University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Summer Study Tour,
Winter Study Tour
|Restrictions:||Illinois applicants only|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Earliest Review Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Winter Study Tour||2012||09/20/2012||10/20/2012||TBA||TBA|
Indicates that deadline has passed
|Illinois Sponsor:||Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)|
Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Scholarship for Undergraduates
The I4I Scholarship application is now closed. The application will reopen in mid-summer, for a September 2013 deadline.
The following information explains the I4I scholarship and the application processes and guidelines. Please read this information before beginning your application.
Please note that the applications for IPS Scholarships and the I4I Scholarship have been separated. They are no longer combined into one application. If you would like to apply for the I4I Scholarship as well as the IPS Scholarships, you must fill out both applications in their entirety.
I4I is funded by University of Illinois undergraduates for University of Illinois undergraduates through a fee of $4.59 per semester. The I4I Scholarship fund awards approximately $125,000 per semester to 130-150 students.
Prior to academic year 2012-13, the study abroad scholarship fee was refundable. Due to a new campus policy in effect fall semester 2012, the study abroad scholarship fee (like all student fees) is non-refundable and is assessed to each undergraduate student's account each semester.
For study abroad programs during Summer 2013, Fall 2013, and Academic Year 2013-14, the deadline is February 4, 2013. The Scholarship Committee hopes to announce recipients for this application cycle by early April.
There are two I4I scholarship cycles per year, with deadlines at the beginning of fall and spring semesters.
To be eligible to apply for the I4I Scholarship, you must:
- Intend to be an enrolled, undergraduate, degree-seeking student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at the time of study abroad (international degree-seeking students ARE eligible)
- Meet academic requirements of your Illinois College to be eligible to study abroad
- Identify a study abroad program, approved by the University of Illinois, to which you intend to apply or have already applied
You may receive only one I4I Scholarship for a given study abroad program, and you may receive only one scholarship during a given scholarship cycle. However, if you intend to participate in another study abroad program, you may apply for another I4I scholarship in a later cycle. You may also be selected to receive both an I4I Scholarship and an IPS Scholarship during one application cycle.
- General merit - Who qualifies: All students, regardless of GPA.
- Financial need - Who qualifies: Students who have filed a current FAFSA and are reported to have financial need.
- Underrepresented student - Who qualifies: Students with documented physical and/or sensory disabilities. Students who identify primarily with Latina/o, African American, or Native American/Alaskan Native heritage.
- Nontraditional destination - Who qualifies: Students participating in study abroad programs in Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, or Central or Eastern Europe. Study abroad programs in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada are ineligible.
You are encouraged to apply for all eligible categories.
- $500 for Winter Break, Study Tour, or Summer program
- $1,000 for Spring or Fall Semester program
- $2,000 for Academic or Calendar Year program
The Scholarship Application
The application consists of three Application Questionnaires and a Signature Document.
- An Application Questionnaire for basic information about your intended study abroad program
- An Application Questionnaire to determine categories for consideration. (You may apply for consideration in multiple categories, but you may receive only one I4I Scholarship per application cycle.)
- An Application Questionnaire with three essay questions (limited to 250 words each):
- How have your prior academic and extracurricular experiences prepared you to participate in your proposed study abroad program? If applicable, please include a discussion of any languages that you are currently taking, including the course numbers, and/or indicate the last relevant language courses you completed.
- What do you anticipate will be the most meaningful aspect of your time spent studying abroad?
- How does your study abroad program relate to your academic, career, and personal goals?
- A Signature Document regarding the rules of the scholarship application. This must be electronically signed for your application to be considered complete.
You must complete all of the Application Questionnaires and Signature Documents in the application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Applying Early for the I4I Scholarship
You may apply for the I4I scholarship early and defer the scholarship until you study abroad. For example, if you intend to study abroad during Fall 2014, you may apply during the Spring 2013 application cycle. We will hold your scholarship until you study abroad.
There are several advantages to applying early:
- If you are not selected for a scholarship during your first application, you may apply again in subsequent cycles, until you receive a scholarship.
- You will know if you have received a scholarship before you must commit to a program.
There may be a disadvantage to applying early:
- Application essays are typically stronger after a student has thoroughly researched his or her targeted study abroad program and can articulate why and how that program complements his or her goals for the study abroad experience.
When you begin a scholarship application, you will be asked to select your intended study abroad term from a drop-down menu. If you are applying early, your intended study abroad term may not yet be provided as an option in the drop-down menu. If this is the case, please select the term closest to your intended term abroad (e.g., if Summer 2013 is not available, choose Spring 2013). You will have the opportunity to enter the actual term you intend to study abroad within one of the Application Questionnaires.
Reapplying for the I4I Scholarship
You may apply for the I4I Scholarship as many times as you wish during separate application cycles, but you may receive only one I4I Scholarship for a given study abroad program.
If you choose to reapply for the I4I (either because you were not selected for a scholarship the first time or because you are participating in second study abroad program), you must create a new application. You cannot simply update your old application for your new study abroad term. When asked to select your intended study abroad term in the drop-down menu at the beginning of the scholarship application, you must also choose a different term for your study abroad from the term you chose for your previous application.
- To illustrate: If you initially submitted an application for an I4I Scholarship for Summer 2014 but were not selected, you could begin a new scholarship by selecting Spring 2014 as the term. (If you don’t select a different term, your application will not be considered for a scholarship. This is due to a limitation of the web-based software program used to create the scholarship application.) You will have the opportunity to enter the actual term you intend to study abroad within one of the Application Questionnaires.
In order to ensure that your application is considered, each time you apply for a scholarship, you should begin a new scholarship application for a new term. By following these instructions, you will be able to work around the technological limitation of our software and reapply for the I4I scholarship.
We recognize that these instructions may seem complicated. If you have any questions or concerns about your scholarship application, please contact Andrea Wagner, Coordinator of International Scholarships, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Note for Students with Physical/Sensory Disabilities
Federal law protects your right to choose whether you wish to disclose your disability to the Study Abroad Scholarship Committee. If you decide not to disclose your disability, please be advised that you will not be considered for the I4I in the category of underrepresented student on the basis of disability; however, you will be considered in all other applicable categories for which you apply.
If you elect to disclose your disability in order to be considered for an I4I scholarship in the underrepresented student category, it is your responsibility to verify your disability status by providing a letter of documentation from Disability Resources and Educational Sources or from a medical professional. This letter should be submitted by the scholarship deadline to Andrea Wagner, Coordinator of International Scholarships, International Programs and Studies, Room 410, MC-417, 507 E. Green St., Champaign, IL 61820. Because students with other types of disabilities are not considered underrepresented populations in international education, the Study Abroad Scholarship Committee is not able to consider students with non-physical/non-sensory disabilities for awards in the underrepresented student category.
Considerations for Awarding the I4I Scholarship
All applicants who meet eligibility requirements will be considered. Scholarship winners will be determined based on the quality of the essay responses and the ability of the student to articulate how the program complements his/her goals. For financial need-based consideration, the amount of financial need demonstrated by the student (as reported by the Office of Student Financial Aid) will also be considered in scholarship determination. A slight preference will be given to students who have not previously studied abroad or received a study abroad scholarship, as well as to students participating in longer-term study abroad programs.
Definition of Approved Study Abroad Programs
An approved study abroad program meets the following characteristics:
- The program occurs outside the continental U.S., Hawaii, or Alaska
- An Illinois office or department is involved in administering the program, which includes all of the following: communication with the U.S. or overseas host; familiarity with and approval of the quality of the academic, health, and well-being standards of the program; and involvement in advising about the program
- The program is pre-approved by the student's college, including pre-approving or pre-advising about credit for the program
- The program is listed on www.studyabroad.illinois.edu
- The program is credit-bearing or related to a credit-bearing program at Illinois
- Eligible program types include exchange, group study, faculty-led, third-party provider, direct study at a foreign institution, study abroad with internship, and independent study
Withdrawing From or Changing a Program
If you are selected to receive a study abroad scholarship and you withdraw from your study abroad program before the start of the program, you will be required to return the full amount of the scholarship. If you withdraw after beginning the program, you may petition to keep a portion of the scholarship to help defray costs incurred on the program. If for any reason you change to a program or term that was not the one for which the scholarship was awarded, the Scholarship Selection Committee will consider the following factors to determine if the scholarship may still be awarded: 1) the reason for changing programs/terms and 2) the intent of the scholarship application essay.
It is your responsibility to notify the Coordinator of International Scholarships (Andrea Wagner) if your study plans change, and to provide a rationale describing how the new study abroad program aligns with the statement of goals expressed in your scholarship application essay. Decisions will be made by the Study Abroad Scholarship Committee in consultation with appropriate colleagues, such as the sponsor of the study abroad program and/or the Office of Student Financial Aid.
- Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Unfortunately, the Study Abroad Scholarship Committee is unable to offer scholarships to all applicants.
- The I4I Study Abroad Scholarship is designed to reduce rather than cover the entire cost of a recipient's study abroad program.
- The Scholarship Committee plans to announce scholarship decisions for Fall Semester deadlines by mid-November and Spring Semester deadlines by early April.
- Due to the large number of applications received, the Committee is unable to offer detailed explanations of individual scholarship decisions.
- When you click "Create App" to begin an application, a message may pop up indicating that you may be charged a $25 fee to begin a new program application. This fee does not apply when creating a scholarship application.
- Scholarships might be taxable to the recipient. U.S. citizens, foreign national resident aliens for tax purposes, or permanent residents receiving scholarships will be sent a 1098T by the IRS. It is the responsibility of the individual to determine whether an award is taxable and whether he or she must report it on a relevant income tax return. Non-resident aliens will be taxed on the payment, if required.
Contact Andrea Wagner, Coordinator of International Scholarships, by emailing email@example.com.