If anything, hearing from the returned study abroad students only made me want to go abroad even more. They sounded so passionate while talking about their experiences that I wish I could leave tomorrow. Hearing them talk about their host countries makes me wish I could visit them all! Seeing the pictures of their adventures was awesome. I cannot wait to have my own pictures to show off. I still want to go to either Italy or Australia.
I intend to afford studying abroad by applying to as many scholarships as I can. One scholarship that I could apply for would be the David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships. These scholarships support U.S. undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in world regions critical to US interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East), in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government. However, the countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. The requirements are to be a U.S. citizen who has not yet completed their undergraduate degree. It is an online application that requires two essays and two letters of recommendation. The awards range from two thousand five- hundred dollars to twenty thousand dollars.
Go Overseas offers a bi-annual scholarship to students who are planning on studying or interning abroad. Applicants must submit a photo essay and quick survey to enter. The award of $500, to go to any part of your study or intern abroad trip, is given to the most creative entrant. The level is undergraduate and graduate students. The award is five hundred dollars and the requirements for entry is to be enrolled full-time at an institution based in the U.S. I can apply through an online application.
The Glimpse Foundation and The National Geographic Society seek talented writers, photographers, and filmmakers to record their experiences studying abroad. I thought this program was pretty cool. I’m going to take a lot of pictures anyways, so why not get reimbursed for this? The award is six- hundred dollars. The requirement is to be on the undergraduate level.
Another scholarship is the Tortuga Backpack Study Abroad scholarship. Part of Tortuga Backpack’s mission “is to help people take amazing trips” — which is why they dedicate part of their proceeds towards a study abroad scholarship for full-time students who have been accepted to study abroad trips. It’s only open to U.S. citizens. To apply I would just complete an Online application and 500-word essay. The level is undergraduate, and the award is one thousand dollars and a Tortuga Backpack. The requirements for this scholarship, I must be a full time student in good academic standing, and have been accepted into a study abroad program. I have to complete an online application. There is a five-hundred-word essay.
There are a lot of scholarships that are based on what program you are studying through. I saw many scholarships that the only requirements were to be studying through their program. As I have not fully decided on where I am going yet (Italy and Australia are the top picks), my eligibility for these scholarships will be based on what program I attend.
I am also very interested in volunteering abroad or interning abroad. On some websites it said this could be up to two-thirds cheaper than studying abroad. It also adds to your resume and gives a much deeper immersion into the culture by actually working with the people of that country.
On a website I read an article that said to plan to bring at least a thousand dollars on your trip and if your plan to live large (which I do) then to double it to avoid ATM fees or overdraft charges. Doubling it would also help a little with the stress of living abroad. My plan to is to save this two-thousand. I have a job and have already started a savings account. While I am abroad I intend to live it to the fullest! It is a once in a lifetime experience and I plan on treating it as such.
I looked up a round-trip flight to Australia; the cost varied in the one thousands and the two thousands. A lot of websites suggested to really dig deep for cheaper airline tickets and buy them weeks or months in advance. All I’m going to be asking for this Christmas and my birthday in the next few years is money. Or, maybe someone would like to sponsor an airline ticket! Baggage will also be a considerable amount (as I am a girl, lord knows I will be bringing the entire house with me). All I’m going to be doing until I study abroad is working and saving! But, in the end, I know it will be worth the effort. From in person to any website I find, not one person says they regret studying abroad.
The biggest thing with acquiring funding to study abroad is planning ahead and applying to everything early, according to nearly all of the websites I looked at. Some locations are also considerably cheaper than other countries; developing countries are the cheapest locations to consider.
Some things to do to cut costs while abroad are simple money-saving tricks. I will of course be on a budget. I will most likely buy food at a market and cook at home most of the time, occasionally eating out. Most of my money will be spent on taking trips and exploring the country I am in. I want to see as much as possible while I’m there. I will also invest in an International Student Identity Card, that will get me student discounts while I am abroad.
One website offered a really good idea that I thought would be super cool. Instead of buying cheaply made but expensive to buy souvenirs, they suggested to collect instead. They suggested things like tour pamphlets, restaurant menus, postcards, museum tickets, coasters (especially from places like breweries), and bottle labels. These items are low cost and also don’t take up or add weight to your luggage on the way home. They then suggested making a scrapbook from these items once you returned home.