To plan for and manage the financial aspects of your study abroad, it is important for you to establish and maintain communication with the Financial Aid Office. In particular, you should make an appointment to go over your individual financial aid package with Mr. Kyle McMahan, the specialist for study abroad financing in the Office.
Semester/Year-Long Study Abroad
Generally your scholarships, grants, and loans may be used for semester and year-long study abroad assuming you maintain full time standing (minimum 12 credit hours). Please verify with Mr. McMahan, how your individual awards may apply. And note that you may only apply financial aid to the courses you take abroad if you have completed a Course Authorizaion Sheet issued to you by the Study Abroad Coordinator and by so doing confirmed that each appropriate department head has approved the equivalent course at UNCP for which you will receive credit having successully completed the course at your host institution. Also, you must have the signature of your Faculty Advisor on your Course Authorization Sheet indicating that you need each of the approved UNCP courses to graduate. Please contact your Study Abroad Coordinator for details about the Course Authorization Sheet.
Summer Sessions/Faculty Led Programs
In order to qualify for financial aid in the summer you must be registered for a minimum of 6 credit hours (and receive grades of 'C' or higher). Did you know the aid you take during the fall/spring can affect your summer aid eligibility? If you are planning to study abroad during Maymest or the summer, speak to your Financial Aid Counselor so you can plan your aid distribution accordingly.
There are a growing number of study abroad scholarships that are attached to specific programs, or are national in scope.
Study Abroad Scholarships/Grants:
- The Kyle and Sarah Carter Annual Scholarship Award for Study Abroad. The recipient/s of this award must reach junior status (60+ passed credit hours) by the time of their travel, and must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 overall). Students must submit the Kyle and Sarah Carter Scholarship Application for consideration. Amount of award is $500.
The Maynor Study Abroad Scholarship. Part of the Maynor Gift has been set aside to support undergraduate study abroad opportunities. These scholarships are open to any UNCP student in good standing, though preference will be given to members of the Maynor Honors College. The scholarships are designed to offset expenses associated with formal study abroad opportunities. The program abroad must result in college credit transferable to UNCP, and students must have a demonstrated financial need. Students must submit the Maynor Study Abroad Scholarship Application for consideration. Awards will be made for up to $1000, depending upon the number of awards and available funds.
- The Blue Scope Steele Foundation Schoalrship. The recipient/s of this award must reach sophomore status (30+ passed credit hours) by the time of their departure, and must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 overall. Students must submit the Blue Scope Steele Foundation Scholarship Application for consideration. Amounts range from $250-$1,000.
- The Prospect High School Class of 1959 International Travel Fund was established in 2009 . The recipient must: (1) demonstrate financial need; (2) be a native or current resident of Robeson County; (3) be a product of the Public Schools of Robeson County; and, (4) commit to teaching in the Public Schools of Robeson County if a teaching position is offered to them. The student shall be admitted to the teacher education program and have a minimum 2.80 QPA. Students must study abroad for a semester or year. Students must submit the Prospect High School Class of 1959 International Travel Fund Application for consideration. Amounts range from $500-$1,500.
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Awards for Undergraduate Study Abroad. Students must be receiving Pell Grant at time of application. This program encourages students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside Western Europe. Up to a $5,000 grant. For more information: www.iie.org/gilman.
Boren Awards for International Study. Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.
Boren Scholars study less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. For a complete list of languages, click here.
Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. Deadline to apply: February.
NSF Central Europe Summer Research Institute (CESRI)
Eligible Fields of Study
· $3,000 fellowship award
· Round-trip international airfare to Central Europe
· Living costs (room and board) for 8 weeks
· Health and accident insurance
· One-week academic and cultural orientation in Budapest, Hungary
For more information on CESRI, click here.