Study Abroad Grant

Students hike in Peru.

 

Honors students can get funding to write poetry in Ireland, partner with a community in Belize, study the business culture of India and much, much more. The application process is competitive but the study abroad experience is worth the effort. We are here to help you on your way.

The study abroad grant application process has changed since last year! Be sure to read this website carefully so that you fully understand how to apply for the grant.

Good news: We've made it easier for you to apply! We now have one study abroad grant and one application for all programs, including any UA Faculty-Led program, UA Exchange program, UA Rome Center, or a non-UA external program! No matter which program you choose, you’ll apply for the Honors College Study Abroad Grant. If doing a UA Faculty-Led program, the grant application is no longer embedded in the program application. You will need to submit a separate grant application.

But remember: Only one application per academic year is allowed.

Be sure to check out the "Apply" tab above for instructions on each component of the application and the application link.

For a quick, printable rundown of the Honors College Study Abroad Grant guidelines, check out the Study Abroad Grant Cheat Sheet.

  • The program you select must be an accredited study abroad program approved by the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange.
  • The Honors College will not fund study in countries on the U.S. Department of State's Travel Warning List. (Please note: This policy may change in Spring 2018 due to the State Department's planned change to their terminology. This does not apply to the UA's Architecture and Faculty-Led programs in Mexico.)
  • Study abroad grants cannot be used for internships or independent study.
  • Honors College grants can only be used for full-time study abroad programs.
  • Non-UA affiliated programs must be at least 15 days in-country. (Count the official days of the program, including arrival and final departure days.) UA Faculty-led summer or intersession programs do not need to meet this requirement.
  • Changing your study abroad program: If your program is cancelled, your visa is denied, you don’t get into your program, or any similar issue, you can request that your funds be applied to a different study abroad program. However, you must get this program change preapproved by the Honors College. Depending on the cost of your new program, your award amount might be reduced. The award amount will not be increased, even if your new program is more expensive. Contact Chelsea Hodge to discuss changing your program.

GPA: All applicants must be an honors student in good standing, including the 3.500 cumulative GPA (3.330 minimum for architecture students after their fifth semester), at time of application, award notification, and departure. Failure to maintain a 3.500 cumulative GPA will result in  your funds being revoked.

For a summer or intersession program:

  • By the time of application, you must have completed at least six honors hours from the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville. The only exception is for first-semester freshmen or first-semester transfer students, as long as you are enrolled in at least three honors hours in the semester of application (first semester on campus) and at least another three honors hours in the next semester (second semester on campus).

For a semester or academic year program:

  • 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
    • Freshmen are not eligible to apply
  • By the time of departure, you must have completed at least 40 credit hours.

Note: Honors credit earned from AP courses do not count towards these minimum honors hours requirements.

Once we’ve established that you meet the basic qualifications for funding, we will review your grant.

Criteria used to determine the awards include, but are not limited to:

  • Your demonstration of significant and continual activity and progress in your honors program, such as
    • yearly (and recent!) participation in honors courses
    • timely start and steady progress towards finishing your honors thesis research
    • serving as an honors ambassador
    • doing more than the minimum required!
  • Program relevance to your academic and professional goals
  • Quality of your application as a whole
  • Strength of your faculty references
  • Program quality, length and location (e.g. the two-week cruise to learn traditional basket-weaving techniques of Kazakhstan - a landlocked country - will not cut it!).
  • Prior international experience
  • Prior Honors College grant funding
  • Availability of funds
  • Each program will be assessed a flat dollar award amount that on average across programs will cover 30-45% of eligible program costs. If awarded, you will receive an email with your exact award amount.
  • Eligible program costs include: tuition, fees, room and board, required books, airfare, program excursions, program fee, and visa.
  • Sorry, the Honors College grants will not pay for the following: personal expenses, immunizations, passports, and travel that is not part of the official study abroad program.
  • The award amount will be reduced if it exceeds your unmet need (we can't pay more than your official cost of attendance, which is based on your study abroad budget sheet).
  • Do you have significant financial need? You may be eligible for need supplements. Please check the appropriate box on the application form to be considered. The amount given is determined by the Honors College and based on your FAFSA information.

Student Application Deadlines

September 22, 2017, 11:59 p.m.

  • For programs in January 2018 intersession and Spring 2018.
  • Faculty must submit their recommendation forms by September 26.
  • You will find out whether or not you got the grant by October 6.

October 1, November 1, and February 1, 11:59 p.m.

  • For programs in May 2018 intersession, Summer 2018, August 2018 intersession, and Fall 2018
  • The grant application for Fall 2018 or Academic Year 2018-2019 programs will not open until December. The pool of funds for the February 1 deadline will primarily be targeted for Fall 2018 and Academic Year 2018-19 programs.
  • Faculty must submit their recommendation forms four days after the deadline (the 5th of that month).
  • You will find out whether or not you got the grant within 4-6 weeks of the application deadline, so keep that in mind when choosing which grant deadline to meet.

When should you apply? As early as you can! As soon as you know which program you are wanting to do, apply by the next deadline if at all possible. While the application to apply for a particular program may not close until December or even later, funding is limited and chances of receiving a grant might decrease by the later application cycles. The pool of funds for the February 1 will primarily be targeted for Fall 2018 and Academic Year 2018-19 programs. Remember! If you want to do a January 2018 intersession or a Spring 2018 program you must apply by September 22.

Questions? Contact Chelsea Hodge at cew003@uark.edu or (479)575-3127 or Dr. Jennie Popp at jhpopp@uark.edu or (479)575-7381.

 

Required Application Materials

Prepare the following items, which must be submitted using the Honors College Study Abroad Grant application by the appropriate deadline.

Responses to the prompts should be in your own words and be your individual work. Pay careful attention to word, character, and page length limits. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in application disqualification.

Like all of our other grant programs, you must be in good standing with your honors program at the time of application, award notification, and departure. This includes maintaining the minimum GPA required for the Honors College and completing the six hours of honors credit if you were a first-semester freshman or transfer student when you applied.

The form will ask for

  • The full name of your program provider.
  • Web site address for your program provider. If doing a UA Faculty-Led or UA Exchange program, provide the web site address for the Office of Study Abroad's page on that program.
  • 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 and could include:
    • Education: GPA, degree plan, and class standing (sophomore, junior, senior)
    • Research Experience: lab experience, presentations, posters, publications of any kind, projects underway.
    • Honors & Awards: scholarships, previous grant funding, other honors.
    • Relevant Experience: leadership experience, community service, internships, work experience, significant hobbies.
  • We recommend that you review the online resume resources provided by the Career Development Center.
  • You will upload and attach a PDF of your resume to the application.

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:

  • 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.
  • State how the course will apply toward your degree program at the UA. For example, will it fulfill an elective course requirement, a general education course, or a course for your major? Explain what the course will replace.

Write 4-5 sentences per course. You will enter this information directly on the application form. We advise working on this section in a Word document that you can save to your computer. Then you can copy and paste into the application form. The form limits you to a maximum of 4000 characters maximum, for all of your course descriptions combined.

4000 characters maximum, including spaces and punctuation.

Tell us how your selected program will specifically impact

  • Your personal and individual academic experience.
  • Your honors research, if applicable (not all experiences will involve research).
  • Attainment of your professional goals.
  • And/or your job marketability.

Focus on impacts that are specific to you but not to all students. In this essay, do not write about experiences that impact every study abroad student. 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, experience the homeland, and make lifelong friends. A competitive essay will not include these type of experiences.

You will enter this information directly on the application form. We advise working on this section in a Word document that you can save to your computer. Then you can copy and paste into the application form. 

  • You must submit a current copy of your transcript.
  • We accept an official or unofficial transcript.
  • Highlight honors courses on your transcript.
  • You will upload and attach a PDF of your transcript to the application.

The form will ask you to provide the name, title, and email address of a faculty member who will fill out a recommendation form for you.

  • Request the recommendation from a U of A faculty member 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 the Office of Study Abroad (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.

Follow this link to the Honors College Study Abroad Grant Application. On that page, click "Apply Now." You will be prompted to sign in to your Hogs Abroad Portal, using your UA username and password. Once you've created an application, you can save and revisit the application at any time. Just log back into the Hogs Abroad Portal

Questions? Please contact Chelsea Hodge at cew003@uark.edu or 479-575-3127.

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

Step 1

RSVP:

Complete and submit the Honors College 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:

Funds will be deposited in your UAConnect account at the start of the term you go abroad.* 

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 honors@uark.edu.

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 Initiatives and Integrity for more information.
  • Completion of required honors coursework if a freshman or transfer student.

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 and minimum honors hours 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 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.