Scholarships and Funding

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Office of Study Abroad Scholarships

The Office of Study Abroad is able to award a wide variety of scholarships to qualified UTC students every year.

We award scholarships to students participating in the following program options: faculty-led programs, provider programs, exchange programs, select non-UTC affiliated programs, and those participating in a Featured Program.

We also have limited funds available to students who wish to conduct research abroad (for UTC credit).

Make sure you are completing all UTC study abroad requirements through your UTC study abroad portal by the posted deadline in order to be considered for an Office of Study Abroad scholarship. Failure to complete all portal requirements by the posted deadline will make you ineligible for scholarship consideration.

You can read about the experiences of past study abroad scholarship recipients in our Student Experiences section.

1) Be a degree-seeking, undergraduate or graduate student at UTC;

  • Online students who are not registered for an on-campus UTC course are not eligible

2) Applicants must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA at UTC;
3) Undergraduate Applicants must have passed and completed at least 24 credit hours at UTC;

  • Undergraduate Transfer Applicants: must have passed and completed at least 12 credit hours at UTC
  • Graduate Applicants: must be currently enrolled in a UTC on-campus course

4) Applicants must receive UTC academic credits for their study abroad;
5) Applicants must be accepted into a study abroad or intern abroad program offered and approved by UTC Office of Study Abroad;
6) Travel to a third country, if an international student
7) Must be willing to share their experiences abroad with the UTC academic community by completing the post-study abroad assignment
8) Must fill out the study abroad evaluation with their study abroad testimonial at the end of their time abroad; and
9) Graduating seniors must set their graduation date for the term in which your study abroad program ends (i.e. studying abroad summer 2018, graduate summer 2018). You also must work with your academic advising office to set your graduation date. Students who graduate before the start of their study abroad program are not eligible.
10) To be eligible for a study abroad scholarship through the Center for Global Education, all Terra Dotta study abroad requirements/paperwork must be completed by the posted deadlines.

Scholarship award amounts vary depending on a number of different factors. The Office of Study Abroad takes into consideration the following:

  • Scholarship Application
  • Scholarship Essay
  • GPA
  • Location of Study Abroad
  • Length of Study Abroad (i.e. summer, semester, yearlong)

The Office of Study Abroad is committed to increasing UTC student study abroad participation in non-traditional study abroad locations as well as the study of critical languages. In this respect, students who elect to study abroad in a non-traditional region (Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Central or South America) or study a critical language (in a country in which the language is predominantly spoken) may qualify for a higher study abroad scholarship through the Office of Study Abroad.

Critical Languages: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian.

Fall/Academic Year: May 1

Spring: Nov. 1

Summer: April 1

Faculty-Led: Varies by Trip (Terra Dotta paperwork deadline for trip)

UTC students who are planning on studying abroad must complete the UTC study abroad requirements through their UTC Study Abroad Portal (Terra Dotta).

The study abroad scholarship application is available through Terra Dotta once a student has started an application for a specific program.

All students (except for faculty-led program participants) are required to meet with a study abroad advisor BEFORE they begin the Terra Dotta application process.

Students who fail to complete ALL required Terra Dotta materials by the program application deadline will not be eligible for the study abroad scholarship.

UTC students who receive a study abroad scholarship will be required to complete post-study abroad scholarship requirements. Recipients will be required to submit the following:

  • Post-study abroad essay
  • Minimum of 10 photos
  • Brief study abroad testimonial

Office of Study Abroad staff will reach out to recipients regarding these requirements.

Featured Program Scholarship recipients will have certain additional requirements to complete.

Students who have recently returned from a study abroad experience will receive an email from the Office of Study Abroad regarding their post-study abroad scholarship requirements. Please also take a moment to complete the Post-Study Abroad Evaluation.

Congratulations to the following Fall 2019 Office of Study Abroad Scholarship recipients:

Olivia Buchanan (Philosophy) - Pau, France

Hayley Edde (International Studies) - Ulsan, South Korea (Exchange Program)

Ethan Eddins (Political Science) - Dubrovnik, Croatia

Lauren Gilmore (English) - Grenoble, France

Ethan Gossett (History & Humanities) - Akita, Japan (Japanese Year, SP 19 - FA 19)

Kayla Massey (Management) - Granada, Spain

Katherine McClanahan (Elementary Education) - Sevilla, Spain 

Maggie Smith (Psychology) - Seoul, South Korea (Gilman Scholarship Recipient) 

Nicholas Wolf (Interior Architecture) - Krakow, Poland

Notable Scholarship Awards from Providers:

Laurel Pelren (Environmental Science) - Monteverde, Costa Rica and Merida, Mexico (received a CIEE full program fee grant for semester Open Campus Block Program)

Apply for the URaCE/CGE International Conference Presentation Award →

Note: You MUST have applied through URaCE prior to applying for the Office of Study Abroad scholarship.

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Office of Study Abroad Featured Program Scholarships

The Office of Study Abroad is pleased to announce the following Featured Program Scholarships for Summer and Fall 2020.

Note: These are only the Featured Program Scholarships. Our office has various scholarship opportunities that any qualified student can apply for. Students must complete the scholarship application through their UTC study abroad portal to be eligible for any Office of Study Abroad scholarship (including the Featured Program Scholarships listed below).

Look for past Featured Program Scholarship recipient stories on our Student Experiences page.

Recipients of the Featured Program Scholarship will be required to complete specific social media post requirements as part of their scholarship award (in addition to the regular post-study abroad scholarship requirements).

  • Follow the CGE  @ utcglobal (Insta) and/or @ UTC Center for Global Education (FB) and make sure to tag us (@utcglobal or @UTC Center for Global Education) in your study abroad photos while abroad!
  • Use the following hashtags: #MocsAbroad #utcglobal #PowerC #UTChattanooga
  • The photos you tag us in should show you representing UTC while abroad. This could involve wearing UTC clothing (or anything blue and gold), taking a picture with a Power C (make sure to use your right hand!), or holding up one of the CGE flags.
  • Recipients must tag CGE in a minimum of 5 photos
  • Create a short 15 to 30 second video. All videos MUST be taken horizontally, not vertically. Videos could include walking the streets in your host country, any video footage of food, architecture, nature or cool scenarios. Essentially just any short video that captures the country well and makes us feel we are a part of your journey. Please submit videos to Amy-Devan@utc.edu. You are welcome to send more than one video. Please have the video(s) submitted within one week of your study abroad program end date.
  • Gilman | Boren| CLS | Freeman-Asia Scholarship Recipients: will be required to use hashtags in their photos as well (ex. #gilmanscholarship | #clscholarship)

Featured Program Scholarships: Summer 2020 - Fall 2020

Arabic Studies, International Relations & Language

Program Details: Students will participate in either Summer I OR Summer II. Students will take one language course (Arabic or French) and one additional academic course.

Credits: 6-7

Program Dates: Varies by session (Summer I: late May - late June, 2020 | Summer II: late June - early August, 2020)

Requirements: Students are required to fulfill the ISA program requirements as listed on their website.

Students must complete all Center for Global Education study abroad requirements to be eligible (Terra Dotta paperwork) and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Incomplete applications will not be considered for the scholarship.

This scholarship will not be awarded until the student has attended a Study Abroad 103: Pre-Departure Orientation session and completed all International SOS requirements.

Scholarship: ONE study abroad scholarship valued up to $4,450 for ONE UTC student participating in the Summer 2020 program.

Participant is responsible for any additional program fees, airfare, any meals not covered in the program fee, personal expenses, passport, visa (if required) and any other expenses not included in the ISA program fee.

The Office of Study Abroad will accept waitlist scholarship applications for this program.

Scholarship Deadline: Feb. 1, 2020

How to Apply: Interested students must schedule a meeting with Laura Livermore in the Office of Study Abroad to discuss their interest in this scholarship (you can schedule an appointment through Navigate). You must have attended the Study Abroad 101 and 102 information sessions first.

Summer Global Internship - Shanghai, China

Program Details: Whether floating down the Bund or strolling down East Nanjing Rd., Shanghai boasts an abundance that is unparalleled. With more than 24 million people, Shanghai is one of the most populated cities in the world. Students interning in Shanghai are placed with companies ranging from innovative start-ups to global organizations, multinationals, and NGOs in a variety of industry sectors.

Credits: 6

Program Dates: mid-June - mid-August 2020

Requirements: Students are required to fulfill the CIEE program requirements as listed on their website.

Students must complete all Center for Global Education study abroad requirements to be eligible (Terra Dotta paperwork) and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Incomplete applications will not be considered for the scholarship.

This scholarship will not be awarded until the student has attended a Study Abroad 103: Pre-Departure Orientation session and completed all International SOS requirements.

Scholarship: ONE study abroad scholarship valued up to $5,850 for ONE UTC student participating in the Summer 2020 program.

Participant is responsible for any additional program fees, airfare, any meals not covered in the program fee, personal expenses, passport, visa (if required) and any other expenses not included in the CIEE program fee.

The Office of Study Abroad will accept waitlist scholarship applications for this program.

Scholarship Deadline: Feb. 1, 2020

How to Apply: Interested students must schedule a meeting with Laura Livermore in the Office of Study Abroad to discuss their interest in this scholarship (you can schedule an appointment through Navigate). You must have attended the Study Abroad 101 and 102 information sessions first.

Program Details: Individuals may select from one of the following API Fall Early Start Buenos Aires programs:

Argentine & Latin American Studies Program

Intensive Language Program

Multidisciplinary Studies and Community Engagement Program

Humanities & Social Sciences Program

Courses: Varies by Program

Credits: Varies by Program (between 12 – 21)

Program Dates: Varies by Program

Scholarship: ONE study abroad scholarship valued up to $5,000 for ONE UTC student participating in a Fall 2020 early start API Argentina program.

Participant is responsible for any additional program fees, airfare, any meals not covered in the program fee, personal expenses, passport, visa (if required), and any other expenses not included in the API program.

The Office of Study Abroad will accept waitlist scholarship applications for this program.

Requirements: Students are required to fulfill API program requirements as listed on their website. Students must complete all Center for Global Education study abroad requirements to be eligible (Terra Dotta paperwork) and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Incomplete applications will not be considered for the scholarship.

The CGE study abroad scholarship will not be awarded until the student has attended a Study Abroad 103: Pre-Departure Orientation session and completed all International SOS requirements.

Deadline: April 1, 2020

How to Apply: Interested students must schedule a meeting with Laura Livermore in the Office of Study Abroad to discuss their interest in this scholarship (please schedule appointments through Navigate). You must have attended the Study Abroad 101 and 102 information sessions first.

Culture, Society, and Global Perspectives

Program Details: The Bangalore program provides the extraordinary opportunity to study Indian culture, sociology, and global issues. You will be studying in one of the most prestigious and beautiful campuses in India and will gain personal exposure to the social issues of rural life.

Courses In: Hindi Language, Dance, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology, Economics, Political Science, History, Health, Anthropology, English/Literature, Environmental Science/Geography. 

Credits: 12 – 18

Program Dates: Aug. 17 - Dec. 12, 2020

Scholarship: ONE study abroad scholarship valued up to $4,500 for ONE UTC student participating in the Fall 2020 Bengaluru, India program through USAC.

Participant is responsible for any additional program fees, airfare, any meals not covered in the program fee, personal expenses, passport, visa (if required), and any other expenses not included in the USAC program.

The Office of Study Abroad will accept waitlist scholarship applications for this program.

Requirements: Students are required to fulfill USAC program requirements as listed on their website. Students must complete all Center for Global Education study abroad requirements to be eligible (Terra Dotta paperwork) and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Incomplete applications will not be considered for the scholarship.

The CGE study abroad scholarship will not be awarded until the student has attended a Study Abroad 103: Pre-Departure Orientation session and completed all International SOS requirements.

Deadline: April 1, 2020

How to Apply: Interested students must schedule a meeting with Laura Livermore in the Office of Study Abroad to discuss their interest in this scholarship (please schedule appointments through Navigate). You must have attended the Study Abroad 101 and 102 information sessions first.

Tunisia and Italy: Politics and Religious Integration in the Mediterranean

Program Details: In Tunisia and Italy, crossroads of the Mediterranean, study the interplay of regional politics, migration, and religion. Examine the ethics of solidarity, care, and resilience as you learn or advance your Modern Standard Arabic.

Required Courses: Immigration, Politics, and Religion in the Euro-Mediterranean Space; Politics, Civil Society, and Migration in Tunisia; French OR Arabic; Research Methods and Ethics; Independent Study Project OR Internship and Seminar

Credits: 16

Program Dates: TBA

Scholarship: ONE study abroad scholarship valued up to $7,500 for ONE UTC student participating in the Fall 2020 SIT Study Abroad Tunisia program.

Participant is responsible for any additional program fees, airfare, any meals not covered in the program fee, personal expenses, passport, visa (if required), and any other expenses not included in the SIT Study Abroad program.

The Office of Study Abroad will accept waitlist scholarship applications for this program.

Requirements: Students are required to fulfill SIT Study Abroad program requirements as listed on their website. Students must complete all Center for Global Education study abroad requirements to be eligible (Terra Dotta paperwork) and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Incomplete applications will not be considered for the scholarship.

The CGE study abroad scholarship will not be awarded until the student has attended a Study Abroad 103: Pre-Departure Orientation session and completed all International SOS requirements.

Deadline: April 1, 2020

How to Apply: Interested students must schedule a meeting with Laura Livermore in the Office of Study Abroad to discuss their interest in this scholarship (please schedule appointments through Navigate). You must have attended the Study Abroad 101 and 102 information sessions first.

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Additional Information on Funding Your Study Abroad Experience

It is important to know that your UTC financial aid can apply to approved study abroad and exchange programs included in the programs list on our website. This includes your federal aid, state aid, UTC scholarships, and outside scholarships (be sure to verify this with the organization that offered you the scholarship to be certain).

Make sure to review our Outside Scholarships section to see additional study abroad scholarships that may be available to you based on eligibility. The Office of Study Abroad requires any UTC student who is receiving a Federal Pell Grant to apply for the Gilman Scholarship

If you are studying abroad through a provider program, make sure that you are applying for any of their scholarships that you may qualify for!

Keep in mind that every program will have a different program fee, and this depends on a number of factors, including but not limited to:

  • Which organization you choose to study through (UTC faculty-led program, Provider Program, a Bilateral Exchange, etc.)

  • What each program provides for you (for example: tuition, room, and board or perhaps tuition only)

  • Where you choose to go

  • How long you go

  • Whether or not you are required to obtain a visa, and how much it costs for a particular country, duration and visa type

  • What your spending habits are like

  • What financial aid you receive

Another important thing to keep in mind: our Study Abroad Advisors are here to help you navigate these program options and associated fees, and help determine the best fit for you based on your interests and your budget. Don't rush ahead and decide you can't afford it...talk to a Study Abroad Advisor first!

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Compare Program Costs

Use this interactive budgeting tool to help you compare costs for study abroad program(s) with the estimated costs for studying at UTC!
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