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Part I: Finances to Study Abroad

Excited about traveling abroad but financially unsure how you can finance your trip? Well, let’s take a look at the different resources that are readily available for you to take advantage of.

Fellowships- these resources are fully funded by your sponsor and do not have to be paid back. This is based on

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your personal and academic achievement.

Financial aid- Federal and state governments, foundations, and private and public organizations are primary sources of financial aid. (You have to make sure you speak with your study abroad advisor to see which funds are able to transfer over.)

Grants- this is funding that does not have to be paid back.

Loans- these are resources that have to be paid back.

Scholarships- Check within your school to see if they offer any scholarships. At my college, Washington and Jefferson College, they had a scholarship that administered $5000.00 for those desiring to study abroad. Of course, you had to write an essay and interview to obtain the funding.

Transfer of federal funds (Sister School to your college) – Oftentimes, your college will have agreements with other schools abroad. This agreement allows you to transfer your tuition to the foreign school. Generally, this covers your room and board and college courses.

Overall, I hope you enjoyed how to finance your trip abroad! This is a part of a series that I will be doing for the next couple of weeks. Please, check back to get more inside information about your traveling abroad. Also, if you know some other programs out there, please, feel free to share with us. Safe travels!

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Lakia lives, breathes, and sleeps learning of other languages, cultures, and nationalities; she has lived and studied abroad at La Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico. Although, right now, she only travels within the United States (she is working on her Doctorate degree) she still has vivid memories and experiences about her travels abroad. From how to apply for a visa to what not to wear, she gives her readers advice, tips, and suggestions on how to have fun and safe travels. You can also check out more of her writings at:

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    1. Lakia – I think these are awesome tips and pointers, but the title is a little misleading. These all seem really good for studying abroad, but doesn’t traveling abroad (without being affiliated to any university or school) require different resources?

      1. Hey sailforth! Thanks so much for pointing that out to me 🙂 I will be sure to change it! And yes, they do require some different resources, which I will be sure to include the next time around for those desiring to travel abroad! Thanks again.

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