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The International Education Fee Scholarship is used as financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate UH students to participate in an approved learning abroad program. Learning abroad programs may include, but are not limited to, faculty-led programs, reciprocal exchange programs, third-party affiliated provider programs, internship opportunities, research collaboratives, academic conferences, and volunteer activities abroad. 

The Spring 2019 application cycle for programs in Spring 2019 (beginning February 25th), Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Academic Year 2019-2020 is now open.

Applications are due Sunday, February 24th, 2019 at 11:59pm.

Students participating in programs outside of this window will not be eligible to apply.

IEFS Eligibility

  • Undergraduates
    • Must have completed 12 UH credit hours*, have a minimum 2.5 GPA*, and be in good academic standing.
    • Must NOT have received the IEFS before.
    • *Credit hours and GPA at time of application. First-semester and new transfer students are not eligible to apply during their first semester at UH.
  • Graduates
    • Must have completed 9 UH credit hours*, have a minimum 3.0 GPA*, and be in good academic standing.
    • Must NOT have received the IEFS before.
    • *Credit hours and GPA at time of application. First-semester and new transfer students are not eligible to apply during their first semester at UH, unless the student completed an undergraduate program at UH. 

Students may not receive IEFS funding for programs in Travel Advisory Level 4 locations as outlined by the U.S. Department of State, and they have to have authorization for programs in Travel Advisory Level 3 locations. For further information, please review the UH Learning Abroad Policy for Student Travel and the U.S. Department of State travel website.

International Education Fee Scholarship Policies and Procedures

Prior to beginning the application, please thoroughly review the IEFS Policies and Procedures.

How to Apply

  1. Select a specific program to which you have applied or will apply. Complete and save the International Education Fee Scholarship ApplicationThis form is not compatible with Apple software. 
  2. Submit a description of your selected learning abroad program with cost information.
    • This may be a screen shot of a program provider's website or a PDF or a program flyer.
  3. Complete the IEFS application essay.
    • The essay should not exceed two pages. It must be typed (12pt., Times New Roman font) and double-spaced. 
    • It should describe how the learning abroad program you have selected will enhance your academic program at the University of Houston. Also, please state:
      • Personal, professional, and academic goals
      • How the selected program will help you reach your goals
      • What you hope to gain from the selected learning abroad program
  4. Ask ONE University of Houston faculty or staff member to submit a letter of reference on behalf of you to Only digital copies will be accepted. This letter of reference should be no longer than one page and should include the following information: the applicant's name, the applicant's level of academic achievement in general, why the referee believes the applicant will be a successful participant in the selected learning abroad program, and an evaluation of the applicant in two or more of the following categories:
    • Communication Skills
    • Common Sense & Judgment
    • Ability to Work Independently & In Groups
    • Adaptability & Flexibility
    • Cultural Awareness

Students participating in a faculty-led program cannot receive a letter of recommendation from the faculty or staff member leading their program abroad. If multiple letters of reference are received, the IEFS Committee will review only the first letter that is received.

Submit the above documents from lines 2-4 in a single email to Paper copies of application materials will not be accepted.

Review of applications will begin after application deadline and will take several weeks.

Award Notifications

Depending on the volume of applications, we hope to have award notifications for the Spring 2019 cycle to all applicants by Late March 2019. 

Funding Note:

Fund dispersal typically takes place 8-10 weeks after the application deadline, but may take longer.