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Domestic Exchange and Study Abroad Programs

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This page is focused on financial aid for study abroad and domestic exchange programs.

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Domestic Exchange Programs: Nationwide

National Student Exchange (NSE)
The National Student Exchange is a not-for-profit consortium of U.S. colleges and universities. Operating like study abroad, NSE provides students with access to courses and other resources at over 200 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The program includes tuition reciprocity.

Domestic Exchange Programs: Regional

Academic Common Market
(Southeast: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia)
The Academic Common Market lets students from participating states study out-of-state at in-state tuition rates.

Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)
(Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin)
The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) was established to expand interstate educational opportunities for students in the Midwest. The program allows residents of participating states to pursue designated programs of study at reduced out-of-state tuition levels.

New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE)
(Northeast: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont)
The New England Board of Higher Education promotes cooperation in higher education between Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. NEBHE offers the New England Regional Student Program (RSP), an interstate student exchange program. Residents of the region pay reduced out-of-state tuition at public colleges and universities in other New England states when they pursue a major that is not available at public institutions in their home states.

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
(West: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands)
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) administers the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE), the Professional Student Exchange Program and the Western Regional Graduate Program.

Study Abroad and Foreign Exchange Programs

American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)
AIFS organizes cultural exchange and study abroad programs throughout the world for more than 40,000 students annually. AIFS also offers more than 100 scholarships each year.

American Intercultural Student Exchange (AISE)
AISE is a nonprofit educational organization that arranges US host families for international high school students aged 15 to 18.

British Chevening Scholarships
The British Chevening Scholarships enable non-UK students to study in the United Kingdom. They are offered in more than 150 countries. (US students are not eligible.) Approximately 2,300 new scholarships are awarded each year for postgraduate studies and research.

Czech Management Center
The Czech Management Center offers study-abroad MBA programs in Prague, in affiliation with universities in the U.S. and Canada.

Dialogo
Dialogo offers Portuguese courses in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.

Marshall Scholarships
The Marshall Scholarship is a highly competitive program in which up to 40 young Americans are chosen to pursue a graduate education in the United Kingdom each year. The awards are tenable at any British university and cover two years of study in any field, typically at the graduate level, leading to the award of a British university degree. The award provides for two years of study, and may occasionally be extended to a third year. Only US citizens who will have graduated with a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university in the United States within the past four years are eligible. A minimum 3.7 GPA (A-) on a 4.0 scale is required.

George Mitchell Scholarships
The George Mitchell Scholarships enable American students to pursue one year of postgraduate study at an Ireland university. The award provides tuition and housing, as well as a stipend for travel and living expenses, for a period of one year. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30. Twelve scholarships are awarded each year.

Rhodes Scholarship
The Rhodes Scholarships enable students from many countries to study at the University of Oxford. 32 American Rhodes Scholars are selected each year. All educational expenses (tuition and fees) are covered for a period of two years, along with a maintenance allowance. Travel to and from Oxford is included. The award may be renewed for a third year.

Semester at Sea
Semester at Sea is a shipboard study program that offers global study each fall and spring semester. Institutional financial aid, as well as Title IV aid, is available.

Syracuse University Abroad
Syracuse University offers financial aid for study in any of its seven centers around the world: Beijing (China), Florence (Italy), Hong Kong (China), Istanbul (Turkey), London (England), Madrid (Spain), Santiago (Chile), Strasbourg (France) and Wroclaw (Poland).

Financial Aid for Study Abroad

Generally, for your financial aid to be "portable" to a study abroad program, you must carry at least a half-time load at the foreign institution and receive credit for the program toward your degree at your home institution. The study abroad program must advance you toward a degree and not merely be providing an enrichment experience. There may also be other eligibility restrictions, depending on the financial aid program, but usually you will be able to take your Title IV funding (Pell, Stafford and PLUS) overseas with you. Your school is not allowed to deny you any federal aid just because you are participating in a program of study abroad. Institutional aid, however, is subject to the school's own policies.

Students who participate in study-abroad programs that cost more than the usual cost of attendance for their school may be able to get an increase in their Federal Pell Grant to help cover those costs.

AIFS International Scholarships
Each year the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) offers semester scholarships of $1,000 and $500 each.

CIMO Scholarship Programs (Finland)
This web page provides information about the Finnish government's scholarships for international graduate students, young researchers and university teaching staff.

Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
The CIEE provides numerous student services including the International Student ID Card and Trip Safe Insurance for Travelers. CIEE also runs Council Travel, a travel agency that specializes in student travel.

Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)
CIES and the IIE assist the US Information Agency in the administration of the graduate Fulbright Fellowships for US citizens to study in other countries and for international students to study in the US. US students must apply through their campus Fulbright program advisor. International students should apply through the Fulbright Commission or US Information Service in their home country.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, the Gilman Scholarship aims to diversify and expand participation in international study by supporting undergraduate students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, including students with high financial need, community college students, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, students with disabilities, and students of nontraditional age. The program also encourages students to choose nontraditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia.

IIEPassport: Study Abroad Funding
Study Abroad Funding is a free online directory of study abroad scholarships, fellowships and grants, indexed by country of study, subject and type of award. It is published by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

International and Research Exchange Board (IREX)
IREX works with students through various regions in the world to provide thought leadership and innovative programs that will lead to lasting global change.

Institute of International Education (IIE)
The IIE helps to manage scholarships, training, exchange and leadership programs around the world.

International Student Loan Center (ISLC)
The ISLP, developed by the International Education Finance Corporation (IEFC), offers Stafford and alternative loan programs for US students studying abroad, and for international students studying in the US.

OSAD Scholarship Database
The Online Study Abroad Directory (OSAD) is part of the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota. It lists low-cost foreign study programs and also includes an online database of more than 200 scholarships for US students looking to study abroad.

The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International provides grants to university students and teachers to act as "goodwill ambassadors" around the world.

Support 4 Learning (UK)
The Support 4 Learning site provides information about student and graduate bank accounts and loans, updated monthly from Moneyfacts, a UK financial newsletter. The site focuses primarily on the further education sector, although some of the information will be useful to university students.

Low-cost Student Travel

International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC)
The International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC) is the organization that sells the International Student Identity Card (ISIC). Their site includes a list of the more than 6,000 discounts available to holders of the ISIC card and a list of locations worldwide that issue the card.

STA Travel
This site provides student discounts on flights, hostels and hotels as well as tours. It also includes travel advice that is geared exclusively toward students.

Guides to Study and Travel Abroad

WorldWide Classroom
WorldWide Classroom provides an extensive planning guide for study and travel abroad. Remove contact info.

 

 
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