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As you know, there are some additional costs that arise from a study abroad experience. While you, personally, can take cost-saving actions overseas (i.e. cooking vs. eating out), you can also apply for extra funding before you leave. The best way to find financial aid is to spend some time looking and filling out as many applications as you can. It can become a very time-consuming process, but remember, the more you apply for the greater your chances.
We will update this site as we get new information, particularly under "Specific Scholarships." Also note that while you are probably looking for funding for your study abroad experience, many of these are general scholarships that you can use both for your trip and throughout your career as a student. Good luck! And if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us.
The following provide a wealth of scholarship sites. If you take the time to browse through, you are sure to find several that apply to you.
- www.finaid.org - Register on FASTWEB (it's free) and they will give you information on all of the scholarships that pertain to you.
- www.studyabroad.com/forum/financial_aid.html - This particular site provides an extensive list for you to search through. (If you browse a little, you can also find other valuable information regarding the other aspects of study abroad).
As we find specific scholarships that we feel are relevant to our students, we post them here. Not all may apply to you personally, for example, some are for women only, while others are limited in field of study.
- Karla Scherer Foundation - this scholarship is open to women in the fields of Economics or Finance.
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarhip program - for U.S citizens in good standing at 2-4 yr institutions, who are currently receiving a Federal Pell Grant, and study abroad in a country which is not currently under a Travel Warning issued by the U.S. Department of State
- Dale E. Fridell Memorial Scholarship - for students who have an exceptional work ethic and demonstrated a commitment to excellence.
- A. Patrick Charnon Scholarship - for students (in good standing) admitted or enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program of study in a four-year U.S. institution. Candidates must value tolerance, compassion and respect for all people in their communities, and demonstrate their commitments to these values by their actions.
- National Security Education Programs - for all undergraduate students interested in either international affairs or study of a foreign language.
- Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals - a scholarship program with a strong focus on cultural exchange. It is designed to give participants understanding for everyday life, education, and professional training in Germany. It is intended primarily for young adults in business, technical, vocational, and agricultural fields.
- Marshall Scholarships - for graduate (and occasionally undergraduate) students to study any discipline at any British university. It is usually for 2, and sometimes 3 years, and is taken after an undergraduate degree is completed. This is an all-expense paid scholarship.
- Fulbright Scholar - a highly-competitive scholarship for graduate students going abroad, including some which cover all costs. Typically, the grantee designs his or her own program. Different grants are available, such as teaching, business, etc. in various countries. Check the website for current listings.
While free money is always the preferred choice of students, loans are probably the next best thing. Yes, you do have to pay them back, but guess what - it's still money that will provide the opportunity for that life-changing study abroad experience you are about to embark upon.
- Talk to your financial aid advisor about a Sallie Mae Student Loan
As we find other sources of funding, we will post them here.
- www.iie.org - Institute for International Education - if you study abroad through any of their programs, you may be eligible to receive their financial aid.
- www.iesabroad.org/info/finaid.html - IES has financial aid for students who study abroad through any of their programs.
- Just an idea: try fundraising. Search Google for fundraising ideas. Have fun with it; get together with some friends and fundraise together.