Financial Aid Available for Summer Study Abroad Opportunities

Tuesday, March 22 2011


Summer, Fall and Academic Year Study Abroad Application Deadline is April 1

Written by Chelsey Remitz

 
MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho offers a variety of study abroad options to give Vandals an opportunity of a lifetime anytime of the year.

The Financial Aid Office and International Programs Office work together to help students finance their trips. Summer programs can range from a few weeks to three months with different sessions available throughout the summer.

Study abroad advisers work closely with students to find the right programs and costs. Jill Kellogg-Serna, the study abroad coordinator, contributes to the study abroad program as well.

“Summer programs abroad are usually designed for foreign students, like Americans, since students from the host countries are usually on summer vacation,” said Kellogg-Serna. “The programs typically focus on one or two issues and involve the local language and culture.”

This summer, a school in France is offering courses on the European business culture, with excursions including one to Torino, Italy, to study the European Union.

The university also has many faculty-led study abroad opportunities over all breaks. This summer, there will be seven faculty-led programs.

“I think anybody going out in the work field today should have international experience,” said Kellogg-Serna. “A lot of students just know the area they’ve grown up in and studying abroad opens your mind to ideas and experiences that allow you to see things in different ways.”

Financial aid for studying abroad varies by individuals. The university's study abroad advisers estimate students total cost including tuition, room, meals, personal expenses, excursions, insurance and air fare, and provide these numbers to the Financial Aid Office.

Once the total cost is received from the International Programs Office, it will be added to the individual’s eligibility for financial aid, said Dan Davenport, director of financial aid. Students can set up an appointment to talk with their adviser about financing their trips.

“Everyone has a financial aid adviser,” said Davenport. “Call in, stop in, make an appointment.”

The University of Idaho offers an International Experience Grant that awards $157,000 to University of Idaho students each year. University of Idaho students also have pretty good luck with receiving other national study abroad grants, noted Kellogg-Serna.

Seeking financial aid is an important step for students as planning begins for any international experience. Students who qualify for financial aid also can set up direct deposit to avoid the hassle after they have left the country.

The International Programs Office’s deadline for summer, fall and academic year applications is April 1, although the deadline for some programs may be sooner. The deadline for spring programs is Oct. 15. For more information, visit www.uidaho.edu/international. For more information on summer financial aid, visit www.uidaho.edu/financialaid/news/summer.
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as high research activity. The student population of 12,000 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For more information, visit www.uidaho.edu.