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

Scholarship deadlines for fall 2019 semester exchange or direct enroll is March 25 at 4:30 p.m.

All applicants will be notified of their award status via email by April 10.

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.

The Nicole Wable Hatfield Scholarship

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

For questions related to this application, please contact the Department of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, and Cultures.

To be eligible, students must be taking classes for UCA credit and not be a teacher candidate.
Studying abroad in spring 2019?
Deadline: October 5, 2018

Studying abroad in summer 2019?
Deadline: December 1, 2018

Studying abroad in fall 2019 or the 2019-2020 academic year?
Deadline: March 29, 2019
Questions? Contact Dr. Katelyn Knox (

The Robert & Carol Adcock Teacher Candidate Study Abroad Scholarship

Robert and Carol Adcock Teaching Candidate Scholarship

First Friday of October for spring
First Friday of November for summer
Last Friday of March for fall

Apply online at

EDGE Funding

EDGE Funding Information

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

Norris Taylor Scholarship

Norris Taylor Scholarship for Rwanda or Great Britain

Residential College students can study abroad in Rwanda or Great Britain in summer 2019 and receive up to $1000 in funding.

 Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship

SURF-Undergraduate Research Grant

SURF Grant Information

Surf Handouts

Deadline is in 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:

  • 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 by clicking the link below.

UCA Foundation Scholarships

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.

See below for more opportunities: