Nothing is more luring than the prospect of studying abroad during your college years. At some point in a student’s life, the allure of going away to a foreign country to learn a new language, gain independence and to create new memories becomes very enticing. Proper preparation and planning before studying abroad is important to help ensure a smooth journey without having to deal with all the technical complications of forms, requirements, credit count, etc. Funding is also naturally a key component as well.
Listed below are five scholarships and programs that you may want to look into when making your decision to study abroad:
- Globalinks Learning Abroad
Globalinks Learning Abroad is an education program dedicated to helping college students find the right study abroad for them, offering affordable academic and cultural programs worldwide. Separated into regions, Globalinks offers a variety of programs from studying for a semester to year long in your desired country in summer and January short-term programs to internship, research and degree programs in Australia (AustraLearn), Asia (AsiaLearn), and Europe (EuroLearn).
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for U.S. undergraduate students, who receive a Federal Pell Grant funding at a two or four-year institution, to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue studying abroad of up to one academic year. A select number of recipients will be awarded an additional $3,000 if they participate in an intensive foreign language immersion program. Eligibility includes showing proof of being a recipient of a Federal Pell Grant, applying to or have been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit at a accredited university/college, and staying for at least four weeks in the desired country.
- The Rhodes Scholarship (Postgraduate Study or 2nd Bachelor’s Degree at Oxford University)
The Rhodes Scholarship offers 32 young Americans every year the opportunity to have full financial support to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Requirements include being a U.S. citizen, being at least 18 years of age but not yet reaching 24 (applicants must be still 23 years old on Oct. 1st in year of applying), displaying significantly advance academic abilities to ensure completion of a bachelor’s degree, and the applicant must be prepared to appear for a reception and personal interview.
- The Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. international exchange program that offers opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to participate in international graduate studies, advanced research, university teaching and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. This program was established to increase mutual understanding between people of the U.S. and other countries through an exchange of people, knowledge and skills. 8,000 grants are provided annually and as of 2010, over 300,000 scholars have been a participant of the program. Eligibility requirements can be read HERE.
- Marshall Scholarship (For Graduate Study in the U.K.)
Marshall Scholarships offer young and bright Americans to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty students are selected each year to study at a graduate level at a U.K. institution in any field of study. This allows future leaders to gain a lasting understanding of British society and strengthen relationships between the British and American people. Requirements include holding a first degree at the time of the scholarship from an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. with a minimum GPA of 3.7.
*These scholarships and programs are only some of the opportunities available for U.S. students and scholars to study abroad. Looking into your college’s study abroad office at least one full semester before your desired period to do it is best to ensure proper planning and scheduling of financial procedures, deadlines, etc.
With proper preparation and planning, you can ensure a happy and stress-free period of what can possibly be the most rewarding experience of your life.*