University of Tennessee at Martin
STUDY ABROAD PAGE
of Modern and Foreign Languages
Some important information on applying for study abroad funding:
- Most grants have
deadlines. Plan ahead, a full year if possible, so that you
don't find yourself running out of time and energy. Researching for
a grant is time-consuming, but it pays off.
- Receiving a grant, award or
scholarship is a great resume enhancer. It shows that your talents
have been recognized and your efforts rewarded.
- Many grant-giving
institutions do not award all the money they had put aside for a certain
year simply because they did not have enough applicants.
- When asking for a letter of
recommendation, give at least 2 weeks for the writer to complete your
- You will need to provide
different paperwork depending on the grant you are targeting. It
takes time to get things in order. Allow yourself at least a month
to put your dossier together.
- Have your language professor
look at your dossier before sending it. Give him/her enough time (2
weeks is advisable) to do a careful review.
- Keep a paper copy (and if
possible a soft copy) of all the paperwork in your dossier. Most
likely you will need them again in the future when applying for another
- Remember: the first grant
application is the most complicated to put together. After the
first, the others are much easier.
Resources for study abroad funding though
the Department of Modern Foreign Languages:
- Pi Delta Phi - National
French Honor Society -- Provides three excellent awards to outstanding
French majors who wish to spend summer or semester abroad in France.
See Dr. Lucia Flórido for more information. Deadline for
application: November 1st of each year. Visit website.
- Sigma Delta Phi - National
Spanish Honor Society -- Provides over five scholarships and
awards. See Dr. Randal Garza for more information. Visit website.
- Stephen and Bea Mohler
Study Abroad Endowment -- Provides financial assistance for
outstanding students in Spanish.
resources for study abroad funding:
International Study and Travel Center -- a searchable study abroad
scholarship database organized by region/country, field of study, program type
(research/classroom/internship), and student criteria, including students with
-- provides information and links to many study abroad scholarships and
practical information for living abroad
The Council for
International Educational Exchange -- sponsors several study abroad
scholarship programs and provides information about study abroad programs
Education Financial Aid -- a searchable study abroad scholarship database
organized by field of study, location, and sponsoring institution
A. Gilman International Scholarship -- program provides awards up to $5000
to students with limited financial means for study abroad. To be eligible,
students must be receiving a federal Pell Grant at time of application.
Also, check out the hard copy manuals, Financial Aid for Research and
Creative Activities Abroad (2002-2004) and Financial Aid for Study and Training