Airfare Study Abroad Grants

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You could swing service learning in Mozambique –– if the airline tickets weren’t $2000 bucks! Or maybe you’re a junior interested in the intersession game design course based in Rome– but you haven’t (yet) logged the total number of honors hours required to apply for the Traditional Study Abroad Grant.  

We’ve got you covered with the new Airfare Study Abroad Grant. These grants:

  • Provide funding based on the average cost of round-trip airfare to regions around the world.
  • Can be used for approved study abroad programs of any length. 
  • The Airfare Study Abroad Grant has an easier, shorter application.
  • Don’t have enough hours/honors hours completed for the Traditional Study Abroad Grant.
  • Are going on an intersession or other short program (less than 15 days in-country).
  • Don’t have time to complete the longer, more time-consuming and more competitive Traditional Study Abroad Grant application.
  • Only need an amount of funding approximately equivalent to your airfare.
  • Decide on a program during spring semester, after the Faculty-Led and Traditional Study Abroad Grant deadlines have passed.
 If funded, the Airfare Grant award amount will be based on the region of your program’s first destination abroad:
  • Africa: $2,000
  • Asia: $1,800
  • Australia/Oceania: $2,000
  • Central/North America: $800
  • Continental Europe (including Scandinavia): $1,400
  • Middle East: $1,500
  • South America: $1,500
  • United Kingdom: $1,100
  • Award amounts are based on average airfares for the summer preceding the academic year. The amount awarded, therefore, may not cover the full cost of your airplane ticket. 
  • Once the grant amount is awarded, it does not go up or down based on fluctuations in airfare.
  • Students with significant FAFSA documented financial need may be awarded small supplements.
  • Prior approval is required for any program changes, if funded.
  • If courses are taught in a language other than English and you are awarded a grant, your grant will be contingent on your language professor signing a Language Proficiency Form.  
  • You will be notified of the status of your application approximately 3-4 weeks after the deadline.

 

Student Application Deadline:

February 1, 2017, 4 p.m.

  • For programs that begin in Summer 2017, Fall 2017, or Spring 2018. 
  • Requires 6 honors credit hours on the U of A campus already completed.

Remember: Only one study abroad grant application per academic year is allowed!

Required Application Materials
Prepare the following items, which must be submitted using the Airfare Study Abroad Grant application form by the appropriate deadline.

Responses to the prompts should be in your own words and be your individual work.

The form will ask for

  • The full name of your program provider.
  • Web site address for program provider.
  • Start and end dates for the program.
  • Countries where study abroad program and excursions take place, etc.
  • 2 pages maximum.
  • Your resume should be a succinct, compelling outline of your experience and academic work.
  • We recommend that you review the online resume resources provided by the Career Development Center.
  • Ask someone in the Career Development Center to review your resume before you submit it.
  • 400 words maximum.
  • Tell us how your selected program will impact your individual academic experience, your honors research, attainment of your professional goals and/or your job marketability in ways that aren’t possible in the United States.
  • Focus on impacts that are specific to you, but not to all students. (For example, since personal growth from experiencing different cultures is true for all students, you would not include this in your essay.)

Study abroad grants pay for an academic experience, so course selection is key. Failure to detail each course will result in application disqualification. For each specific course that you plan to take, provide the following:

  • 70 words maximum per course description.
  • Course description (Note: You may use course descriptions given by your program provider, but use quotations and citations where necessary.)
  • If you are placed in courses as the result of on-site testing (such as with an intensive language program), state the process for placement and note in which courses you expect to be placed.
  • If course specifics are not available at the time of application, please state this and provide any general information you can on previous years' courses. 

The form will ask you to provide names, titles, and email addresses of 2 faculty members who are willing to recommend you for this program.

  • Be sure to tell these faculty members that they DO NOT write a letter; instead, an Honors College representative might phone one of them for a short conversation about you if needed.
  • Professors who know you well from the classroom will be most persuasive.
  • Recommendations from employers, graduate students, staff, academic advisors, lecturers (including University Perspective teachers who are not regular faculty) do not count and will eliminate your proposal from the review process. 

Prepare a single document in PDF format that includes, in this order:

1. Academic Resume
2. Study Abroad Impact Essay
3. Course Selection
4. Current Transcript

Note: Please make sure that your combined PDF file is under 10 MB. Your application will not submit properly if your document is larger than this.

To convert Word documents into PDF format:

  • You can select "save as" from the File menu, then select PDF format.
  • Or you may download software to convert text files to PDF.

Not sure how to create a single PDF from multiple files?

  • You can work within Adobe to combine multiple files (go to File, then Create, then Combine Files Into Single PDF).
  • Or you can print and scan all of your documents to create a single PDF.

The maximum size for a single file upload is 10 MB. 

The online form will prompt you to enter your

  • Program Details
  • Faculty Recommenders

Fill out the Airfare Study Abroad Grant Application form.

Questions? Contact Jennie Popp at jhpopp@uark.edu.

Congratulations — you got the grant! Here are the important next steps:

Step 1

RSVP:

Complete and submit the Airfare Study Abroad Grant RSVP form.

Step 2

Complete your paper-work:

Contact the Office of Study Abroad (if you haven’t already) and set up an appointment. They will help you with your passport, visa and other paperwork.

Step 3

Mark your calendar:

Attend the Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation meetings. They will take place during the semester prior to travel.

Step 4

Get your grant funds:

a. U of A study abroad program: The funds will be deposited in your UAConnect account two weeks before you go abroad.*

b. Non-U of A study abroad program: Contact your advisor in the study abroad office.

Step 5

Share your Experience:

Submit your blog post and photos, photo journal, or video while you are abroad. Visit Study Abroad Grant Documentation for more info.

Step 6

Get credit for your course:

Before you return from a non-UA program, ask the program provider to send an official transcript to the study abroad office!

*Important UAConnect tips:

  • If you owe the university money, they will use your grant funds to cover those costs. So pay those parking tickets and any other outstanding fees before the start of your grant period! 
  • You must complete your paperwork with the Office of Study Abroad before grant funds will be deposited into your UAConnect account.

Want your money faster? Set up direct deposit through UAConnect: UAConnect > student Center > Finances > Direct Deposit Setup.

Have your banking information handy before you start.

Congratulations –– and get ready for a life-changing experience!

Getting ready involves more than buying guidebooks and ordering your passport. It’s important to follow the timeline above, step by step, and to read, then reread, all of the conditions below:

To qualify for funding, you must be an active member in good standing with the Honors College at the time of application, award, and departure.

Good standing includes

  • Required minimum 3.50 GPA (3.33 for architecture students after their 5th semester)
  • No academic integrity violations or violations of the Code of students in the past year. See Academic Resources for more information.

The Honors College considers it unethical to accept grants if the student does not have every intention of completing the honors program. By accepting funds from the Honors College, you promise, to the best of your ability, to complete your degree program with Honors.

The Honors College Study Abroad Grant can only be applied to the proposed program and term, unless a change is approved by the Honors College. If you change programs, change course plans or drop a course, you must contact the Honors College immediately.

If the program is in a country or region that has a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or on the CDC's Traveler's Health Warning Level 3 List, Honors College grant funds cannot be used, except with written permission of the Honors College dean.

If courses are taught in a language other than English, and you are awarded a grant, you must submit a Language Proficiency Form.

  • The form verifies that you have or will have the language skills necessary to succeed in the program.
  • It must be signed by a faculty or staff member in the foreign languages department.

Students who drop below full-time before or during the program must repay the grant funds, unless prior approval from the Honors College is obtained.

Funding will be terminated if the student is removed from or drops out of the Honors College or if the student is no longer in good standing (including meeting minimum GPA requirements).

Grant funds will be posted to your UAConnect account right before you go abroad. Generally, this will be 2 weeks prior to the enrollment term.

Funds will be applied toward your UAConnect account and will be released only if there is no outstanding balance. Be sure to pay any outstanding university charges for tuition/fees, library/DPS fines, Health Center charges, etc.!

Other scholarships will be applied first, and the honors grant will be adjusted to avoid exceeding the cost of attendance less personal expenses.

As an Honors College student and grant recipient, you represent us while you are abroad. We expect you to conduct yourself with the utmost integrity at all times, both at home and abroad.

If you are found responsible for violations of the U of A Code of Student Life or responsible for U of A Academic Integrity violations while abroad, you may have to repay the grant to the Honors College, at the discretion of the Honors College Dean or Associate Dean.

You must submit documentation of your Study Abroad Grant for each funded term.

  • This could be a blog post and photos, photo journal, or video that conforms to the formats and submission directions on the Study Abroad Grant Documentation pageof this website.
  • Failure to do so will result in the grant funds being revoked.

You must consent to and authorize the use of and reproduction by the University of Arkansas, of any and all descriptions, blogs, photographs or other documents related to the study abroad program, for educational and promotional purposes.

NOTE: Exceptions for these conditions can only be granted by the Honors College Dean or Associate Dean. Exception requests must be made in writing to honors@uark.edu.