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Myths About Studying Abroad

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A STUDENT MUST KNOW A SECOND LANGUAGE.

Although knowing a second language opens ones worldview to other cultures and ways of experiencing the world, a second language is not necessary. In fact, many of our current cooperative programs in non English speaking countries offer the majority of their course work in English. However, there is the opportunity to take courses offered in the host institutions in its official language of study.

A STUDENT MUST HAVE THE KEYS TO FORT KNOX IN ORDER TO GO.

NO! If a student is accepted into a cooperative program, in most cases students will have access to their institutional aid and always have access to their federal aid. Programs and living abroad can be costly, so financial planning to go abroad is a must!

Most Study Abroad providers offer small scholarships and grants - so investigate your program!

Gilman, Woodbury, IIE Passport, Vistawide, Diversity Abroad, and internationalscholarships.com are websites with information on study abroad grants and scholarships.

Note: This list is not all-inclusive.

• African American Scholarships - Directory of scholarships and internship opportunities.

• American Institute of Certified Public Accountants - Scholarships for Minority Accounting Students.

• Association of American Indian Affairs - Scholarship programs for Native Americans.

• Association of American Study Abroad Programmes – United Kingdom – Scholarships for U.S. students studying abroad in the U.K.

• The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting Scholarships

• BUTEX North American Scholarships - Open to students participating on a semester or academic year study abroad program in England through API.

• Collegenet - Search scholarships by your personal profile.

• DiversityAbroad.com – Comprehensive international scholarships directory.

• Fast Web - This service provides a free customized list of financial aid sources including private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans.

• FundMyTravel- Create your own travel campaign to raise funds for your trip.

• GoAbroad.com offers a scholarship directory where you can search scholarships using various criteria.

• Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarships: Sponsored by Golden Key International Honor Society

• GoFundMe.com – Create your own personal donation website.

• GoOverseas.com offers a $500 scholarship for use on any study abroad program

• Hispanic Scholarship Search

• Fund for Education Abroad General, dedicated & rainbow scholarships

• IIE Passport: International Funding

• Leeds International Summer School Scholarship – Awards a portion of study abroad cost to Leeds Summer School.

• LIV Fund - LIVFund was established in 2011 in order to recognize and proudly support study, internship and volunteer opportunities in Latin America.

• Mobility International – Financial Aid for international exchange with disabilities.

• The George J. Mitchell Scholarships - Funds graduate study in Ireland or Northern Ireland for one year.

• MyTab.co – MyTab is the first online travel registry. Family and friends can contribute to the cost of your travel.

• NAFSA Rainbow SIG - This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program.

• The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)

• National Security Education Program - Open to most majors; intended to promote awareness, safety, and service.

• Phi Kappa Phi Society Study Abroad Grants: Open to Phi Kappa Phi members as well as non‐members in all fields of study.

• Rally.org – An online social fundraising platform.

• Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships - Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

• Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation - Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies in Spain.

• Sparefoot Spare Funds Scholarship – A fun opportunity for a substantial scholarship!

• STA Travel Registry – A great way to save and have friends/family help with your travel expenses from STA Travel.

• StudyAbroad.com – Financial Aid Links

• StudyAbroad.com – Scholarships Links

• Student Loans Network: Loans that require enrollment verification, but not school certification.

• The Financial Aid Page - This page has links to scholarship searches and comprehensive listing of financial aid information.

• The Student Guide - The U.S. Department of Education publishes a guide on the eligibility requirements on various federal aid programs.

 

 A STUDENT MUST HAVE THE GENIUS OF EINSTEIN IN ORDER TO GO.

NO! To be eligible to apply students must have a 3.2 GPA or higher, simply solid academics.

STUDY ABROAD IS ONLY USEFUL TO STUDENTS WHO MAJOR IN A ROMANCE LANGUAGE OR ENGLISH LITERATURE.

DEFINITELY NOT! Study abroad is applicable for students from all disciplines. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent it will become a necessity to be able to work effectively from one culture to another simply to remain economically competitive.

Students from any major may apply!!