Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Financing Study Abroad

I cannot tell you how life-changingly awesome my term abroad was because, well, I never took one.

Dartmouth has world-class foreign study options, and they do an excellent job of promoting them. I applied for the Spanish FSP my freshman year. I considered applying to the Arabic FSP, too, but by then (sophomore year) I knew enough about Dartmouth's financial aid to know better.

See, financial aid will only cover foreign study expenses up to what a normal term on campus would cost. And they do not cover airfare. For a self-financing student like me, the prospect of covering round-trip international airfare was plenty prohibitive.

There are, however, alternative funding options available (of which I am now, but was not, aware). I'll post any I find here:

Who: Students who have obtained a Bachelor's degree by the beginning of the program, have two years of formal Arabic study, and are at the intermediate level of proficiency in Arabic.

What: Offered by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, The Qatar Scholarship Program offers dedicated Arabic language students from the United States the opportunity to master their skills in an intensive Arabic language program at Qatar University (QU) in Doha for an entire academic year (September to June). 

How much:The scholarship includes tuition, room and board in university dorms, round-trip airfare, local transportation, and books.

Who: U.S. citizen undergraduates in good academic standing who are receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of their study abroad and who are applying to or have been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S and who are studying abroad for at least four weeks in one country other than Cuba and any countries currently on the U.S. State Department's Travel Warning List (programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least four consecutive weeks).

What: The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program aims to broaden the student population that studies abroad by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. The program strongly encourages students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand .

How much: up to $5,000

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