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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 students 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 applicants who have transferred in credit from other institutions, putting them above 24 credit hours, may be considered on a case by case basis
  • 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 receive appropriate level credit for their study abroad classes (ex. graduate students must receive graduate level credit) – exceptions may be made for graduate students who wish to study abroad in an intensive language program;
6) Applicants must be accepted into a study abroad or intern abroad program offered and approved by UTC Office of Study Abroad;
7) Travel to a third country, if an international student;
8) Must be willing to share their experiences abroad with the UTC academic community by completing the post-study abroad essay assignment;
9) Must fill out the study abroad evaluation with their study abroad testimonial at the end of their time abroad; 
10) Graduating seniors must set their graduation date for the term in which your study abroad program ends (i.e. studying abroad summer 2021, graduate summer 2021). 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;
11) 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 scholarship deadlines (listed below). Applicants who have incomplete Terra Dotta applications after the deadline will NOT be eligible to receive a CGE study abroad scholarship; 
12) To be eligible for a study abroad scholarship through the Center for Global Education, all applicants are required to attend a Study Abroad 103: Pre-Departure Information Session and must complete all International SOS requirements. If you have previously studied abroad through a UTC program, please notify the Office of Study Abroad. Failure to attend Study Abroad 103 and complete all International SOS requirements will make applicants ineligible for the study abroad scholarship. It is your responsibility to notify the Office of Study Abroad if you cannot make one of the posted Study Abroad 103 sessions (you must notify the Office of Study Abroad prior to the posted sessions);
13) To be eligible for the study abroad scholarship through the Office of Study Abroad, students must have filed a FAFSA application.
14) Students who have previously received a study abroad scholarship through the Office of Study Abroad will be considered as waitlist candidates for the scholarship (should they meet the minimum qualifications for scholarship consideration). Priority consideration for scholarships will be given to applicants who have not previously studied abroad while at UTC, who have not previously received a UTC study abroad scholarship, and who meet the minimum scholarship application requirements;
15) Students participating in study abroad programs run by/through other US universities are ineligible for the Center for Global Education scholarship. 
16) Students understand that CGE study abroad scholarship funding may not be available for virtual study abroad programs. The Office of Study Abroad will notify students should scholarship funding become available. Students should complete the scholarship application through their UTC study abroad portal if they are interested in being considered for a potential scholarship (IF scholarship funding becomes available).

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.

All Fall 2020 UTC study abroad programs have been cancelled. We hope to be able to start awarding study abroad scholarships with our Spring 2021 study abroad student departures. 

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 2021 - Spring 2022.

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)

Summer 2021 Globally Engaged Mocs Abroad Contest

We know it has been a rough few months for everyone; here in the Center for Global Education we are hoping to make summer 2021 a bit brighter for some lucky individuals.  

Since we were unable to host a face-to-face study abroad fair this semester, we decided to move the fair to a virtual platform. We are going one step further though and allowing qualified students to enter our Summer 2021 Globally Engaged Mocs Abroad Contest.  

Students can enter the contest by completing certain requirements for one of the programs detailed below. If selected, you could find yourself abroad this summer in one of these amazing locations (or completing a virtual internship without having to leave the US!).  

While it can feel as if a lot of things have changed in the past few months, we want everyone to know that the world is out there, waiting! Our purpose is to continue working to make UTC a more globalized campus – you are part of that purpose! Help us in our mission of continuing to make UTC a globally engaged campus – through a global abroad experience or a global virtual experience.  

We have 13 programs in two different categories. Students can apply for ONE program, but you will have the opportunity to list a second-choice option when you apply (in case your first-choice program is cancelled or travel to the specific country is prohibited due to UT system or UTC policies). 

Internship Category 

CIS Abroad Intern in Ecuador 

In-Country Program 

Scholarship award up to, but no more than: $3,690  

CIS Abroad Intern in Thailand 

In-Country Program 

Scholarship award up to, but no more than: $3,690  

ISA Individual Placement Internship – 8 weeks 

Virtual Internship Program 

Scholarship award up to, but no more than: $2,450 

SIT Study Abroad Malaysia Internship in Finance and Social Entrepreneurship

Virtual Internship Program 

Scholarship award up to, but no more than: $1,950 

SIT Study Abroad Vietnam Internship in Development and Gender

Virtual Internship Program 

Scholarship award up to, but no more than: $1,950 

Academic Category 

USAC in Havana, Cuba 

In-Country Program 

Scholarship award up to, but no more than: $4,530 for 1 session (awardee will select from session I or II) 

USAC in Bangalore, India 

In-Country Program 

Scholarship award up to, but no more than: $3,980 

USAC in Montevideo, Uruguay 

In-Country Program 

Scholarship award up to, but no more than: $3,980 

CIEE Summer in Dominican Republic 

In-Country Program 

Scholarship award up to, but no more than: $4,150 for 1 session (awardee will select from session I or II) 

CIEE Summer Ghanaian Studies

In-Country Program 

Scholarship award up to, but no more than: $4,150 for 1 session  

CIEE Summer Moroccan Studies

In-Country Program 

Scholarship award up to, but no more than: $4,150 for 1 session

SIT Study Abroad Hindi Language 

Virtual Language Program 

Scholarship award up to, but no more than: $960 

SIT Study Abroad Arabic Language

Virtual Language Program

Scholarship award up to, but no more than: $960 

To be eligible for entry, students must: 

  • Register for and attend the UTC virtual study abroad fair. 
  • Attend both Study Abroad 101 and 102 information sessions. 
  • Attend an advising appointment with a study abroad advisor (Jamie Booth or Laura Livermore). Students can attend the advising either F2F or virtually. Appointments can be made through Navigate (instructions on how to schedule an appointment can be found on the Office of Study Abroad website under the “Announcements” section). 
  • Complete an entry survey for the program they wish to apply for. As part of the survey, applicants will be asked to answer the following essay prompt: “In what ways do you believe UTC can become a more globally engaged campus? Why is global engagement important?” Essays must be a minimum of 350 words.
  • Students who have previously received a UTC study abroad scholarship are not eligible to enter this contest. 
  • Must be a current UTC degree-seeking student.  
  • Must be a current UTC student in Summer 2021. (note: you do NOT need to be taking a UTC course in Summer 2021 - you just must be a UTC student as of Summer 2021)
  • Must not be graduating before Summer 2021 (i.e. Spring 2021 graduates are not eligible). 
  • Students who are completing a fully online degree program are not eligible to enter this contest. 
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. 

Only current UTC degree-seeking students are eligible to enter or students who will be UTC enrolled (degree-seeking) with a Spring 2021 intake (transfer applicants). 

Students are only eligible to enter ONE category and one program within that category. Applicants who apply for multiple categories/programs will be disqualified. So, select the category and program within that category that you feel the strongest pull towards! 😊  

We certainly cannot anticipate how Summer 2021 programs may go in this current era of COVID. Given that, we are allowing each person to select a second-choice program option when they complete their entry.  

The contest opens Monday, September 21, 2020. 

Attend a study abroad advising appointment by Friday, November 20, 2020. 

The contest closes end of day, Monday, December 7, 2020. 

Winners will be notified in January 2021. 

To maintain eligibility, selected winners must complete the program provider application by the providers posted deadlines and must complete ALL UTC study abroad requirements by April 1, 2021. 

Students who receive a scholarship award for this contest understand that they are required to complete several different pre- and post-study abroad requirements.  

UTC study abroad requirements include, but are not limited to: 

  • UTC study abroad portal application (Terra Dotta) - all portal requirements. 
  • ALL International SOS pre-departure requirements (by Office of Study Abroad posted deadlines). 
  • Registration in TWO EXCH placeholder courses (non-credit bearing, no tuition due to UTC). 
  • Register with STEP through the Department of State. 
  • Willingness to adhere to all established program rules and requirements (including all COVID-19 related policies) .
  • Post-study abroad scholarship requirements: essay, photos, and quote to be used on the Office of Study Abroad 'Student Experiences' blog page.
  • Willingness to assist in CGE events (ex. future study abroad fairs, International Education Week).

Selected participants are responsible for any additional costs not covered by the scholarship. This includes, but is not limited to: airfare, passport/visa fees, meals, any immunizations/vaccinations that may be necessary, additional travel related expenses, additional insurance coverage above and beyond what is included in the program fee, voluntary participation in additional/optional program excursions, fees associated with specific course enrollment (additional course related fees), etc. 

Disclaimer: In the event that summer 2021 study abroad programs are cancelled by the UT system, UTC, or by the selected program provider (for whatever reason), the scholarship award is non-transferable and may not be deferred to another term or program (other than a second choice option, if one was selected). 

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Featured Program Scholarships: Summer 2021 - Spring 2022

African Studies & International Development Studies

Program Details: scholarship recipient will select from Session I or Session II.

Required Courses: Varies by session

Credits: 3-6, Varies by session 

Program Dates: Varies by session

Scholarship: ONE study abroad scholarship valued up to $3,500 for ONE UTC student participating in a Summer 2021 USAC Ghana 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 USAC program fee.

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, 2021

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.

Program Details: Indiviaul may select from any of the School for Field Studies Summer 2021 programs. 

Required Courses: Varies by program

Credits: Varies by program

Program Dates: Varies by program

Scholarship: ONE study abroad scholarship valued up to $4,575 for ONE UTC student participating in a Summer 2021 SFS 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 SFS program fee.

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

Requirements: Students are required to fulfill SFS 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, 2021

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.

More details coming soon!

For students participating in a semester study abroad program with a a clear focus on one of the following critical global issues: 

  • Social Justice
  • Environment/Climate Change/Wildlife Conservation
  • Advocacy
  • Global Health
  • Engineering/Innovation/Technology

Note: There will be ONE scholarship award of $3,000 available per category/critical global issue listed above.

You MUST speak with a study abroad advisor before applying for this scholarship.

Apply here (beginning January 19, 2021). Don't forget you also have to complete the study abroad requirements through your UTC study abroad portal!

Applications for this scholarship will be open from January 19 - May 1, 2021 (for both Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 program applicants). 

More details coming soon!

For students participating in a semester study abroad program in one of the following regions:

  • Middle East – North Africa (MENA)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

Note: There will be ONE scholarship award of $2,500 available per category/region listed above.

You MUST speak with a study abroad advisor before applying for this scholarship.

Apply here (beginning January 19, 2021). Don't forget you also have to complete the study abroad requirements through your UTC study abroad portal!

Applications for this scholarship will be open from January 19 - May 1, 2021 (for both Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 program applicants). 

Semester in Haifa, Israel

Program Details: This program is ideal for students interested in living and studying in a country at the nexus of world history and current events. The University of Haifa is the most pluralistic institution of higher education in Israel and offers both Hebrew and Arabic language study as well as coursework in English in a variety of disciplines.

Course Options In: Communications, Israel and Middle East Studies, Economics and Management, History, Languages (Hebrew and Arabic), Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology

Credits: 15-16

Program Dates: 10/2/2021 – 1/6/2022

Scholarship: One study abroad scholarship valued up to $4,000 for ONE UTC student participating in the Fall 2021 USAC Israel 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 USAC program fee.

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 Workshop, completed all International SOS requirements, and registered in EXCH placeholder courses.

Deadline: May 1, 2021

How to Apply: Interested students must schedule a study abroad advising appointment with the Office of Study Abroad. Appointments can be scheduled with Jamie Booth or Laura Livermore via Navigate. You must have attended the Study Abroad 101 and 102 information sessions first.

Semester in Malaysia

Program Details: Study in Malaysia at a top Malaysian university, challenge yourself academically and enjoy life in a melting pot of cultures Live and study in Kuala Lumpur, one of Asia’s most important business hubs, and explore Southeast Asia.

Course Options In: Architecture, Biology, Business, Computer and Information Sciences, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Environmental Science and Conservation, Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry)

Credits: Varies

Program Dates: TBA

Scholarship: One study abroad scholarship valued up to $4,000 for ONE UTC student participating in the Spring 2022 ISEP Malaysia 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 ISEP program fee.

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

Requirements: Students are required to fulfill ISEP 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 Workshop, completed all International SOS requirements, and registered in EXCH placeholder courses.

Deadline: November 1, 2021

How to Apply: Interested students must schedule a study abroad advising appointment with the Office of Study Abroad. Appointments can be scheduled with Jamie Booth or Laura Livermore via 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!

Remember that the currency where you intend to study will be different than the U.S. dollar! Calculate exchange rates → 

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