Why Study Abroad?
Study abroad is an amazing experience that not only allows you to see beautiful countries, but it creates countless opportunities. The study abroad experience provides you with a world-class education, a chance to immerse yourself into new cultures, the opportunity to hone your language skills in a native land, growth through meaningful personal development, and of course to make life long friends through a one-of-a-kind adventure.
This will be a 1-on-1 meeting where students will discuss their interest in studying abroad. Where they want to go, what they want to learn and what they expect to the process will look like.
2. Research Options
There are multiple options to evaluate when deciding on a study abroad program. Students should take time to figure out what program will be the best match and fit for their current major and career path. This means considering things such as, available courses, length of time, costs, location, housing, etc. It is recommended that students start looking at these options at least 6 months in advance.
3. Complete Bennett Study Abroad Application
All students are required to complete an application with the Center for Global Studies in order to receive approval to participate and receive credit for study abroad program. Click here to access the application.
Students will also need to complete the Study Abroad Advising Survey. Click here to take the survey.
2. Passport Scholarship
The passport scholarship application can be downloaded by clicking here, or obtained from Race Hall room 203. Students will need to fill out the information and write a one-page essay describing “how studying abroad will make a difference in their education and life journey”.
3. There are multiple outside study abroad scholarships that one can apply for. Check the timeline.
Special Note Regarding Funding
Students, please note: The Center for Global Studies does not provide internal scholarships, mini-grants, or funding of any kind at this time that pays for study abroad tuition, travel expenses, visas, or any other related cost. Financial aid is a possibility to pay for study abroad* opportunities for the Fall and Spring semesters. Financial aid can only be utilized to pay for study abroad opportunities that are credit-bearing, accredited, and in compliance with Financial Aid’s regulations. If you have any questions regarding study abroad session, please email me Sarah Akiwumi, Global Education Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336-517-2192.
*Study abroad is defined as a credit-bearing opportunity from an accredited institution abroad. Study abroad does NOT include internships, vacation trips abroad, volunteer trips, summer excursions, or research groups. If you are unsure whether your trip falls within these guidelines, please email us at email@example.com for assistance.
Students are eligible to receive financial aid (including loans, grants, and scholarships(if available) towards the cost of any study abroad program if the courses fulfill degree requirements and the student is taking the equivalent of a full-time course load at Bennett College. Full-time enrollment requirements are outlined by the Financial Aid Office.
* Qualifying students typically receive a combination of loans and grants.
* FAFSA should be completed as soon as available.
* Student must submit documentation of approved trip from the Study Abroad Office prior to contacting the financial aid office.
* Additional forms may be required, as communicated by the Financial Aid Office.
Students, do not go to Financial Aid until you have approval for your study abroad trip.
We get a lot of questions that are asked repeatedly so we wanted to make sure to address those ahead of time!
1. How much does it cost?
Program costs differentiate on location, length of stay, and many other factors. Once you decide where you would like to go, narrowing down program prospects and figuring out the total program cost will be easy to do.
2. How do I get started?
Get started by coming by the Center for Global Studies, doing some research, and talking to your academic advisor.
3. How long are the programs?
Conventional programs are usually for an entire semester or can be for the entire academic year. Short term programs are typically in the summer.
4. Can I use financial aid?
Using financial aid for study abroad is a possibility, but there are requirements that the foreign institution must meet before the federal government will allow loan proceeds to be disbursed. Each program is unique; therefore, you will need to speak to a financial officer to get confirmation.
5. What documents do I need?
Some countries are lenient on their protocol and may not require visas. However, everyone is required to have a passport.*
*Did you know, we have a passport scholarship opportunity at Bennett?