Each year the College awards approximately 100 Summer International Travel Grants of $5,000 each to support outstanding undergraduates for intensive language study or research abroad.
These grants are made possible by the College and generous donors.
Be sure to read the details of the various grants listed below. We encourage prospective applicants to 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. Log in to access the evaluations database.
SITG Information Meetings
To find out more about Summer International Travel Grants, attend one of the following Information Meetings:
- SITG Information Session – Tuesday, November 19 at 4 PM (Harper Memorial 140)
- Study Abroad Funding Opportunities Information Session (co-hosted by College Center for Research and Fellowships) – Wednesday, January 15 at 4:30 PM (Stuart 101)
- Study Abroad Scholarship Writing Workshops (co-hosted by College Center for Research and Fellowships) – Thursday, January 16, noon–1:30 PM, and Wednesday, January 22, 4–5:30 PM (Harper Memorial 284)
- SITG Information Session – Friday, January 31 at 12:30 PM (Harper Memorial 284)
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. For student reference, the CDC website can be found at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices and the International SOS ratings can be found at http://internationalsos.com where one can log in with UChicago’s membership number: 11BCAS084635. This will provide students access to further country-specific information. If students have trouble finding the correct information, please contact Eric Benjaminson.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.