Study Abroad Award

International students studying abroad.

Open to students who want to study at college abroad.

$2,000 cash prize

Write a 150-250 word essay on this round's theme.

Comp deadline: Nov 1, 2020

Essay theme: Why That City?

A study abroad experience is a life changing one. By immersing yourself in a foreign culture, you learn new and different ways of living. You return home a little more knowledgeable and wiser than before.

Your choice of destination matters. You may have to learn a new language, or not. The culture could be similar, or very different. You could make lifelong connections. What is your destination city and, of all possible choices, why there?

2020 Competition: Entry Form

Note: It's recommended that you first draft your essay using Word or another text editor. Also, remember the theme: "Why that City?"

Your name

Home city and country

Destination city and country

Study abroad course

Contact email

Essay title

Your essay (150-250 words)

Competition terms and conditions

The Study Abroad Award essay competition is open to students who want to study abroad at college level. The cash award can be used to pay for living expenses as an international student. You must be enrolled, or seeking to enroll, in an accredited college or university. Proof of this will be required if your essay is chosen as the winner.

Fill in the form on this page to enter. It is recommended that you first draft your essay in a Word document or similar. If you have any submission problems, you may send your entry by email to

The competition closing date is November 1. A new round of the competition, with a different theme, will start as soon as the current round finishes.

The content of any entries may be used by UniCurve Pty Ltd for research or publishing purposes.

Judging and awarding

The winning essay will be selected by a panel and will be announced in the same month that the competition closes.

How well the essay follows the theme is a judging factor. A winning entry may be insightful, informative, entertaining or moving. There are no rules about what style of entry could win.

The $2,000 prize is paid via PayPal. An email address linked to a PayPal account is required for payment. The winner is required to send a photo of themselves with a winning certificate (to be supplied).

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