Scholarship Requirements

In return for receiving the ACES Study Abroad Scholarship, recipients must complete the following:

  1. Write a one-and-a-half- to two-page, single-spaced reflection and evaluation of your study abroad experience, which will be posted on the ACES Study Abroad blog. In the reflection, you can answer questions including (but not limited to):
    • What did you learn through this program?
    • Which events were most meaningful to you and why?
    • What does the experience mean to your academic/career plans?
    • How did the experience affect you as a person?
    • Which individuals you encountered or which events contributed to those feelings, thoughts, and plans?
    • Make sure to include your name, and the session (ie.SummerStudyTour2020) in which you went on the trip.
    • Save as LastName_Country (eg. Johnson_France)
    • Email your reflection paper as an attachment. 
  2. Follow us on Instagram and like our Facebook page.
    • Help us improve our social media campaign by posting photos using our hashtags, #ACESabroad  #ILLINOISabroad  
  3. Attend the fall semester returnee workshop hosted by ACES Study Abroad & ACES Career Services, "Leveraging your Study Abroad Experience."
    • This workshop will help you to better articulate your study abroad experience on your resume and in an interview setting.
    • Graduating seniors participating in a program during their graduating term are exempt from this fall semester workshop.
  4. Submit a photo gallery by using the following link. Email 10-15 of the top appropriate* photos you took while abroad. Email your photos as an attachment.
    • Please save your photos in JPEG format as: LastName_Country_Year (eg. Johnson_France_2021)
    • Program-related pictures that feature the host university, classrooms/labs, living quarters, host family (if applicable), field experience, etc.
    • No more than five photos from extended travel

*Appropriate photos mean no alcohol, illegal substances or weapons, photos of others who have not agreed to have their picture taken (especially children), and no photos that represent your trip in a negative light. Be selective about the content you share. Ask yourself: Would this be something I would want my family to see? Would I want it on the front page of the newspaper? How I am representing the University of Illinois?


  • Spring/Academic Year/Summer - September 15 
  • Fall/Winter Break - February 15
  • Spring Break - April 1
  • Dates falling on Saturday or Sunday are due in the College of ACES Study Abroad office the following Monday.
  • Project must be turned in before the credit from your study abroad program can be evaluated.

Scholarship requirements not fulfilled

Students who do not complete scholarship reporting requirements by the deadline will be required to pay the scholarship back and will not be eligible for future study abroad scholarships.

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