Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Scholarship

I4I Scholarships are available to all Illinois undergraduate students studying abroad on pre-approved programs. The funding for this scholarship is provided by a student-initiated fee.

How to Apply

The Fall Cycle application opens in early July and is due September 15. The Spring Cycle application opens in early December and is due February 15.

Application Cycles

The Fall Cycle provides scholarships for Winter Break and Spring Semester, as well as early apply options for Spring Break and Summer programs. The application opens in early July and is due on September 15.

The Spring Cycle provides scholarships for Spring Break, Summer, Fall Semester, and Academic Year Study Abroad Programs, as well as an early apply option for Winter Break programs. The application opens in early December and is due on February 15.

Scholarship Categories

The I4I is awarded in three different categories: General Merit, Financial Need, and Underrepresented. Students traveling to non-traditional locations receive some special consideration. Students can be considered in all of the categories for which they are eligible, but may only receive an award in one category.

  • Half of the available funding is awarded in the financial need category. The scholarship committee uses FAFSA information and a budget statement on the application to determine financial need.
  • A third of the available funding is awarded in the underrepresented category. The underrepresented categories include: 1) First Generation Student (neither parent graduated from a four-year institution with a degree); 2) Traditionally underrepresented minority (Latinx, Black, Native American, or Pacific Islander); 3) Students with a physical or sensory disability registered with DRES on campus.
  • The remaining funding is awarded in the general merit category. All applications are automatically considered for an award in this category.

Scholarship Amounts

  • Short-Term (Winter Break, Spring Break, or Summer): $1,000-$1,500
  • Semester (Fall or Spring): $2,000-$3,000
  • Academic Year: $4,000-$6,000


To be eligible for an I4I Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign student (international degree-seeking students ARE eligible);
  • Meet the academic requirements of your Illinois College to be eligible to study abroad;
  • Identify a study abroad program that is approved by Illinois, to which you intend to apply or have already applied

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the scholarship committee determine who receives an award?

Rating is based primarily on two short scholarship essays. The committee wants to see that: 1) you have researched your program; 2) you have done academic and cultural preparation for your program; 3) the program aligns with your goals and interests. Each application is reviewed and scored by two separate committee members.

May I apply to the I4I Scholarship multiple times?

You may apply for the I4I Scholarship as many times as you wish. You can also apply for multiple programs each cycle by filling out separate applications (for example, if you are applying in the Fall Cycle, you can submit applications for both a Winter Break Program and a Spring Semester Program). However, you can only be awarded one I4I scholarship per application cycle.

When will notifications be sent for the I4I scholarships?

Notifications will be sent out approximately three to four weeks after the application closes.

Update on March 3: Due to the ongoing coronavirus emergency response, decisions related to the award of I4I and IIP scholarships will be temporarily delayed. Applicants may expect I4I notifications the week of March 22, with IIP scholarship notifications to follow the week of March 29.

I applied for an I4I Scholarship but did not receive one. Why?

Many qualified students apply for I4I Scholarships each cycle and funding is limited. Due to the quantities of applications we receive, we cannot give a specific answer to this question for each applicant. We can say that scholarship winners are determined based on the quality of the essay responses and the ability of the student to articulate how the program complements their goals.

I was notified that I received an I4I Scholarship. How & when will I receive the scholarship payment?

Awards are disbursed through the Office of Student Financial Aid. Your award will be applied to your student account no sooner than ten days prior to the start of your study abroad term.

Payments to Foreign Nationals take longer to process, so they may be payed a bit later.

I was awarded an I4I Scholarship, but I withdrew from or changed my program. What should I do?

If you are selected to receive a study abroad scholarship and you withdraw from your study abroad program before the start of the program, you will be required to return the full amount of the scholarship. If you withdraw after beginning the program, you may petition to keep a portion of the scholarship to help defray costs incurred on the program. If for any reason, you change to a program that was not the one for which the scholarship was awarded, the scholarship coordinator will consider the following factors to determine if the scholarship may still be awarded: 1) the reason for changing programs and 2) the intent of the scholarship application essay. It is your responsibility to notify the International Business Operations if your study plans change, and to provide a rationale describing how the new study abroad program aligns with the statement of goals expressed in your scholarship application essay.


International Business Operations