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Study Abroad:Funding Your Program

How to Fund Your International Experience

Financial Aid

Your ODU financial aid (except work study) can be used on any approved study abroad program. This could include grants, scholarships, loans, and other forms of aid. In order to use financial aid, you will work closely with both the Office of Study Abroad and the Office of Financial Aid to determine your eligibility.

You should first attend a study abroad information session to learn more about accessing your financial aid for study abroad.

ODU Scholarships

Last year, ODU awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to students studying abroad. The scholarships below are administered by the Office of Study Abroad.

ODU Deans' Education Abroad Awards

Deans' Education Abroad Awards are provided by each ODU College and the Office of Study Abroad to academically deserving students accepted for a study abroad program. Awards range from $250 for short-term programs to $1000 for semester length programs. Eligible participants on faculty-led programs are automatically qualified for a Dean's Education Abroad Award and will not have to submit a separate application.

Jane L. and Robert H. Weiner International Affairs Scholarship

This endowed scholarship provides up to $2,200 awarded annually to a student studying abroad on a semester or yearlong program. Priority is given to a student with financial need who has been accepted for study at an ISEP member institution in a developing country.

Strome College of Business Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student in the Strome College of Business who is studying abroad for a semester or year.

National Scholarships

In addition to institutional financial aid and scholarships, there are some outside scholarship opportunities for study abroad. Students are encouraged to research these opportunities to see if they might be used to support their study abroad plans. A few scholarships which may be of interest to Old Dominion students include the following:

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Gilman Scholarship provides assistance of up to $8,000 to study abroad for students receiving federal Pell Grant funding at the time of application. Applicants must be US citizens, be undergraduate students in good standing and be applying to or have been accepted for a program of study abroad eligible for credit by the home institution. Awards are available for semester, yearlong, and summer prorgams. Though not required, students who are applying for this scholarship are encouraged to work with the Office of Study Abroad on their applications.

Boren Scholarships

Funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), the Boren Scholarship provides up to $20,000 to US undergraduates to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. All recepients must study the language and culture of their selected country.

Applicants will work with the Office of International Programs to complete the application by the ODU campus deadline in January. Contact ODU campus advisor Allison Wiggins in the Office of International Programs at anwiggin@odu.edu or 757-683-5195 for more information.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarships

FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. Scholarships of up to $10,000 are available.

BUTEX Scholarships

Most students studying abroad at an ODU exchange partner in the United Kingdom are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships

DAAD Scholarships are available to highly qualified undergraduate students wishing to study, conduct senior thesis research, and/or internships in Germany. These awards support programs from 4 to 10 months and provide a monthly stipend of €650.

Association of Teachers of Japanese - Bridging Scholarships

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. About 100 scholarships each year are awarded to assist students with the travel and living expenses while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Awards are $2500 for semester programs and $4000 for yearlong programs.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi offers Study Abroad Grants to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year and recipients are not required to be members of Phi Kappa Phi.

Golden Key International Honor Society Study Abroad Scholarships

Golden Key offers several scholarships to support their members' study abroad plans. Applications for these awards of $1000-$2500 are due in October.

Aalborg University Travel Grant

Aalborg University in Denmark is one of Old Dominion's exchange partners. This English-language exchange is specifically oriented toward students in the fields of Communication and International Studies. Stipends of up to $1,200 are often available from Aalborg University to help support semester or full-year exchange students. Students applying as an exchange student to Aalborg will be provided with application information.

Program Provider Scholarships

Many study abroad program providers offer scholarships to students on their programs. If you are participating in an affiliated program, check with that program provider to determine your eligibility for any scholarships. A few of our affiliated program providers are listed here:

Fellowships for Graduate Study and Research

There are many opportunities for students interested in pursuing graduate study or research abroad. These opportunities vary in their purpose and structure. They may have a worldwide focus, be country or region specific, apply to a specific university, or a specific field of study. A few that may be of interest to ODU students are listed below.

Worldwide Opportunities

Fulbright Fellowships

For graduating seniors and graduate students, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program supports study and research in many fields of study in most regions of the world. The ODU deadline for completed online applications is in October. A campus interview is required and will be scheduled after receipt of applications.

Applicants are encouraged to work with Allison Wiggins (anwiggin@odu.edu, 757-683-4419) in the Office of International Programs to complete their applications.

Boren Fellowships

Funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), the Boren Fellowship provides up to $30,000 to US graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Applicants will work with the Office of International Programs to complete the application by the ODU campus deadline in January. Contact ODU campus advisor Allison Wiggins in the Office of International Programs at anwiggin@odu.edu or 757-683-5195 for more information.

Rotary Global Grants

Rotary International's Global Grants of $30,000 to $200,000 support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes. Global grants can fund scholarships for graduate-level academic studies in a field that supports Rotary's areas of focus: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.

Country/Region Specific Opportunities

Australian Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are internationally competitive, merit-based scholarships provided by the Australian Government that support study, research and professional development programmes in Australia. For students interested in pursuing a graduate degree at an Australian university, the scholarship provides up to $15,000 AUD per semester for 2 to 4 years of study. Endeavour Awards are given out in two rounds per year, with various scholarships and grants given out in each round.

George J. Mitchell Scholarship

The Mitchell Scholarship Program is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholarship Program provides tuition, accommodation, a stipend for living expenses and travel.

Students interested in applying for the Mitchell Scholarship will work with Dean David Metzger in the Honors College (dmetzger@odu.edu, 757-683-4865).

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Fellowships

DAAD provides several funding opportunities for graduate students to study or conduct research in Germany. Highly qualified graduating seniors (final year undergrads) or bachelor degree graduates of any discipline may apply for the DAAD Study Scholarship for a year of independent study or a full master's degree program at a German university. Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists are awarded to highly qualified PhD candidates, recent PhDs or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany.

American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowships & Grants

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. Awards are made in all fields.

University Specific Opportunities

Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. The scholarship provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Students interested in applying for the Rhodes Scholarship will work with Dean David Metzger in the Honors College (dmetzger@odu.edu, 757-683-4865).

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

Field of Study Specific Opportunities

Whitaker International Program

The Whittaker International Program provides grants and fellowships to U.S. students of biomedical engineering in pursuit of research, study, or internships anywhere outside the U.S. or Canada. Students at any level of postgraduate study may apply for programs from one semester to two years.

Additional Opportunities and Resources

Students may also find the following search engines helpful for locating outside funding:

Paid or Low Cost Opportunities

Besides studying or conducting research abroad, there are a number of opportunities for interested students to get an international experience. The opportunities listed below are either paid or are offered at no cost to participants. These programs may be of specific interest to study abroad alumni who are looking for more experience abroad.

Critical Language Scholarship Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers fully-funded summer language institutes for U.S. university students at all levels and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. In 2013, approximately 600 scholarships were awarded for thirteen languages, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Though not required, applicants are encouraged to work with Allison Wiggins (anwiggin@odu.edu, 757-683-4419) in the Office of International Programs to complete their applications.

English Language and Culture Assistants in Spain

The Language and Culture Assistants Program is managed by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, and the Education Office of the Embassies of Spain in the U.S.A. and Canada. The program places recent college graduates in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout Spain to support English teachers. Assistants are paid a small monthly stipend.

IAESTE International Internship Program

IAESTE's Placement Program matches students in technical fields from U.S. universities with paid internships abroad. Internships are available in private companies, research laboratories, universities, and other academic institutions. Technical fields include, but are not limited to: engineering, physical sciences, natural sciences, architecture, computer science, and agriculture. Most of the positions are 8-12 weeks in the summer, but fall and long-term internships are also available. For more information, contact Dr. Vukica Jovanovic in the College of Engineering (v2jovano@odu.edu, 757-683-3769).

Peace Corps

Peace Corps Volunteers improve the lives of people in communities around the world, inform the global perspectives of Americans, and turn a life-defining experience into a lifetime of opportunity. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you will serve abroad for two years plus training, working directly with communities to build capacity in education, health, youth in development, environment, community economic development and agriculture.

You may also contact Steve Bell in the Office of Study Abroad if you have questions about this program (sdbell@odu.edu, 757-683-5378).

Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK)

Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) is a unique opportunity for undergraduates and recent graduates who are seeking a personal, professional and educational experience in South Korea. The program is designed to support public English education in the rural areas of Korea, where access to higher quality educational resources are limited. Most participants will spend a year teaching after-school English classes to elementary-aged students at their assigned school. All living costs, plus the cost of a plane ticket, are covered for the duration of the program.

A similar program, English Program in Korea (EPIK), is available to participants who already have an undergraduate degree and are interested in a more structured classroom teaching experience.

ODU students interested in applying for either program should work with Dr. Lea Lee in the College of Education (lxlee@odu.edu, 757-683-4801).