Study Abroad Funding
One of the most common questions students ask about studying abroad is "How can I afford this?" UNF and the Coggin College of Business believe in study abroad as a powerful transformational academic experience and want the opportunity to be available to all students. To this end, Coggin faculty and staff keep study abroad program costs as low as possible, and neither application nor processing fees are charged.
Financial aid packages students already receive through UNF also apply to Coggin study abroad programs as long as the courses taken will fulfill degree requirements. This means that Florida Bright Futures, Florida Prepaid, Jacksonville Commitment, Pell Grants, and more, can help pay for a semester in Argentina, a summer in China, or two years in France! Students should contact UNF's Financial Aid Office as early as possible to determine how their financial aid can be used toward study abroad.
Beyond existing aid packages, the financial tips below have been helpful for students preparing go travel overseas. Be sure to begin preparing early; the more effort students put into finding funding, the more funding they find!
The Coggin College of Business offers several scholarships for study abroad experiences. The deadline to apply for these scholarships is typically one to two semesters prior to when the study abroad begins. Most of these scholarships are earmarked for students spending a full semester or more abroad, but a couple of them are open to students participating in "Coggin In" summer programs. Coggin scholarships are open to business majors only. Non-business students should inquire at their college to find out about scholarships specific to their majors.
All UNF students participating in a UNF-approved academic activity abroad may apply for the Student Affairs International Learning Scholarship (SAILS). Applicants must be active students at the time of application. The award is for $2,500 for 10 weeks or more, or $1,500 for less than 10 weeks. The application is typically due the semester prior to the study abroad experience. For more information on SAILS, including requirements and deadlines, visit the UNF International Center.
UNF Honors students may be eligible to apply for travel grants
provided by the Hicks Honors College. For more information, students should consult their Hicks advisor.
UNF’s Board of Trustees has allocated several hundred thousand dollars to support student engagement in transformational learning opportunities (TLOs), focusing on global awareness and community engagement. Faculty members may apply for a TLO for their study abroad program. Typically, one or two Coggin faculty-led study abroad programs are awarded TLOs each year so that all students in the program may receive a discount on the program fee. The discount can be anywhere from $300 to $1,000 per student. Faculty-led programs that have been awarded these scholarships will have "TLO" listed next to their titles. View the TLO website
for more information.
opportunities may be found by researching departments of special interest
within UNF, including but not limited to the following:
Additional Funding Resources
Some organizations in the Jacksonville area offer scholarships for study abroad, such as the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville's Ambassador Marilyn McAfee Scholarship. The UNF International Center's website also provides a list of national scholarships for study abroad. These scholarships typically require an application several months to a year prior to the semester of the study abroad. Students should do their research to find other such opportunities.
Resourceful students have found funding via other avenues, such as these:
- Creating a study abroad savings account with automatic weekly or monthly deposits (Community First Credit Union has a convenient branch on UNF's campus);
- Reaching out to clubs and/or religious or community organizations that students or their family members are involved in;
- Creating a crowdfunding site, such as GoFundMe, with a compelling story as to how this study abroad experience will impact the student and their community;
- Asking a current employer whether support for transformational opportunities like study abroad exist withing the company.