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 Scholarships

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

Semester Exchange or Direct Enroll Scholarships

The application opens on March 15th for a Fall 2021 semester exchange scholarship. The deadline to apply is April 15th at 4:30 pm. APPLY online here for the Fall 2021 Semester Exchange Study Abroad Scholarship

Please note: Applicants will be asked to upload answers to short response questions. The questions are shared below so applicants may prepare this document before starting the online application.

Please upload an document with your full name (no more than one page Times New Roman 12 point font, double spaced), addressing the following:

1.) Describe a time when you took initiative to get more out of an experience than people normally might and explain how this experience prepares you to be an active participant in a UCA study abroad program?

2.) Give at least one example of when you put in a lot of effort to accomplish a goal when other people were giving up on trying to achieve these same goals.

3.) Describe any experiences outside your comfort zone that have prepared you for this experience abroad.

4.) Explain why receiving this scholarship will enable you to participate in a study abroad trip and how you could not participate without receiving the scholarship. Also, explain your financial plan to be able to afford to pay for the trip if you receive a scholarship.

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 and clarity of ideas.

Summer 2022 Office of Study Abroad Scholarship

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Office of Study Abroad summer 2022 scholarship deadline will be posted but is typically mid-October. Please email with any questions. Notifications will be emailed by mid-November. The notification email will detail deadlines to pay the deposit and accept the scholarship if a student is awarded. If a student is accepting a scholarship, the deposit deadline is early December.
Students will be asked to upload answers to short response questions. Please preview these prompts before beginning the application.
APPLY online: Check back for an active link when the scholarship opens in August 2021.

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 participants in summer programs and semester exchange students. Please read the application for eligibility requirements and deadlines. Please submit the application online by stated deadlines.

There is an essay requirement with this application so be prepared to upload this document (no more than 1 page). In a separate document, please give a brief explanation of your plans. Include why you think this experience will contribute to your academic and career goals. Essay must be typed and submitted along with this application form. No minimum length requirement, essay should not exceed one page.


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.
The deadline to apply for fall 2021 funding is Friday, April 23rd at 11:59 pm Central Time. No applications submitted after this time will be considered.
Questions? Contact Dr. Katelyn Knox
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.

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.

 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

For more information, contact: Natalie Flemming,

Boren Awards for International Study  

Critical Language Scholarship Program

For more information, contact: Natalie Flemming,


For more information, contact: Dr. Allison Wallace,

Fulbright Study/Research Awards

English Teaching Assistant Awards

Freeman ASIA Scholarship Programs

Japan Bridging Scholarships

Confucius Institute Headquarters Scholarship

See below for more opportunities: