Study Abroad and Work Overseas
Financial aid is far more available for study abroad than students commonly imagine. Not only is federal financial aid applicable to study abroad (including travel costs), but, under most federal programs, the amount of the grant or loan money for which a student is eligible can be increased to cover additional costs of studying abroad. The level of a student's need is measured by a formal evaluation process. To begin the process, the student must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
- Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizen undergraduates.
- Applicant must be studying abroad for at least 4 weeks or more in one country to be eligible.
- Students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 4-year undergraduate colleges or universities are eligible to apply. Applicants must be receiving a Pell grant at the time of application or during their term of study abroad to be eligible.
- The applicant is applying to an academic year or semester program abroad. Summer programs are ineligible. (Fall, Spring, and Winter semesters eligible)
- Application deadline for Spring 2008 semester: September 26, 2007
- Estimated application deadline for Fall 2008 semester and Academic Year 2008-09 abroad: early April 2008
NOTE: Students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad are now eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program. Critical Need Languages include:
- Arabic (all dialects)
- Chinese (all dialects)
- Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek)
- Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajiki)
- Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi)
Awards for Summer Program $3,000; Awards for Semester Program $5,000; Awards for
Academic Year Program $7,000
- Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents at the time of application.
- Applicants must currently receive Need-Based Financial Aid or demonstrate through FAFSA a verifiable need for financial assistance to study abroad.
- Programs must be a minimum of 8 weeks for a summer term and 12 weeks for a semester term in a program that provides summer academic credits through home campus or other U.S. accredited academic university.
- Applicant must be an undergraduate student pursuing a first bachelor's degree.
- Applicants must have at least one semester of enrollment remaining at their home institution upon return from the study abroad program.
- Applicants must have applied or have been accepted to a country-based study abroad program from among the following countries and regions: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.
- The proposed length of study at the host country must be a minimum of 8 weeks for a summer term, 10 weeks for a quarter term, and 12 weeks for a semester term.
- Spring 2008 & Early Academic Year 2008-09 application deadline: October 18, 2007
- Summer 2008 application deadline: March 7, 2008
- Fall 2008 and Academic Year 2008-09 application deadline: April 4, 2008
NOTE: KSU students can apply for the Joint USG Summer Study in China programs to obtain the minimum 8 weeks required by the Freeman-Asia scholarship.
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Study Abroad Grants
- Thirty-eight grants, valued at $1,000 each, awarded annually. These grants are designed specifically to recognize and assist undergraduates as they seek knowledge abroad.
- Competition is open to non-members.
- Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- Applicants must have a minimum of 56 semester hours (or equivalent) and no more than 90 semester hours (or equivalent) by the deadline of February 15, 2008, including all AP, credit by exam, transfer credits, etc.
- Study Abroad program must take place between May 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009
- Application deadline is February 15, 2008
Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
• Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or
$4,000 (for year -long programs)
•Note that Summer programs are ineligible
• Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be enrolled in an accredited college or university
• Applications are accepted twice per year. Spring 2008 scholarship deadline is October 5, 2007
• Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite.
National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship
The main focus of this scholarship is to attract those students who are interested in the study of languages, cultures, geographic areas, and fields of study that are of critical interest to US national security. It is ideal for students who would like to pursue a career with the US federal government. The scholarship provides support to the study of underrepresented languages and cultures in study abroad that are also critical to US national security. The study of a foreign language appropriate to the geographic region of study must be a part of each proposal.
- Preference will be given to those studying abroad for a full academic year.
- Summer-only programs are limited to first year students, sophomores and applied science and engineering majors regardless of class standing. Summer-only applications will be considered if the aforementioned conditions are met and the program is a minimum of 8 weeks in length and is a language immersion program.
- Must be a US citizen at the time of application
- This scholarship has a service requirement - within three years of graduation award recipients must work for one year in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or the Intelligence Community. There is also an expectation that NSEP Scholars will use the language or regional expertise acquired as a result of the award in their work for the U.S. government.
NSEP Application deadlines:
- NSEP is currently accepting applications for Summer 2008, Fall 2008, and/or Spring 2009.
- Applications are reviewed by a KSU faculty committee prior to submission to NSEP.
KSU on-line application deadline is January 15, 2008 for Summer 2008, Fall 2008 and Spring 2009.
Currently, three types of scholarships are offered:
Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide funding for one academic year of study in another country. This award is intended to help cover round-trip transportation, tuition, fees, room and board expenses, and some educational supplies up to US$26,000 or its equivalent. Academic-Year Scholarships are the most common type of scholarship offered.
Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships are for either three or six months of intensive language study and cultural immersion in another country and provide funds to cover round-trip transportation, language training expenses, and homestay living arrangements up to US$12,000 and US$19,000, respectively. Applications are considered for candidates interested in studying Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, and Swedish.
Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships are for two years of degree-oriented study in another country. A flat grant of US$13,000 or its equivalent is provided per year to be applied toward the costs of a degree program.
Some Rotary districts may only offer one type of scholarship (or none at all); applicants must check with the local club regarding availability. Use the Club Locator.
The American-Scandinavian Foundation
ACADEMIC YEAR PROGRAMS 2007-2008
AFS (American Field Service) offers year-long exchanges
in which U.S. students have an opportunity to learn
about the culture of another country while living with
a host family and attending a local school. AFS is the
oldest and largest high school exchange program worldwide.
• Year-long program: Denmark (incl. Greenland
and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Norway or
• Year programs: 11 months duration, mid July
- early June
• Costs: Year program: Denmark, Finland, Norway
and Sweden: ~$6,195; Iceland: ~$6,495. Incl. roundtrip
airfare and local transportation to the host family,
orientation, volunteer support, field trips, and secondary
Financial Aid: Available based on need. Scholarship
money is available to qualified students.
Up to 40 new Marshall Scholarships are awarded each year. The awards allow recipients with US citizenship to study for a period of two and in some cases three years at graduate or undergraduate level at any university in the United Kingdom, in any discipline leading to the award of a British university degree. Each scholarship comprises:
• a personal allowance for residence and cost of living
• tuition fees
• grants for books, travel in connection with studies, and other miscellaneous expenses
• travel to and from the United States
• a marriage allowance, where applicable
To qualify, candidates must:
- be American citizens at time of application
- apply within two years of graduating from their undergraduate college or university
- have a grade point average of at least 3.7 (or A-minus)
- take up their award within three years of graduating from college in the United States
- not be studying for or hold a British University degree
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR GRADUATE STUDY
NSEP Graduate International fellowships
AWARD PERIOD AND LEVEL OF SUPPORT
Boren Fellowship awards are made for a minimum of one
and a maximum of six academic semesters (24 months).
Fellowships provide support for overseas or domestic
study, or a combination of both. The maximum award for
overseas study is $12,000 per semester for up to two
semesters ($24,000 total). A maximum of $12,000 is available
for a program of domestic study only. Support for domestic
study is limited to language or area studies, which
enhance a degree program. The maximum level of support
for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000.
Fulbright Scholarships - For both Americans going abroad
and incoming foreign students. Grants are made to citizens
of participating countries, primarily for: university
teaching, advanced research, graduate study and teaching
in elementary and secondary schools.
International Research & Exchanges Board
Short-Term Travel Grants (IREX)
Grants for scholarly projects focusing on Central and
Eastern Europe, Eurasia and Mongolia. Support is available
for brief visits (about 2 weeks) for individuals who
do not require administrative assistance from IREX.
Grants do not exceed $3,000. Per diem for about 14 days,
not to exceed $100 a day (for food, loadging, and local
transportation only). The grant may cover other incidental
expenses, such as temporary health insurance for incoming
foreign scholars, conference registration fees for Americans,
and visa fees.
LEXIA International Scholarships
LEXIA Exchange international is a private, independent,
not-for-profit organization, offering study abroad programs
for university undergraduate and graduate students.
LEXIA study programs are available in: Berlin, Budapest,
Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Krakow, Prague, Venice, and
Shanghai. Applicants must participate in a LEXIA program
in Central or Eastern Europe. Scholarships are for $1500
based on need and academic standing.
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Fellowships
www.phikappaphi.org (click on "Scholarships and
*USG memebers of Phi Kappa Phi are: Augusta State University,
Columbus State University, Georgia College & State
University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State
University, Kennesaw State University, North Georgia
College & State University, The University of Georgia,
Valdosta State University, and the State University
of West Georgia.
Two awards programs are for undergraduates--the FKF
Internship Support Grant Competition and the
FKF Study Abraod Support Grant Competition.
Both competitions are open to qualified members and
nonmembers in all fields of study. While the Internship
Support Grant in designed to support students in their
academic field by working outside of the academic setting,
the Study Abroad Support Grant is designed to provide
support as students seek knowledge and experience through
studies abroad. Four $1000 Study Abroad Support Grants,
and four $1000 Internship Support Grants will be awarded
in each of Phi Kappa Phi's five regions. This represents
40 grants totaling $40,000 that will be awarded to undergraduates.
In addition, Phi Kappa Phi offers the following awards
every three years:
CETL is pleased to announce several funding opportunitites for undergraduate student researchers and their faculty mentors.
Please visit the CETL Web site at:
http://www.kennesaw.edu/cetl/faculty_funds/undergraduate_research.html for details of the funding program.