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Scholarships and Financial Aid for Study Abroad
Students should first set up a general study abroad advising appointment to obtain basic information about study abroad funding options. During this appointment, the study abroad advisor, Samantha Cooper, will assist you with identifying scholarship and financial aid options, and provide coaching and advising on the application process for competitive scholarships. To make an advising appointment, contact the Ms. Cooper at extension 7117 or via email at email@example.com.
All federal and state financial aid can be applied towards any PCC study abroad program, and any program through the Dual Admission/Co-enrollment agreement with PSU. If the cost of your study abroad program (including airfare and other program-related expenses) exceeds the cost of attending PCC, you may be eligible for additional aid to help cover the additional cost.
There are numerous scholarship and aid opportunities available to help you study abroad!
- PCC Scholarships can be applied towards any PCC study abroad program that awards PCC residential credit.
- Many private scholarships that support PCC students such as OSAC, Ford Family Foundation, and others can be applied towards a study abroad program; check with the scholarship sponsor for details.
In addition, a number of national and international scholarships specifically designed to support study abroad are available. If you are interested in applying for any of the opportunities listed below, or for other external study abroad scholarships, contact the study abroad advisor, Samantha Cooper, at ext. 7117 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a scholarship advising appointment.
- Gilman Scholarship: For students receiving Pell grants studying abroad for 4 weeks - 1 year. Up to $5,000. Over 2,000 students receive Gilman funding every year; PCC students have an excellent record with Gilman funding!
- Fund for Education Abroad: For study abroad programs of at least 4 weeks. Up to $10,000. Approximately 20 scholarships each year. Additional PDX Abroad scholarship specifically for students attending Portland-area colleges and universities. Additional Rainbow scholarship specifically for LGBTQI students.
- Foundation for Global Scholars: For study abroad programs of at least 4 weeks. Up to $2,000. General scholarships as well as scholarships for Pell grant recipients, students majoring in science/technology fields, ethnically diverse students, and veterans.
- Program Scholarships: Many of the programs offered through PCC's Dual Admission/Co-Enrollment option with PSU offer scholarships for participants. Amounts range from $500 to $10,000. Opportunties include:
- CIEE: Gain Scholarships (up to $1,500 for airfare for students with high need); LIFT Scholarships (up to $5,000 for students studying language for a full year)
- SIT: Pell Match Grants (for every student participating in a semester-length program who receives a Pell Grant, SIT awards a scholarship equal to the amount of the Pell Grant the student receives)
- IFSA-Butler: First Generation Scholars (up to $2,500 for students who are first-generation college students)
- DAAD Scholarships for study in Germany: the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers scholarships for U.S. students to study in Germany. Options include:
- University Summer Course Grants of approximately $1,500 - $1,800, for students enrolling in summer courses offered by German universities. Applicants must have completed at least two years of college-level German language study and one year of college study by the time of participation.
- Undergraduate Scholarships providing a monthly stipend of approximately $850 per month plus additional funds to help with travel costs, for students studying in Germany for a semester or an academic year. Applicants must have completed the second year of college prior to participation.
- Bridging Scholarships for study in Japan: scholarships of $2,500 for a semester or $4,000 for a year of study in Japan. Approximately 100 scholarships each year. Students must be enrolled in a degree program at PCC; no prior study of Japanese is required.
- Critical Language Scholarships: Fully-funded (airfare, room and board, cultural activities, academic credit), 7-10 week intensive summer language institutes abroad for U.S. students to study critical foreign languages. Approximately 600 scholarships each year. In 2014, institutes were offered in Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.
- Fulbright UK Summer Institutes: Fully-funded (airfare, room and board, cultural activities, academic credit) 3-6 week summer programs for U.S. first-year and second-year college students to study at universities in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Approximately 50 scholarships each year. In 2014, institute options included Shakespearean theater in London, archaeology in Durham, urban studies in London, art/humanities/design in Nottingham, Irish studies in Belfast, Scottish studies in Dundee and Glasgow, history of the transatlantic slave trade in Bristol, leadership and sustainability in Exeter, and Welsh studies in Cardiff, Bangor, and Aberystwyth. Minimum 3.5 GPA required.
- Boren Scholarship: For study in geographic areas and languages designated as critical to U.S. national security. Up to $10,000 per semester. Approximately 150 scholarships each year. Includes a service requirement that recipients work in a national security position with the Federal government after graduation.
Among the PCC students awarded scholarships for study abroad in 14-15 is Sarah Parrott, who is spending 8 weeks in China in Summer 2014, studying Chinese language and culture. Sarah received a Gilman award covering most of the cost of her program - follow her blog about her experience in Shanghai!