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SAO Scholarship: IEFS (International Education Fee Scholarship)
Program Terms: Fall,
Restrictions: UNT applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 09/15/2017 03/15/2018
Fall 2018 04/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 09/15/2017 04/15/2018
Wintermester 2018-2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete Pre-Departure / Post-Decision Phase materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fields of Study:
Any major
Minimum GPA Requirement:
Program Type:
Academic Level:
Graduate Student, Undergraduate Students
Program Description:

Award Amount

Students are only able to receive the International Education Fee Scholarship (IEFS) once as an undergraduate level student and once as a graduate level student.

2016-17 Academic Year
Amount Duration of Program
$1,500 SAO programs between 10 weeks and one full semester
(Programs 70 days or longer; includes most Fall and Spring Programs)
$750 SAO programs between 14 days and 10 weeks
(Programs up to 69 days; includes most Summer and Wintermester Programs)
$450 SAO programs 13 days or less
$250 Credit/non-credit bearing programs with SAO and College approval
(academic research, field trips, internships, MIST, UNT volunteer programs)

Number of Awards

A limited number of IEF Scholarships are available and are awarded based on a combination of financial need and academic merit.

Funding Source

The UNT Study Abroad Office (SAO) is responsible for disbursing scholarships generated by funds collected through the International Education Fee (IEF) assessed each academic term to all UNT students.  The purpose of this fund is to support the development of UNT students into global citizens.  The IEF Scholarship is available to UNT students participating in programs abroad approved by the Study Abroad Office.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, you:
  • Must be a degree-seeking student (undergraduate or graduate) at time of application at UNT enrolled in at least one UNT class in the 12 months preceding the term abroad and will not graduate prior to program completion.
  • Must participate in a SAO-approved credit-bearing international program OR be registered with SAO for international academic research OR an SAO-approved non-credit international program.
  • Be in good standing academically and with the Dean of Students Office.
  • Have a current FAFSA on file at the time of application and be eligible to receive UNT financial aid; International students must demonstrate financial need by providing additional supporting documents on request.
  • Must not have previously received an IEF Scholarship in their current academic career, i.e. undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Must have a 2.0 or higher cumulative UNT GPA at time of application; SAO reserves the right to revoke an award from students who fail to maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA until the program start date.
All scholarships awarded are conditional upon your full participation in your study abroad program.  If you withdraw from your program, for any reason (voluntary or involuntary), all awards will be revoked. If your award is revoked after funds have been disbursed to you, SAO will put a hold on your UNT student account for the amount of the scholarship.

Application Opening/Closing Deadlines

Term Open Close
Fall, including Academic Year Students September 15, 5:00pm CST (U.S.) April 15, 11:59pm CST (U.S.)
Spring, including Wintermester Students March 15, 5:00pm CST (U.S.) October 15, 11:59pm CST (U.S.)
Summer September 15, 5:00pm CST (U.S.) March 15, 11:59pm CST (U.S.)

Award Notifications

Term Notification Timeframe
Fall, including Academic Year Students May
including Wintermester Students
Round 1:
Second Week in August

Round 2:
Second Week in September

Round 3:
Second Week in November
Summer Round 1:
Second Week in January

Round 2:
Second Week in Feburary

Round 3:
Second Week in April

Students will receive notification of their scholarship status (awarded or not awarded) via the UNT email address that is listed in their profile within the UNT Study Abroad portal.