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Study Abroad Funding

Available Study Abroad Funding Opportunities 
  • Centre for Global Competency Travel Award: The purpose of this award is to provide financial assistance for UCO students who are participating in education abroad programs by paying for round-trip airfare up to $1,000 for semester abroad opportunities and $500 for faculty-led study tours. All programs must be approved by Academic Affairs.
Study Tour Travel Award Application
Priority Deadlines:    February 15, 2018 for Spring Break Study Tours
                                              March 15, 2018 for Summer 2018 Study Tours and Exchange Programs

  • College of Business International Education Scholarship: The College of Business is awarding $1,000 in Financial Assistance to Business Majors studying abroad for one semester and $2,000 for students studying abroad for a full year. Students participating in faculty sponsored study tours are also eligible to apply for the scholarship. Follow the link to apply now:
  • College of Education and Professional Studies Education Abroad Scholarship: The College of Education and Professional Studies makes available a limited number of scholarships to support student study abroad opportunities. The availability and amount of such scholarship support is dependent upon the college budget and does not exceed 50% of the total expense of the travel. Inquiries should be directed to the dean’s office.
  • College of Liberal Arts Education Abroad - Study Tour Scholarship: The College of Liberal Arts is providing financial support for UCO students who are working towards a liberal arts degree and participating in a study tour education abroad program. Follow this link to apply for financial assistance with a study tour program.
  • Diogenes Scholarship - College of Liberal Arts - Applications will be accepted in fall for early spring selection. The disbursements will be no more than expenditures incurred and limited to current funds available. Recipients must be at least full-time sophomore status majoring in a Liberal Arts discipline. Applications will also be accepted in areas of Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History or Classical Literature. You find the form here. Application must include:
    • Current Transcript 
    • Description of study abroad program through an independent study 
    • A written plan for the study abroad experience
    • Two letters of recommendation from Liberal Arts faculty supporting planned study abroad.
    • Completed Application 
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship: The Gilman Scholarship Program offers grants 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 enable them to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Sponsored by the U.S.. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, this congressionally funded program is administered by the Institute of International Education through its Southern Regional Center in Houston, TX. Follow the link for additional information and to apply for the scholarship:
  • 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. They focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S.. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Follow the link to find out more information or apply now:
  • Fulbright Scholarship: This scholarship program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. It awarded approximately six thousand grants in 2008, at a cost of more than $275.4 million, to U.S.. students, teachers, professionals, and scholars to study, teach, lecture, and conduct research in more than 155 countries, and to their foreign counterparts to engage in similar activities in the United States. Follow the link to find out more information or apply now:
  • Golden Key International Honor Society - members only: As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world. With more than 2 million members, including honoraria like Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel and Bill Clinton, Golden Key carries an esteemed legacy of achievement. Members are a community with a linkage to widely respected individuals and ideals. Golden Key offers its members exclusive opportunities and connections through $1,000,000 in scholarships and awards, partnerships with major corporations, career advancement and graduate programs. The Society also works with university faculty and administrators to develop and maintain one of the highest standards of education in the world. Follow the link to view the list of available golden key scholarships:
  • Freeman-ASIA: Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. This 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. Follow the link for additional information or to apply for the scholarship:
  • The Melton Art Reference Library: The Melton Art Reference Library is a center for art research located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is a comprehensive resource library, offering information on national & international artists, especially artists that are less well-known to the general public. Our resources are limited by artists who are known only locally, or regionally & those whose output was so small as to be known by only a few. The library has biographies & reproduction files on thousands of artists, as well as auction catalogues, sales results and artist directories. Follow the link for additional information:
  • International Education Financial Aid: IEFA is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad. Follow the link for additional information:
  • The Nagypapa Foundation: The Nagypapa Foundation offers grants of up to $5,000 for self-designed trips proposed by applicants. Trips can be of any length, to any location and can involve any number or kind of activities, but must fall under the umbrella of experiential travel and education. All types of proposals are welcomed and applicants are encouraged to clearly demonstrate in their application how their trip will further their individual educational goals. Each applicant is required to submit a resume, personal statement or cover letter, trip description as well as a detailed budget. There is also $25 application fee per proposal submission. To apply for the scholarship or for further information please visit the following website: