Participants – especially students – finance their programs through a variety of resources, including but not limited to:
- Financial aid from home colleges and universities: Visit the financial aid page online and talk to someone at the financial aid office and/or the study abroad office. You can also ask your department heads about any scholarships that they might be aware of.
- Federal Student Aid or State Financial Aid: Visit Federal Student Aid Office FAFSA for federal grants and federal loans, and identify your State Grant Agency for further information. You should also ask your home institution’s financial aid office about these opportunities.
- Support from private foundations and organizations: There are a variety of private scholarship providers available. If you feel you may qualify for any of these scholarships, you should contact that particular organization directly. They include:
- Study abroad funding websites and databases can also provide further information and ideas, including:
- Personal and family funds
- Private loans:
- GEI Scholarships (see below)
Every year, we provide a number of typically small awards of between $300 and $500 to deserving participants. Decisions are based on both need and merit, and scholarship awards are intended to encourage study and professional development abroad by helping to alleviate financial burden.
- Application process: The scholarship application process is very simple. Interested individuals are asked to write a brief essay (no more than 500 words) explaining why they are applying. Please note that you first need to be admitted to a GEI program before you can apply. Scholarship applications will only be considered after a positive admissions decision.
- Selection criteria: Scholarships are awarded to participants who can demonstrate both need and merit. You need to show that you have historically been unable to join study abroad or professional development programs because of financial circumstances, and you need to prove that you have excelled in your academic/professional careers and/or your extra-curricular activities.