The UCA Office of Study Abroad does not determine student federal aid or scholarship disbursements.

All students anticipating scholarships or federal student aid should meet with a Financial Aid counselor to discuss eligibility financial aid guidelines.

Payment deadlines for UCA programs are independent of any funding release dates. Participants are responsible for making payments by the publicized deadlines regardless of anticipated funding.

Students must adhere to the UCA Travel Policy:

UCA students may not use UCA Study Abroad scholarships or other university financial aid to travel or study in locations rated at “LEVEL 4 DO NOT TRAVEL” on the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory website.  Students traveling in areas or countries with Level 1 and Level 2 ratings should consult the Travel Advisory website and heed all warnings while avoiding all Level 4 areas or locations that may exist in some countries.  All travel to locations or countries with a “LEVEL 3 RECONSIDER TRAVEL” advisory must be pre-approved by the Office of International Engagement Associate Vice-President, Legal Counsel, the Provost and Executive Vice President and the President of the University of Central Arkansas.

The Office of Study Abroad Scholarship

Participants of UCA sponsored study abroad programs may apply for an Office of Study Abroad Scholarship. Pending full enrollment of a UCA sponsored study abroad program, funding will be released to approved applicants in fall, spring or summer academic terms.

  • Participants of Faculty-Led Programs are eligible for $750 to $2,000
  • Participants of Language Immersion Programs are eligible for $500 to $1,000
  • Participants of Semester Exchange programs are eligible for up for $750 to $2,000
  • Participants of Direct Enroll programs are eligible for $750 to $2,000

Scholarship deadlines for spring 2020 semester exchange or direct enroll: October 11th at 4:30 p.m.

Scholarship deadlines for summer 2020 study abroad programs: October 11th at 4:30 p.m.

All applicants will be notified of their award status via email in early November. To accept the Study Abroad Scholarship, students will pay the $500 deposit by December 13th. Any students notified as an alternate will be notified in mid-December if awarded a scholarship. Alternates will be required to pay by posted January deadlines.

Students who are approved for a scholarship must apply for the study abroad program and submit all payments by the publicized deadlines. Scholarships will not be released prior to payment due dates. Independent programs arranged by a third party provider or a student who designs his or her own program are not eligible for this scholarship.

The application must be completed in one sitting so before applying, review the essay prompt. Please upload an essay with your full name (no more than one page, Times New Roman 12 point font, double-spaced), addressing the following: In what way do you anticipate your study abroad experience will impact: a) your personal goals; b) your academic goals; c) your long-term or career goals? To conclude, upon returning from your program, identify ways you could share your experience with other students.

Please note: Your essay will be reviewed by a committee of faculty and staff. You will be evaluated on your coverage of the topic questions, clarity of ideas, spelling and grammar.

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The Nicole Wable Hatfield Scholarship

 The Nicole Wable Hatfield International Study Scholarship was established in 2004 by her husband, Gene Hatfield, and their children, to honor Nicole’s legacy of teaching, and inspiring UCA students to travel and study abroad.

A native of Montreuil-sur-mer, France, Mrs. Hatfield traveled extensively as a tutor, language instructor, and teacher. She was selected as a 1953 Fulbright Scholar, spending her year studying English Literature at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She married Gene Hatfield, an artist, and UCA art teacher in 1957, in her hometown. They made their home in Conway, where Mrs. Hatfield taught French in the UCA Foreign Languages department for 38 years. From her vast and varied experiences, Nicole understood the transformative value of living and studying in a country different from one’s native culture.

Her family and numerous friends endowed the scholarship, enabling UCA students to benefit from their own experiences, and developing their global perspective.

The Nicole Wable Hatfield Scholarship is open to summer and semester exchange students. Please read the application for eligibility requirements and deadlines. Please submit applications to The Office of Study Abroad in Torreyson Library 109.


The Robert & Carol Adcock Study Abroad Scholarship

Who is eligible?
Any UCA student with a valid US Social Security number who will be participating in a study abroad
program. Students who have declared a teacher candidate track in foreign languages (French,
Spanish, or Chinese) are NOT eligible; instead, they should apply for the Robert & Adcock Teacher
Candidate Scholarship.
Questions? Contact Prof. Jia Zhu Email:
Contact the Department of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, and Cultures in Irby Hall for questions and application information.

The Robert & Carol Adcock Teacher Candidate Study Abroad Scholarship

In 1998 Carol and Robert Adcock of Conway began contributing to an endowed study aboard scholarship fund for the University of Central Arkansas students pursuing study in a foreign language and teacher licensure. The Adcocks have lived in Belgium and Mrs. Adcock has studied in Paris and Mexico. Having taught foreign languages at both UCA and Conway High School, Mrs. Adock believes that it is important for teachers of foreign languages to have studied and lived in a foreign country so they can share those experiences with their students.


First Friday of October for spring semesters

First Friday of November for summer

Last Friday of March for fall semesters

Robert and Carol Adcock Teaching Candidate Scholarship Application

Dr. Suzanne Johnston will assist ( with any questions regarding the form in the Department of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, and Cultures.

Confucius Institute Scholarship

To support UCA students in Study Abroad programs in China, the Confucius Institute provides scholarship for the participants of the programs at UCA.


EDGE Funding

Students majoring in the College of Liberal Arts can apply for funding to support an EDGE activity including study abroad opportunities.  The EDGE committee meets monthly during the school year to consider applications for funding.

  • The maximum allowed for any individual application is $500
  • The maximum allowed for a group application from a faculty member is $1000

EDGE Funding Information

Norris Taylor Scholarship

Please contact Dr. Jayme Stone for more information. Updates this fall will be posted.

 Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship

SURF-Undergraduate Research Grant

SURF Grant Information

Deadline: Late October

SURF provides undergraduates an opportunity to develop a sustained relationship with a faculty member (over the course of one, two, or three semesters) to carry out in-depth research, scholarship or creative projects. The amount of money available for travel and supplies for students is based on the number of semesters the project will require as follows:

2019 Grant Amounts

  • Summer = $1250 plus $750 for travel to present outcomes at a conference
  • Spring & Summer = $2,500 plus $750 for travel to present outcomes at a conference
  • Spring & Fall = $2,500 plus $750 for travel to present outcomes at a conference
  • Spring, Summer, and Fall = $2,500 plus $750 for travel to present outcomes at a conference

UCA Foundation Scholarships

The UCA Foundation provides a privately funded scholarship program that offers additional educational opportunities to UCA students. Scholarships and awards made possible by private gifts for students attending the University of Central Arkansas vary considerably in dollar value and criteria, reflecting the donor’s gift and interests. A full list of scholarships available through the UCA Foundation can be found at

Public Scholarships, Fellowships and other Opportunities

For information on public scholarships you may be eligible for such as Fulbright, Gilman, Boren and many more, click below. These funding options are not sponsored by UCA.

Please contact the appropriate faculty or staff member below for specific information on applying.

Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarships

Natalie Flemming   Email:

Boren Awards for International Study  

Emily Polk Email:

Critical Language Scholarship Program

Natalie Flemming   Email:


Dr. Allison Wallace Email:

Fulbright Study/Research Awards

English Teaching Assistant Awards

Freeman ASIA Scholarship Programs

Japan Bridging Scholarships

Confucius Institute Headquarters Scholarship

See below for more opportunities: