Cash strapped? How you too can fund a study abroad trip!

Studying abroad is often said to be one of the most rewarding experiences of a person’s lifetime. You get to see incredible places, meet extraordinary people, and experience what it’s like to live in another country. It’s a great way to learn more about a country, gain global perspective, and learn another language. Travel can be life changing. There’s no better way to learn than by doing, right?

But this great opportunity is too expensive for so many college students. This doesn’t have to be the case though. If you are willing to put in the effort you can make it happen. Read on for ways to fund your study abroad trip!

Research, research, research!
Before you do anything, research. Look into what kind of program you want, where you want to go, how long you want to be gone, and various other questions. Once you have a better idea of what you want, you can find aid specific to your preferences. Ask around and see what others have done to fund their programs. Check out organizations that align with your passions (education, health, etc.) and see if they have any opportunities to go abroad. Go to your school’s study away office for more information and to get more resources.

School and outside scholarships
Many schools will allow you to take your school-given aid abroad. This typically includes any type of scholarship. Check out if your school allows this, or check to see if you are allowed to use any of your loans or other aid abroad—sometimes you can! Also check if your school offers any scholarships to fund study away programs. You may have to apply for them, but you’ll have a better chance if the applicant pool is only from your school.

Consider short-term versus long-term
Some schools will sponsor shorter study abroad opportunities for students that are led by faculty. These can range from a week-long program during winter break to a summer-long session. Check out your school’s website for more information, or ask your professor if your department sponsors any trips. These often cost less than going abroad for a semester, but the price-per-day break down may be higher, so check out the costs and do some more research.

Studying abroad is becoming available to students and it’s a great opportunity that shouldn’t be passed up. If you are willing to do some research and utilize your campus study away resources, you too can go abroad. Even if a royal doesn’t fall in love with you, you’ll still have a great story to share for your whole life. It’s worth it.

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