Questions, Considerations, & Scholarship Opportunities for Studying Abroad Kristin Riegel Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Recipient Gilman Follow-Up Project March 2010
Why Study Abroad? • Studying abroad allows you to: • Experience living in another culture • Improve your language skills • Learn about yourself and gain new perspectives • Meet new people, visit new places • Develop unique skills and connections
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard
Questions to Consider When Choosing a Program • Does program have field study/internship opportunities? • What are the living arrangements? • Will I be taking classes with other Americans or with students from the country? • How many credits will transfer to Macalester? • What language are the classes in?
Additional Questions to Consider • How will this study abroad experience affect my major/minor plans? • How does this study abroad experience enhance what I am studying? • How can this experience help me with my long-term goals? • What is the cost of the program? What additional costs are not included in the official program cost?
“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G. K. Chesterton
Program Fees & Additional Costs • Although study abroad programs vary, here are some additional costs you may need to consider: • Airfare • Visa fees • Transportation to/from school • Loss of federal work-study award when abroad • Cost of required vaccines/immunizations • Entertainment • Additional travel within/outside of country
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program • Offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. • Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.
Gilman Eligibility Requirements • Gilman scholarship is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the criteria listed below: • Is receiving a Federal Pell Grant or will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad. • Is applying/has been accepted into a program eligible for credit by the student's institution of higher education in the U.S. • Is studying abroad for at least four weeks in one country. • Is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State's current Travel Warning list. Source: http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program/Eligibility
Benefits of Gilman Scholarship • Provides financial support that can be used for program and non-program costs (i.e. plane tickets, visa fees, etc.) • Offers the opportunity to learn about other students’ study abroad experiences • Offers information about other opportunities related to international education and travel
For more information about the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, please visit: www.iie.org/gilman
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