With the rising anniversary for the university’s 95th year of the study abroad program, The Institute for Global Studies (IGS) hosted a meeting for “How to Finance Your Study Abroad” on Wednesday afternoon.
Many students attending the university have decided they can’t study abroad because of the cost for many of the programs, so the meeting was there to squash those fears and show off some of the unknown opportunities that exist.
Marie Gleason, study abroad coordinator with IGS, educated the room about the many different study abroad opportunities that are still open, until Sept. 20, for the upcoming winter and spring semesters.
She says that applying for a semester long program is easier to earn a scholarship for because scholarships and grants are offered everywhere, whereas a winter or summer program is non-traditional and harder to earn money for.
With each application submitted for studying abroad, there is also an automatic application entered into the pool for a need-based scholarship through the university. These apply to both winter and summer programs as well, where students wouldn’t receive their typical grants and loans.
The need-based scholarship can cover from 50 percent to 75 percent of the program fee, which is an additional fee for the country of study on top of the normal university tuition. Any typical loans, like federal government or parent PLUS loans, are still applied to a semester abroad.
Another option for the university student is the Delaware Diplomats program, which has an application open until Sept. 15. The program is open to all freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Students earn scholarship money by attending events sponsored by international programs on campus.
After taking a photo at the event, students will write a 500 word reflection and submit that along with their photo in order to receive credit for their attendance. A maximum of $1,500 can be earned by attending 15 events before the due date of the study abroad application.
However, this scholarship only applies to programs that are run through and sponsored by the university. Any transfer programs or alternative versions of study abroad will not receive the money from the Delaware Diplomats scholarship program.
Scholarship and grant opportunities outside of the university include the Gilman Scholarship, which you can apply for winter, spring, summer and fall semesters. Any student with a Pell Grant is applicable for the Gilman Scholarship.
There is also the Critical Language Scholarship Program, where students can apply to study in countries that are considered to be in the critical language index, such as Russia, South Korea and India.
Along with these, there are scholarships offered from all sorts of places, Chegg.com has a whole index of them written out for the ones that are best suited for your needs, so finding financial aid is easier than it looks.
With all the options for funding out there, IGS encourages students to not let finances get in their way of studying in another country. Gleason says there’s no harm in applying to a program that seems interesting, because you can never know how much money you will be given.
There will be another meeting on Sept. 13 from 4-5 p.m. in McDowell room 203 for students who missed out on the one from last week and are still interested in learning about all the ways to finance a semester abroad.