Students who already receive financial aid and who intend to participate in a Global Education program sponsored by Hobart and William Smith Colleges will continue to receive financial aid (excluding work study) for the time they are off-campus. Any student, even those not currently receiving financial aid, can apply for aid based on economic eligibility.
Financial aid applications will be available in early January for the following academic year. Students desiring an early evaluation should have the application completed and mailed to the processing center by the deadline determined by the Financial Aid Office. A photocopy of the application must be sent directly to the Financial Aid Office on campus at the same time.
All off campus programs sponsored by the Colleges require a non-refundable deposit of $350.00. If this payment presents a significant and demonstrable burden, an applicant should submit a deposit waiver request form, available from the Business Office, which would allow payment of a reduced deposit. The Financial Aid Office should be alerted at the time the application for the program is submitted.
Students who apply for and are granted permission to participate in a non-HWS program will not receive institutional aid from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Students should also check into how their other financial aid may be affected by participation in an off campus study program sponsored by another institution. Finally, students who know that they will be off-campus during the application period for financial aid for the following year must make arrangements to complete all application materials in advance or from off-campus. Late applicants will be penalized.
Students with questions about financial aid matters should seek the advice of the financial aid officers on campus well in advance of submitting their applications for participation.
The following are descriptions and links to scholarship opportunities to support study abroad either during your undergraduate education, or for post-graduate travel and study.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship provides qualified students up to $5,000 for a semester or academic year study abroad program. (Open only to Federal Pell Grant recipients - check with the financial aid office if you're not sure if you are a recipient of the Pell Grant). You should begin the process in late August for spring programs and in mid-February for fall programs.
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) offers scholarships valued at up to $5,000 per semester to eight students from U.S. institutions. FEA's scholarships were established to recognize American students who seek to participate in study abroad programs known for their academic rigor, language study, service learning component and/or immersion elements, especially those who represent groups that are traditionally underrepresented in study abroad and/or those who choose non-traditional locations. The Huawei scholarship, for example, is awarded to a committed student seeking to study in China specifically. The application deadline is in November for study in the following academic year.
The International Business Council of Rochester, NY (IBC) will award a $1,500 scholarship to a student accepted to a study abroad program by a college in the greater Rochester area. All students accepted to a study abroad program at HWS who are U.S. citizens, have a 3.0 cumulative gpa or higher and can demonstrate financial need are eligible to apply. To apply for this award, please contact Amy Teel at the Center for Global Education.
Mabel Farnum and CGE Travel Grants provide small sums towards student airfare for abroad programs. All students accepted to HWS programs will be sent information and an application form by email from the CGE in the semester before they leave for their program. Note that Mabel Farnum grants are for William Smith students only.
National Security Education Program (NSEP) provides undergraduates committed to learning "critical" languages (see website for details) with resources they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to US security. Open to college students for study in less-commonly studied areas. There is a service requirement for recipients. The deadline is normally in early February, so only those going on fall programs will be able to apply.
Student International Initiatives Fund grants (or SIIF grants), provide students with funds (budget permitting) to undertake a project during their program that helps them explore a topic of interest while digging deeper into the culture they are exploring abroad. Contact Doug Reilly for more information.
ASE (Advanced Studies in England) offers supplemental scholarships to HWS students who have been selected to attend their semester program in Bath. For more information see Amy Teel at the CGE.
CIEE (Council on International Education Exchange) offers supplemental scholarships to HWS students who have been selected to attend their semester program in Budapest. For more information see Amy Teel at the CGE.
CIEE (Council on International Education Exchange) offers supplemental scholarships to HWS students who have been selected to attend their semester program in China. For more information see Amy Teel at the CGE.
DIS (Danish Institute for Study Abroad) offers need-based scholarships to HWS students who have been selected to attend their semester program in Copenhagen. These are very competitive, so only students with significant financial need should apply. For more information see Amy Teel at the CGE.
Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Program is designed to provide participants an understanding of everyday life in Germany, as well as education and professional training. The 12- month program consists of two months of intensive German, four months of classroom instruction at a German University of Applied Sciences, and five months of internship in a chosen career field.
DAAD provides information on the German higher education system and has a database on scholarships and funding for study in Germany.
The US-Japan Bridging Foundation awards scholarships to U.S. undergraduates to study for one semester or academic year in Japan. The Foundation aims to expand the opportunities for study abroad in Japan to help prepare America's young people to assume future global leadership roles. Students must be accepted into a program in Japan. Bridging Scholarships do not cover tuition but allow for stipends of $2,500 for the semester to cover travel and daily cost-of-living expenses.
SIT (School of International Training) offers various scholarships to HWS students accepted to their programs. The awards range from $550 - $5500.
Sharif Rahman Scholarship. FIE (The Foundation for International Education) offers this scholarship to students accepted to the FIE program in London. The $1,000 scholarships are available for semester-based programs only and application is by written competition.
Education students intending to teach Chinese, Russian or Arabic, and who are non-native speakers of one of these languages at an intermediate to advanced level, are eligible to apply for The Intensive Summer Language Institutes Scholarships. These scholarships cover the full costs of a 7- week summer program in China, Egypt or Russia.
The Fulbright Fellowship Program offers opportunities for recent graduates, postgraduate candidates, and others to conduct career-launching study and research abroad. This is a very competitive program; plan early! You should talk to Scott MacPhail in Career Services before applying.
The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is a
prestigious, competitive, national scholarship to enable American
citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 to pursue one year of
post-graduate study in any discipline offered at institutions in
Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Marshall Scholarships are awards for
graduate study in any field at a British university. Occasionally
these are awarded for undergraduate study.
Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees are paid on the Scholar's behalf by the Rhodes Trustees.
Andrew's Society of the State of New York provides scholarships to promote cultural
interchange and goodwill between Scotland and the United States. Applicants must be Americans of
some Scottish descent and must be college seniors living in or within 250 miles of New York State
with a desire to pursue a graduate program in Scotland. The scholarship provides funds of up to
$20,000 to be used initially against tuition, then board, transportation, and other expenses. Deadline
to apply: December 15 of your senior year.
RESOURCES FOR ADDITIONAL FINANCING
Goabroad.com has put together a list of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study abroad searchable by country and/or subject area.
Studyabroad.com provides a list of study abroad scholarships and grants with clickable links to various sources of funding.
University of Minnesota's Learning Abroad Center's website includes a search engine that can be used to identify scholarships and other sources of funding to support international experiences.