USA TODAY Article- STUDY ABROAD IS A NECESSITY, NOT A LUXURY, ACCORDING TO RICK STEVES
To make study abroad a financially feasible opportunity for you, consider scholarship, fundraisers, and save wherever and whenever you can! Many study abroad programs have established scholarships; always ask the program director of your study abroad program if it has its own scholarships. Also remember to carefully choose a program within your budget.
Atlanta-Latin America Scholarship
“Studying abroad -- whether as a Clayton State University student going abroad or as an international student coming to Clayton State -- often requires financial assistance for extra expenses such as travel, accommodations and materials, which can make it a greater financial commitment than if the student were to remain at home. Students who are considering studying abroad should research thoroughly the array of financial assistance loans or other kinds of financial assistance that may be available to help defray some of the costs associated with studying abroad. The following links are just a sampling of some of the many resources that are available to assist students who may desire to pursue studies in a foreign country:
U.S. Student Programs Fulbright Scholarships
Award: Varies but comparable to a Graduate Stipend
Eligibility: must be a U.S. Citizen with at least an undergraduate degree prior to commencement of program. Must be in good academic standing and have undertaken higher education in the U.S. May not have resided in host country for more than six months prior to commencement of program.
For more information and to apply please visit: www.iie.org/fulbright
Keep in mind that the application process may take several months, so you will want to begin the process by the beginning of the summer (a year and a half before you wish to be abroad.)
NSEP Boren Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarships
Description: The David L. Boren National Security Education Program Scholarship (NSEP) is a federally funded study abroad scholarship designed to encourage career-related skills development in preparation for efforts/activities that would lead to opportunities in federal service.
Award: Up to $20,000 depending on duration and cost of program
Eligibity: U.S. citizens enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education wishing to study outside of the U.S. in non-traditional locations (see website) during their undergraduate studies.
For more information and to apply, please visit: www.borenawards.org
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Award: Up to $5,000
Eligibility: Must be an undergraduate, recipient of the Pell Grant, and studying abroad on a program that runs for at least 28 days in a single country during the regular Academic Year, Fall, or Spring term. NEW summer scholarship: For more information visit: www.iie.org/gilman
Deadline: Spring and Summer Study Abroad: October 6 / Fall and Academic Year Study Abroad: April 6
Award: Up to $25,000
Eligibility: must have completed up to 2 years of college-level coursework, or equivalent professional experience
Deadline: up to a year and a half in advance
For more information visit: www.rotary.org/foundation/educational/amb_scho/prospect/index.html