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Study Abroad

Why Study Abroad?

It’s relevant... No matter what field you’re in, the chance to add a global context to your studies is invaluable to employers in an ever globalizing market.

It’s life changing... Whether it’s for a week or a month, an opportunity to experience another culture will alter the way you view your own. Going abroad expands your understanding and interest in the world around you.

It makes a difference... Apply your skills in a way that makes a difference for a community that may not have access to reliable healthcare, technology or other infrastructures and get credit for it at the same time.

NOVA Opportunities Abroad

Czech Republic

Film in the Czech Republic

Brazil

SDV 100 in a Global Context in Brazil

 

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Rising Sophomore Abroad Program (RSAP) with Virginia Tech Network for Engineering Transfer Students (VT-NETS)

  • Must be an Engineering Major
  • Priority Deadline: June 1, 2019 (will accept applications until cohort is full)
  • Students selected will participate in a fully-funded 2-3 week study abroad program with Virginia Tech students and faculty. (Sites for 2020 TBD)
  • Application

 

Cyprus

International Accounting, Business and Block Chain in Cyprus

GMU GEO

Study Abroad with George Mason

 

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Study Abroad with Virginia CommonWealth University

 

Can I Use My Financial Aid?

If you are hoping to use financial aid for study abroad expenses you will need to visit a NOVA financial aid adviser to discuss the specifics of your aid package.

For summer study abroad programs, consider these additional expenses when you are planning your academic year fund distribution or apply for a Summer Pell Grant. Students who have used 100% of their academic year Pell could get another term if enrolled at least half-time in eligible courses.

In order to apply federal financial aid to study abroad the courses must be required as part of the student’s program of study. A financial aid adviser must approve specific eligibility.

529 accounts can typically be used to pay for expenses related to study abroad which includes; tuition, fees, books, room and board but usually not airfare. Check with your 529 plan administrator to confirm specific study abroad program coverage.

Scholarship Opportunities

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Provide unique funding opportunities for US undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. They focus on geographic areas, languages and fields of study that are critical to US national security, broadly defined and underrepresented in study abroad.

Freeman Scholarship
Accept applications from US citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

Gilman Scholarship
Offer awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for US undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) invests in promising students with financial need who wish to study abroad. Potential applicants who meet our eligibility requirements may participate on any international education program that meets their academic objectives. Scholarships range from $1,250 – $10,000

Explore the World Travel Scholarship
Hostelling International USA is offering recipients $2,000 to help finance their international trip that includes an educational or service component. Must be Pell grant recipient in DC metro area. US citizen or permanent resident.

Scott’s Cheap Flights Study Abroad Scholarship
The Scott’s Cheap Flights Study Abroad $1,000 Scholarship is open to any citizen and/or resident of the United States (and its territories and possessions) who will be enrolled full-time at an accredited institution of higher learning.

Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

A fully funded leadership seminar in an overseas location for outstanding students from Minority Serving Institutions. All qualified applicants will receive an additional $1500 scholarship to study abroad this summer, even if they’re not selected as a Global Fellow. To be eligible, you must be a first or second-year student with evidence of financial need and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

US Intern Abroad Armenia Scholarships 

Offers undergraduate exposure to the global workplace through eight-week summer internships in Armenia. Students gain valuable insight and experience into the tourism/ecotourism sector and economic development in Armenia while developing professional and intercultural skills demanded by today's market. Internships are conducted in English, with placements available in nature conservation, preservation of wildlife, agribusiness research, cultural heritage, and environmental education.

US Intern Abroad Russia Scholarships

American Councils is pleased to announce that the Business, Technology, and Innovation (BTI) Scholarship offers travel, lodging, and tuition support for U.S. students participating in an American Councils summer internship program in Moscow. Undergraduates interested in business, innovation, or STEM fields are eligible to apply for scholarships of $3,000-5,000. Awards are made on the basis of financial need, compatibility, and academic merit. No prior study of Russian is required.

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