Making the choice to study abroad can feel effortless and overwhelming, exhilarating and terrifying, inspiring and discouraging all at the same time.
Pictured: Alison Trent ('13 sculpture) takes time off from her semester at the University of Tasmania-Hobart to sky-dive from 14,000 feet off the coast of Brisbane, Australia.
Here you willl find some resources to help you feel less overwhelmed, terrified and discouraged so that you can experience the joy of an effortless, exhilarating and inspiring decision that will change your life.
The International Student Identity Card is the only internationally accepted, UNESCO-endorsed proof of bona fide student status. An ISIC is your passport to fantastic benefits (Including insurance benefits!) and services the world over. Did you know that KCAI's International Studies Office is the only ISIC issuing office in the Kansas City area? Curious to know what an ISIC can do for you? Explore the benefits of an ISIC.
So, you want to study abroad but you don't have a passport? Step-by-step instructions on applying for your passport (or renewing your passport) are just a click away!
When traveling abroad, you need more than just your backpack and flip-flops. That's where Students Abroad comes in. They're here to make sure you're ready. Visit Students Abroad.
For 32 years, MIUSA has been empowering people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development. Learn the basics of going abroad with a disability, including strategies for finding, funding and preparing for your international exchange experience. Visit MIUSA.
With the convenience of your current device, content and mobile number, you can stay in touch with family back home and the new friends you will meet on your journey.
The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. More than 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000.
The IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding directory features detailed descriptions of hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships! Learn more.
InternationalStudent.com hosts the annual InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest, offering students the chance to win the $4,000 grand prize and some fantastic runner-up prizes. The rules of the contest are very eas:, in under five minutes you need to tell them why you want to study abroad. If you are already studying outside of your home country, the video can describe any trip you would like to take. If you are still in your home country, the video must describe your proposed study abroad. Other than that simple rule, you have full creative license to do what you want with your video. The contest is annual, so entries are only accepted once a year, usually in October, so make sure you plan ahead if you are interested in this study abroad funding opportunity. Learn more.
Each February, Study Missouri celebrates International Education Day in Jefferson City, Missouri. As part of this annual celebration, Study Missouri runs an annual photo contest that international students who are studying in Missouri and students who attend school in Missouri but have studied, or are currently studying, abroad may enter for a cash prize and the opportunity to have their photograph displayed in the capital building's rotunda.
In 2013, KCAI Graphic Design student Brittany Hand won 2nd place in the Study Abroad category of Study Missouri's International Education Day Photo Contest.
Pictured: Confetti being tossed from above the Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark in Venice, Italy.
A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship Program offers intensive summer language institutes in 13 critical foreign languages. The selection process is administered by American Councils for International Education with awards approved by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The CLS program is administered by American Councils and The Ohio State University/Ohio University.
More than 1,500 Americans receive grants to study, research or teach abroad with full or partial support from the Fulbright Program. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research, and/or teach English abroad. In addition, Critical Language Enhancement Awards are available to grantees for study of critical need foreign languages before or during their grant period.
Each Fulbrighter's experience is unique and depends on a variety of factors, including project details, location, and language abilities. Despite the variety of experiences, Fulbrighters all describe their experiences as life changing and having a profound influence on their professional and personal endeavors.
Want to see one Fulbrighter's experience? Check out this 'Laowai' in Beijing, China:
Think you know our world? Peace and prosperity around the world depend on increasing the capacity of people to think and work on a global and intercultural basis. Take the Institute of International Education's quiz to see where you stand as a global citizen and open your mind to the world.