Summer International Travel Grants (SITG)

 Atop Cerro Santa Lucía (Santiago, Chile) by Bryan Popoola, ’17

Each year the College awards approximately 100 Summer International Travel Grants to support outstanding undergraduates for intensive language study or research abroad. Funding begins at $4,000.

Prospective Applicants

Be sure to read the details of the various grants listed below and attend one of the SITG Information Meetings.

Program and Research Evaluations by previous award winners

To look for and learn about language programs you can read program evaluations from previous FLAG recipients in our evaluations database. You can also search the database to read about research projects that have been funded in the past. Access the evaluations database by logging in at sitgapp.uchicago.edu.

SITG Information Meetings

To find out more about Summer International Travel Grants, attend one of the following Information Meetings:

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. (Harper Memorial Library, Room 140)
  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. (Harper Memorial Library, Room 140)
  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. (Harper Memorial Library, Room 140)

Special Note: The State Department monitors conditions around the world and assigns each country a Travel Advisory with important security information. The Travel Advisory appears at the top of each country page, with a color corresponding to each level:

In addition to the overall Travel Advisory, specific locations within a country may have additional Advisories in effect.

The University of Chicago’s working assumption is that travel to countries or regions with a US Department of State Level 3 or Level 4 Advisory is not permitted for undergraduate participants. We also use as indicators the advisory levels published by the Centers for Disease Control and our emergency provider, International SOS. Thus, if the country or region to which travel is contemplated is listed as Level 3 or 4 in the State Department’s travel advisories OR has a warning level 3 from the Centers for Disease Control OR has an International SOS risk rating of High or Extreme, travel is assumed to be prohibited.

Other websites that provide useful information are: British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

There may be additional restricted countries or regions.

Undergraduate students may petition for an exemption to this policy. The following items will be needed for the Study Abroad Risk and Security Assessment Committee (SARSAC) to review requests for an exception:

  • Travel Advisory meeting to discuss the petition process. Please email Eric Benjaminson at ebenjaminson@uchicago.edu to schedule an appointment.
  • A one- to two-page written petition detailing the proposed activity to be conducted in the desired country. The petition should address the risks of the locale and present a thoughtful plan to address adversity that might arise. Students are advised to include information about prior travel, language skills, local support resources (embassy, friends, family, etc.), and other experiences that will inform the proposed travel. The petition must also give a reasonable justification that the experience cannot be obtained in another country or region that does not bear a Level 3 or Level 4 Advisory.
  • A Waiver, signed by the student and a parent or legal guardian.