Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Fellowships
For many students, a learning abroad experience is possible only with financial assistance. The International Programs Office at Union College does its best to address this need. Several scholarships and fellowships are available.
Students may use their financial aid awards for most term abroad programs, with the exception of the mini-terms. The application process and filing deadlines remain the same for students planning to study abroad. Detailed instructions and information regarding the financial aid programs are available on the Financial Aid website. Students wishing to borrow additional funds to cover term abroad program fees and/or travel expenses should contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss the available options.
Fellowships through the International Programs Office
The International Programs Office has several need-based fellowships established by faculty and alumni that are intended to support students who require financial assistance to participate in a Union term abroad experience. The average amount is $1,000, which can be used at the recipient’s discretion. To apply for one of these fellowships, contact the financial aid office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you include the program in which you will be participating as well as the term you will be abroad. You do not need to wait until you have been accepted in order to apply, but if you are not accepted to a program, you do need to let the financial aid office know.
Outside Scholarships and Fellowships for Union Terms Abroad
This section of MoneyGeek.com provides a comprehensive guide that explains different forms of financial aid and loans available for study abroad students.
Boren Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their education. They focus on geographic areas, languages and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security, broadly defined, and underrepresented in study abroad. For assistance in applying to this scholarship, please contact the National Fellowships and Scholarships Office.
The Gilman Scholarship Program for undergraduate study abroad was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduates who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. For assistance in applying, contact the National Fellowships and Scholarships Office.
The program offers the following 14 languages for 3 academic credits: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu.
Outside Scholarships and Fellowships for Postgraduate International Experience and Travel
Applications are due in September of the senior year. Students are advised to plan well in advance and to contact the National Fellowships and Scholarships Office a minimum of 3-6 months before the application deadlines.
Fulbright Program - This flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government is designed to increase mutual understanding between peoples of the U.S. and other countries. With this goal as a starting point, the program has provided approximately 308,000 participants — chosen for their academic and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. For assistance in applying to this program, contact the National Fellowships and Scholarships Office.
Fulbright Canada - Eligibility: U.S. citizen graduate students, U.S. citizen prospective graduate students, U.S. citizen junior professionals
Students may apply for traditional Fulbright student awards, Fulbright mtvU Fellowships, or Fulbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling awards.
George J. Mitchell Scholarships - For study in Ireland
The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program - Eligibility: Students with a 4 year degree interested in living and teaching in Japan
Marshall Scholarships - Eligibility: US citizens who have graduated with a BA degree and have a minimum GPA of 3.7 for students wishing to study in the U.K.
Thomas J. Watson Fellowship - A one-year grant for independent study and travel outside the U.S. is awarded to graduating college seniors nominated by participating institutions. For assistance in applying, contact the National Fellowships and Scholarships Office.
Want to work abroad after graduation? Contact the Becker Career Center.