Study Abroad Scholarships
Financing Your Study Abroad Experience Typically, students (and parents!) feel great anxiety when thinking about financing a semester abroad. However, there are many things you may not know about how financial aid applies to study abroad, or the special scholarship opportunities that exist to help finance this experience.
Canisius Specific Information As a matriculated student at Canisius College, in most cases all of your scholarships, grants, and loans will be applied to the cost of your study abroad program. The Student Financial Aid Office will help you determine your expenses and present funding solutions. All students are required to meet with an Associate in the Student Records and Financial Services Office during the semester prior to going abroad. Student Records and Financial Services can be reached at 888-2990 and is located in Bagen Hall 106. Please be sure to have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You will also need to respond to any requests for information in a timely fashion. Students who normally commute from home will have their financial aid packages re-evaluated to determine whether there is any additional eligibility for aid based on the room and board estimates for the semester abroad. While borrowing large amounts of private alternative loans or PLUS loans is not generally recommended as a financing strategy, studying abroad is seen as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Studies indicate that employers identify job candidates with study abroad experience on their resume as more desirable, truly making it an investment in your future. Additionally, special scholarship opportunities for study abroad are also available through the Study Abroad Office. The Gilman Scholarship- The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Students must receive Pell money in order to be considered for this scholarship. The deadline for Fall 2017 scholarships is March 7, 2017. Students must submit the online application, including transcript(s) by 11:59pm Central Time. The BUTEX North American Scholarship - The Scholarship is open to all undergraduate students currently registered at an institution in the USA or Canada. To be eligible to apply you must have been offered a study abroad or exchange place a UK university or college which is BUTEX affiliated. Your study abroad or exchange placement must be for the UK academic year 2017 / 2018 (i.e. your studies should fall between July 2017 and August 2018) and you must study there for a minimum of one semester. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. Boren Scholarships provide undergraduate students up to $20,000 for an academic year's study abroad. To be eligible for a Boren Scholarship, you must be studying in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Applications for 2016-2017 must be submitted by 5 pm EST on February 9, 2017