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Additional MentorVarious students and administratorsinterviewed by the Center for Global Education
Lillian and Margret, Students, studied in the United Kingdom and in France and Japan
Hear how these students dealt with funding issues and overcame this obstacle to study abroad.
AmieSenior Year StudentUniversity of California, Los AngelesThere is financial aid from FAFSA which has deadlines for optimal funding every year, and there are also grants and scholarships that can be applied (look online through GlobalScholar.us and the Resources section on AllAbroad.us ). I studied abroad through my city college and I was surprised that most of us did not receive any financial aid for the trip because we were over the unit maximum for community college eligibility. This also means you should plan early (months to a year in advance) as to qualify for financial aid.
PriscillaGraduate StudentUniversity of California at BerkeleyMost universities have an individual kind of financial aid available for students who wish to go abroad. For example, the University of Chicago offers a FLAG (Foreign Language Acquisition Grant), while the University of California, Berkeley offers the FLAS (Foreign Language Acquisition Scholarship). There are also grants offered by the US government, such as the Fulbright. There may also be grants offered by the country itself. For example, the German government, as well as various German institutions and universities provide a variety of grants. Be sure to look at all of your options before you decide which grant is most appropriate for you.