Study Abroad - SAILS & Other Scholarships
Successful SAILS Application Tips
1. For a program to be eligible for
SAILS, the program must meet one of the following criteria: be a credit bearing
activity, be part of a degree requirement, or be credit or course related. All
application materials should include evidence of one of these three elements.
2. The SAILS Scholarship is very
competitive. Remember you are competing with other students and want to have an
application that stands out.
the directions! For example, stick to the 1
page limit for each essay question and use the Times New Roman, 12 point
font. Remember to double space each of the three essays.
time completing your application, take it seriously and don’t rush.
essay #1, explain how you are going to prepare for the course to ensure
academic and personal success. Think of all the steps you’ve been taking to get
ready for your trip.
essay #2, make sure you explain clearly what the international program entails.
You can include a schedule, agenda, or a calendar. Just make sure it’s still meets the 1 page
requirement and is double spaced, 12 point font.
essay #3, make sure you provide a detailed explanation of how the international
program will affect you, your university studies, and your career.
will need a thoughtfully written letter of recommendation from a reference
explaining the potential significance of the international activity of the
applicant. Limit one letter of recommendation per SAILS applicant. Choose a
current professional reference (UNF staff or professor), and explain to them
what is required for this letter. There’s a prompt for the recommender. Remember the letter must be signed and on
a friend read your essays to assist with editing.
must turn in all the application materials (application, essays, and
recommendation) at the same time. Remember: just because you apply does
not mean you will receive SAILS.
must have an active file with the UNF International Center (i.e., have
discussed international plans with an International Center Study Abroad
Advisor). If you are participating in a
Faculty-Led trip then your professor will notify the international center of
your involvement when they submit the roster for the course. This submission will generate a file for
you. If you are going on a third party
or exchange, then you will need to meet with a study aboard advisor, as
*Note the following if you will be
participating in a TLO-funded course: Faculty-Leaders of TLO courses are
required to provide the International Center with a list of (A) those students
who will be receiving TLO funds and (B) those students who will not be
receiving TLO funds. The names of applicants for SAILS scholarships that are in
TLO courses are checked against these lists. Any SAILS application from someone
who is on the list of students receiving TLO funds will be removed from the
SAILS applications process. A SAILS applicant in a TLO course must be on the
list of students not receiving TLO funds. So, if you are in a TLO-funded
course, and you wish to apply for SAILS, check with your professor where you
are on that list. If the professor does not turn in such a list, that then
signifies that all students in that course will be receiving TLO funds and thus
none will be eligible for SAILS.
IMPORTANT: SAILS is a competitive scholarship program; not all students who apply for the SAILS will receive an award.