Ever think about taking a semester (or year) to study abroad but didn’t follow up because you thought it MIGHT be too expensive? Well, it is NOT beyond your reach financially! First, it is not more expensive to study abroad. You have the additional cost of your round-trip ticket but, other than that, you will find it is usually less expensive. Second, there are scholarships available to help make your overseas study a reality. This article is not going to focus on how much cheaper it is to study abroad for a semester or year (we are saving that for another article) but we are going to tell you about available scholarships that you may apply for since the deadline dates are drawing near.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is open to U.S. citizen undergraduates who are receiving the Pell Grant and desire to study or intern abroad for no less than four weeks. They will award 2300 scholarships up to $5000 (average being $4000) for this upcoming year. More information can be found on their website: http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman-scholarship-program.DEADLINE: October 7th.
The Boren Scholarships are aimed at U.S. citizen students who want to study in countries that are critical to U.S. interests or which are underrepresented in Study Abroad programs. The Boren Scholarship is also looking for students who are interested in learning the language of the country they study in as well (counties not eligible for the Boren include Australia, Canada, New Zealand and western European countries). Students who accept Boren scholarships are required to work, at some level, in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. For more information on the Boren Scholarships please visit: https://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/basics.html University DEADLINE: January 5th
Want to study in Germany? UAS7 offers a great program aimed at students interested in studying in one of 7 Germany universities. From Study Abroad to Interning to Study/Internship Programs, UAS7 is worth checking into. ERAU has had several students who were granted UAS7 scholarships for both studying abroad and for internships. This semester, we have one student who earned a scholarship and is interning at a university in Bremen. For more information on the UAS7 Program check out their website at: http://www.uas7.org/scholarships.html DEADLINE: October 1st
Any ERAU student who has studied at Massey University in New Zealand will tell you it was amazing! So, if you are interested in New Zealand, you are in luck. New Zealand has provided new Study Abroad scholarships for the first time. These two new scholarship initiatives can be found at both: http://www.gooverseas.com/scholarships/new-zealand and http://www.enz.govt.nz/how-we-work/scholarships DEADLINES: October 15th and December 1st.
The above scholarships are just a few of those available. If you would like to further research other Study Abroad Scholarships, please visit the following websites: IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding @ http://www.studyabroadfunding.org/ and Go Abroad (which also has an Aviation/Aerospace Scholarships page) @ http://www.goabroad.com/scholarships-abroad/search/aviation-aerospace/scholarship-abroad-1
The ERAU Study Abroad Office is here to assist you in any way we can. We encourage you to take flight and grab an international opportunity, it will be the most amazing experience you will have while attending ERAU! We can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and 386-226-6215. We are located in the Student Center Annex, 2nd floor, room 263.