study abroad scholarships

Creative Ways to Fund a Study Abroad Experience

Can you image completing your homework assignments under the shade of the Eiffel Tower or in a remote village in a South American country? If so, a study abroad experience may be in your future. College is one of the few moments in your life where you can take some risks and try new things, such as studying in a foreign land. With so many programs to choose from, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination and your wallet. Although most colleges and universities offer a wide variety of study abroad experiences, very few programs are covered completely by your financial aid. In most cases, you’ll need additional funding to help cover all the expenses you’ll incur during your time away. Not only will you need to pay for tuition during the semester (or longer), but you’ll also need funding to cover travel expenses, insurance, and living expenses — just to name a few. Unless you have a wealthy relative or some cash stashed away, you’ll need to plan ahead if you want to travel abroad. In fact, it’s best to start saving for a study abroad experience at least 12 to 18 months in advance, if not longer. Not sure where to start? Consider these creative ways to fund your study abroad experience.

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Study Abroad Scholarships

Study Abroad Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

One thing I regret not doing while I was in college was taking the opportunity to study abroad. Many students in my French class jumped at the chance to stay in Strasbourg for six weeks, immersing themselves in the language and culture. I would have loved to tag along, but my family obligations and bank account made the trip impractical for me, or so I thought. Of course, now that I realize how many financial aid resources there were for study abroad opportunities, I could just kick myself in the pants.

It never dawned on me to check with my French professor to see if the language department offered any scholarships or grants (they did!) or even the financial aid office. I just assumed that any education I received off campus would have to be paid for through my own personal piggy bank. I later found out that some of the college departments (music, business and engineering) even provided additional scholarships to students traveling outside the United States.

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