Schools Training

Paying For Your Study Abroad Experience

9 AUG 2013
Career Path : Travel and Tourism

Many students get their adventure off the ground by applying for study abroad scholarships. Most schools offer scholarship opportunities to deserving applicants. Finding your way into a study abroad college in Italy should not be an overly challenging undertaking. However, the sooner you start the process the better, as one of the key skills will be preparing your case to get an approved application.

More often than not – a students’ biggest concern when considering whether or not to study abroad – centers around the same question: How will I pay for this? With some research and good luck – lists of potential scholarship sources can be assembled. Letters of application will need to be created.

Begin With Your Current Educational Institution

The majority of students who decide to pursue study abroad will first seek funding through their current school or educational institution. Financial assistance in order to study abroad can often be obtained from their home institutions.

The first step here is to schedule a meeting with a study abroad advisor in order to learn more. Learning more about eligibility requirements leads to the other obvious next-steps for receiving financial aid.

It should be noted that your study abroad advisor is usually different from your academic advisor. Most colleges or universities normally have a study abroad or international studies or an off-campus studies office where students go to seek more advice. Your guidance office will usually have additional tips to help you find study abroad scholarships, but the structure of individual colleges varies. Some schools even keep special bursaries applicable only to encourage students to take part in exchanges.

How To Approach Finding General Scholarships and Grants

There are hosts of study abroad scholarships and grants available to help support study abroad students.  This might include:

  • Your favourite school or program abroad. If you already know where to go, don’t hesitate to check what’s available even before you apply. They may surprise you, especially if you have a stellar academic record or good references.
  • Employers and teachers. Their experience can help you extend your network. They can also be good guides for learning what to look for in your search for grants and study abroad scholarships. They can also guide the letter of inquiry and application process.
  • Other students. Get an email conversation going with another student who is already in Italy – this is the very best way to understand how to prepare, and what to expect.

Gaining access to the museums, historical sites, cultural experiences and iconic landmarks while you study abroad can help to broaden and deepen any educational experience – while providing opportunities to understand the Italian people much more intimately.

Make the most of your study abroad experience – It is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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