application form that is used for all five.  Please note that you should fill out the UIS Institutional Scholarship and the Global Studies Experience Scholarship applications.

In order to be eligible for a study abroad scholarship students must do the following:

1) Submit a Global Experience Application to the Office of International Programs that includes the application form, an official transcript and two letters of recommendation.

In order to be eligible for the travel scholarships the deadline for the submission of the Global Experience Application is February 15th for all programs.

2) Apply for the UIS Institutional Scholarships and the Global Studies Experience Scholarships. Both of these applications are on the Financial Aid website.

3) Register for the appropriate credit-bearing course while studying abroad.

Benjamin Gilman International Scholarships

The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers a competition for awards for undergraduate study abroad. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

More information can be found on their website

The deadline to apply for programs that start between May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022 is Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. This program cycle encompasses Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Academic Year 2021-2022, and Spring 2022 programs.

Prestigious and National Scholarships

Nationally Competitive Scholarships at UIS works with students on applying for a wide range of scholarships and fellowships including, Fulbright, Marshall, Rhodes, Boren and Truman.