Study Abroad Grant Documentation

Students take tea in a Peruvian textile factory.

Congratulations on receiving an Honors College Study Abroad grant! We hope it is one of many you receive throughout your career. As always when receiving grant support, it's important – and professional – to submit timely documentation of the grant's impact. All study abroad grant recipients are required to submit copy and photos – please see below for specifics, as the options for documentation are changing. The best writing and photography will be considered for publication in the Honors College blogA+, the Honors College Magazine; and other Honors College materials.

How: Fill out the Study Abroad Grant Documentation form.  The form will prompt you to upload your blog post and/or photographs.

When: These materials should be submitted while you are studying abroad. (If internet access is limited, you may submit materials within two weeks after the end of the grant period.) We will review and use as needed for Honors College presentations, publications and the Honors College blog

Note: recipients of the Libby Finch Award must submit blog posts on a monthly basis. Please use the Study Abroad Grant Documentation form to submit your materials. 

Note: The "Photo Journal with 10 Photographs" option is available only to students completing study abroad in the Fall 2017 semester.  Moving forward into 2018 and beyond, all recipients of the Honors College Study Abroad Grant will be required to submit a blog post with photographs that meet the second prompt outlined below.  Thanks!

Photo Journal with 10 Photographs 

  • Set the scene with a brief intro paragraph, introducing yourself and telling us what you studied, where, and when, and submit 10 photos with descriptive captions that tell the story of your trip abroad.
  • Possible topics might include your host family or other locals, your instructors and classmates, natural    phenomena, street food, festivals, demonstrations or other experiences. The corner tienda a little different from your local superstore? Show us.
  • Be sure that you’re in some of the photos!
  • Action shots, showing you doing something, are preferred over staged, static photos of you standing by the Taj Mahal or the Eiffel Tower.
  • You must include documentation of your trip’s academic components (photos of class discussions, projects in the field, research in a world-famous archive or other academic pursuits).
  • Photos must be high-resolution, print-quality JPG or PNG files.
  • Do not use Instagram filters.
  • See our Photo Tips page for more information.

Example: Anna Hudgeon's Snapshots from Rome is exactly what we're looking for in a photo journal. Note how Anna introduces herself and the course, then provides descriptive captions that capture her experience at the U of A's Rome Center. Her photos are good, too!

Blog Post and 3 Photographs

  • Length is variable, but should range from 500 to 1,000 words.
  • Tell us why you chose this program. How does it advance your academic and professional goals?
  • Summarize the academic components of your trip – how were your classes and instructors? How do classes differ from those at the U of A?
  • Also be sure to discuss experiences outside of class – think food, architecture, music, art, road trips, back  country camping, encounters with interesting people or other experiences you’d like to share. Descriptions  of daily life are always a treat.
  • Culture shock stories, please!
  • Would you recommend this program to other students?
  • What do you wish you’d known beforehand?
  • What’s the first thing you’re going to do when you return home?
  • At least 3 high-resolution, print-quality photographs in either JPG or PNG format. (Make sure that you’re in at least one of the photos! See our Photo Tips page for more information.)
  • Kept your own blog? Fantastic! Please send us the URL. However, we still need a blog post from you, summarizing your experience. 

Examples: Math major Jacob Maestri used a fog-cloaked climb up Cape Town's Table Mountain as a starting point for reflecting on his study abroad in South Africa; accounting major Thea Winston gained a new perspective on race relations while studying at the University of Sussex in Brighton. 

Questions?  Contact Chelsea Hodge at or 479-575-3127.