Traditional Study Abroad Grants

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Are you interested in studying abroad on a non-University of Arkansas program? Are you a sophomore, junior or senior who has been active in your honors program? If the answer is yes, then the Traditional Study Abroad Grant may be the right choice for you.

Important Note: If you are applying for a U of A Exchange Program, a U of A Faculty-Led, or U of A Rome Center program, the Study Abroad Grant application is built into the program application - you DO NOT fill out a separate Traditional Grant application. You must meet the Exchange Program deadline to be eligible for Honors College grant funding for an Exchange Program. Other U of A and Rome Center programs have monthly deadlines. (See our Faculty-Led grant page for more information.)

The program must be at least 15 days in-country. (Count the official days of the program, including arrival and final departure days.)

By the time of application, you must have completed the following honors hours on campus:

  • Sophomore: 6 honors hours
  • Junior: 9 honors hours
  • Senior: 12 honors hours

By the time of departure, you must have completed at least 40 credit hours.

Each program will be assessed a flat dollar award amount that on average across programs will cover 40% of allowable expenses. If awarded, you will receive an email with your exact award amount.

Student Application Deadlines

September 12, 2016, 4 p.m.

  • For programs that begin in Spring 2017, Summer 2017, or Fall 2017.
  • Faculty must submit their letters of recommendation or recommendation forms by September 19.
  • Requires 6-12 honors credit hours on the U of A campus already completed, depending on class standing.

November 14, 2016, 4 p.m.

  • For programs that begin in Summer 2017, Fall 2017 or Spring 2018.
  • Faculty must submit their letters of recommendation or recommendation forms by November 21.
  • Requires 6-12 honors credit hours on the U of A campus already completed, depending on class standing. The only exception is for first-semester freshmen, as long as they are enrolled in at least three honors hours in the fall and at least another three honors hours in the spring

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

Questions? Contact Chelsea Hodge at

Required Application Materials

Prepare the following items, which must be submitted using the Traditional 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 your program provider.
  • Start and end dates for the program.
  • Countries where study abroad program and excursions take place, etc.
  • 150 words maximum.
  • Tell us why you chose this particular study abroad program over all other programs.

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:

  • 100 words maximum per course description.
  • Specific and exact course name and number.
  • Course description.
    • 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.

400 words maximum.

Focus on impacts that are specific to you, but not to all students.

Important tip: All students who study abroad will

  • Experience different cultures and languages.
  • Learn different educational and work styles.
  • Try new cuisines.
  • Explore new countries and see amazing sights.
  • Leave their comfort zone.
  • Make lifelong friends, etc.

In this essay, do not write about experiences that impact every study abroad student, such as those listed above.

Instead, tell us how your selected program will specifically impact your personal and individual academic experience, your honors research, attainment of your professional goals, and/or your job marketability.

  • Please contact the Study Abroad Office for a program cost sheet to submit with your application. You will need to schedule a meeting with a study abroad advisor.

The form will ask you to provide names, titles, and email addresses of 2 faculty members who will write letters of recommendation or fill out a recommendation form for you.

  • Request recommendations from U of A faculty members only.
  • Professors who know you well from the classroom will provide the best references.
  • Recommendations from employers, graduate students, staff, academic advisors and University Perspectives teachers who are not regular faculty do not count and will eliminate your proposal from the review process.
  • Inform faculty members that they will receive an email from (generated by an online form) with instructions on how to submit their letter or complete their form.
  • Contact faculty early - these recommendations are important and require information about you and your proposed course of study.
  • Refer faculty members to Recommendation Guidelines.

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

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

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

The form will prompt you to upload the PDF document and your Excel cost sheet.


Fill out and submit the Traditional Study Abroad Grant application form.

Good luck! You will be notified of the status of your application approximately 6-8 weeks after the deadline.

Questions? Please contact Chelsea Hodge at or 479-575-3127.

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

Step 1


Complete and submit the Traditional 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: Funds will be deposited in your UAConnect account at the start of the term you go abroad.* 

b. Non-U of A study abroad program: Contact 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.

NOTE: Exceptions for these conditions can only be granted by the Honors College associate dean or dean. Exception requests must be made in writing to

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.

The grant amount may be adjusted at the Honors College's discretion if the program budget from the Office of Study Abroad varies significantly from the Self-Reported Cost Estimate.

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 at the start of the term you go abroad.

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 page of 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.