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IEFS

The IEFS Spring Application will open December 1, 2017, and applications will be due February 16, 2018. The Spring application is for programs in Spring 2018 with a start date after the application deadline, Summer 2018, and Fall 2018. 

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

General 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 for programs in category 2 travel warning locations as outlined by the U.S. Department of State. For further information, please review the Learning Abroad Travel Warning Destination Policy 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, updated November 2017.

How to Apply

  1. Select a specific program to which you have applied or will apply
  2. Complete and save the International Education Fee Scholarship Application.
  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. 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.
  5. Ask ONE faculty or staff member to submit a letter of reference on behalf of you to IEFS@uh.edu. 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 IEFS@uh.edu. 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 to all applicants by late November 2017.

Note

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