You don’t know which classes to take. You don’t know which language to study. You don’t know whether to live with a family or fellow students. In study abroad, there can be a lot of unknowns. However, there are two things you do know!
You know WHERE you want to study and that it costs BIG BUCKS to get yourself there. That process can sometimes be an entire journey in itself.
Fear not! As part of our entire week dedicated to helping students find financial outlets to assist your ambitions to go abroad, we’ve looked at scholarships targeted toward specific countries or regions. Now your lifelong dream of heading to faraway places like the Balkans, the Middle East or South Asia can come true!
Here are some different types of region-specific scholarships to look into:
First, look in your own backyard! There are regional study abroad scholarships offered for students located in a certain area of the United States. For example, the Boston Area Study Abroad Association provides a scholarship to a New England-area college student. The Houston International Scholarship follows suit, awarding local students with study abroad funding. Be sure to check with your study abroad adviser to see if there are opportunities available nearby.
After exhausting local options, it’s time to turn towards your country of choice. There are usually government, private or non-profit partnerships that promote international exchange with countries around the world, and many of these provide scholarships to students who wish to study there. The Japanese government as well as US-based company, Morgan Stanley provide scholarships with aid to travel to Japan. DAAD Germany provides funding to those seeking a German experience. The Fund for Education Abroad has a special Hillary Echo Douglas scholarship for a student seeking study in Vietnam.
Now, let’s widen the lens a little bit. Don’t know which country you want to study in, but have a regional interest? There are plenty of avenues there as well. Freeman-ASIA provides scholarships to students with a particular interest in going to an Asian country. The LIVFund focuses on Latin America while SIT runs a special scholarship for students looking to incorporate Middle Eastern or Islamic studies into their education.
Now that you’re in the know, nothing can stop you from going exactly where you want! Look for more financial resources all this week and, of course, at the Abroad101 scholarship page. Happy trails!
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