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Funding Your International Experience

Study Abroad and Exchange programs can potentially be expensive, with the additional expenses of travel, insurance, and incidental costs.

For many of John Carroll University’s Study Abroad and Exchange programs, it is possible to apply your financial aid package to the cost of your program. You can contact the Office of Financial Aid to confirm how your financial aid can be applied.

In addition, there are numerous scholarships available from sources outside of the University to support study abroad and exchange programs. These scholarships may be based on financial need, merit, the country or region you wish to study in, the language you wish to study abroad, ethnicity or heritage, or other criteria.

The Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures offers the René Fabien Scholarship

Below are some starting points to search for additional scholarships:

Study-abroad.com

Abroad101 Study Abroad Scholarship Directory

Goabroad.com Scholarship Search Engine

Gilman International Scholarship (requires Pell Grants – Federal Financial Aid) provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduates with financial need for study abroad, including students from diverse backgrounds and students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations.

Critical Language Scholarship Program: for students of the following languages: Arabic, Persian, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian

Boren Awards for International Study: focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security

Boren Scholarships for Summer Study Abroad for STEM Majors

FLAS: Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program

Foundation for Global Scholars

The Language Flagship: scholarships for intensive language instruction

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) a non-profit, non-governmental international exchange organization

Additional funding resources from CIEE

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): scholarships to study abroad in Germany – very early deadlines!

Austrian Exchange Service (ÖAD)

grants.at: Austrian Database for Scholarships and Research Grants.

British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) Scholarships: valid for University of Hull

Future Unlimited scholarship for Australia

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Ireland – Go Overseas

Rotary International

ISEP Scholarships

Fund for Education Abroad scholarships for students from underrepresented groups and students with disabilities

DiversityAbroad.com specializes in scholarships for under-represented minorities

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund: scholarships for minority students to study abroad

United Negro College Fund

Peterson’s Scholarship Search Engine

AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants

SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

InternationalScholarships.com

Globallinksabroad.org

Studyabroadfunding.org

IES Abroad Scholarships & Financial Aid

Allabroad.us Study Abroad Scholarships

Fulbright U.S. Student Program: for graduating students who want to study, teach English, or research abroad. Contact Dr. Yuh-Cherng Chai at ychai@jcu.edu for more information specific to John Carroll University.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

JASSO Scholarships for Japan

U.S.-Japan Council Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship

American Association of Teachers of Japanese

U.S. News – The Scholarship Coach

Of special interest to ROTC cadets:

Critical Language Scholarship Program: for students of the following languages: Arabic, Persian, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian

Project GO (Global Officers)

CULP: The Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program

Boren Awards for International Study: focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Requires a year of government service, which can be met with active-duty military service after you graduate.

Tips for applying:

  1. Start your search early. Make note of application deadlines.
  2. Look beyond the financial aid offered at John Carroll. Look for third parties that offer scholarships for study abroad.
  3. Look for scholarships based on your ethnicity, major field of study, the country you want to study in, the language you wish to study while abroad, or a combination of any of these.
  4. Let your professors know you are applying to study abroad, if you will want them to write letters of recommendation.
  5. Ask your professors in your major field if they know of any scholarships specific to your major.
  6. Apply to as many scholarships as you are eligible. You can accept multiple scholarships and pile them on top of each other.
  7. Make your applications look as professional as possible. Typed application forms, essays, etc., are easier to read than hand-written applications, and indicate a greater effort.
  8. Proof-read any essays, and use the services of the Writing Center to improve your essays.
  9. Give concrete examples of how study abroad will benefit you, and how you will implement your experiences/skills/knowledge when you return. Avoid generalities.