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UAF Financial Aid and Scholarships

In general, you will be able to use your current Financial Aid, such as a student loan or a Pell Grant, for an exchange or study abroad program.  You'll be able to use many UAF scholarships no matter which program you participate in, including the UA Scholars award and the Alaska Performance Scholarship.  Dependent Tuition Waivers may only be used on international or north2north exchanges and NSE programs on Plan B, not for study abroad programs nor for NSE Plan A. VA benefits may only apply to exchange or NSE programs, NOT programs through a program provider. VA will only pay for study away when courses are required for degree-completion. .

You are only eligible to continue receiving financial aid and scholarships through UAF if you have applied with the UAF Study Away office, which ensures you are registered full-time at UAF for the semesters you are away. An overview of which funding can be used for which programs through the Study Away office can be found below:

Name of Funding International Exchange Study Abroad (through a provider or as a fee-paying student to the host campus) National Student Exchange - HOME pay (tuition paid to UAF) National Student Exchange - Host Pay External to the Study Away office
UA Scholars x x x x  
Alaska Performance Scholarship x x x x  
Nanook Pledge x   x    
Nanook Persist x   x    
UAF Employee/Dependent Tuition Waiver x   x    
UA Private Funded Scholarships x x x x  
VA Funding (depends on Chapter) x     x maybe
Federal Aid x x x (paid through host campus)  
Pell grant x x x (paid through host campus)  

Generally, students have also been able to utilize other funding they receive, such as tribal funding/scholarships.

You can find UAF's Scholarship application here: Keep in mind the deadline for most UA scholarships is February 15!

Some specific scholarships from UAF for international study you can search in this database are the following:

north2north Scholarship
Student participating in an exchange through a north2north partner are eligible for up to $2,500 per semester! Deadlines for the scholarship are the same as that of the exchange program application (Academic Year/Fall: March 1; Spring: October 1). This is a scholarship administered through UAF Study Away office.

Fall Program Application, due March 1:
Spring Program Application, due October 1:

UAF College of Liberal Arts International Scholarship - Hollerbach Scholarship
This scholarship is up to $5,000 for a semester or year program for students with a major within the College of Liberal Arts and have Junior or Senior standing. The application is due March 1st. Apply here: 

UAF Scholarship for Spanish-language Study - Briana Zuckerman Scholarship
Up to $5,000 for students with a major in Spanish from UAF that wish to study Spanish in a Spanish-speaking environment. Don't forget that you can use this scholarship to study in Puerto Rico through the National Student Exchange as well (an incredibly affordable option!). Check in with the Spanish faculty in the Foreign Languages department for more information on this scholarship. This application is due February 15.

You may search for other privately-funded UA scholarships here: UAF Financial Aid Office scholarship information

Scholarships through various providers

If you go abroad through one of our affiliated partners, each offers several scholarships that reduce program costs. Some even include an automatic discount for UAF student participants!

Academic Programs International (API):

  Deadlines:  Summer - April 1
Fall/Academic Year - June 10
Spring - October 30

There is an additional UAF-API scholarship (which is separate from the API scholarships listed above), that only UAF students are eligible for. To apply for the UAF-API scholarship, just complete the essay question in your study away application. It ranges from $250-$1,000.

American Institute for Study Abroad (AIFS):

Various deadlines, but most fall scholarships are April 15 and Spring scholarships are October 1
UAF students get an automatic discount of $400 off semester programs and $200 off summer or wintermester programs

Global Education Oregon (GEO):

Various deadlines. They also have put together a useful resource for applying for scholarships and writing scholarship essays.

International Studies Abroad (ISA):

Deadlines:     Summer - February 28
Fall/Academic Year - April 30
Spring/Calendar Year - October 30

UAF students get an automatic discount of $200 off ISA program costs.

Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA):

Priority Deadline for Fall/Academic Year programs: March 1
Priority Deadline for Spring/Calendar Year programs: October 1
All UAF students will automatically receive a $2,000 grant for any IFSA semester program. The grant will be applied to the overall tuition/housing costs during billing. There is no application process; UAF students automatically receive the discount.

Knowledges Exchange Institute (KEI):

  Deadlines based on KEI program deadlines.
UAF students get an automatic $1,000 grant that is automatically taken off program costs.

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN):

Deadlines:     Summer (and fall full ride scholarship): March 1
Fall/ Academic Year: April 1
Spring: October 15

Semester at Sea:

Deadlines vary, check the website!

Other Scholarships

Please note that deadlines for the scholarships listed below vary widely. Often, the application period is MUCH earlier than the UAF study away application deadline, so it is important to investigate scholarships as early as you begin thinking about study away. The below are provided for reference only; UAF does not administer these scholarships.

north2north Mobility Scholarships (through UArctic)
For Norwegian universities that are members of the north2north, there is a scholarship students can apply for for their semester away through a north2north exchange. It may be possible to extend this to a second semester, but most awards are for one semester only. Deadline for north2north scholarships to Norway are February 15; you must email the UAF Study Away advisor by February 15 to indicate your interest in applying for this scholarship. The award is in the amount of 7.000 NOK (Norwegian Kroner) per month. If awarded the scholarship, it can only be used for the campus the scholarship committee designates. You must contact our office to get the application materials.

Boren Awards for International Study
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. The Boren focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

For a more competitive Boren application, you must work with our office for an on-campus review and interview. The UAF on-campus deadline for this scholarship is January 15, which is earlier than the deadline mentioned on the website because of the time it takes to put together a committee and review your application. Earlier applications (before winter break) are appreciated and would allow you more time to edit your scholarship application with the committee's suggested edits. You are welcome to apply after January 15, but UAF will not review your application or submit a campus evaluation for your application.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000.  This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

Institute for International Education
The website for the Institute for International Education contains links and information on a wide range of scholarships including Fulbright Grants, Whitaker Awards, NSEP, and many others.

American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) Fellowships and Grants
The ASF offers funds to outstanding American students, scholars, professionals and artists for study and/or research in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden. Funding is available to candidates in all fields.

Freeman ASIA
The Freeman-ASIA scholarships provide funding to undergraduate US citizens and permanent residents to support them as they study abroad in East and Southeast Asia. A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc. Students can receive up to $3,000 for a summer program, up to $5,000 for a semester program, or up to $7,000 for an academic year program in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam.

Bridging Scholars for Japan study
Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized exchange or independent program in Japan are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Awards are from $2,500 to $4,000, depending on length of program.

Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship
The Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to undergraduates/graduate students for a semester or year-long study abroad program in Japan.  The scholarship will support up to the full cost of attendance to the study abroad program of the applicant’s choice. The scholarship program grants awards to recipients in amounts determined by financial need and other qualifications. 

Fund for Education Abroad
This organization gives up to $10,000 a year, $5,000 a semester, or a minimum of $1,250 for summer programs over 4 weeks in length. Priority is given to students underrepresented in study abroad or for programs to non-traditional destinations. The application period each year is from mid-November to mid-January, so plan ahead!

Critical Language Scholarship Program
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master ’s and Ph.D. students.

Diversity Abroad Scholarships has partnered with several organizations to offer study abroad grants and scholarships.

Pride Foundation/GSBA
$500,000 is available in scholarships to support education and leadership development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer students of any age; students who have an LGBT parent; and students who are straight allies and are committed to civil rights for the LGBTQ community.

Killam Fellowships
Undergraduate scholarships for study in Canada.

Gates Millennium Scholarship
Provides funds for outstanding, well-rounded, low-income African American, American Indian/Alaska native, Hispanic American and Asian-Pacific American students. Must have 3.3 gpa and be a US citizen. Must be nominated by the university president, a dean, or a professor. For undergraduates or students applying for grad school.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
250 awards (up to $7500/year) to undergraduate science and mathematics students for their last year or two of undergraduate study. Students must be planning a career in science or mathematics. There are awards in two categories: Two-year scholarships to those who will be juniors, and one-year scholarships to those who will be seniors. Student must have at least a B average and be a US citizen, resident alien, or US national.

DAAD Scholarships for Germany
A scholarship database that offers support to students studying in Germany. Lists scholarships for Undergraduates, Graduates, and PhDs.

Heidelberg University Association, HAUS Scholarship
Heidelberg Alumni U.S. (HAUS) offers scholarships for U.S. students studying at University of Heidelberg in Germany. Master's students award is $5,000 for the semester, undergraduate students award is $3,000 for the semester. Opportunities for renewal of scholarship award for second semester of study may be possible. Info for 2018/2019 can be found here: HAUS Scholarship 2018-2019

Chinese Government Scholarship Program
Includes a variety of scholarships for studying in China. Applicants from the State of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Northern California can apply for these scholarship through the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco.

Other Chinese Government Scholarships for study in China

ItaliaRail Scholarship
Two awards of $1,000 each are given away each semester to students studying abroad to Italy.  To be eligible, students must have been accepted and confirmed participation in Italy study abroad program (having paid deposit to hold place), have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA, and be on financial aid.

International Student Travel Video Contest hosts a video contest each year in which the prize is a $4,000 scholarship and a blog on

EU Funding Opportunities
A database put together by the EU. Not all funding is for student study overseas, so be sure to read the eligibility details closely.

Scholarship Searches and Information
FastWeb Scholarship Search
National Association of Financial Aid Administrators
Money Geek - Paying for your Study Abroad


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