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Funding Opportunities

Education abroad can be very affordable, but it’s important to do your research to make sure the program you choose fits you—both academically and financially. We encourage you to start planning early.

Plan ahead

  • Start your search early! You can often apply for education abroad scholarships, grants, etc., before you have applied or are accepted into your program.
  • Your existing financial aid package and scholarships may be applied to approved education abroad programs.
  • Talk to One Stop Student Services to understand the cost of your UT education as well as how you currently finance it. For some scholarships you will need to demonstrate financial need through the submission of a FAFSA.

Advising

  • Schedule an appointment with a Programs Abroad coordinator to discuss which type of program best suits your budget. To schedule an appointment, call 865-974-3177.
  • Check out our Funding & Scholarships page for more about budgeting, financial aid FAQ, and other helpful information.

UT Knoxville Awarded Funding

CIE Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship
Financial need and academic merit-based funding for UT undergraduates participating in a UT-approved program abroad.

CIE Exchange Program Scholarship
Financial need and academic merit-based funding for UT undergraduates participating in a UT semester or year exchange program.

CIE Japan Exchange Program Scholarship

Financial need and academic merit-based funding for UT undergraduates participating in a UT semester or year exchange program in Japan.

UTIA Undergraduate Study Abroad Grants Program
Only students in the Herbert College of Agriculture or the International Agriculture & Natural Resources minor are eligible to apply. Funding supports international study (short term or semester long), internships, and research experiences.

W.K. McClure Scholarship for the Study of World Affairs
Funding to support UT undergraduate and graduate research and creative projects abroad aimed at enhancing and promoting education for world responsibility.

International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) Scholarships
Funding available to students participating on one of the following programs: ISA EuroScholarsUT Summer International Research Opportunities Program or Research in Arts (UT Art History in Paris).

Chancellor’s Honors Program Ready for the World Grant
Competitive Honors Research grants available to honors students to finance an international or intercultural experience.

Haslam College of Business Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship
Funding available to undergraduate business students enrolled in an approved education abroad program.

MFLL Mossman Scholars Endowment Awards
Funding for students majoring or minoring in modern foreign languages and literatures with a concentration in a Romance language participating in a UT-approved program abroad for a semester, year, or summer.

Kirkland Family Spanish Award
Competitive funding available to Spanish majors enrolled in a UT-approved program abroad for at least one semester, taking a minimum of 12 hours of Spanish classes.

German Program Scholarships
A number of scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate German major/minor students studying abroad in Germany.

SIT–ONSF Partner Award
Financial need and academic merit-based competitive funding available to undergraduate students participating on a SIT program (affiliate).


Externally Awarded Funding

IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants
Funding available to US undergraduate students for their study, internship, research, or service–learning program abroad with priority given to those with: financial need; status as first-generation college students; status as members of underrepresented racial/ethnic/gender groups; disabilities; and the lack of experience with travel abroad.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Funding available to undergraduate students who receive a Federal Pell Grant to participate in study and intern abroad programs. Students studying critical-need languages can qualify for additional funds. Applicants must be US citizens.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarships
Funding available to undergraduate students enrolled in a credit-earning study abroad program of at least four weeks. Priority is given to students from underrepresented populations in study abroad. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. EARLY DEADLINES!

Diversity Abroad Scholarships
Funding available to economically disadvantaged students, first-generation students, ethnically and racially diverse students, students with disabilities, and students who identify as LGBTQ+. As a member of the Diversity Abroad Network, UT students are eligible to apply for additional scholarships.

Rainbow Scholarship
Funding through FEA available to LGBT+ students participating in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

Boren Awards (National Security Education Program)
Funding for undergraduate and graduate students to study less-commonly taught languages in world regions critical to US interests as well as those underrepresented in study abroad. Applicants must be US citizens.

College Language Association Study Abroad Scholarship
Funding available to students participating in a study abroad program to enhance his or her proficiency in a target language and/or his or her understanding of other cultures. Each applicant must have a CLA faculty sponsor who currently works at their home institution.

Freeman—ASIA
Financial need-based funding available to undergraduate students studying abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

DAAD German Academic Exchange Service
Funding available to North American college or university undergraduate and graduate students to study, intern, and research abroad in Germany.

Bridging Scholarship for Study in Japan
Funding available to undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. Applicants must be US citizens and enrolled in an American college or university.

Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards
Funding available to students (at least a sophomore) who are enrolled at a New Zealand university or ITP through a study abroad program. Applicants must be US citizens or hold US resident status.

British Universities Transatlantic Exchange (BUTEX)
Funding available to undergraduate students who are enrolled in a study abroad program at a BUTEX member institution.

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) Scholarships
Funding for students studying abroad on ISEP programs. Applicants must have demonstrated financial need and meet other eligibility requirements based on each individual award.

Open Campus Grants
Financial need and academic merit-based funding available to undergraduate students interested in participating in the UT Open Campus Semester program (formerly known as CIEE Open Campus).

UT in Australia Scholarship

Financial need and academic merit based funding available to undergraduate students interested in participating on one of the following semester programs: UT in Sydney, UT in Melbourne or UT on the Gold Coast.

Go Oversees Scholarships
Funding available to students planning on studying, interning, or volunteering aboard. Country-specific scholarships available.

ScholarTrips
You must be a legal US resident and student over the age of 14 from an accredited high school, trade school, university, or college. Create a video or written essay that answers “What inspires you to travel abroad?”

Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
Funding available to any undergraduate student (you do not have to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi) enrolled in a study abroad program.


Databases for Additional Funding

IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding
Study Abroad 101 Scholarships
BigFuture Scholarship Search

NOTE: UT students interested in the Boren, Fulbright, Truman, Marshall, Rhodes, Rotary, and other scholarships should visit the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF).

Don’t forget about crowdfunding options. There are many out there including our own VOLstarter. Also, check out Fund My Travel.

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