Many scholarships require you to write an essay. Be sure to do your best on the essay, because for many scholarships, the quality of the essay makes a difference as to who receives the scholarships. Stay away from general ideas, such as saying that you are interested in a particular program because you think it will help you to “grow as a person” and “be more open to other cultures”. Think specifically about how a particular experience may help your career and personal goals in the particular country that you are going to.

Do take the time to apply for scholarships. Every year there are scholarships that remained unclaimed because not enough students applied. Even if you do not meet the criteria exactly, you may be the closest to it of all the people who have applied.

There is a single application for all scholarships managed by Gies Global. You will be matched with the scholarship for which you best qualify. Apply here.

All study abroad students should apply for the I4I scholarship, from the study abroad student fee. It can be used for semester or faculty-led programs.

Undergrads going to India should apply for the Wert scholarship.

Any student receiving a Pell Grant should apply for the Gilman Scholarship.

T&M students traveling with the program to China or the business plan competition can expect to receive an automatic $500 scholarship. No application is required.

See other scholarships available through the University of Illinois.

See scholarship opportunities with the National & International Scholarship Program.