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Funding Your International Experience

Your Financial Aid and Education Abroad
         
Students eligible for federal financial aid can use that financial aid to fund their education abroad program.  Because financial aid is generally not available during the summer sessions, students will benefit most when they use their financial aid to fund a semester or academic year abroad. In addition, organizations that offer generous funding for financial aid generally make awards for long term study abroad (semester or academic year).

Helpful Tips:

  • Make sure you have a valid FAFSA on file with the VSU Financial Aid Office.  Attend the Financial Aid fairs each year to stay informed about resources and deadlines.
  • Complete the Study Abroad Approval Form and submit it to the campus Office for International Education.
  • Consult with your education abroad advisor to complete an "estimated budget" for the specific program you want to attend.  (Many education abroad programs will have these on their web sites.)
  • Make an appointment with your VSU Financial Aid Advisor to determine how much aid you are eligible to apply toward your program.
  • Make arrangements with the education abroad program provider for payment with your financial aid disbursement.  This will require that you complete the VSU Study Abroad Consortium Agreement Form (available from the campus Office for International Education).
  • Attend the education abroad advising sessions to learn more about other types of funding that can supplement your financial aid award.  Seek information and assistance from the Office for International Education.
 
Education Abroad Funding at Virginia State University
  1. Dr. George H. Bennett Office for International Education Study Abroad Scholarship  (Funding to support participation in credit-bearing education abroad programs--study abroad, internships, service learning, etc.)
  2. VSU/Caterpillar Foundation Scholarship for Study in China
  3. Department Funding:  Some departments and programs may have resources  that fund  stipends, field research abroad with VSU faculty, transportation, or other partial expenses associated with an international program.  
Other Funding Opportunities for Education Abroad
Education abroad program providers, federally funded agencies, and private foundations may offer scholarships and fellowships based on travel locations, language study, financial need and other criteria.  The best advice is to select your education abroad program stategically. 

Please explore these resources for scholarships available to support Study Abroad:

Other International Education Scholarships and Awards

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

NSEP Boren Scholarships

Central Europe Summer Research Institute

Global Engineering Education Exchange

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

  IES Abroad HBCU Scholarship

  Robert B. Bailey Scholarship




Graduate Students should explore these Scholarship and Fellowship opportunities:


Virginia State University Dr. George H. Bennett Office for International Education