Students have many ways to fund their studies abroad. Below we have listed our most commonly used forms of financial aid.
Students participating in UNC Asheville's Exchange programs may use all types of financial aid for which the student qualifies, including Federal, State, and UNC Asheville grants, scholarships, and/or loans. Exchange programs are: UNC Asheville Exchange Partners, and ISEP-Exchange.
Students participating in summer or winter Faculty-Led programs may use all types of financial aid for which the student qualifies.
Students participating in programs other than the Exchange programs listed above may use Federal and State grants, scholarships, and/or loans. These non-exchange programs include ISEP-Direct or other outside programs. UNC Asheville institutional scholarships and grants may not be used for these programs.
The UNC Asheville Study Abroad Office is pleased to administer a number of awards for study abroad, made possible by generous donors who value the benefits of an overseas experience.
To apply for a scholarship, select financial aid as part of your online application process and complete the Scholarship Application. Students will be considered for any award for which they meet the criteria.
All award recipients must meet the following eligibility requirements:
• Minimum 3.0 GPA
• Maintain full-time status while on program (equivalency of 6 credit hours for Summer or short-term, 12 credit hours for Semester)
• Must be degree-seeking and making successful progress toward graduation
• Demonstrated financial need (for some scholarships)
• Applied and accepted into an exchange program or UNCA faculty-led program
UNC Asheville Grants and Awards for Study Abroad
International Experience Grant
Need-based grants to students who are receiving academic credit through any of our UNC Asheville faculty-led programs or semester/year exchange opportunities.
Janet Spreckels Study Abroad Award
In memory of Janet Spreckels, a German exchange student to UNC Asheville from University of Heidelberg in 1996, an award has been established which will provide annual stipends to UNC Asheville students who will study abroad in Germany or German-speaking countries as well as a stipend for a student from a German-speaking country who will be studying at UNC Asheville. Applicants from any field of study may apply.
Jean Bennett Award
$500 scholarship awarded yearly to a student, preferably one who has never been outside of the U.S. previous to their upcoming study abroad program. Jean Bennett was a local teacher in the Asheville City Schools who was an inveterate traveler and loved to share this passion with her students; one of which was Dr. Dan Pierce in the UNC Asheville History Department.
International Education Initiative
Our Summer faculty-led programs, which have a service-learning element, also have received funds from the International Education Initiative to help reduce the program cost to students.
Other Funding Resources & Opportunities
The links below are other sources of aid you may apply for. Additional information is available in the Study Abroad Resource Library in 28 Ramsey Library. Although this is not a comprehensive list, it can help you begin your research and explore multiple resources to fund your study abroad experience.
- AIFS Study Abroad
- American Association of Teachers of Japanese (Bridging Scholarship)
- Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship (for students already receiving federal Pell Grant funding)
- Boren Scholarhip - See Bonnie Parker
- Critical Language Scholarship Program
- CDS International (primarily specific to Germany)
- DAAD (specific to study in Germany)
- FinAid for Study Abroad Program
- Freeman-ASIA Scholarship Program
- Fulbright Scholarship
- IIE Passport Study Abroad Funding
- ISEP Scholarship Resources
- John Philip Couch Scholarship (for Study Abroad in France)
- NAFSA Resources for Students
- National Science Foundation (focus on social sciences, chemistry, computers, engineering, geosciences, math, physics, psychology, and other related fields)
- PHI KAPPA PHI Abroad Grant
- Robert B. Bailey Scholarship and other CIEE Scholarships (specific to groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad)
- Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships
- Rotary World Peace Fellows
- UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - Funding and Fellowship Information Resources)